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Upcoming Vaka voyage aims to make history

Thursday 10 June 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Culture, National

An epic voyage with themes of cultural preservation, knowledge sharing, and environmental awareness will soon take the 17 brave crew members of Vaka Marumaru Atua to the islands of the Northern Pa Enua.

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After crew vax, Vaka heads North

Saturday 5 June 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

To protect the people of the beautiful Pa Enua, Vaka Marumaru Atua’s voyage to the Northern Group has been delayed in order for the team to receive their full Covid-19 Pfizer vaccinations.

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Expats, masters dancers put on impressive show

Tuesday 25 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Three top dancers retained their titles in the Mire Ura competition held on Saturday night at the Rehab Nightclub

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Dancing for love of culture

Monday 24 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

As usual, the Rauti Para Golden Oldies 60+ and Experts Dance Competition drew an impressive supportive crowd at the Rehab night club over the weekend.

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Culture tour guide workshop focuses on Puaikura

Tuesday 18 May 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Culture, National

Tauranga Vananga Ministry of Culture and Cook Islands Tourism conducted their second round of cultural tour guide workshops last week as a part of their joint commitments outlined in their five year Memorandum of Understanding.

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Champion dancing for pride and passion

Saturday 15 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

The Mire Ura 2021 senior girls dance champion Ambushia Mateariki said she was dancing for ‘Pride’ and passion on Thursday night.

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Who are we without our Maori language?

Wednesday 12 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Taputukura Mariri was honoured to receive a warrant of appointment to the Kopapa Reo Maori, the Maori Language Commission on Tuesday.

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Our ‘forgotten’ wartime knitters honoured

Tuesday 11 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Cook Islands women whose knitting skills helped keep soldiers warm on the front lines during World War I and II have been honoured.

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Our dancing ‘shows who we are’

Tuesday 11 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Heretini Tarau will step onto the stage alone for the first time to represent her home island of Rakahanga at the Mire Ura Senior Dance Competition tomorrow night.

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Top line-up of Mire Ura Senior dancers

Thursday 6 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Carlos Bond from the islands of Aitutaki and Penrhyn is “a little nervous but very excited” to participate in the Mire Ura Senior dance competition, which has been postponed until next Wednesday.

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Amazing dancers make judges’ work hard

Monday 3 May 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Culture, National

Nine talented dancers lit up the stage on Friday evening in the intermediate section of the National Dancer of the Year event.

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Te Mire Ura dance comp starts Thursday

Wednesday 28 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

The reigning 2020 Mire Ura junior boys champion Aporo William will return to the stage tomorrow night to defend his title.

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Singing and dancing loud and proud

Friday 23 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

The annual Rarotonga Schools Culture Festival on Wednesday night displayed passionate and inspiring performances from each group.

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Students raise the roof for Cook Islands culture

Thursday 22 April 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Culture, National

The national sports arena was brought to life on Tuesday night with the dancing and singing of young Cook Islanders proudly showcasing their culture on the opening night at the Rarotonga Schools’ Culture Festival.

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Schools culture festival starts tonight

Tuesday 20 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

After weeks of rehearsals and late nights to complete costumes, the Rarotonga schools culture festival kicks off tonight at the National Sports Arena in Nikao.

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Covid ‘race’ brings cultural treasures

Wednesday 14 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

The latest volumes of Peu Maori books bring to light some of the legends of Cook Islands history and culture.

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Te Mire ‘Atu to showcase singing talent

Thursday 8 April 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Culture, National

Eight song composers will take to the stage in showcasing their written work Thursday evening in Te Mire ‘Atu at the National Auditorium Domes. This event will follow all CookSafe safety precautions with performances commencing at 6pm.

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Preserving history and culture

Wednesday 31 March 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Culture, National

Te Fuinga o Niva Manihiki on Rarotonga launched their “na mea o te fare” history and cultural event by observing “tanu purapura” – a planting ceremony – on Saturday at the Constitution Park.

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Te Reo Hotunui o Te Moana nui a Kiwa unveiled

Saturday 27 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

World War 1 Corporal Solomona Isaac’s grandson, Isaac Solomona, says it was a proud and emotional moment for his family to witness yesterday’s unveiling of the Pacific Islands Memorial conch sculpture at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Rangi appointed chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand

Thursday 25 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Culture, National

Cook Islander Caren Rangi has been appointed as the new chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa (Creative New Zealand’s governing body) for a three year term.

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