However, the founding date was later changed to October 15 because of the conflict with Gospel Day. The new date was also considered an appropriate choice because 15 also represents the 15 islands in the Cook Islands.
Avarua was the first Girl Guide Company and others were later established around Rarotonga and on Aitutaki and the rest of the outer islands.
On October 15 this year, the Girl Guides celebrated 89 years of Guiding in the Cook Islands, known as “Cook Islands Day”.
Cook Islands Day was hosted by the Arorangi Company with the theme “For Her World”. The celebrations began with a dawn service at the Arorangi CICC Church, followed by hoisting of the Girl Guide flag. In the evening, six companies from around Rarotonga attended the Arorangi CICC evening service followed by a fellowship (uapou).
The uapou started with the lighting of the birthday cake by the Arorangi Brownies and the candle was blown by former Guiding members.
Each company was asked to choose a heroine from the Bible, create a question based on their chosen heroine and present a question for discussion, followed by a song, chorus/imene tuki about their chosen heroine.
It was an evening full of celebration and singing and the association thanked current and former members who have continuously supported the Girl Guide Movement and, the Arorangi Ekalesia for supporting the Cook Islands Day hosts.
“We would also like to thank our sisters in Girls Brigade and brothers in the Boys Brigade for their continuous support,” said Arorangi Girl Guide leader Ngara Katuke.
“It is our sincere wish that Guiding will continue for many more years to come.”