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Preserving culture everyone’s responsibility

Monday March 19, 2018 Written by Published in Politics
Prime minister Henry Puna at the unveiling of the Te Puna Korero and the Sir Geoff rey Henry National Culture Centre plaque, one of the most recent examples of preserving, perpetuating and promoting culture. 18030402 Prime minister Henry Puna at the unveiling of the Te Puna Korero and the Sir Geoff rey Henry National Culture Centre plaque, one of the most recent examples of preserving, perpetuating and promoting culture. 18030402

This is the fifth and final in a series of CINews articles on the new National Culture Policy initiated by the Ministry of Cultural Development. The policy addresses five strategic goals, and while its effects may not be noticed until later this year, it will introduce a number of significant changes. The final strategic goal is support and coordination.

 

Preserving, perpetuating and promoting culture is the responsibility of all Cook Islanders.

In order to fulfil that responsibility, there is a need to establish firm, supportive partnerships with relevant key stakeholders at regional, national and international levels.

All need to work together to ensure that high-level outputs are achieved, leading to the most desired outcomes.

At this stage, the Ministry of Cultural Development (MoCD) will ensure that preserving and promoting Cook Islands culture through its practice in the workplace will be integral to all agency operations, and the values of the people will be reflected and used in such a way as to provide the best service.

Relationships with regional and international partners will also be looked at to become supporting pillars in preserving and promoting the culture.

“At this stage our outcomes are realised and we constantly monitor our relationships with a view to continuously improve so they continue to support us and the work we do with our culture,” the policy reads.

The first area that the final strategic goal will tackle is the government’s partners.

Government agencies will be looked upon as agents for the preservation and promotion of culture by integrating it as a central part of the work programme.

A review of the work in government agencies that supports the preservation and promotion of Cook Islands culture will be undertaken, and the MoCD will provide support to ensure services are culturally appropriate.

MoCD will also work alongside the Climate Change Cook Islands Office to establish cultural plans to be resilient and adaptable to climate variability.

Private-sector family is the second strategic area, where the current working relationship with MoCD will be nurtured and partnerships subsequently developed.

Alongside the private sector, NGOs and special groups such as women, children and the disadvantaged will be encouraged to formulate, develop and implement cultural programmes.

Strategic area number three is regional friends, with whom the MoCD will seek out information and resources from Pacific countries’ prior experiences to support the development of culture in the Cook Islands.

In working alongside Pacific regional agencies, the focus will be on culture, language preservation and the cultural industry.

The final strategic area is international partners, with the goal being to actively participate in global movements that help protect the rights of cultural custodians.

MoCD will seek out assistance from these agencies in the development, promotion and marketing of Cook Islands products, and where necessary become members of international agencies to attract support in the development of the culture.

All of the strategic areas will be monitored and evaluated for their effectiveness, and amended if necessary.

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