A Cook Islander’s documentary about Rarotonga’s mountains will get screen time today while Aotearoa-grown films will be making their Cook Islands debut when a film festival celebrating Matariki hits the cinema next week.
The captivating sounds of traditional drums in the ‘CITC Pump the Beats’ Emo’anga Tangi Kaara 2023 drumming competition on Friday night, pounded through the filled Are Karioi (National Auditorium). Melina Etches was there.
Australian singer-songwriter Bobby Alu has spent the past four weeks soaking up island life in Rarotonga. He talks to Cook Islands News journalist Matthew Littlewood about what he discovered during his stay.
Tonight, the vibrant sounds of drumming will reverberate through Te Are Karioi (National Auditorium) as schools from around the island gather for the eagerly awaited ‘CITC Pump the Beats’ Emo’anga Tangi Kaara 2023 drumming competition.
Fabulous presentations from the 26 Te Mire Ura dancers at Rehab Nightclub on Friday night drew thunderous applause from the audience who enjoyed an evening of dazzling performances from local and expatriate dancers.
The cost of running Rarotonga’s first and only dedicated cat facility is between $2000 and $4000 a month, but those behind the venture have ‘no qualms’ about covering the amount if it means less animals being cast into the bush.
The Junior and Intermediate performers who hit the stage at the annual Tauranga Vananga Te Mire Ura cultural dance competition on Thursday night, thrilled the large audience with their dazzling choreography and spectacular costumes.
Cook Islands filmmaker Mii Taokia is passionate about telling Pacific stories. He gives deputy editor Al Williams a rundown on his journey into motion pictures and what can be done to better support those who follow a life in film.