Cultural celebration in full swing

Wednesday July 09, 2014 Written by PF/MW Published in Culture
University of Waikato performers were all smiles after the delicious lunch put on by their sister club VUWISA. 14070914 University of Waikato performers were all smiles after the delicious lunch put on by their sister club VUWISA. 14070914

Cook Islands student performers were welcomed onto the Takapuwahia Marae in Wellington as part of the weeklong Taokotaianga by and for Cook Islands university students.

A celebration of Cook Islands culture in New Zealand, the event sees tertiary students and Cook Islanders living abroad gather to celebrate their culture in through cultural performances, sporting activities and academic talks.

Students and supporters from Auckland were the first team to arrive late Monday night for the event, followed by the University of Waikato on Tuesday afternoon. 

The teams had Tuesday morning to settle in and practice before getting to know each other better with ice breakers, fun activities and a formal dinner put on for them by the Victoria University Cook Islands students.

The week of cultural sharing and learning runs up until July 13.

The first performance is the imene tuki and speech competition scheduled for today at 6pm at the Takapuwahia Marae.

Vice president of VUWCIA Kura Moeka’a says planning the event has been in motion for a year. 

This will be the first time in 20 years that the Victoria team has hosted the event.

“It was tough getting the ground work done but seeing it all come together now is rewarding,” Moeka’a said.

She credits the planning of the event to the strong core group of organisers and a supportive Cook Island community.

"Taokotaianga is about bringing together Cook Islanders to celebrate and encourage success.”

1 comment

  • Comment Link Caren Rangi Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:18 posted by Caren Rangi

    Taokotaianga was a fantastic celebration of Cook Islands success and pride, and it was a privilege to take part. Also wanted to note that there were two students attending from the Eastern Institute of Technology in Napier - Henry Heather, who is undertaking a business degree in accountancy, and Aiaikitekura Kavana, who is soon to complete a degree in Visual Arts and Design.

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