Pukapuka performed the Kapa Rima item on the first night of Te Maeva Nui cultural festival at the National Auditorium on Wednesday evening. Photo: MELINA ETCHES/22080404
Te Maeva Nui, the nation’s biggest and best cultural extravaganza, hit off to a great start with over 1000 people cheering and welcoming the first night of performers onstage at the National Auditorium on Wednesday.
Keeping to Tauranga Vananga (Ministry of Culture) theme of “Te Au Vairakau Tupuna O Toku Matakeinanga – Traditional Medicine of my Community/Island”, the impressive items from each team portrayed the making of a particular Maori remedy through song and dance
Tupapa Maraerenga focused their Ura Pa’u (drum dance)
on the making of the Po’ue as a cure for many ailments including ligament
injuries and aching bodies.
The second and last night of performances will be held
tonight starting at 6.30pm. The following is the order of appearance: Mitiaro
Enua – Ute, Vaka Takitumu – Kapa Rima, Oire Nikao – Ura Pa’u, Mangaia Enua – Ura
Pa’u, Vaka Puaikura – Kapa Rima. After intermission Mauke Enua – Ura Pa’u, Atiu
enua – Kapa Rima, Rakahanga henua – Ute, Tupapa Maraerenga – Kapa Rima,
Pukapuka/Nassau wenua – Ura Pa’u.
The prize giving awards will be held after tonight’s
show for: Float Parade/Tereera Iriiri ‘ia, International and the Kapa Haka
teams/Te au pupu o te Akauroa, Choir/Imene Pupu, Traditional Hymns/Imene Tuki,
Traditional Singing/Ute, Action Song/Kapa Rima, Drum Dance/Ura Pau.