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Vainetini Ekalesia to exhibit tivaevae

Saturday 11 September 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

An exhibition will be held next week of intricately hand sewn tivaevae, pillows, cushions and other handicrafts made by the Rarotonga Vainetini Ekalesia of the Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC).

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NZ-born Cook Islands artist finds comfort in art

Saturday 14 August 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Culture, National

New Zealand-born Cook Islands artist Sylvia Marsters has found inspiration in her own experience with depression as she prepares for her latest exhibition – Utopia – on Rarotonga.

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Covid-19 fallout slices $200k off Constitution Week budget

Saturday 14 August 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Culture, National

Covid-19 has had a significant financial impact on Te Maeva Nui celebrations held last week in Rarotonga.

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Strengthening Maori connections through new cultural School

Thursday 12 August 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Te Vananga Are Tapere o Takitumu – a new Cook Islands Maori Performing Arts Language and Cultural School – was launched on the first of this month at the Pa Ariki Palace in Takitumu.

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Fresh blood on the vaka

Thursday 12 August 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Culture, National

Captain Deon Wong looks to keep up the momentum after Marumaru Atua’s recent return to Rarotonga from the Northern group voyage.

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Aitutaki relies on ‘goodwill’ of the people

Tuesday 10 August 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National, Outer Islands

Aitutaki mayor Tekura Bishop and a small delegation from the island visited New Zealand recently to deliver the “kura” or message of invitation to the Aitutaki communities for major celebrations commencing in October this year.

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Te Maeva Nui ends on a high

Friday 6 August 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

The last night of Te Maeva Nui on Tuesday ended on a high on Tuesday with Vaka Puaikura’s impressive ura pau (drum dance).

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Spirit of unity and pride

Thursday 5 August 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Te Maeva Nui meaning ‘The Great Celebration’ is the pinnacle of Cook Islands culture that shows the true spirit of unity and pride. This was attested by the performances on the opening night on Monday.

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A tribute to the people

Thursday 5 August 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, Local, National

Cook Islands proudly celebrated the Constitution Day yesterday, marking the country’s 56 years of self-governance in true island style with drums, songs and dance.

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Culture winner at Te Maeva Nui

Thursday 5 August 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

The 2021 Te Maeva Nui cultural awards were presented to deserving winners during the Constitution Day celebrations at the National Auditorium yesterday.

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Young and old rejoice in gospel songs

Tuesday 3 August 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Each of the participating Te Maeva Nui teams performed lively Tu’Anga Evangelia gospel songs on Sunday night, with some of the teams leading the way with female conductors.

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Marumaru Atua returns from 48-day Taua e Moana voyage

Tuesday 3 August 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, Local, National

Sailing through good wind, rain and rough seas, Vaka Marumaru Atua returned safely to Rarotonga early yesterday morning, having successfully completed a 48-day Taua e Moana voyage to the Northern group islands.

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International night shows unity in diversity

Monday 2 August 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Cultural diversity enhanced by vibrant colours, unusual costumes, dances and heartfelt performances, splashed across the National Auditorium stage on Saturday night.

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NZ’s Ngā Tūmanako Kapa Haka wows local crowd

Monday 2 August 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

The visiting New Zealand Maori Ngā Tūmanako Kapa Haka group lived up to expectations, wowing the audience during Te Maeva Nui International Night at the National Auditorium on Saturday.

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Celebrating culture at Te Maeva Nui

Saturday 31 July 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Celebrating cultural diversity is an integral part of Te Maeva Nui festival. This evening at 7pm the International Night kicks off with performances from the local communities of Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Chinese, Samoa, Tonga and the Philippines.

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Te Maeva Nui festival commences

Friday 30 July 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

The official opening ceremony and float parade for Te Maeva Nui kicks off at Constitution Park Friday.

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Te Maeva Nui teams learning from experience

Thursday 29 July 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Teams participating in this year’s Te Maeva Nui festival are putting the finishing touches on their preparations ahead of the annual event which starts this weekend, reports Melina Etches.

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Maori King here for Te Maeva Nui celebrations

Thursday 29 July 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, Local, National

Wednesday's rainy weather did not dampen the smiles of the New Zealand Maori King Tuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII, his wife Makau Ariki Atawhai and family members who arrived in Rarotonga yesterday afternoon.

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Palmerston aiming for ‘A grade’ performance at Te Maeva Nui

Wednesday 28 July 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Caroline Marsters says she is proud to represent her home island of Palmerston for the first time at this week's Te Maeva Nui festival.

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Te Maeva Nui to kick start with float parade on Friday

Tuesday 27 July 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

A mix of marchers, performers and decorative floats will parade through town on Friday for the opening of Te Maeva Nui 2021 festival.

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