The 2018 Oceania exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts opens in London on September 29, bringing together 250 Pacific works of arts to celebrate the 250th anniversary year of Captain Cook’s first exploration of the Pacific. Included among the exhibits is a tapa cloth from Rarotonga with an interesting story. Local researchers Rod Dixon and Mike Tavioni, wrote this feature, which provides background information on the cloth for its current owner, the University of Cambridge.
The words of the above popular local song, which was also one of her favourites, are a fitting tribute to Essie Apolonia Mokotupu, a woman who was loved by many and who gave much love in return.
This week was Cook Islands Language Week in New Zealand, with centres all around the country celebrating Cook Islands Language and Culture. This feature, written by Luke Kirby, appeared in the Waikato Times earlier this week. It is reprinted with the permission of the Stuff news website.
Italian Tiziana Margarito has been living in the Cook Islands for three years. Based in Rarotonga where she works as a travel agent, Margarito spends her free time exploring the outer islands. Last weekend, she visited Mangaia for the first time and documented her experience in this article
I’m picking Robin Bullen is a bit of a character.
You can see it in his mercurial smile and his eyes. There’s a hint of mischief – well, fun anyway.
The upcoming solo exhibition, Years of Colour by Kay George, at Bergman Gallery marks 30 years to the very day since the well-known visual artist arrived in the Cook Islands with her late husband and fellow artist, Ian George.
Howard Henry, in this two-part series on the Cook Islands’ prospects of becoming a member of the United Nations, was one of two original foundation staff members of the External Affairs Division (later to be the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) of the Cook Islands government in 1973.
At their lowest, the Solent flying boats dipped so close to the waters of the Pacific Ocean that passengers could pick out brilliant coral formations, whales, and even the occasional shark from their windows.
When Cook Islands journalist and freelancer Lisa Williams-Lahari came home as part of her freelance work with Pacific broadcaster 531 pi in Auckland, she thought it would be a matter of straightforward chasing up of the usual talking heads and elections leads.