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The Tereora College Turangavaevae Performing Arts show thrilled the strong audience of several hundred at the National Auditorium on Thursday night.
Senior Performing Arts students showcased their talent
in dance productions on the big stage which were assessed for the National
Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), worth eight credits.
The Turangavaevae Performing Arts teacher Tupa Tupa was
kept busy backstage and did not have the luxury of enjoying each student’s
However, Tupa said, “listening to the roaring cheers
from the audience gave me a big thumbs up vibe”.
“The hard work towards the main event has been an
exciting and restless journey for the students,” said Tupa.
“Seeing all their efforts and genuine interest was
enough to know that they wanted to deliver their best.
“The essence of Turangavaevae is for each student to bring
his or her own story to life. Every student had the opportunity to portray a
piece that spoke volumes of what they think or feel Turangavaevae is about.
“I applaud them for their remarkable work and stunning
costumes, and I’d like to thank everyone who helped make this dance assessment
Nineteen students choreographed their dance pieces –
telling their own story through dance – and with the help of fellow Tereora
students hitting the stage, they brought the compositions to life.
The NCEA Senior Performing Arts students who showcased
their items on the night were Nicole Tiaore, Daniel Daniel and Jaidyn Tura, Tukuau
Tekena and Pokiroa Viniki, Josephine Tuteru, Rowina Kiria, Tokorima Tangatakino,
Tiare Anguna, Miera Tapaitau, Jiosifini Wong, Pauleen Gimony, Heinarii Law
Tauira, Michael Viniki Tereora and Potai Pana, Estelle Short, Tehina Utakea, Nicolea
Mateariki and Megan Browne.
Students introduced their productions to the audience through
scripts sharing their views of who they are.
Pauleen Gimony, who is from the Philippines, said: “Our
culture is our way of life, beliefs, and traditions.”
Coming all the way from the Philippines, she
choreographed a dance called “binatbatan” – the dance depicts how cotton pods
are beaten with bamboo sticks to release the cotton fluff called “batbat” from
“My culture has always provided me with a sense of
home. As time passed, I had integrated with the Cook Islands culture, the
natural and simple beauty, and its traditions and beliefs have become a part of
me,” Gimony said.
“Home became this place, and the two cultures,
although very different in some aspects, provide me with a sense of comfort.”
Her dance showcased her “appreciation for the two
cultures” and to show how she is not only defined by her Philippine heritage
but also influenced by other cultures as well which has moulded her into who she
Heinarii Tauira hails from the islands of Enua Manu,
Akatokamanava and Nukuroa – “the land of my forefathers, my heritage”.
From teachings passed down from generations, she has
immense pride and honour for Cook Islands culture.
In the first act of her performance she emotionally
declared how special her mother’s unconditional love is for her.
“All her teachings, nourishing love and powerful
influence has nurtured me in my lifetime to become who I am today,” said
The second part portrayed, “the love and passion I
have for my culture – which represents and expresses my identity as a proud
Tauira also acknowledged the beautiful dancing queens who
performed her item making her vision a reality.
“Today, I am strong, I am powerful, I am beautiful, I
am courageous, I am kind, I am blessed, I am grateful. I am Heinarii.”
Tiare Henry Anguna is of Cook Islands and Tahiti
descent. Her theme focused on her love and enthusiasm for her culture.
“My culture has empowered me to become the confident
young woman I am today, my culture and heritage is my Turangavaevae,” said
Her kapa rima (action song) represented her
grandparents who are her connections to the Cook Islands and Tahiti.
“The movements portray their love for each other and
my passion and sincere appreciation for my culture and my identity.”
Anguna thanked her dancers for “bringing my vision to
life”, Kirsten Tangapiri Purua and the A team for the costumes and her parents.
Josephine Tuteru created a dance routine about body
image and accepting/loving one’s own skin.
“This (performance) focuses on the stages a person
goes through when feeling insecure about their body. However, what we need to
remember is that everyone is beautiful and unique. We do not need the opinion
of other people.
“This is my interpretation of Turangavaevae,” Tuteru