Cook Island dancers given a boost

02:43, Nov 12 2012
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Shake it: Youngsters from Wainuiomata group Nga Ngauru o Tamarua show some stage energy at the Te Ura Maeva benefit in Naenae on Saturday.
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Secure in culture: Zayda-Jade Simpson-Tiaki, Hope Simpson and Emma Simpson were amongst those on stage for the Cook Islands cultural concer
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All grace: Paris Kaitai in action.
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Island style: Davina Lasini from Wainuiomata pitched in the help the Hutt Valley Cook Island performers who want to cross the Tasman and give the people there a taste of their culture.
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Island style: Davina Lasini from Wainuiomata pitched in the help the Hutt Valley Cook Island performers who want to cross the Tasman and give the people there a taste of their culture.
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Foot stamping: The boys from the Hutt Valley Cook Island Youth group perform at the Te Ura Maeva benefit concert.
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Young flower: Maycen Dwan looks to have a touch of stage fright alongside the boys of the Hutt Valley Cook Island Youth group.

The ambition of Hutt-based performance group Nga Whanau Tokovaru to take their style of dance to Australian audiences was given a boost on Saturday.

A concert in Naenae Community Hall drew a sizeable crowd and raised a good amount of money to go towards trans-Tasman travel costs, organiser Herena Meteka told Hutt News .

Tokovaru (''varu'' is ''eight'' in Cook Islands Maori) comprises members of eight extended families who are associated with the Hutt Valley Cook Island Youth group.

Saturday's concert Te Ura Maeva (''a big gather of happiness'') lived up to its name, with a variety of performers including Nga Ngauru o Tamarua from Wainuiomata and Pomare School's band contributing their talent.

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