CI Times Weekly | Current Issue 255 | 16 June 2008

Queens in camp for new launch

Laughter and music can be heard coming out of the Pukapuka Hostel every night as local queens rehearse performances for what is certain to be the event of the year – the launch of Te Tiare Association.
The forthcoming launch of Te Tiare Association is being taken so seriously by members that they’ve been camping en masse at Pukapuka Hostel in order to be able to rehearse every night.
To be held Saturday 21 June, the high profile event will include a “Jewels Cabaret Show”, which will showcase dazzling costumes, songs and dances by our queenies. Many will remember the first Jewel of the Island evening as being a memorable, fun evening where the creativity and talent of queenies was at the fore in the display of many fantastic costumes and performances.
“The launch will be even better,” promises Te Tiare member Clee Marsters, who will also be performing in the cabaret show. “Without giving too much away, we’ve practiced hard and we’ve put together a really good, entertaining show, expect a taste of our own dance flavoured by Las Vegas style.”
“It will really be a fantastic night and Aroa Nui Hall will look spectacular, the interior decorating is being put together by a really talented team led by Kaolani who is really well known for her creativity in making costumes.”
Clee says the queens will spend almost two days decorating and preparing the hall for the dinner and cabaret show. “Hopefully we will be able to get a bit of a rest before the show and be refreshed and looking our absolute most stunning best for our guests.”
Tickets are being snapped up fast, says Clee. “Just like the first Jewels night, some people left it to the last minute to get a ticket and then found out that all tickets were sold out, and so were very disappointed.”
Teams travelling to Rarotonga for the mixed and men’s netball tournament have also reserved tickets for the night, reducing numbers that are available for sale, explained Clee.
Only limited tickets are being sold for Te Tiare launch to keep the event at a comfortable number and to ensure that the three-course meal being served on the night by SkyChefs “is of the highest quality.”
“Don’t be disappointed; get a ticket now before they’re all sold out because they could very well be by Monday.”
The launch creates history for the country’s akavaine and Te Tiare Association, the first of its kind in the Cook Islands. It follows closely the formation of similar organisations in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and Tahiti. However, the Cook Islands body is the only organisation with a vision statement which reads;
Leading our own destinies
To lead our destinies peacefully and with dignity;
To embrace our culture with pride and joy;
To respect our differences and celebrate our similarities;
To give to our society with generosity and receive with humility;
To ask for understanding and the freedom to lead meaningful lives.

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