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.
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.
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.
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.
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.