The brainchild of local graphic designer Sam Ataera, and author Rachel Reeves, it will be launched on January 5 from 4.30 to 8.30, at the National Auditorium.
The free magazine intends to honour native wisdom and knowledge and what that knowledge can teach us about living well, “especially with some of the social and environmental problems the world is facing in the 21st century”, says Rachel.
“We had a message we wanted to share, so we channelled our talents into a publishing project and asked some of our amazing creative friends to help us out,” says Racheal.
The magazine’s creation was assisted with funds from a UN Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme, the Cook Foundation and the Cook Islands National Youth Council.
“We hope this publication will encourage people to think about how they can be part of the solution. We hope this inspires people to make changes and inspire similar changes in their spheres of influence.”
The magazine concept came from the book Martini which they produced together. It was about the cyclone Martin that devastated Manihiki in November 1997, and as they researched the book they discovered the traditional wisdom that was evident in its survivors.
They believe the knowledge of our ancestors can lead us, and the world, into healthier and more sustainable lives and with today’s tools, can help us to build a better tomorrow.
Their website suggests that the United Nations considers it a “grave risk” that around the world traditional knowledge is being lost, and with it, important tips for living healthfully and sustainably. Lokal addresses this risk.
The launch will include stalls and exhibitions featuring healers, weavers, artists, tattooists, chefs, carvers, growers, dancers, musicians, an MC and guest speakers who will donate their time. There will be a carving demonstration by Mike Tavioni and his wife Awhitea and Clive and Luther will demonstrate tatooing. This free entry event will also be plastic, junk food and alcohol-free.
Rachel says organising the event has been similar to creating and producing the magazine, “only possible because of the amazing people who happily helped us make our vision a reality.
“The Cook Islands community is so wonderful and we are so grateful.”
More on the magazine can be found on the website lokalmag.org.