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.”