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“Te ora’anga keretitiano i roto ite matakeinanga”
Stories, Christianity, Preserve is the theme selected for this year’s biannual event. 11 teams from all over Aotearoa celebrate  Cook Islands culture at its finest. 

Come and experience the essence of Cook Islands people, language, culture, food & arts . 


A Thriving International Community

Since 2019, Te Maeva Nui NZ has been helping young Cook Islanders develop their sense of cultural identity – working with various collectives to teach and grow the Cook Islands culture in New Zealand and the world .

Over 1,000 Performers!

Our key events host over 1,000 performances from across the globe gather to learn the traditional art of costume designing, weaving costumes, drumming, composing, singing and songwriting – language and culture at the forefront.

The Te Maeva Nui Festival Aotearoa has created a foundation for these things to happen.

Food, Arts & Crafts

Kapa Markets is the only place in New Zealand where you can come and immerse yourself in true Cook Islands culture.

Come and experience the vibrant colours, lively culture and authentic food. 

Handcrafted traditional jewellery to the delicious, appetising food, Kapa Markets will be open during the  Te Maeva Nui Festival. 

Tu Rangatira Awards

As we celebrate our culture we kick off Te Maeva Nui Festival with giving thanks and acknowledging the people who represent our nation on a global scale.

Tu Rangatira Awards is the offical opening of our 3 day festival as we award those whom excel in their chosen fields.   

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Feedback from Te Maeva Nui NZ Festival 2021

“Definitely worth highlighting the event, it was amazing!!!!”

“Awsum congratulations to everyone who has been part of this great show , I highly recommend everyone God bless”

“That’s the beauty of our Cook Island culture as it brings our people together and you get to know each other regardless what village or family you are from 🏝️ It also identifies who you are and where you come from “ 🏝️

“Thank you Te Maeva Nui NZ , Great Performances, beautiful outstanding, colourful, costumes. We enjoyed it, last night 23/ 7/ 21. Good Luck to all individual groups. Kia Orana. 😍💖😍💖😍

“Great Unique Unity of Kuki Airani Celebrations TeMaevaNui Aotearoa 2021 “ 💖💕💕💝💕💕💖

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