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.
The third night of Te Maeva Nui 2015 sent the audience on a journey through time, with many groups dedicating their performance to the history of their islands.