A Cook Islander known as the ‘guy with the golden voice’ was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Pacific Music Awards for his contributions to the music industry, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of many.
Cook Islands very own marine biologist and environment warrior Dr Teina Rongo marked another milestone achievement on Monday night as he received the Global Moana Climate and Environmental Impact Award at the 2023 Stars of Oceania Award.
The vibrant and culturally significant Te Maeva Nui festival, showcasing the rich heritage and traditions, reached its peak on Thursday – the last night of performances – at Te Are Karioi Nui National Auditorium.
The thrilling and absolutely spectacular ura pau (drum dance) by Te Fuinga o Niva, the combined Manihiki and Rakahanga team, demonstrated that Te Maeva Nui brings out the best and biggest cultural performances.
On Tuesday night, the 2023 Te Maeva Nui International Night stage witnessed a deeply moving tribute by Aotearoa New Zealand kapa haka group Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao as they paid homage to their beloved leader, Sally-Ann “Hereana” Roberts, who tragically passed away during last year’s festival.
A small respectable crowd attended the official opening ceremony of Te Maeva Nui – the 58th Cook Islands Constitution Celebrations – which marks the beginning of week-long events at Te Are Karioi Nui (National Auditorium).
The 2023 Te Maeva Nui cultural festival got off to a spectacular start with the official opening ceremony which involved the lighting of Te Maeva Nui Flame by Prime Minister Mark Brown at the National Auditorium last night.