Filming takes place for the World Summer’s Resort special on the Cook Islands. 22122821
The Cook Islands will be shown off to an audience of millions in Japan, thanks to a travel show series.
Travel show World Summer’s
Resort will focus on the resorts and tourist activities of Rarotonga and
Coordinator Kana Daniel, who
has lived in the Cook Islands for nearly 20 years, said the filming took 11
Cook Islanders Tiana Haxton
and Terena Koteka-Wiki were chosen as presenters for the show.
Daniel said there was a
potential audience for the project of up to five million. It will be screened
on Japanese television on February 4 and February 11.
“There’s a lot of interest
overseas about the Cook Islands,” she said.
Haxton, a presenter for Cook
Islands Television, said she enjoyed learning some Japanese words during the
“I found reading Japanese a
little bit easier because I can speak Māori. The syllables and vowels are very
similar,” Haxton said.
“They would write up the
script, which was marked accordingly. Once you got into the language it was
Haxton said it was interesting
seeing the tourists’ perspective compared to that of the locals.
“It’s nice to have that
perspective. You learn what beaches are more popular with the tourists, and they’re
not necessarily the same ones the locals go to,” she said.
Koteka-Wiki said she enjoyed
the Aitutaki experience.
“I’ve been there a handful of
times, but it was a humbling experience, everyone in the hotel was very kind,”
“You learn to get out of your
shell a bit more. It was an opportunity to promote the islands that was really
Koteka-Wiki said the shoot
made her more eco-conscious about the island.
“You need to be mindful of
your waste, especially in lagoon passages with marine life. You need to be
conscious about what you’re doing,” she said.
“You can see these big landfills firsthand on
a small island. I think it’s becoming more obvious that we need to do something
as we’re heading into the climate crisis.”
Haxton said the small size of
the islands made everyone more environmentally conscious.
“In bigger places, it’s more ‘out
of sight out of mind’, but here you see the effects of waste right in front of
you,” she said.
Koteka-Wiki said it was a
great learning experience.
“I would definitely be
involved in something like this again. You get to promote your country, if you
ever get an opportunity like this, you should always make time. You become
really passionate about your country and its growth,” she said.
The episodes were directed by
Yasufumi Wantanabe, while Mitisuo Akaogi was the camera operator.
They landed in Rarotonga on
December 17 and departed on Wednesday.
“A lot of work goes into a
project like this, especially if the weather isn’t great. If it’s not blue
skies, you have to adjust. It’s impressive that the crew was just a two-man
team,” Koteka-Wiki said.
“On top of learning some
Japanese language, it was a cool experience to learn how all the recording equipment
Haxton said she hoped the
viewers in Japan would see the Cook Islands as a relaxing place.
“I think the main audience
watching it in Japan will be feeling quite stressed with work. I hope they do
get the message that the Cook Islands is a great place to relax,” she said.