Thursday, August 16

A brief look at Te Maeva Nui 2012

Te Maeva Nui is over for another year and most of the outer islanders have headed back to their home islands.  Not all of them though. Arguments over passenger numbers and cargo led the Penrhyn islanders to boycott the Lady Naomi when she returned.
That’s a shame because otherwise it was a very successful occasion.
It rained on the parade, the float parade that is, but then the sun came out for the rest of the celebrations apart from some showers one evening.
The standards have improved since last year and every cultural competition item scored an A or B grade so all the islands should have had some healthy prize money to take home.
(As with last year’s competition, there was no overall winner scooping the pool but every competition team received a share of the funds based on the grade their items achieved.)
The costumes, choreography and enthusiasm were fantastic and all ten teams did a great job. The dancers looked as though they were having a wonderful time and the audience did too.
Puaikura was the only Rarotonga team. The outer islands teams were from Penrhyn, Pukapuka, Rakahanga, Manihiki, Mangaia, Atiu, Aitutaki, Mitiaro and Mauke.