The Marae Moana Outreach Team with the House of Ariki president Travel Tou Ariki and clerk Tupuna Rakanui earlier this month. SUPPLIED/21100801
The Marae Moana Public Outreach team were able to meet with the House of Ariki earlier this month to promote and raise awareness and education on Marae Moana. The visit was successful in highlighting the aims of Marae Moana and solidifying the partnership between the traditional network of the House of Ariki and Marae Moana’s different outreach initiatives.
Kauma’iti Nui, Travel Tou Ariki and the Otare Kura (Clerk)
Tupuna Rakanui from the House of Ariki met with the Marae Moana Public Outreach
team supported by Seacology.
The members present from the Outreach team were Tim and Lucile
Meyer and Kora Petuela Kora, working alongside the Marae Moana ambassador,
Kevin Iro, and Maria Tuoro from the Marae Moana Coordination Office.
The visit was a courtesy call on traditional leaders as key
partners within the work of Marae Moana. The team felt that there are still
many other opportunities to promote Marae Moana, to the children especially and
to the general community.
Iro explained that “the team supports Marae Moana objectives by
doing community outreach to schools and the community”.
“We started with Apii Te Uki Ou presentations and a few
initiatives yet to come with this collaboration, to support Marae Moana,” added
The team have also managed to do a Kia Orana Podcast session
with hosts Chantal Napa alongside Cook Islands Voyaging Society who are also
part of this support from Seacology.
Tou Ariki welcomed the team and encouraged all to work together.
“We support the development of the Marae Moana so it is
important that we keep working and together to push our objectives through for
our people and country. As traditional leaders, we are always here to support
and using our traditional network of Ariki and Aronga mana in the Pa Enua is
key to this effort,” he said
The team will continue to liaise with the House of Ariki, as
well as slowly make their way around to meet other partners in this space.