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.
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.
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.
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.
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.