Cook Islands volunteers have eaten and sung and shed tears with Aboriginal families devastated by the Australian bushfires – just one of the new bonds forged between the two countries as the Great Southern Land endures a time of suffering.
Nigel Hoeflich a former student of Tereora college (he quit after three years), was happy last month to take up an invitation by teachers to share his story, “of coming from nothing to something.” He spoke of his personal struggles of growing up, of being a rebellious kid, and the passing of his father, at a seminar for Year 9 students focused on ‘resilience’.
The young students of Araura Primary school have been learning about their families and the importance of genealogy. As part of their assignments, they were asked to write their genealogy in either English or Cook Islands Maori. Some talented students expressed their creativeness by drawing their family tree on a mural which signified their generational links.
The Cook Islands National Museum - Runanga Pakau, in collaboration with the Cook Islands Returned Servicemen’s Association, Florence Syme-Buchanan and the New Zealand High Commission are presenting the Cook Islands Service in the Great War 1914-1918 Exhibition.
News that Pacific Schooners’ auxiliary-sail trading vessel Tiare Taporo has been contracted to return visitors to their home islands when Te Maeva Nui ends has caused a stir among some Cook Islands News readers.
Creating an artwork that celebrates 50 years of self government and the plight of the green turtle has brought together a small group of scientists and artists who plan to carve a monument to the green turtle.