A lesson in flower power

Thursday 28 November 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture


A lesson in flower power
Apii Takitumu students Davida Petero and Leandra Piniata with one of the school's floral displays, receive their prize from Maine Maeva Nui Maruia Willie. 19112740.

It was once said, where flowers bloom, so does hope – and Rarotonga’s children prove that.

Apii Takitumu was named the winner of Rarotonga schools’ Te Mire Tiare competition, with their theme of the vaka as a transport of education during its voyaging.

Students Davida Petero and Leandra Piniata were happy, saying it was “awesome” to receive the award from Maine Maeva Nui Maruia Willie at the National Auditorium.

Six schools made time to gather and decorate their premises for Te Mire Tiare’s last day of judging,

Apii Arorangi made a grand effort in decorating the entire premises, using selfie frames, and a “say it with flowers” theme.

No matter where you are in the world, you are naturally inclined to want a snapshot of yourself as a memento – today, this is now so much easier with selfie photographs.

Instant memory, instant souvenir, instant buzz and an instant connection, said principal Mairi Mokoroa-Heather

To personalise Te Mire Tiare event for the students, the selfie theme was set.

There were interesting selfie frame ideas from the different classes including a wedding frame, jungle frame, instagram frame, sacred grounds frame, and a shower with flower frame.

As soon as the drummers and judges entered the school grounds, the students, and the little ones jumped up and danced away, never mind the heat, said Mokoroa-Heather.

Decorations were created by the students brought flowers from their homes, businesses also assisted the teachers

She said the event reminded her of the famous saying, it takes a village to raise a child.

“It is a perfect way to develop stronger engagement with our students, parents, and the wider community while staying grounded to our culture,” Mokoroa-Heather says.

“Saying it with flowers makes it more unique. The vibrant colours and the soothing calming aroma of the flowers just gives you that wow factor, the beauty of our home, the lovely scent, our paradise.”

She conveys a warm thank you to the beautiful parents, caregivers and families for their awesome support.

“Saying it with flowers and fruits speaks volumes of their caring, sharing and united gestures.”

Ministry of Cultures Event organiser Robert Ioaba said the standard of the schoolss decorations was of a high standard, and he was proud of the time and contributions from the students, teachers and families for this special event celebrating our flowers in bloom.

The prizes for the business, government departments and schools were presented yesterday.


Businesses category: Winner Rarotonga Bowling club. Consolation prizes 1st C & P Flora and Landscape, 2nd Air New Zealand, 3rd Prime Foods, the Hut 24 and Aretoa Daniela.

Government departments: Winner Ministry of Agriculture. Consolation prizes 1st Ports Authority, 2nd MFAI, 3rd Meteorological office, Te Aponga Uira, CIIC Head office, Immigration.

Schools: Winner Apii Takitumu. Consolation prizes 1st Apii Arorangi, 2nd Apii Te Uki Ou, 3rd Apii Rutaki, St Josephs primary school, Apii Nikao, Titikaveka college.