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Te Maeva Nui 2015 Celebrations in Rarotonga


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Te Maeva Nui Rarotonga Celebrations

Source: Cook Islands Ministry of Cultural Development

The Cook Island 50th Independence celebrations that we wrote about in February are now in full swing! Every year the Cook Island’s celebrate self-governance, something that they achieved in 1965, in what is called Te Maeva Nui. This 50-year milestone is being celebrated over the next 2 weeks with attendance and participation from thousands of Cook Islanders from the outer islands, Australia and New Zealand.

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Over the last few days there has been a fantastic parade with more than 50 floats, the official opening with a beautiful ceremony full of colour and dancing, and Te Maeva Nui dancing performances held at the national auditorium.

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Rarotonga has been full of amazing costumes, dances, songs, drum beats and colour! It is fantastic to see all the groups from the outer islands perform. These islands include Manahiki, Pukapuka, Penrhyn, Suwarrow, Aitutaki, and Mangaia to name a few.

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Today is Trade Day, when people from the outer islands sell crafts and produce from their home. This is a great time to try some local delicacies. There will be more opportunities to visit the trade day stalls on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Source: Cook Islands Ministry of Cultural Development

The official Government programme starts next Monday, with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key attending. Tuesday 4th August is the official Constitution Day ceremony.

If you haven’t made it to this or other year’s Te Maeva Nui celebrations then we highly recommend this time of year to come and visit us.

So book it in – July/August 2016 celebrate with us in Rarotonga!

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