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The team from Atiu and their supporters are enjoying their new accommodation on Rarotonga for the first time during a Te Maeva Nui celebration.
The lighting of the Te Maeva Nui flame at Government House yesterday morning almost struck a snag after Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters pulled out box of matches to light it – and found only one match inside.
Prime minister Henry Puna opened Te Maeva Nui 2018 yesterday, calling it a time to “reignite national pride by celebrating our oneness and our achievements”.
Te Maeva Nui action starts in spectacular fashion today with an official opening at Constitution Park at 1pm, followed by that ever-popular annual event – the float parade.
Over 120 people have travelled from Penrhyn for this year’s Te Maeva Nui, an increase on number who visited Rarotonga for the 2015 celebrations marking 50 years since the Cook Islands became self-governing in free association with New Zealand.
Representatives from the various islands and vaka were yesterday presented with food items from the three main sponsors of the 2018 Te Maeva Nui celebrations.