Team Manihiki competing in ko akari (coconut husking) event during the traditional games at Constitution Park on Saturday. KATRINA TANIRAU/20100414/ 20100415
Team Atiu won the traditional games title at the Cook Islands Games.
A good crowd turned out to witness these games which were held at Constitution Park on Saturday.
Island teams took part in five traditional games – rore (stilts), pepei tiporo (juggling limes), rangaranga (weaving) kikau, ko akari (coconut husking) and amo manga which involved carrying a stick on one shoulder, with six coconuts tied at each end, in relay style.
Cook Islands Sports and National Olympics Committee secretary general Owen Lewis said the traditional sports are “what make these games unique and we feel they are a great way to start the games remembering who we are, remembering our ancestors and connecting us in games that truly reflect who we are as a people and as a nation”.
The importance and success of the traditional games was not recognised on a podium. Te Kopapa Reo Maori who are the organisers believe learning and participation in the traditional games is far more important.