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Pa Enua show interest in Te Mire ‘Atu event

Monday 7 February 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Health, National

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Pa Enua show interest in Te Mire ‘Atu event
Te Mire ‘Atu 2021 champion Tuaine Unuia being presented his trophy for best lyrics. PHOTO: SUPPLIED/21040923

Singers and composers in the Pa Enua have expressed interest in the Te Mire ‘Atu 2022 competition.

Organised by the Ministry of Cultural Development, the Taunga ‘Atu (composers) competition theme is “the traditional medicine of my community/island” or “Te Au Vairakau Tupuna o toku Matakeinanga/Enua”.

Robert Ioaba, ministry’s national events manager, said besides our songwriters, “our Taunga Vairakau or traditional medicine producers are encouraged to compose and work together with our talented singers for the presentation of their compositions in the competition”.

The 2022 Taunga Atu competition will accept a maximum of 12 and a minimum eight entries.

People are encouraged to contact the Ministry of Cultural Development for details of the rules and conditions of the event.

The closing date for registrations is on Friday, March 4 and the event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 17.

The Covid-19 procedures and regulations by Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health will be implemented at the event that will include the Auditorium terrace and the main floor seating to have a metre spacing, among other measures.

Ioaba said: “Only vaccinated patrons will be allowed in the Auditorium during the competition evening. As the date gets closer, Culture will have more information advising the public on the health and safety procedures for Te Mire ‘Atu.”

Last year, Tuaine Unuia won Te Mire ‘Atu 2021 title for best lyrics and best arrangement, and received $1500 in prizemoney.

Poti Maeva claimed second place, taking home $1000, and in third place was Janet Paretoa, who received $700.