After questions had been raised earlier regarding the running of the Intermediate and Junior competition, Ministry of Cultural Development secretary Anthony Turua said he was pleased with how last week’s event ran.
“For the golden oldies and masters we encourage everyone to take part – we don’t impose heavy criteria and rules to make it so everyone can contribute and enjoy a fantastic night,” said Turua.
“It is all about giving our older Cook Islanders a chance to show their passion for our culture and the performing arts.
“This is the same for our expats, with some just turning up on the night with minimal practice purely to enjoy the experience.
“It is something that visitors can take back to their countries and proudly show that they competed in our competition”.
Turua said both the number of competitors and the spectators were up on last year’s numbers.
“We initially had 23 in our masters competition, but had a couple drop out at the last minute, but even then we had higher numbers than last year.”
The Senior Dancer of the Year competition will be held tomorrow night at the National Auditorium, starting from 7pm.
GOLDEN OLDIES (55+): Female – 1st Here Southwick, 2nd Teri Teokotai; Male – 1st Mau Raina, 2nd Vaitoti Tupa.
MASTERS (45-54): Female – 1st Moeroa Turua, 2nd Ngatokoitu Daniels, 3rd Lorna Nicholas; Male – 1st Noo Ngametua, 2nd Casper Mateariki.
EXPERTS (35-44): Female – 1st Lotiola Mateariki, 2nd Nan Kaiou, 3rd Temehani Ikimotu, Consolation Joanna Manuels.
EXPATRIATES: Female – 1st Sherri Teokotai, 2nd Carina Wezel; Male – 1st Marlon Rebollos.
EXPATS (PAPA’A/VISITORS): Male – 1st Duncan Taylor Corrigan.