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'Feeling Te Maeva Nui vibe'

Saturday 13 July 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Young dancers are rehearsing late into night as excitement builds ahead of the country’s biggest annual cultural event, Te Maeva Nui festival.

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Revival of Reo Maori – not Kuki

Saturday 13 July 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Language renaissance would feature Maori name to replace “Kuki Airani”.

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Nearly a thousand people gather for opening of the new house for Palmerston

Tuesday 9 July 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Martha Soatini had dreams of a castle for the construction of a Palmerston house.

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New life for age-old leadership traditions

Saturday 6 July 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Cook Islanders braved a bitterly cold morning to pay their respects to the national’s Ariki on yesterday’s public holiday.

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Ui Ariki Day to 'bring out grievances'

Thursday 4 July 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Locals and guests alike will be welcomed to tomorrow’s Ui Ariki Day celebrations, honour the Cook Islands’ Ariki, the Aronga Mana, and their ancestors and traditions and influence on today’s modern nation.

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Dancers in Hawaii promote Cooks for tourists

Monday 1 July 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

There’s not much time to rest, for Cook Islands dancers performing four shows a day to thousands of fans in Hawaii.

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Like a ship out of water

Friday 21 June 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Vaka captain Sam Timoko (right) passes by the original hull of Marumaru Atua as it is moved from Avatiu to the Pa Ariki palace. Ruined by a devastating fire in 2017, the hull was left by the CITC supermarket.

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Rare Mauke stone a 'heavy' burden

Tuesday 11 June 2019 | Published in Culture

A SPIRITUAL stone talisman from Mauke was gifted to a tribe of the Mataatua confederation in Aotearoa this weekend. Protective chants from Aotearoa and Mauke were performed together during the ceremony, clearing a spiritual pathway for the talisman.

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Culture receives $200k extra for events

Saturday 8 June 2019 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Culture

Cultural events organised by the government are expected to get bigger and better this year.

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Marumaru Atua: Much more than a canoe

Friday 7 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Culture

It was a day of mixed emotions. After 19 days at sea, the vaka Marumaru Atua was yesterday welcomed by the government and people of the Cook Islands.

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Flamboyant Moss history

Sunday 26 May 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

With the recent collapse of large branches of the iconic 127 year old flamboyant tree at the Avarua roundabout, National Archives has kindly provided early photographs of the tree.

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Standout Ura Nui

Friday 17 May 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Participants at the 2019 Te Mire ‘Ura Nui finale on Wednesday night impressed the large crowd with their display of various techniques, creative dance routines and bright stand-out costume designs.

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Pacific Resort supports CI culture events

Wednesday 15 May 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

The Regional Pacific Resort Hotel Group continues to support national culture events, recently handing over a donation of $4800 to the Ministry of Cultural Development (MOCD).

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Large turnout for Te Mire Penu

Wednesday 15 May 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

The Ministry of Cultural Development’s spectacular Te Mire Penu dance show on Monday night drew a large crowd of 500 diners to the international event, held under the domes for the first time, at the national auditorium.

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Overseas dancers ready to go

Tuesday 14 May 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Cook Islands overseas performers from New Zealand and Australia arrived on the island last week to participate in the Te Mire Penu held last night, and the International Dancer of the Year (Te Mire ‘Ura Nui) competition that begins tomorrow evening at the National Auditorium.

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Challenge to keep cultural connection

Tuesday 14 May 2019 | Published in Culture

The high commissioner has been travelling New Zealand meeting Cook Islands students and challenging them to stay closely connected to their cultural traditions.

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Hannalei, Edward win titles

Saturday 11 May 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

A large crowd attended the 2019 Te Mire ‘Ura Seniors cultural dance competition at the National Auditorium on Thursday night.

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Te Mire Penu starts Monday night

Friday 10 May 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

For the first time a glamorous cultural evening of a seated island-night buffet while watching the Te Ura Penu dance competition, will take place under the Domes at the National Auditorium on Monday.

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10 dancers for Te Mire 'Ura Seniors

Wednesday 8 May 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

The anticipated national Te Mire ‘Ura senior cultural dance competition starts at 7pm tomorrow evening, Thursday May 9 at the National Auditorium.

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Te Mire 'Ura dancer of the year begins

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

The Ministry of Culture’s Te Mire ‘Ura Junior and Intermediate International dancer of the year competition starts at 6.30pm on Thursday evening at the National Auditorium.

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