New Zealand Maori King Tuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero, his wife Makau Ariki Atawhai and their grandson were carried on a pa’ata for the opening of the Kiriti Maro Tai ceremony at the Atupare Marae in Puaikura.
For some young men it would be a dream come true: being the sole male in a team of 16 dancers flying to Sydney to perform in the international Edinburgh Tattoo South Pacific Showcase.
Hundreds of parents and supporters raised the roof of the National Auditorium, welcoming the Junior Song Quest contestants – but as each singer began, the room fell into captivated silence.
The island of Aitutaki welcomed Maori King Tuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero, his wife Makau Ariki Atawhai, family and delegation yesterday afternoon.
Rarely have so many Cook Islanders reached so far, in so many fields, as this week. Lisa Williams and Anneka Brown report.
Teuira Napa’s family will be watching with some trepidation as she boards an Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster plane to Sydney this weekend, to dance as a member of the Cook Islands team at the Edinburgh Tattoo.
A list of star names is available at the Cook Islands Library and Museum for those who wish to help emblazon this country’s history and heritage in the heavens.