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Islands decide Aronga Mana

Thursday 22 August 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

The 48th Ui Ariki conference closed with a range of significant matters discussed, including the clarification of which traditional title holders fall under the category of Te Aronga Mana.

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Blood v law: Traditional leaders' call

Wednesday 21 August 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

The Ui Ariki have resolved adopted children should be allowed to inherit land, if they have no chance of ever knowing their biological parents.

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Tou Ariki re-elected head of chiefs

Wednesday 14 August 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Traditional leaders continue to debate how to solve issues with customs.

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Aitutaki stops as Vaeruarangi Ariki Teaukura laid to rest

Saturday 10 August 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Vaeruarangi Ariki Teaukura of Aitutaki was regarded as controversial and outspoken on the traditional leadership and customs and traditions of the Cook Islands.

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A fitting end to Te Maeva Nui

Tuesday 6 August 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

The annual cultural festival officially closed yesterday with the pounding of drum beats echoing through the National Auditorium, along with cheers of elation and an impromptu show of dancing skills from Members of Parliament present.

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Are chiefs still relevant?

Friday 2 August 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Traditional leaders debated their own relevance on the last day of Te Koutu Nui conference.

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The world comes to town

Friday 2 August 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

It was fiery and – just as Te Maeva Nui 2019’s theme demands – International Night was passionate.

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Te Maeva Nui 2019: The fire and the fury

Thursday 1 August 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Cook Islands' dancers took a breather last night from four nights of competition, leaving open the stage for Te Maeva Nui's famous international night.

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Dancers advised to hydrate

Wednesday 31 July 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

The female dancer of the Pukapuka/Nassau group who fainted on Monday night after the group’s performance has recovered quickly and is back with the team, taking it easy and drinking lots of water.

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Cooks' own Culture Club

Tuesday 30 July 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Te Maeva Nui cultural performances kicked off last night with Aitutaki Enua (pictured) starting the show with a pe’e – their traditional chant.

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Glory, glory- Te Maeva Nui 2019

Monday 29 July 2019 | Written by Jonathan Milne | Published in Culture

The choirs of the Cook Islands opened Te Maeva Nui last night with soaring tributes to the islands, their peoples, and to God.

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The Maeva Nui: The love and the passions

Saturday 27 July 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Boom! And they’re off. Te Maeva Nui, the biggest cultural event in the South Pacific, is underway.

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Where to be for the best parade view

Friday 26 July 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Find your place early for the spectacular 28-float parade to launch Te Maeva Nui 2019.

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Mamatua joyously embraces a new heavenly adventure

Tuesday 23 July 2019 | Published in Culture

When one is invited to “bring a plate” to a dinner in New Zealand, it means one with food on it.

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Te Maeva Nui mania: Bigger and further

Tuesday 23 July 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

The Pa Enua will celebrate the annual Te Maeva Nui festivities on each of their islands, this year and next.

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'Avaiki or Kuki Airani? Debate 'very much alive'

Saturday 20 July 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Cook Islanders have nominated some of their favourite Maori names for this country.

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'Kuki Airani': The name debate

Friday 19 July 2019 | Written by Jonathan Milne | Published in Culture

In association with the Ui Ariki, Cook Islands News asked our community what Reo Maori names they would suggest to replace Kuki Airani. Here is a small sample of the ideas.

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In the name of art

Thursday 18 July 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

When the sensitive subject of proposing to change the country’s name re-emerged in March, local artist Mahiriki Tangaroa kept thinking about it. It kept nagging away.

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Cook Islands language still at risk

Wednesday 17 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Culture

The Cook Islands Maori language continues to be at threat of extinction warns High Commissioner to New Zealand Elizabeth Wright-Koteka, saying recovery needs to start now.

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Community invited to help choose nation's new Maori name

Tuesday 16 July 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Changing the name of “Kuki Airani” to a traditional tupuna Maori name is back on the agenda of the Ui Ariki this week.

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