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Te Maeva Nui tickets selling fast, but free outdoor option available

Friday June 19, 2015 Written by Published in Local
Benjamin Fig trees being removed outside the National Auditorium to make way for more covered seating and a big screen for free outdoor broadcasts of the live Te Maeva Nui shows. Benjamin Fig trees being removed outside the National Auditorium to make way for more covered seating and a big screen for free outdoor broadcasts of the live Te Maeva Nui shows.

Tickets for prime seating in the National Auditorium for the Te Maeva Nui night cultural shows are selling fast.

 

But for those who cannot afford tickets or who may miss out on purchasing a ticket, there will be free outdoor screening of the nightly shows.

Tickets are on sale at the national library at the culture centre in Tupapa where there are five options for culture lovers to choose from.

Best view seats closer to the stage are $25 per person. All seating will be on the side terraces.

Behind the best view seats are $20 tickets and seating at the back of the auditorium are $15 and $10. Tickets for pensioners are $5.

A media spokesperson from the Ministry of Cultural Development confirmed yesterday that the Ministry will be installing a large screen outside for free public viewing of the show inside the auditorium.

To accommodate for what will be larger crowds attending this year’s special 50th anniversary constitution celebrations, the two shady Benjamin fig trees outside the auditorium on the sea side of the building have been removed.

According to the Ministry, the trees have been removed to fit more outdoor seating including shelter and a large screen to broadcast the live shows from inside the auditorium.

The removal of the trees sparked concern among environmentalists, with Te Ipukarea Society taking to social media to say it would have been nice if some public relations were conducted beforehand to avoid any public concerns.

However the environmental group says that Benjamin fig trees have the ability to uplift roads, so it is recommended they are not grown near residential spots. 

In total, 14 cultural teams will compete in the Te Maeva Nui cultural competitions.

The official opening of Te Maeva Nui will be on Thursday July 23 at the National Auditorium.

This will be followed by the float parade on Friday, which is expected to be a massive event full of colour. This event will be held in downtown Avarua.

Sponsors have jumped on board to support the float creations to make the event one of national pride.

Nightly cultural shows will begin on Saturday July 25. Shows will continue from Monday July 27 right up until the awards ceremony on Thursday, August 6.

During the day, trade days will be running at the Punanga Nui Markets and live entertainment at various spots through Avarua.

For more information on the Te Maeva Nui night shows and trade days, contact the Ministry of Cultural Developing on 20725. 

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3 comments

  • Comment Link James Friday, 26 June 2015 12:28 posted by James

    Hi Nga, email Odile Urirau at Culture and she will assist (very helpful). Am based in Sydney and managed to secure tickets for duration - downside, only payment option available is TT and Westpac Raro has $50 fee.

  • Comment Link Nga Thursday, 25 June 2015 02:13 posted by Nga

    Is there an option for buying tickets online?

  • Comment Link how to buy tickets for te maeva nui cultral shows Tuesday, 23 June 2015 20:44 posted by how to buy tickets for te maeva nui cultral shows

    Kimi manako a ea tikai te au tiketi no te tarekareka anga o te maeva nui ka oko te tiketi ki eaa

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