Cooks cul­ture cap­ti­vates

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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.

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