Puaikura takes top Maeva Nui prize

Tuesday August 07, 2018 Written by Published in Culture
Vaka Puaikura took out the Terepai 'Sunai' Matapo trophy this year. Vaka Puaikura took out the Terepai 'Sunai' Matapo trophy this year.

Rarotonga’s Vaka Puaikura has taken out the Terepai ‘Sunai’ Matapo Trophy for the overall Te Maeva Nui cultural championships.

Theirs was the final announcement of the awards ceremony following on from flag and keynote formalities as well as drum dances and impromptu performances to keep the programme fun and festive for the thousands who attended.

Manihiki Henua took top placing in the first section of the tangi kaara (drumming) competition, and Puaikura took first in the second section.

Atiu Enua took first place ahead of Tongareva and Tupapa in the ura pau (drum dance) costume section. Costume winner for the kapa rima (action song) went to Rakahanga, ahead of Aitutaki and Vaka Takitumu.

For the reo tupuna (traditional chant) costume category, Atiu Enua took first place ahead of Mangaia, followed by Tupapa and Takitumu in third-equal placing.

Best costume in the ute (traditional singing) section went to Puaikura, with Manihiki and Nikao on second equal and Palmerston in third.

The non-costume general trophies for most categories had no C grading, probably because the higher standards this year meant judges did not use this category for 2018. Teams ended up in the higher A or B rankings, but for the imene pupu, all teams hit category A.

Awards for last Friday’s Te Maeva Nui float parade went to Mauke for the BCI special award and Manihiki for the overall award, with Mauke and Puaikura coming in second and third.

First float from the government sector went to the Ministry of Infrastructure, with Agriculture coming second and Justice third. Badminton took out first for the community sector float, followed by Oire Matavera on second and Manea Pacifica third.

The business sector’s best overall float went to DHL Couriers, and the Sunshine Kids Club pipped Apii Arorangi to take out first in the schools and colleges float, with Apii Avarua on third.

            - Lisa Williams-Lahari

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