This is the third iteration of Atui’anga and will run from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday with the group attending a CICC church service on Sunday.
Jackie Tuara, one of the programme co-ordinators said: “During the second iteration of Atui’anga in January, we delivered the programme from two locations, Te Miromiro Marae in Ngatangiia and Taputapuatea in Avarua.”
“With more than 50 children at each of the two locations, the community dimension came to the fore as a critical element for our children’s learning and enjoyment in the Atui’anga environment.
“We’ve therefore combined the delivery of next week’s programme, to bring to the fore the community dimension of our programme and enable the pooling of delivery resources, particularly our tutors and volunteers.”
Next week’s programme will feature a variety of activities including takiri (reef fishing), rangaranga kikau (weaving), ei making, tanu taro (planting taro), opu moa (traditional methods of catching, cleaning and cooking chickens) and ta’u umu (umu preparation).
Storytelling, traditional games (such as rere rakau and tukituki teniteni), singing imene tuki (hymns) and ukarere playing will also be interwoven throughout the week’s programme which will culminate in a shared feast prepared by the children on Friday afternoon with their families.
Fees are $30 per child or $50 for two or more children per family for ages 6 years through to 18 years.
Attendance to all elements of the six day programme is expected with evening sessions planned with the Cook Islands Voyaging Society (to learn about voyaging) and rama koiti (crab collecting).
Organisers acknowledge with deep appreciation the support of community and business partners which enable the delivery of the programme and the tutors and volunteers who commit their time, expertise and passion to share with our children.
Dr Teina Rongo who is part of the organising group said: “Ultimately Atui’anga ki te Tango is about immersing our children in our Maori values and traditions as a means of strengthening their connection to our land, sea and communities.
“It’s also about providing them critical life skills which we hope will better equip them for their respective life journey’s and caring for our ipukarea.
“We would particularly welcome the participation of parents and caregivers in the programme so the learning extends into the home beyond next week.”