Cultural dances

Cook Islands cultural festival welcomes Melanesia wantoks

Nikao village is one of four teams from Rarotonga competing in this year's cultural competitions. 

Vanuatu's Julian David joined the village team three years ago, while Alfie Ngire from the Solomon Islands came in six weeks ago. 

Both boys say they have enjoyed learning the cultural dances of their new homeland, but have made history for Melanesians who are a key part of the migrant worker community in the country.