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Te Maeva Nui cost quadruples

Monday July 02, 2018

The $3 million cost of the upcoming Te Maeva Nui celebrations is more than four times the amount set out in the 2017/2018 Cook Islands Government Budget Estimates document released in June last year.

The beautiful upper Takuvaine Valley was described as, “a Garden of Eden” by one of the people who went on the “Takurua” trek around plantations and gardens on Rarotonga on Wednesday morning.

After screening at New Zealand’s Wairoa Maori Film Festival earlier this month – and winning the award for best female actor – local filmmaker Josh Baker’s short film A Boy From Rarotonga will now be shown at the prestigious New Zealand International Film Festival.

A Cook Islands-style degustation meal was on the menu on Tuesday evening when about 50 guests, sponsors, stakeholders, food writers and visiting and local chefs gathered at Highland Paradise to launch the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation’s search for a Cook Islands cuisine strategy.

Cook Islands artist Apii Rongo is all set for his first solo presentation in 15 years in an exhibition proudly presented by Beachcomber Pearl Market and the Print Room from July 9 to 27.

The Takurua programme, designed to be interactive and to engage all sectors of the community, enters day three today and focuses on Te Ki o Te’Enua, visiting plantations and agricultural sites.

The House of Ariki is in the midst of finalising programmes for this year’s Ui Ariki and Aronga Mana Day, to be held on Friday, July 6, with celebrations to be held by the three Rarotonga vaka and individual islands.

The international chefs who are helping the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation develop a Cook Islands cuisine strategy arrived in the country early this morning and will join representatives from the 25 businesses and groups that have put their hands up to sponsor the ‘Takurua O Avaiki Raro, Avaiki Vaenga, Manavanui’ programme at an opening event at Highland Paradise this afternoon.

With an estimated 2000 people, most of whom will be arriving in Rarotonga from the pa enua, participating in Te Maeva Nui this year, the countdown is on to make sure all is ready for the nation’s biggest annual celebration, starting on July 27.

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