26 Jul 2016

Cook Islands prepares for Te Maeva Nui

1:26 pm on 26 July 2016

Cook Islands Police are stepping up their presence on Rarotonga's roads and public areas leading up to Te Maeva Nui, which starts on Friday this week.

Cook Islands dancers at te maeva nui for the 50th anniversary of Cooks self governance

Dancers from Manihiki take a break from te Maeva Nui festivities on Rarotonga. Photo: RNZ Sally Round

The week long celebration of self government draws large numbers to the island from around the Cook Islands and abroad.

Police Inspector John Strickland said police would be stepping up a gear to ensure law and order was maintained at all times.

Mr Strickland is hoping they can match last year's 50th anniversary which was free of any mishap.

The Cook Islands News reported him saying that as the festival launch date draws near, there would be increased security and patrolling, as dignitaries would be visiting for the celebrations.

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