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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.
Over 120 people have travelled from Penrhyn for this year’s Te Maeva Nui, an increase on number who visited Rarotonga for the 2015 celebrations marking 50 years since the Cook Islands became self-governing in free association with New Zealand.
Representatives from the various islands and vaka were yesterday presented with food items from the three main sponsors of the 2018 Te Maeva Nui celebrations.
When Kay and her husband the late Ian George held art exhibitions at the former Art Studio (now Beluga Cafe) in Arorangi, they were invariably spectacular and thoroughly enjoyable occasions, attended by everyone from the late Tinomana Ruta Ariki, through to Rarotonga residents both local and papa’a – and the invariable sprinkling of visitors from further afield.
Proud sponsor CITC has put up a total of $21,000 cash in prizes for the annual Rakei Manava national dance costume competition at this year’s Te Maeva Nui celebrations in 2018.
The Ministry of Cultural Development has confirmed the Cook Islands Trading Corporation (CITC) as its third Platinum Sponsor for Te Maeva Nui 2018.
Culture secretary Anthony Turua and Prime Foods general manager Dan Forsyth were both very pleased to be putting pen to paper yesterday to bring Prime Foods onboard as a first-time sponsor of the annual Te Maeva Nui celebrations.
Auckland-based Aitutakian artist Clinton Hewett has returned to his home island for some important work, collecting together old stories and legends of Aitutaki for a graphic novel he plans on publishing.
The theme of speeches delivered during Ariki Day celebrations in the Takitumu district last Friday focused on the roles and functions of the country’s traditional leaders and the reasons they need to lean on God's understanding in leading their people.