29 July - 6 August 2016

Te Maeva Nui is the Cook Islands celebration of nationhood, self government and independence, held annually, which includes the national day on 4th August. It is an event that involves the people of all 15 islands.

The celebrations include a float parade (main road Avarua) and opening ceremony (Constitution Park Avarua), church services, cultural dance and drumming competitions, market days and other entertainment, primarily at the National Auditorium and the Punanga Nui Market.

All celebrations are open to locals and visitors.

Click here for details of the Te Maeva Nui event program.

Tickets for National Auditorium cultural dance and drumming competition are available from:

  • Odile Urirau at urirau@cookislands.gov.ck
  • Public Shelter opposite Police HQ in Avarua – 9am to 3pm
  • The National Library – 9am to 3pm
  • National Auditorium – at the door two hours before the cultural dance performances

If you are on Rarotonga during Te Maeva Nui, don't miss the float parade and the competitions!

See photo gallery for images from the 2015 Te Maeva Nui celebrations.

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