Visitors tour ancient marae

Thursday March 08, 2018 Written by Published in Politics
Members of New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s delegation were given a traditional welcome at Highland Paradise yesterday. 18030711 Members of New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s delegation were given a traditional welcome at Highland Paradise yesterday. 18030711

Some members of the delegation accompanying New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern on her first visit to the Cook Islands were treated to a spirited turou (welcome) at Highland Paradise yesterday.

Highland Paradise is the site of an ancient and highly significant marae and has won a number of Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards.

An explanation of the history of Takai Marae was given by Danny Mataroa and the delegation’s traditional welcome on to the site was followed by an address by Tangiau Rangtira Arama Wichman at the site’s cultural centre and museum. Highland Paradise managing director Teuira Pirangi also made a speech and a short video explaining the significance of the UNESCO-recognised site was screened.

Delegation members were treated to refreshments before departing on two buses for the next engagement in their busy day.

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