Knowing who you are and where you come from is a big part of successfully transitioning from childhood to adult life no matter where in the world you find yourself.
For the last nine years, students from Arorangi, Rutaki, Takitumu, Papaaroa and Te Uki Ou have gone head to head in the Annual School Cultural Competition at Highland Paradise.
The cultural competition was initiated with the aim to encourage young Cook Islanders to engage in traditional and treasured cultural practices like Rangaranga (weaving), Tau Umu (preparing an umu) and Ko Akari (husking a coconut).
Hosting the event at Highland Paradise, the 600-year-old Maungaroa village site where the Tinomana tribe once called home, allows the students to have a rich cultural experience in the most authentic and traditional way.
After some fierce and friendly competition, Te Uki Ou took out first place, while Rutaki School came second, Takitumu School placed third and Papaaroa fourth.
Pictured are Papaaroa School students Ryan Mare and Tevita Tamale who chose to take their ukulele practise outside at yesterday’s competition.