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New legal challenge to school's haircut demand

Tuesday 18 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Culture

The Cook Islands Council of Queensland has taken up the legal cudgels for a young Cook Island boy’s cultural rights to keep his hair long until his haircutting ceremony.

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Family considers legal action

Friday 14 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Culture

Australian primary school gives Cook Islands boy ultimatum to adhere to strict uniform policy.

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'Leave our name alone'

Tuesday 11 February 2020 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Culture

Too much time and money will be wasted if the case for a new Maori name for Cook Islands is pushed.

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Ariki to pay her respects to war heroes at Waitangi

Monday 3 February 2020 | Published in Culture

Pa Upokotini Ariki is to attend the Waitangi commemorations in New Zealand this week.

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Family gather for investiture at palace in Puaikura

Saturday 11 January 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Takave Manea has been invested with the Tamaiva Rangatira title at the Tinomana Ariki palace grounds, nominated by the Tamaiva kopu tangata.

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Reunion a cause for celebration

Monday 23 December 2019 | Published in Culture

If you happened to pass by the Rakahanga hostel on Thursday at 11am, chances are you heard the singing of the Anguna-Poroi family as they reunited under one roof.

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Culture staff finally receive their pay after four-year wait

Thursday 19 December 2019 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Culture

Staff of the Ministry of Culture who were owed thousands of dollars in payments since working at the 2015 Te Maeva Nui Festival had their prayers answered yesterday.

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In touch with our history of voyaging

Wednesday 18 December 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Justice Simona (left) and Brisbane Simiona with part of the bow of Vaka Takitumu at Monday night’s opening of the Cook Islands National Museum/Runanga Pakau exhibition, “Voyaging Vaka of the Cook Islands.

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Voyaging history on show

Wednesday 18 December 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Museum exhibition recalls proud vaka revival. The opening on Monday night of a Cook Islands National Museum exhibition called “Voyaging Vaka of the Cook Islands” was an overwhelming experience for Vaka Marumaru Atua captain Sam Timoko.

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Rising up to the music

Tuesday 17 December 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Talented nine-year-old Eitia Taylor hushed the audience with her strong rendition of “Rise Up” received appreciative applause from the audience at the Kinura Tapunui music festival on Sunday.

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Varin wins Te Ata O Avaiki

Monday 9 December 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

First time designers from Mangaia Leelee Tuara and Barbara Harry Pekepo were thrilled to win Te Ata o Avaiki creative design event that featured tapa on their garment named ‘Vari’.

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A lesson in flower power

Thursday 28 November 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

It was once said, where flowers bloom, so does hope – and Rarotonga’s children prove that.

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Ministries promote their message in a flowery way

Wednesday 27 November 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Government offices put on a colourful display to promote the annual flower show.

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Bowling is blooming!

Tuesday 26 November 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

The Rarotonga Bowling claimed first place for the Te Mire Tiare decorated properties competition, with a cleverly constructed ‘bowler in action’ on the green.

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'Tiare week means joy'

Saturday 23 November 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Visitors can judge for themselves the most beautifully decorated schools, government departments and businesses.

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Micro-writer in micro show

Wednesday 13 November 2019 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Culture

China’s lone micro-calligraphist held a special exhibition at the Cook Islands National Museum yesterday.

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Sharing music with the world

Tuesday 5 November 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Culture

Twenty-two University of Melbourne music students have visited Rarotonga and Aitutaki to collaborate with local musicians to share Cook Islands beats with the world.

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The pā'oa of Aitutaki

Monday 4 November 2019 | Published in Culture

Aitutaki pā’oa (bark cloth) deserves its resurgence. There is desperate need for it to be demystified and “modern day” women to breathe new life into it, writes Dr Tepaeru-Ariki C. French.

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Fresh flowers for Turama

Saturday 2 November 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

Flowers, colour, candles and light last night adorned graves all over the islands.

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Honouring All Souls

Friday 1 November 2019 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Culture

After days of scrubbing and painting graves and polishing plaques, people of faith today remember their loved ones who have passed.

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