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Atiu journals gifted to island museum

Wednesday August 29, 2018 Written by Published in Culture
Roger Malcolm with Mareta Atetu at the Atiu Museum and Library. 18082807 Roger Malcolm with Mareta Atetu at the Atiu Museum and Library. 18082807

Atiu resident Roger Malcolm has handed over a set of 40 issues of the Atiu Journal to Mareta Atetu, Atiu's Tourism officer and keeper of the Atiu Museum and Library. 


Malcolm says the Atiu Journal, which ran to 16 pages, was edited by David Lewis, a former principal of Mangaia, Atiu and Tereora colleges.

“It is a great snapshot of life on Atiu over the two years 1987 to 1988.”

The museum and library is located in the Atiu Tourism information office at the centre of Atiu.

Malcolm, who kindly sent us the photo, says it is slowly growing.

“The Atiu library section was started by a donation of books from the Cook Islands Library and Museum, by Jean Mason.

“The museum was started as a part of the office for our tourism officer on January 17, 2012. It took a while to get started and is sadly lacking in display material.

“There is some craft produced by attendees at a traditional craft workshop held by Ngametua Mokoroa, our first tourism officer, some black and white photos from the 1960s, the Atiu Island Council minute book from 1942 to 1956, a video archive, plus more.”

One early edition of the journal published a story about press freedom. It cast a glowing light on former Atiu MP Norman George, who was then Foreign Affairs minister.

The story said George was “top of almost all lists” when it came to cooperation with the media. “(He is) a minister who, to the best of our knowledge, has chosen regularly to answer back in print rather than attempt to squash unfavourable articles.”

“Minister George may be open to criticism on other counts, but it is rare to find a press writer who has anything but appreciation for his practical belief in the oft-discussed ‘freedom of the press’.”

CINews readers who would like to to check out the Atiu Journal, which contained numerous stories and opinion pieces about a wide variety of subjects, will find it online at:


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