Internationally-renowned Kiwi artist Billy Apple had been scheduled to land on Rarotonga today for his second exhibition in the Cook Islands. Apple died after a short illness at his Auckland home on Monday. Rarotonga Bergman Gallery owner Ben Bergman connected with Apple over several years and shares his memories of the artist with Al Williams.
An unconventional, fun approach to teaching Maori has taken off at Gallery Tavioni, taking place every Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks in an attempt to preserve the important role of language in culture.
An eighteen-year-old aspiring artist has used her love of drawing and art to create her own business, painting henna designs as well as commissioning her own paintings to make a living for herself through creative expression. Alana Musselle reports.
Deeply respectful of the richness of Polynesian culture, a Rarotonga-based French stone carver feels his talent is his way of showing respect and adoration for the island which has not only become his new home but has given him a fresh lens on life.
With the recent passing of Prince Philip, we wondered what official gifts had been presented to Queen Elizabeth II, her consort, and other royals during their Cook Islands visits. This is what we found. By Jean Tekura Mason and Rod Dixon.
Knitting was introduced to Cook Islands Girl Guides in 1936. In 1940, a great deal of work was undertaken by the Girl Guiding Company in Rarotonga that included knitting comforts for men serving in the forces. For years the Guiders knitted garments for children overseas. This week those involved in the project were honoured at a special event.
The logistics of taking part in an international art fair when you are an art gallery based on a small island in the Pacific is challenging at the best of times. When you add the year that has been into the mix, it all gets very interesting. By Rachel Smith.