Rarotonga school children put their tau umu (umu cooking), weaving, storytelling, ute singing and drumming skills to the test yesterday in the second annual school cultural competition organised and sponsored by Highland Paradise Cultural Centre.
Arorangi Primary School students show off their weaving skills during the second annual school cultural competition, organised and sponsored by the Highland Paradise Cultural Centre in Vaka Puaikura.
People everywhere can expect to hear plenty about the Cook Islands Marine Park over the next year from a newly appointed staff member of Te Ipukarea Society (TIS).
Three residents of the Cook Islands swore an oath on Queen Elizabeth II in a citizenship ceremony presided over by New Zealand High Commissioner John Carter yesterday.
Today marks the start of the House of Ariki annual conference for traditional title holders.
The week-long conference was declared open on Friday during the Ariki Day celebrations by House of Ariki Kaumaiti (president) Travel Tou Ariki.
During his address at the Ariki Day celebrations, Travel Tou Ariki touched on some of the issues the traditional leaders would be discussing.
One matter he wants addressed is the process in which title holders are elected and invested with a traditional title.
His biggest concern is the in-fighting among family members vying for the title, and such matters going to the land court to be dealt with rather than family members discussing and mutually agreeing to the right person to hold the traditional title.
While this issue is set to make for robust discussion during the conference, there was nothing but peace and togetherness at the Ariki Day celebrations hosted by Vaka Takitumu chiefs Pa Ariki and Kainuku Ariki.
With arms wide open, Kaumaiti (president) of the House of Ariki, Travel Tou Ariki, accepts the kura (message) and invite by Pa Ariki and Kainuku Ariki to join Vaka Takitumu in celebrating Ui Ariki Day on Friday.