While it’s good to get new local programmes on CITV, it is not good practice to source material from just one person and not do any cross-checking.
was CITV’s first mistake in the Peu Tupuna episode that aired on Tuesday
evening, 29th November, regarding the founding of Kimiangatau
village on Mauke in 1904. CITV’s informant made references to English-speaking
people as the main cause of the friction, which resulted in the movement of the
two chiefs, Te Au and Samuela, and their followers from the older village of
Oiretumu (inland), to establish a new village on the coast, called Kimiangatau.
were these Papa’a, or English-speaking people then? Could it be Catholic
priests from Tahiti, who spoke Tahitian and had arrived around the same time?
Could it be the Mauke people themselves who had converted to Catholicism and
were therefore practicing the despised religion (because it was brought by the
enemy of the British LMS, the Catholic French?) and they were therefore no
longer welcome in Oiretumu?
main reason for Kimiangatau’s founding was the fact that the then Tararo Ariki
did not welcome the Catholic church in Mauke (which arrived around 1894) and
claimed to own the land that had been granted for the Catholic church by
Samuela Tangata Ariki. Samuela, a former follower of the LMS, had converted to
Catholicism, along with most of his family. At one-point Mauke had the largest
number of Catholics per capita of any island in the Cook Islands.
were given a very bad time at the beginning, not just in Mauke but also on
Rarotonga and other islands. It was common practice of the day for LMS
ministers, during services, to criticise the Catholic church and to berate some
of their own LMS congregation for allowing their children to be educated in
Catholic schools. One minister in particular, the Rev. Adoni, was the most
virulent. All of this information can be found in the old Torea newspapers.
God we are more civilised nowadays and more tolerant of people with different
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titles in six years
the FIFA World Cup is currently being played in Qatar, the domestic competition
on Rarotonga continued with the climax last Saturday.
Striker thought this story can’t go unnoticed and ought to be told. Tupapa
Maraerenga premier men’s team have won the Championship title five times in the
last six years.
is a huge achievement that no club have done in recent years. The team have been
plagued with many injuries in recent weeks especially in the defence area and
had to use three under 18 players to fill the gaps. This didn’t weaken the team
in the crucial, physical and deciding match against Nikao Sokattak played at
CIFA last Saturday. The team showed composure, patience and scored two goals in
the last twenty minutes through newcomer Daniela Taokia and youngster Tuffy
club over the years is more like a family affair and have had players like the
Joseph brothers Sunai and Mii with the latter now the head coach, the Piri
family with Teariki and now young Shane Tuteru and in-law Teina Savage, Dave Milanovich,
Anthony Samuela, Peni Kitione, just to name a few and the Harmon brothers of
Lee and no doubt the kingpin and anchor of this men’s team for many years,
Grover Harmon, who is no doubt, one of the best footballer this country has
is also the club president and is one of the senior players in the Cook Islands
national team. He has played more Oceania International Club games than anyone
in the Pacific region including New Zealand with 34 games and this is a record.
Grover who doesn’t speak much and lets his action on the field speak is a
product of the CIFA Football scholarship programme in previous years and have
played at a good level in Australia before returning home seven years ago for
team will represent CIFA at the next Oceania Club Competition. The team with
its high number of injuries is taking a week’s break due to its placing in the
Round Cup Championship and will play again next week in the Knock Out
club and players would like to thank their families and supporters this season
and also the previous season.