Kōrero O Te `Ōrau students on Mangaia learn to weave kikau hats. 23011046
Mangaia is steeped in legend and mystical charm. Estimated at 18 million years old, it is one of the oldest islands in the Pacific.
It is the most southerly island of the Cook Islands
and the second largest, after Rarotonga.
Kōrero O Te `Ōrau, is an environmental
non-governmental organization (NGO) passionate about protecting Cook Islands
Maori culture, environment, and natural resources of the nation, are visiting
Mangaia to learn more of its traditions and way of life.
The groups name translates to ‘knowledge of the sky,
land, and sea’.
A Kōrero O Te `Ōrau student is happy to have completed weaving a kikau hat. 23011041
Twenty Kōrero O Te `Ōrau students and leads from
Rarotonga and 24 members from Atiu landed on Mangaia on Monday this week for
the week long 'Ātui'anga ki te Tango programme. Twelve students from Mangaia
have joined the group.
Dr Teina Rongo, Chairman of the Kōrero O Te `Ōrau said
the educational trip to Mangaia is to learn about the islands culture and environment, te iti tangata Maori and its
The students will be participating in activities and
visit several of the islands popular spots which include: pa'ata lookout, Mangaia
flora and geography, rangaranga (weaving), traditional taro planting, fishing,
visiting the caves and marae.
Kōrero O Te `Ōrau would like to acknowledge the support
of: Ministry of Agriculture, Nia Tero, GEF Small Grants Programme, Bank of the
Cook Islands, Vodafone Cook Islands and Synchronicity Earth.