The rousing ceremony, which in contrast to previous years attracted a capacity audience, included a prizegiving which rewarded teams from Rarotonga and the Pa Enua for their amazing efforts in the cultural competitions held over the week of Te Maeva Nui.
Here CINews presents winners’ results and a final round-up of photos from a truly memorable and exciting event, which can be said to have truly brought the nation together.
Part A: Manihiki 1, Mangaia 2, Puaikura 3.
Part B: Puaikura 1, Mangaia 2, Manihiki 3.
Overall: (Sunai Matapo Trophy) Puaikura
There were no consolation prizes as there were only three teams.
Ura Pau-Drum Dance:
Costume: Atiu 1, Tongareva 2, Tupapa 3.
Category A: Aitutaki, Atiu, Rakahanga, Takitumu, Mangaia, Tupapa, Manihiki.
The rest were Category B; there were no Category C placings.
Kapa Rima-Action Song:
Costume: Rakahanga 1, Aitutaki 2, Takitumu 3.
Category A: Tupapa, Tongareva, Mauke, Nikao, Aitutaki, Takitumu, Rakahanga
The rest were category B, there was no category C.
Reo Tupuna-Traditional Chant: Costume: Atiu 1, Mangaia 2, Tupapa and Takitumu =3
Category A: Mangaia, Tupapa, Manihiki, Nikao, Puaikura, Atiu
The rest were category B (no category C).
Ute - Traditional Singing: Costume: Puaikura 1, Nikao and Manihiki 2, Palmerston 3.
Category A: Pukapuka/Nassau, Atiu, Tongareva, Mitiaro, Manihiki, Nikao
Imene Tuki-Traditional Hymn: Category A: Atiu, Pukapuka/Nassau, Tongareva, Puaikura, Takitumu, Manihiki, Rakahanga, Palmerston.
Imene Pupu-Choir: All teams were given a Category A rank from the judges.
BCI Special Award- Mauke Enua. Overall Awards: Manihiki 1, Mauke 2, Puaikura 3.
Government Sector: Infrastructure 1, Agriculture 2, Justice 3.
Community Sector: Badminton 1, Oire Matavera 2, Manea Pacifica 3.
Business Sector: DHL Courier 1.
Schools and Colleges: Sunshine Kids Club 1, Apii Arorangi 2, Apii Avarua 3.
Marching Teams (non-competitive, participation award) Avarua Brass Band, Girls Brigade and CINAT.