Auckland-based Aitutakian artist Clinton Hewett has returned to his home island for some important work, collecting together old stories and legends of Aitutaki for a graphic novel he plans on publishing.
The theme of speeches delivered during Ariki Day celebrations in the Takitumu district last Friday focused on the roles and functions of the country’s traditional leaders and the reasons they need to lean on God's understanding in leading their people.
The $3 million cost of the upcoming Te Maeva Nui celebrations is more than four times the amount set out in the 2017/2018 Cook Islands Government Budget Estimates document released in June last year.
The beautiful upper Takuvaine Valley was described as, “a Garden of Eden” by one of the people who went on the “Takurua” trek around plantations and gardens on Rarotonga on Wednesday morning.
After screening at New Zealand’s Wairoa Maori Film Festival earlier this month – and winning the award for best female actor – local filmmaker Josh Baker’s short film A Boy From Rarotonga will now be shown at the prestigious New Zealand International Film Festival.