There was a time when Cook Islanders lived and worked in closer harmony with the seasons and enjoyed significantly more leisure time. Summer holidays lasted several months during which young people dedicated themselves to pleasure. By Rod Dixon.
Tinomana Tokerau Ariki e tana Tama Ū’ā te Kauariki Rangi and Ekalesia Arorangi e te Vaka Puaikura held a thanksgiving service and special monument unveiling at the Arorangi Cook Islands Christian Church yesterday morning to celebrate the bicentennial arrival of Christianity.
The re-enactment of the arrival of Tahitian missionaries Papeiha and Vainehino and Rarotongan Te-Iro, returning from Aitutaki, to Avarua harbour 200 years ago on July 25, 1823, kicked off the Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) festivities yesterday morning.
Rarotonga will celebrate 200 years of Christianity today starting with a re-enactment scene of the time when Reverend John Williams of the London Missionary Society (LMS) sighted Rarotonga on July 25, 1823, in his bid to bring the Gospel to the island.
Historian and author Howard Henry has been fascinated by the birth of Christianity in the Cook Islands for many years. In a weekly series, Henry chronicles the arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands and its role in building the nation. In this article, he talks about the major epidemics that killed thousands and the establishment of the Ekalesia of Rarotonga.
Several hundred people are expected to attend the Bicentennial ‘Te Arikianga o te Evangelia – the Arrival of Christianity’ to the respective islands of Mitiaro/Nukuroa and Mauke/Akatokamanava this weekend.
Authors Kevin and Mary Salisbury have had the great privilege of following in the tracks of a “wonderful” Aitutakian author Rau, one of the very first Cook Islands missionaries in Papua New Guinea who wrote in his own language about the first four years of the London Missionary Society (LMS) during his time.
Before the break of dawn, the island of Atiu or Enuamanu rose to the drums of the tangi kaara signalling the beginning of the official ceremonial events to commemorate the 200-year anniversary of Te Arikianga o te Evangelia, the arrival of Christianity in 1823.
The newly crowned Miss New Zealand Georgia Waddington will be visiting Rarotonga later this month, and her host is hoping to capitalise on her wide social media following to promote the island destination.