Cook Islands Tourism Corporation is planning to run Kia Orana Week regularly to give visitors the opportunity to learn and understand more about the Cook Islands culture and tradition.

College’s first Polyfest

Tuesday March 20, 2018

Tereora College’s cultural team made a successful performance at the ASB Polyfest for the first time over the weekend.

Fe’ena Syme-Buchanan had a brief encounter with New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern during her visit last week, ahead of their next scheduled meeting later this month at the 2018 NZ Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards in Auckland.

Buchanan is a finalist in the creativity category for her collection of photographs on Mangaia, shown in an exhibition at the National Museum in January. The youth awards recognise excellence and outstanding achievement by Pacific youth in New Zealand. After attending the Women in Leadership lunch at Parliament last Thursday, Fe’ena said she was inspired by prime minister Ardern’s speech.

“I was really inspired by what she said about some women getting through the door and shutting it behind them, compared to some women who open the door and make sure it stays open for more of us to get through.

“It really connected to me and it is what our women in leadership should be doing to inspire our youth,” she said.

Fe’ena said travelling to Mangaia, Atiu and to Penrhryn for her next project showcased to her how diverse the Cook Islands are.

“Our sister islands show our cultural diversity, Rarotonga is not the Cook Islands.

“I feel more connected to our people, it is probably what I have gotten most out of my experiences travelling to our Pa enua.”

Her next adventure to Penrhryn she said is to contrast the northern-est island with our most southern island and how life is on both.

“Travelling to our outer islands always makes me gain an appreciation for what we have here in Rarotonga,” she said.

The youth awards will be handed out on 28 March.

What was initially rejected by the Mangere Arts Centre in New Zealand almost a decade ago will be the centerpiece to today’s special exhibition at the Bergman Gallery.

1975 team unites for Tereora show

Thursday March 01, 2018

Members of the first Tereora College team that went to a cultural show in New Zealand in 1975 will be reuniting tonight.

Counting on culture

Thursday February 15, 2018

This is the fourth in a series of CINews articles on the new National Culture Policy initiated by the Ministry of Cultural Development. The policy addresses five strategic goals, which will introduce a number of significant changes that are expected to be noticed from this year onwards. The fourth strategic goal is the cultural industry.

Exhibition stirs up memories

Friday February 02, 2018

Mangaian born Papatua Papatua found Fe’ena Syme-Buchanan’s “Secluded Splendour” exhibition, very moving.

Passion for culture behind visit

Thursday January 18, 2018

Three brothers who are passionate about their New Zealand and Cook Islands Maori heritage and culture have completed a one month stay in Rarotonga during which they were able to reconnect with a highly regarded member of Rarotonga’s creative community.

Hat-weaving proud family tradition

Thursday January 11, 2018

Mereani Taime, of Penrhyn, has been hand-weaving traditional hats since she was about 16, after watching and being taught by her mother.

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