The Ministry of Cultural Development is saying little about widespread criticism of the long-delayed start to Friday’s float parade.
The team from Atiu and their supporters are enjoying their new accommodation on Rarotonga for the first time during a Te Maeva Nui celebration.
The lighting of the Te Maeva Nui flame at Government House yesterday morning almost struck a snag after Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters pulled out box of matches to light it – and found only one match inside.
Prime minister Henry Puna opened Te Maeva Nui 2018 yesterday, calling it a time to “reignite national pride by celebrating our oneness and our achievements”.
Te Maeva Nui action starts in spectacular fashion today with an official opening at Constitution Park at 1pm, followed by that ever-popular annual event – the float parade.