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Dancing to the beat of new drums

Wednesday 30 September 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Drums are significant in any cultural Cook Islands dance show.

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Learning about the traditional and treasured ways of the past

Saturday 26 September 2020 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Culture

There is no better place for future generations of Cook Islanders to learn about traditional cultural practices than at Highland Paradise - the 600-year-old village site that was home to the Tinomana tribe.

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Don't forget your cultural roots

Saturday 26 September 2020 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Culture

Knowing who you are and where you come from is a big part of successfully transitioning from childhood to adult life no matter where in the world you find yourself.

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Creating a show to celebrate culture

Friday 4 September 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

The sounds of a 100 drums and the sight of 300 dancers in one show is a “passion project” talented artist and dancer Jackie Tuara is working tirelessly on.

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Hawai'i rugby encouraged to ask permission to use Tangaroa icon

Tuesday 25 August 2020 | Written by Jonathan Milne | Published in Culture

The image of Tangaroa has been legally protected, officials say, and the Kanaloa rugby team must ask permission to use it.

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Moving blessing of Atupare Marae

Wednesday 12 August 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

The blessing of the Atupare marae by Bishop Tutai Pere yesterday morning was witnessed by dignitaries and many who attended the special occasion at the House of Ariki in Puaikura.

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A tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister Henry Puna

Wednesday 12 August 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Te Fuinga o Niva, a local group, sang and danced with Prime Minister Henry Puna in recognition of his years of service as the nation’s leader at the blessing of Atupare Marae in Puaikura yesterday.

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Blessing of new Atupare Marae

Tuesday 11 August 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

The large foundation of the prominent Atupare marae has 24 seats carved from stone that face the House of Ariki building, its guests and the mountains.

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Caring for traditional knowledge – or caring for the world's skin

Tuesday 11 August 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Culture

Should Cook Islands Maori share with the world their generations-old understanding of plants, medicines and food properties, for the greater good – or should they hold onto that knowledge?

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Australian school files court challenge against 5-year-old boy to force hair-cut

Tuesday 11 August 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Culture

School’s persistent legal attempt to force a small boy’s hair to be cut shows ‘arrogance’, says local Cook Islands leader.

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Miss Cook Islands NZ: Language is part of who we are

Saturday 8 August 2020 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Culture

Miss Cook Islands New Zealand Terito Story says knowing her language is about connection to her culture, ancestors and homeland.

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Numangatini Ariki to be invested next month

Thursday 30 July 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

The six Kavana (Aronga Mana or Chief) of Mangaia have elected Tangi Tereapii to take on the role of Numangatini Ariki. He will be invested with the title on August 28.

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Hard work reveals why rito hats are so special

Friday 24 July 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Rarotonga women are toiling to create a sea of white on White Sunday.

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Defiant in the face of Covid

Friday 24 July 2020 | Written by Jonathan Milne | Published in Culture

Tereora College head boy Piritau Nga Jr seized the attention of more than 2000 people at the National Auditorium last night, with an impassioned dance depicting triumph over the coronavirus pandemic.

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Te Mire Ura: 'Dancing portrays where I come from'

Thursday 23 July 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Eighteen year old Martha Taramai Strickland began dancing at a very young age.

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Te Ora o te Tangata oppose Ariki's investiture

Thursday 23 July 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Te Ora O Te Tangata clan is opposing the investiture of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki, which was held on Monday after the burial of the late Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki.

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Nerves settle for the biggest night of dance

Wednesday 22 July 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Fifteen dancers will showcase their talent at Te Mire Ura Senior open competition tomorrow night.

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Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki 1937-2020

Tuesday 21 July 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Hundreds of mourners turned out to farewell and lay to rest Ariki Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki at Taputapuatea yesterday.

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New Ariki invested

Tuesday 21 July 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Burial ground investiture of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki gives hope that families can prepare succession for years to come.

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Passionate about cultural dancing

Thursday 16 July 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Fourteen dancers will compete in Te Mire Ura national annual cultural dance competition tonight - Heinarii Tauira is one of them.

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