Vaa Tuatua o Tinomana Tokerau Ariki, Tere Taio and the Arorangi CICC congregation celebrate the arrival of Christianity on Gospel/Nuku Day. 22113006
The Arorangi Cook Islands Christian Church has started preparations for the 200-year commemoration of the arrival of the Gospel in July next year, setting a budget of just under half a million dollars.
The organisers have set a budget of $495,000, however,
costs are being adjusted as quotes from overseas and around Rarotonga are being
Vaka Puaikura have been in full swing preparing since
the launch of the bi-centennial celebrations to be held on July 26 and 27 next
Over 3000 people are expected to attend the district’s
biggest event in living history.
To assist with the expenses, a radiothon on Radio Cook
Islands will start tomorrow from 12 noon to 6pm, hosted by Nga Teao-Papatua and
supported by Sam Crocombe and Vaa Tuatua o Tinomana Tokerau Ariki, Tere Taio.
People are encouraged to ring the station and make a
Last week, Vaimutu and families in Ruaau, successfully
hosted a fundraiser in the district.
Team leader of the organising committee, Jane Wichman
Poa said they are yet to discuss other activities, including a Thanksgiving
Service of peace and unity for Vaka Puaikura.
“Building on positive relationships of peace and
harmony in Vaka Puaikura is a significant goal to achieve working in
consultation with all denominations locally and with families overseas,” said
The celebration requires many volunteers, resources
and financial support.
Media/communications administrator, Violet Tisam said:
“We are working on getting our young people to feel connected and get involved
and be included in the decision making, making it meaningful and memorable for
them as well.”
The bicentennial programme will include prayer
services, commemoration ceremonies, festivals, uapou’s (imene tuki), choir
(Gospel singing) and dinner.
It will also include a commemorative stone dedicated
to mark Tinomana Enuarurutini’s acceptance of the Gospel in 1823; commemorative
stones dedicated to the faithful service of Reverend John Williams and Reverend
Papehia; commemorative stones dedicated to the faithful service of the Arorangi
Missionaries who served beyond the Cook Islands and dedicated prayer service
celebrating the gift of faith and for peace uniting Vaka Puaikura Christians.
Members of the organising committee are: Celebration co-ordinator
Patrick Arioka, lead IT expert developer Anonga Tisam, media and videographer
consultant Terence Pera, photographer and graphics consultant Taa Pera, research
consultant Nooroa Tuoro, radio broadcaster Sam Crocombe, marketing consultant Susan
Sadaraka, media/communications administrator Violet Tisam, team leader and
editor Jane Wichman Poa
The committee is co-chaired by the Vaa Tuatua
(spokesperson) for Tinomana Tokerau Ariki, Tere Taio and Diakono – Okirua
The Cook Islands Christian Church is the largest
religious denomination in the Cook Islands. The church has congregations in the
Pa Enua, New Zealand and Australia.