After a lapse of a year due to Covid-19 pandemic, the annual Te Maeva Nui cultural festival returns this weekend. The five-day event got underway yesterday with an official opening ceremony and a float procession at the Constitution Park, participated by 26 teams who gave a glimpse of celebration expected in the coming days.
Celebrating cultural diversity is an integral part of Te Maeva Nui festival. This evening at 7pm the International Night kicks off with performances from the local communities of Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Chinese, Samoa, Tonga and the Philippines.
In respect of their former patron, the late Rongomatane Ada Ariki also known as Ada Teaupurepure Tetupu Nicholls, Cook Islands National Council of Women (CINCW) representatives attended the investiture of her son Nicholas Nicholls as Rongomatane Nicholas Ariki in Atiu earlier this month.
Wednesday's rainy weather did not dampen the smiles of the New Zealand Maori King Tuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII, his wife Makau Ariki Atawhai and family members who arrived in Rarotonga yesterday afternoon.
Te Maeva Nui o Aotearoa New Zealand Charitable Trust hosted the Tu Rangatira special Awards and Recognitions event on Thursday night to celebrate Cook Islanders who have made a significant mark in specific fields in a bid to bring recognition to their achievements.
Down Syndrome persons were excited to receive prescription glasses to see more clearly with and six iPads to improve their motivation and individual learning abilities – all made possible through the New Zealand High Commission Fund.
The Cook Islands Tokyo 2020 Olympic aquatic athletes Wesley Roberts and Kirsten Fisher-Marsters have the honour of carrying the nation’s flag at the opening ceremony in Japan, which is scheduled to get underway Thursday.
Oblivious to the chatter and curious stares from onlookers, the visiting yearling Kekeno/New Zealand fur seal nicknamed “Nosey” appeared to be casually enjoying its “sunning holiday break” on Rarotonga yesterday.
Since the travel bubble opened with New Zealand, a young Kekeno/New Zealand fur seal has also decided to pop in for a bit of a holiday to Rarotonga this week - travelling over 3000 kilometres from its home.