Rashneel Kumar

Rashneel Kumar

Visitors, who turned up in large numbers, were treated to one of the favourite local dishes – ika mata – during the Kia Orana Week at Maire Nui Park yesterday.

The day four activity started off with coconut husking and grating demonstration, followed by a demonstration of how to make ika mata, the iconic local raw fish dish.

Coco Putt Ale House owner and chef Tokerau Turia (Tooks) prepared the ika mata. The visitors were also offered a sample of the dish. The weeklong Kia Orana Week which ends today had a number of activities aimed at highlighting Cook Islands culture and heritage as a key part of the tourism industry.

Today, the visitors will be taught ura (dance) followed by the Ura Fitness class and demo. Ura Fitness is a local fitness craze involving Cook Islands and Polynesian dancing. Cook Islands Tourism Corporation director of destination development Metua Vaiimene said it was important to teach visitors the local culture and tradition to help them better understand the Cook Islands way of life.

“We don’t want visitors to come here just for holiday because in that way, we won’t realise the full benefit of tourism. Tourism is in essence an exchange of ideas and cultures,” Vaiimene said.

“We want to promote to the world the way to live like we do in a little paradise and help the world to slow down a bit and enjoy what we have got.

“It is very important that our visitors are able to take a good story, a true story that is authentic about our country, and that can be gained when people are interacting with the locals.”

The work of Cook Islands artists Ani O’Neill and Henry Ah-Foo Taripo (Henzart) are featured in the new art gallery, Toi Art, at Te Papa in Wellington, New Zealand.

Tourism wins marketing award

Friday March 23, 2018

The Cook Islands Tourism Corporation was crowned the winner of the destination marketing category at the annual Routes Asia 2018 Marketing Awards in Brisbane, Australia on Monday.

The Cook Islands Meteorological Service will open its doors to the public today to commemorate this year’s World Meteorological Day.

Takuvaine/Tutakimoa won the top prize in the round eight Vaka Pride competition – an initiative to keep the community clean.

Bowls team off to Gold Coast games

Thursday March 22, 2018

The first batch of Team Cook Islands participants in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, left the country yesterday.

PNG players to join Sea Eagles

Thursday March 22, 2018

Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles have recruited two Papua New Guinea-based players to help bolster their campaign for the remainder of the domestic rugby league season.

Kia Orana Week draws crowd

Wednesday March 21, 2018

The turnout on day two of the Kia Orana Week celebrations at Maire Nui Park yesterday was much better as visitors tried their hands at making ei and weaving.

Battle of the giants in mixed touch

Wednesday March 21, 2018

Two undefeated teams, Foodland and ICI Transformers, will go head to head in the feature clash of the Bluesky Mixed Touch Competition in round seven today at Nikao Field.

Local businesses at Pasifika

Wednesday March 21, 2018

Two local companies will attend the 26th Pasifika Festival to be held this weekend at Western Springs Park, Auckland in New Zealand.

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