Te Maeva Nui 2017

Posted on July 18, 2017

The 4th of August represents Te Maeva Nui on the Cook Islands and is a huge celebration of the Cook Islands’ Constitution. The event celebrates the Cook Islands’ nationhood, government and independence and has been held annually since 1965, bringing all the islands together for the celebrations. The celebration was rename Te Maeva Nui in 2001 as recognition of the cultural basis upon which the event is based. 2017 will be the 52nd Constitution Day ceremony and is once again expected to draw huge crowds to Rarotonga to join in with the celebrations.

Celebrating with the locals

Te Maeva Nui has grown considerably over the past 5-10 years and is now an event that attracts many people to the Cook Islands main island of Rarotonga. Over 1,000 Cook Islanders descended on Rarotonga in 2016 to join in the celebrations with representation from all 15 of the Cook Islands. This year, the organisers of the events are expecting even more people, including many tourists to join in with the celebrations.

Celebrating food!

The theme for Te Maeva Nui 2017 is one that celebrates food and especially the bounty found on land and in the seas around the Cook Islands so expect fish to feature heavily in the celebrations. There will be a celebration of food that was prepared by Cook Islands’ ancestors using methods passed on through the generations.  Sustainability will also be a big part of the food celebrations. Here on the Cook Islands, we have invested in supporting local farmers and fishermen, ensuring the the islands can live sustainably off the land and the sea and this is something to be proud of.

Te Maeva Nui 2017 Events

There are a number of events that form part of the celebrations both during the week leading up to the 4th August and prior to this including the BCI Trade Markets Event that is taking place in Rarotonga in the lead up to Te Maeva Nui and this forms an integral part of this years’ celebrations. Whilst the markets will be taking place during the day, in the evenings there will be a series of events taking place in the run up to Te Maeva Nui. Below is a calendar of events and activities taking place before the main event on the 4th of August.

Te Maeva Nui 2017 Programme

Friday 28 July
12.00pm               Te Maeva Nui float judging – Avatiu Wharf to Panama
1.00pm                 Official opening – Constitution Park
1.20pm                 Te Maeva Nui float parade to Avarua wharf via Te Maire Nui Drive Sea Side Lane
7.00pm                 The CITC Rakei Manava National Auditorium | VIP tickets $50, Reserve $20, General $10

Saturday 29 July
7am-12pm          Punanga Nui Market Day – Punanga Nui Market
7.00pm                Miss Cook Islands Pageant – National Auditorium | VIP tickets $50, Reserve $20, General $10

Sunday 30 July
10.00am               Church Services – Various Churches
6.00pm                 Imene Tuki & choir performancesNational Auditorium | Gold coin donation

Monday 31 July
9am-2pm             Punanga Nui Market Day – Punanga Nui Market
7.00pm                 Cultural dance performances National Auditorium | $25, $10, $5

Tuesday 1 August
9am-2pm             Bank of the Cook Islands Trade Day – New Constitution Park
7.00pm                 Cultural dance performances National Auditorium | $25, $10, $5

Wednesday 2 August
9am-2pm             Bank of the Cook Islands Trade Day – New Constitution Park
7.00pm                 Cultural dance performances – National Auditorium | $25, $10, $5

Thursday 3 August
9am-2pm             Bank of the Cook Islands Trade Day – New Constitution Park
7.00pm                 Cultural dance performances – National Auditorium | $25, $10, $5

Friday 4 August
10am                     The 52nd Constitution Day Ceremony – National Auditorium | Free
Te Maeva Nui Awards and the TMN17 official closing ceremony

Following the parade and closing ceremony, there will be an amazing firework display that can be seen all across the island and brings the day to a spectacular close. The following day, there are further events taking place including a drumming competition and a Cook Islands night of music and song and the national auditorium.

KEY:
National Auditorium = Te Are Karioi Nui a Division of Ministry of Culture (MoC)
National Museum = Runanga Pakau, a Division of MoC
National Library = Runanga Puka, a Division of MoC
Maire Nui Park = Park on Maire Nui Drive opposite Tourism Office, Downtown Avarua
Punanga Nui Market = Main Market next to main Avatiu Harbour, Downtown Avarua

For more information, visit https://www.culture.gov.ck/category/te-maeva-nui/ or the Te Maeva Nui Facebook page.

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