More from this year’s dance competition at Te Maeva Nui.
This video is of the Tongareva team with their ura pau (drum dance) – probably the most exciting of the competition items with a fast beat and emphasis on hip and leg movement.It usually features boys to a greater extent than girls.
Tongareva, also known as Penrhyn, received a B grade for their performance.
Don’t forget, if you’re a fan of Cook Islands culture, the ministry of culture’s DVD of the entire Te Maeva Nui celebration should be out soon. It will include the full length performances for each night as well as the float parade and tangi kaara (drumming competition).