The Maeva Nui Torch carried by the Rarotonga Boys Scout team. MELINA ETCHES / 23073121/ 23073122
The 2023 Te Maeva Nui cultural festival got off to a spectacular start with the official opening ceremony which involved the lighting of Te Maeva Nui Flame by Prime Minister Mark Brown at the National Auditorium last night.
Maeva Nui Torch, carried by the Rarotonga Boys Scout team, was lit at the
King’s Representative’s residence in Titikaveka and commenced its journey to
the National Auditorium in Tupapa at about 2pm yesterday.
Brown delivered the keynote address before declaring the 58th
“Te Maeva Nui 2023” officially open.
The Imene Tuki and Choir
was held last night. Tonight, the much-anticipated International Night will be
held followed by the main cultural performances on Wednesday and Thursday
nights. The closing ceremony and prizegiving awards will be held on
Constitution Day, Friday, August 4.
Vaka Tereora team, Vaka
Puaikura, Mangaia, Atiu, Pukapuka/Nassau as well as Manihiki and Rakahanga, who
have combined and will be performing under the banner of Te Fuinga O Niva, are
taking part in this year’s event.