Monday 15 May 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Entertainment, Features
There was tough competition in the Experts Female section between Kathleen Bond and Jamie Short.
Bond brought the “wow” factor in her fast beat performance blowing away the audience and taking home the champion trophy.
Reigning champions Tupa Tupa also thrilled the crowd with his exceptional performance, again going home with the trophy in the Male Expert division.
Pip Hansen, the new champion in the Expatriates Female section, was just spectacular on stage. She was a delight to watch, singing along to her Maori song with smooth and graceful movements.
Coached by former Expert female dance champion Alana Short, Hansen’s fantastic fast beat performance was one of the best seen in the Expat’s section for a long time.
New to Te Mire Ura stage, first timer Daru Graham put on a dazzling performance in the Masters Female section. She was elegant in the slow beat and thundering in the fast beat.
Reigning Masters female champion, the beautiful, graceful and polished Mata Arnold again went home with the trophy after yet another outstanding performance.
It was also heartening to see 10 brave entries in the Expatriates section, there were only two in the Golden Oldies and five entrants in the Experts sections.
The results are as follows: Expatriates section: Parmesh Naidu (Male) - Pacific Resort Hotel Group, Pip Hansen (Female) - Tapere Muri/Oire Ngatangiia; Golden Oldies (only two female competitors) 1st Peka Takai George and 2nd Mona Henderson. Masters: Females 1st Mata Arnold, 2nd Daru Graham, 3rd Lotiola Mateariki; Males 1st Phillip Strickland, 2nd Pozo Ngaroi. Experts: Females 1st Kathleen Bond, 2nd Jamie Short, 3rd Tiare Mailau; Males 1st Tupa, 2nd Kaumoana Joe.
Following are Te Mire Ura competitors who performed on Friday night at Rehab Nightclub, in order of appearance.
Expatriates section: Baia Tutu - Revenue Management/Fiji/Kiribati, Jacob Rakoroui - Little Poly/Pacific Resort Hotel Group, Pip Hansen - Tapere muri/Oire Ngatangiia, Joan Cecilia Wong - Rehab Nightclub, Greg Parker - Oire Matavera/Cook Islands Television; Pip Hansen - Tapere Muri/Oire Ngatangiia; Representing the Pacific Resort Hotel Group - Augustini Tamba, Theresa Margaret Gomesh, Keleva Ratu, Parmesh Naidu, Mererai Marama .
Golden Oldies 60+ years: Only two women joined this year – Peka Takai George and Mona Henderson.
Masters (47 -59 years): Joanne Lewis - Ariki Adventures, Puapua Inano McMurchy - Ngati Kaena, Lorna Nicholas - Cool Kebabs, Pozo Ngaroi - Oire Takuvaine, Ngatokoitu Daniels - Vaka Takitumu, Daru Graham - BCI/CC Tamure, Lotiola Mateariki - Mauke Enua, Mata Arnold - Aitutaki enua/ Akauka Time. Phillip Strickland - Tupapa Maraerenga - Tupapa Maraerenga Cultural Arts Club.
Experts (30 -46 years): Tiare Mailau - Rarotonga /CC Tamure, Jamie Short - Vaka Takitumu, Kaumoana Joe - Tongareva henua, Kathleen Bond - Araura enua/CC Tamure, Tupa - Rarotonga.