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Celebrating Cook Islands women in NZ

News 16 Oct 2019

Te Maeva Nui is the Cook Islands annual cultural event that commemorates and celebrates Cook Islands' culture and its journey to becoming an independent nation.

This week, Te Maeva Nui will extend its presence in Aotearoa with a week-long programme that includes the inaugural Vaine Rangatira Awards that will acknowledge the variety of work undertaken by Cook Islands women in New Zealand.

Te Maeva Nui o Aotearoa NZ festival spokesperson Charlie Borrell says the awards is an opportunity to celebrate Cook Islands women in New Zealand who have been instrumental to the growth and development of the Cook Islands community.

"Wonderful thing is to be able to bring all the mamas together, women from the health, business, cultural and education sector," he says.

"Just to able to stand up and be acknowledged in front of their peers is a great thing."

Cook Islands Prime Minister, Mr. Henry Puna will officially open the Te Maeva Nui o Aotearoa NZ festival tomorrow.

About Vaine Rangatira Awards

Our mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters hold a very special place in our hearts. They have been instrumental in forming the people that we are today, and are constantly the underdogs of society.

Te Maeva Nui o Aotearoa has decided to hold a special event, to award some of those women who have been instrumental in the growth and development of Cook Islanders in New Zealand.

This formal evening will be a platform for the recognition of everyday Cook Islands women who have done extraordinary things - not for themselves, but for others around them. Their selfless deeds have brought about a revolution in Cook Islands culture - from song and dance, to traditional crafts, and then into sports and business.