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ARIKI

Te Maeva Nui NZ is proud to present Ariki – Royals of the Seas.  An extravaganza celebrating the vast array of explorers leaders, chiefs, Kings and Queens who sailed across the Pacific Ocean and brought the people of the Cook Islands to their homelands

E Ariki kua tutara, Ariki atu ei ki tona koutu

A mighty King rules over his people with power and dignity!

From Avaiki, our Ariki have been at the pinnacle of change and progress. From the discovery of the various islands that make up the Cook Islands, to the introduction and acceptance of Christianity. The Ariki have seen the people of the Cook Islands through times of war and peace.

800 cast members from 8 teams

Vaka Takitumu

The eastern most district of Rarotonga, Takitumu is believed to be the place of departure for a large flotilla of Vaka’s departing for what is now New Zealand.

Vaka Puaikura

The home of Tinomana Ariki, and a place of great warriors, Puaikura has a proud heritage of unity. Legend tells that the peak of Raemaru was cut off in a midnight raid by warriors from Aitutaki, and taken back to their island.

Vaka Te Au o Tonga

At the head of Rarotonga, Te Au o Tonga is the gateway to the Cook Islands. Te Au o Tonga is also the place of administration for the national church of the Cook Islands, the CICC.

Mangaia Enua

Mangaia is believed to be the oldest island in the South Pacific – about 15 million years old. It was once the centre and pinnacle of Christianity in the Cook Islands before Takamoa Bible College was established in Te Au o Tonga.

Akatokamanava Mauke Enua

Akatokamanava (Mauke) is one island in a group of islands known as Ngaputoru – which includes, Atiu, Mauke and Mitiaro.

Aitutaki Enua

The beautiful atoll of Aitutaki is home to some of the Cook Islands’ most famous vistas. It is also home to some of the proudest people. Aitutaki holds an annual round-the-islands cultural festival known as the Koni Rauni.

Te Ulu o te Watu

Te Ulu o te Watu, or Pukapuka is a unique island in the Cook Islands. Closer in physical distance to Samoa, than any other of the islands in the Cook Islands, Pukapuka has developed a culture and language that is very unique amongst the islands of the Cook Islands.

Tongareva Henua

Tongareva Henua, or Penrhyn is the home of some of the Cook Islands’ most well known musicians. Their musical talents have resonated across generations of Cook Islanders. During World War II, the US military built a runway on Penrhyn to serve as a stepping stone for their Pacific conquest.

TE MAEVA NUI NZ RESULTS

TEAM
IMENE TUKI
UTE
URA PA’U
KAPA RIMA
PE’E
Aitutaki Enua
B GRADE
B GRADE
A GRADE
A GRADE
B GRADE
Akatokamanava Mauke Enua
A GRADE
A GRADE
A GRADE
A GRADE
A GRADE
A’ua’u Mangaia Enua
B GRADE
A GRADE
A GRADE
A GRADE
A GRADE
Te Vaka Puaikura
B GRADE
B GRADE
A GRADE
B GRADE
A GRADE
Te Ulu o te Watu
B GRADE
B GRADE
B GRADE
B GRADE
B GRADE
Takitumu
B GRADE
B GRADE
B GRADE
B GRADE
B GRADE
Te Au o Tonga
B GRADE
B GRADE
A GRADE
A GRADE
B GRADE
Tongareva Henua
A GRADE
A GRADE
A GRADE
A GRADE
B GRADE