Formal relationship recognised with MOU

Wednesday 2 December 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

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Formal relationship recognised with MOU
Pa Ariki (pictured) with other Vakitumu representatives signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Wānanga Whare Tapere o Takitimu on November 30 in Hastings New Zealand. 20120119

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding cements relationship between Vaka Takitumu in Rarotonga and Takitimu Waka in New Zealand.

Pa Ariki, paramount chief of Vaka Takitumu has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Wānanga Whare Tapere o Takitimu on November 30 in Hastings New Zealand, to form the first Takitimu mātauranga council.

Pa Ariki said: “It was a joyful event, for us to recognise the formal relationship between Te Wananga Whare Tapere o Takitimu and myself Pa ma Kainuku Ariki on behalf of the Vaka Takitumu.”

The aim of the agreement is to officially establish a formal relationship between the two.

“In signing this MOU we will work collaboratively to identify, develop and implement programmes that address the education, employment, social and cultural needs and aspirations of descendants of Takitimu Waka and Vaka Takitumu,” she said.

Te Wānanga Whare Tapere O Takitimu provides quality industry based learning in the Māori Performing Arts, it is a school of learning and a registered trust. 

The school was founded in 1983 by Tama Huata as Te Waka Tapu o Takitimu Trust and in 1991 gained registration as a private training establishment from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and accredited to teach Certificate and Diploma courses in Māori Performing Arts.

Motivated, Pa Ariki said she has a vision for early childhood, primary, secondary, higher education; shared cultural, social and spiritual values and the sharing of knowledge and skill.

She hopes the Cook Islands Government, Ministry of Education, teachers, educators and peoples of Takitumu will become MOU partners with Te Wananga Whare Tapere o Takitimu.

“To support our SMART Economy Initiative, to operate a second Te Wananga Whare Campus at the Pa Ariki Palace in Turangi commencing in March 2021.”

Uri Mataiapo Danny Mataroa says: “It’s a great project, we hope for the best for the benefit of our people.”