Celebrating Cooks Islands art

Monday August 10, 2015 Written by Published in Entertainment
New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Nick Hurley and his wife Christine (left) with New Zealand artist David Teata at a New Zealand Maori carving workshop earlier this year. New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Nick Hurley and his wife Christine (left) with New Zealand artist David Teata at a New Zealand Maori carving workshop earlier this year.

Cook Islands senior heritage artists will travel to New Zealand in September as part of an annual Pacific cultural and artistic exchange.  

The Cook Islands was selected for this year’s exchange in celebration of the 50th anniversary of self-government in free association with New Zealand.

This year’s delegation of Cook Islands artists met with High Commissioner Nick Hurley and Creative New Zealand artist liaison Tuaratini Raa on Wednesday.  

The delegation includes Tua Pittman, Mark Short, Ti Pepeko, Mama Tara Tuteru, Tungane Broadbent, and Minar Henderson. 

During their week-long programme the artists will share their skills during a free public programme of workshops, demonstrations, and talks hosted and run by Fresh Gallery Otara and Auckland War Memorial Museum.  

The artists will also take a tour of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and meet with local Maori and Pacific artists to exchange cultural knowledge.

New Zealand High Commissioner Nick Hurley says Pacific arts and culture is a major feature of New Zealand’s arts landscape.

He says this is a wonderful opportunity for New Zealand Pacific artists to exchange skills and cultural knowledge with these skilled artists.

“New Zealand is proud to support initiatives that assist Pacific communities and artists preserve, develop and pass on their customary artistic practices.”

This opportunity was made possible through Creative New Zealand’s international Pasifika cultural exchange programme, aimed at helping Pacific communities preserve, develop and transmit their customary artistic practices.

 Creative New Zealand has supported previous cultural and artistic exchanges with Niue, Tonga, and Samoa. 

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