Cooks culture captivates
Cook Island culture was on show in Tokoroa on Saturday with the annual Te Eiva Nui National Cook Islands Dance Competition.
42 competitors across three grades took to the Tokoroa High School stage.
Tokoroa was represented with pride against the best from Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton and Hawke’s Bay as home-town performers took away several honours.
Teariki-Terae Tearoa-Natua won the junior male competition while Nayla Rae Kingi was second in the junior females and ToruAtua Tearoa-Natua took second in the intermediate male.
Along with Teariki-Terae, the other section winners were Wellington’s Esther Kauvai-Foster ( j unior female), Hawke’s Bay’s Terangiau Bond ( intermediate male), Wellington’s Varopana Nootai ( intermediate female), Auckland’s Munokoaatarau Samson (open female), and Aucklander Tautape Samson ( open male).
PLACE GETTER: Tokoroa’s Toru-Atua Tearoa-Natua was second in the intermediate males.
HEAR ME: Tave John Tuakana-Natua of Tokoroa performs his chant.
ALL SMILES: Above, Kautea Patterson dances in the junior female section.
COOK CULTURE: Right, Merenia Mataiti of Tokoroa performs on Saturday.