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‘Our culture is deeply ingrained within us, and it is our responsibility to hold onto it’

Saturday 14 October 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Art, Entertainment, Features

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‘Our culture is deeply ingrained within us,  and it is our responsibility to hold onto it’
From left: Angela Lafaele, Tere Mitchell Piua, Selina Vainerere Patia, Marina Torope and Ina Puia. SUPPLIED/ 23101327

One of the biggest and most vibrant Cook Islands cultural festival in the world – Te Maeva Nui ō Aotearoa New Zealand – thundered to a close at the Trust Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, late last month. This year’s biennial event which had over 1500 performers saw some first timers who shared their experience with senior journalist Melina Etches.

One of the biggest and most vibrant Cook Islands cultural festival in the world – Te Maeva Nui ō Aotearoa New Zealand – thundered to a close at the Trust Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, late last month. This year’s biennial event which had over 1500 performers saw some first timers who shared their experience with senior journalist Melina Etches.


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