When CI News published a story recently about licencing problems faced by a new Rarotonga
business based on the ‘traditional’ tumunu or bush beer, it grabbed the attention of University of
Waikato researcher Dr Apo Aporosa.
He offered to write a feature story on the original practices
and traditions of the tumunu which were based not on bush beer, but on kava. Dr Aporosa is
related to the village of Macuata in Northern, Fiji. His adopted sister is related to Aitutaki. His
work at the Hamilton, New Zealand university includes teaching on kava and identity.
I HAVE a friend here in New Zealand.
This feature, written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne,takes a thought-provoking look at misconceptions of cultural identity in the Cook Islands, particularly in regard to the cultural experiences we present to tourists. Wynne, who moved home to the Cook Islands in 2011, is a counsellor at Araura College on Aitutaki.
Former Cook Islands News political reporter Phillipa Webb has written the chapter on Cook Islands government and politics for a new book, Pacific Ways, just published by Victoria University Press in New Zealand.
Tereora College scooped the Vaka Iti trophy from defending champion Araura College of Aitutaki at this year’s 2016 BSP Vaka Iti Regatta at the Muri Lagoon yesterday.
Sporadic squalls did little to dampen the spirits of the 350 plus youth paddlers who gathered at Muri lagoon on Thursday and Friday for Vaka Iti 2016.
When local writer Howard Henry marches in the annual parade on Anzac Day, he will be wearing with pride the military medals of Ru Kamire Henry. In this story written for CI News, Howard tells of the wartime experiences of two of his relatives, Eric and Ru Henry.
Gerald McCormack of the Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust wrote this feature disputing the idea that Pacific paddlers might have taken feared mosquito disease Zika to Brazil. The article explains the spread of Zika and how “herd immunity” serves to protect us from an immediate return of the disease. The Cook Islands experienced a Zika outbreak in 2014 and health authorities have since been keeping a close eye on other outbreaks in neighbouring Pacific countries, including Samoa.
The Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards 2016 announced at a gala awards dinner at the National Auditorium last night was a sellout affair with more than 300 guests. The show included entertainment, dinner with Cook Islands fare on show and two international guest speakers – Air NZ’s chief sales and commercial officer, Cam Wallace and prominent New Zealand and internationally known jeweller, Sir Michael Hill.