Sunday, September 23

Te Maeva Nui 2012 – Puaikura Pe’e

Puaikura is the district on Rarotonga of which Arorangi is the main village.
Their first event in this year’s Te Maeva Nui cultural competition was the pe’e.

The Scribd website has this to say about the pe'e:
"Pe'e are ancient historical chants which commemorate particular events, including brave deeds of ancestors or legendary warriors. Pe'e were formulaic in structure and ritualised in presentation. Their very nature is the reason few traditional pe'e survive. Because they were ritualised and could only be chanted by certain people at certain times - at rites which were considered heathen by the missionaries - many ancient pe'e fell into disuse and were consequently lost. Pe'e has also come to mean any chant - old or new." 

Most of the inhabitants of Puaikura must have been in the audience at the national auditorium judging by the cheers and applause. It was well-deserved though, the team received one of the two A grades awarded in this category (the other went to Tongareva).