Vaine Wichman has worked extensively throughout the Cook Islands as a development economist. She began writing these columns at the request of women and men asking her to explain the working of their economy. Views in this column are Vaine’s.
Te Maeva Nui has come to an end – and what a week it has been! As well as some stunning cultural performances at the National Auditorium, there was a visit from New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and a huge group of international diplomats.
On a spectacular journey back to their iconic drumbeats, such as Ben Ellis’ No’ai te Basileia, Manihiki wowed Saturday’s Te Maeva Nui audience with their Ura Pau. Their dazzling performance came hot on the heels of Rakahanga’s equally stunning drum dance.
Bringing an element of difference to Te Maeva Nui at Are Karioi Nui, fit and flexible youngsters from the Canterbury Elite Dance Studio in Christchurch opened on Friday with energetic modern dance numbers.
Ministry of Cultural Development staff are having to spend over two hours cleaning up after the nightly Te Maeva Nui shows and boss Sonny Williams says it isn’t fair on them.