Tereora college cultural dancer Danniel Apii Jnr (right) during the schools drum dance. PC: MELINA ETCHES. 21042204
The Rarotonga Schools Culture Festival wrapped up on Wednesday night with raving performances from all teams.
The theme of the two-day dance celebrations
reflected the arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands 200 years ago, as set
by Tauranga Vananga – the Ministry of Cultural Development, earlier this year.
Each school portrayed items pertaining to
selected islands of their choice.
Apii Imanuela’s elegant presentation included
our forefathers, our Ui Tupuna, who had wisdom to receive the gospel in their
generation and all the generation leading up to today.
The song was composed by Kimberly Tangirere
with the assistance of her dad, Alfred Tangirere; the choreography was done by
Alana Short, Tevai Samuel and Hannah Tangirere.
Apii Te Uki Ou proudly portrayed the arrival
of Christianity to the island of Atiu or Enuamanu – the Island Of Birds.
The school started with a mesmerising action
song; a special chant from Atiu of Mama Uia, the prophetess who proclaimed that
Christianity will be arriving on the island of Atiu; a colourful ‘ute, and
finally the pulsating drum dance that represented the unique villages of Atiu.
Teremoana Macquarie from Nukutere College. PC ALANA MUSSELLE. 21042119
Apii Te Uki Ou expressed their gratitude to
Ine Wichman- Sosene and her family, Tori Sosene, the beautiful action song
written and composed by Lawrence Hosking and Katreena Smith, the people of
Enuamanu for the honorable Pe’e and the talented Saireni Poila for the ‘ute’.
Apii Nikao portrayed the arrival of
Christianity to the island of Akatokamanava/Mauke on July 23rd 1823, received
by Tararo Ariki.
The first part introduced a chant of welcoming
Christianity, accompanied by an action song, “E Rongo”, composed by Maara
Scheel with the musical composition by Papa and Mama Orometua Joe Tinirau and
Imanuela Akatemia’s elegant performance. 21042315
The school is grateful to Akatokamanava for
the sponsorship of the ei maire for their show and to all parents and families
who took part.
The St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School chose
to display the arrival of the Gospel on Araura/Aitutaki.
First on stage were the junior syndicate
children from ECE (Early Childhood Education) to Grade 3 with chant and drum
dance composed by Lucy Vano supported by the teachers, teacher aides and
Young pupils from Apii Arorangi performing for their adoring audience. PC: ALANA MUSSELLE. 21042106
The action song composed by Mrs Lucy Vano and
drum dance created by Makea Pauka, was performed by the senior syndicate
children from grades 4, 5 and 6.
The schools look forward to the next annual
culture schools festival next year.