Mitiaro Te Maeva Nui dancers and drummers with tutor Tuakana Makara rehearse at the Mitiaro hostel.
For most teams participating in Te Maeva Nui cultural festival, “the struggle is real” to acquire enough dancers to perform in next week’s event, says the leader of Mitiaro’s cultural group, Matavaine (Tuvaine) Numanga.
Most of the dancers who represented Mitiaro in the 2021 event have moved to New Zealand for work, Numanga said.
for the group started in late June, she said, adding the team selected the simpler
items to participate in such as the Kapa Rima, Ute and the Imene Tuki “to make
it easier for us”.
“We are trying our
best and doing our best for culture. I’m used to it having been part of this
for so many years,” Numanga said.
“Our culture is
something I’m very proud of, it showcases our identity and it teaches our young
ones the benefits of holding on to our culture.”
With the help of
the dancers and the Mitiaro committee of: vice chairman Leannna Pareanga, vice
secretary Vaerangi Tou and Numanga, who is also the treasurer, the group is ready
and proud to be part of the festival.
“To the people of
Mitiaro in the community it would be nice to have your support for our little
island and our dancers. We are representing our island, so pop in anytime to our
hostel to help out,” Numanga said.
Te Maeva Nui
festival officially starts this Friday with the float parade at 1pm at the Taua
Terevete Park (Constitution Park). The international night will be held on
performances will be held from Wednesday to Friday next week.
Mitiaro will showcase their Kapa Rima item on Wednesday, August 3, at the National Auditorium followed by the Imene Tuki on Thursday and on Friday, the team will finish off their performances in the evening with the Ute.