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Cultural Festival Te Maeva Nui Is Returning This Winter

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh

Te Maeva Nui Cultural Festival

Delicious food. Cool traditions. Phenomenal people.

Little by little, life is returning to normal. Excitingly, Cook Islands’ biggest cultural festival, Te Maeva Nui , will take place in Auckland in July.

The classic two-day event, normally held annually, celebrates Cook Islands’ independence from New Zealand. Importantly, the event brings people together to showcase Indigenous culture and embrace heritage.

Taking place at Barfoot & Thompson Stadium between July 22 and 24 2021, attendees are promised a schedule full of excitement. The theme is Resilience which illustrates the country in unity and showing strength during adversity.

Organiser Kim Marsters stated that over 1000 performers will represent their Vaka, Enua and Village at the event. Consequently, you can expect to see awesome dancers, cultural practices, arts and crafts, incredible traditions, scrumptious dishes and quirky costumes. What an appeal!


Of course, don´t fret if you´re not a Cook Island descendant because anyone is welcome to join the fun. Te Maeva Nui is an exciting time for Cook Islanders but it is also a must-see for those interested in exploring the cultures of the Pacific. So grab your tickets to experience this amazing event and chow down on some of the most tasty authentic dishes the country has ever seen!

On April 10th, you can purchase your tickets on Ticketmaster. Alternatively, you can get them at Pasifika Festival in Western Springs. For more information, visit Te Maeva Nui´s Facebook page.

You know you want to join in on this huge celebration!

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