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Tuesday 1 August 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Art, Entertainment, Features


58th Constitution  Celebrations officially open
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.

The 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.

PM Brown delivered the keynote address before declaring the 58th Constitution

Celebrations “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.