Late start for Te Maeva Nui

Friday August 01, 2014 Published in Letters to the Editor
"All the teams that performed were superb and deserved everyone’s praise and congratulations." 14073039 "All the teams that performed were superb and deserved everyone’s praise and congratulations." 14073039

Dear Editor, Some commentary on Tuesday night’s Te Maeva Nui culture celebrations:

  • The show was supposed to start at 7 pm and the first team was finally on stage to perform at 7.45 pm. We were bored to tears with the promotion talk by the MC, who must love to listen to his own voice. We did not buy tickets to come and listen to talk about the sponsors. Your best sponsors are your audience – who paid good money to come and watch a show, not be told about other sponsors all night. It was only half full, so I think there is a loud message out there to the organisers.
  • If there is some promotion it should be to promote the teams performing, especially the islands where they come from. There are many tourists in the audience who has no idea of where or what AuAu Enua is or Enuamanu and each of these islands have tourism industry that needs promotion. Cmon e kotou ma.
  • Three items in the first half and three in the second half, or 30 minutes each half, is not sufficient for a night’s entertainment. Many of us came home having spent nearly three hours there and saw one hour of entertainment. If you keep this up the attendance will continue to drop.
  • Your sound system should be absolutely on target – after all what else do they do all day?   
  • Now the good point – all the teams that performed were superb and deserved everyone’s praise and congratulations. The food stalls were great but unfortunately the rain and the smaller audience did not help.

We will be coming again but please start on time and don’t bore us with sponsors – we are all sponsors and the people who gave the most are the mamas and the papas who did all the hard work with practice and costume making and all the rest of the huge community effort to put our dance teams on the stage. That is the real message for the Constitution Celebrations – it is us celebrating ourselves for being who we are under God’s watchful eyes.

Kamoariki

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