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Xinling Gao (Coco), is a journalist with the Shanghai Morning Post in Shanghai, China. Recently she and her friend Daisy embarked on an adventure to follow their dreams, spending a year and a half travelling to Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Australia. In the days following their visit to Rarotonga and Aitutaki, Coco wrote a story about their trip, which she kindly gave to CI News.
THE WAVES cupped the stern of the vaka, splashing over her as she ploughed through the vastness that is the blue haze of Moana O Kiva.
OVER 50 guests at the National Museum on Thursday evening took the opportunity to preview a collection of special art works created by students from Rarotonga, Atiu, Mangaia and Atitutaki.
For THE last 13 years, Arerangi Tongia, Brigham Young University of Hawaii graduate and former director/curator of the National Museum of the Cook Islands has been spreading and sharing his love of his Cook Islands culture at the annual Foster City Polynesian Festival in Foster City, near San Francisco, California.
Aitutaki-based counsellor Thomas Wynne discusses a topic few people like to talk about: suicide. His thought-provoking feature is timely, as it precedes a visit to the Cook Islands next by New Zealand comedian Mike King, who has fought his own battles with depression, addiction and recovery. King will be visiting schools on Rarotonga and Aitutaki and will be bringing a voice to the otherwise taboo subject of suicide.
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.