Cook Islanders in New Zealand are set to present the epic tales of their Ariki in Te Maeva Nui New Zealand 2019 show.
The show celebrates the leaders, chiefs, Kings and Queens who led their people to the lands we call home. Legendary stories will be retold through the best of Cook Islands dancing.
These celebrations are held in the hopes of maintaining Cook Islands language, heritage and culture with an aim to deliver Cook Islands culture to the world and keep the pride of Cook Islanders who are living away from their homeland.
Festival director Duane Wichman-Evans told Pacific Breakfast that the event would be huge because there are over 60,000 Cook Islanders living in New Zealand.
He said Te Maeva Nui festival had been happening in the Cook Islands for 54 years so it’s really exciting to bring it to New Zealand.
It will be held at the Auckland Netball Centre over the next two days.
The Prime Minister Henry Puna also attended last night’s opening Vaine Rangatira Awards dedicated to celebrating the achievements of our Cook Islands women.