The House of Ariki is in the midst of finalising programmes for this year’s Ui Ariki and Aronga Mana Day, to be held on Friday, July 6, with celebrations to be held by the three Rarotonga vaka and individual islands.
The international chefs who are helping the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation develop a Cook Islands cuisine strategy arrived in the country early this morning and will join representatives from the 25 businesses and groups that have put their hands up to sponsor the ‘Takurua O Avaiki Raro, Avaiki Vaenga, Manavanui’ programme at an opening event at Highland Paradise this afternoon.
With an estimated 2000 people, most of whom will be arriving in Rarotonga from the pa enua, participating in Te Maeva Nui this year, the countdown is on to make sure all is ready for the nation’s biggest annual celebration, starting on July 27.
Cook Islanders in New Zealand are playing their part in the reduction of carbon emissions by using recycled materials to produce tivaevae, or traditional quilting.
Local film-maker Josh Teariki Baker’s short film A Boy From Rarotonga has won the Moana Award for Best Female Actor at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival in New Zealand.
A study on how traditional monuments around the Pacific were built is being conducted by a group of four archaeologists from the United Kingdom on a four-week visit to Rarotonga.
Government agencies involved in next month’s Te Maeva Nui celebrations have met to discuss the challenges presented by staging such a large-scale event.