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It WAS a baptism of fire for young Tamaiva Mateariki at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam on Thursday (CI time).
The top local dancer spoke on behalf of the Cook Islands at the inaugural Indigenous Language Conference Festpac 2016 at Guam University.
Mateariki did a presentation on the Cook Islands Maori language.
The Cook Island National Arts Theatre (CINAT) team spokesperson said the topic for the youth presentation was to explain what the theme of this year’s festival means to them.
The theme of this year’s festival is “What We Own, What We Have, What We Share, United Voices of the Pacific”.
The spokesperson said Mateariki did well at the presentation and spoke passionately about Cook Islands and it language.
Meanwhile some Cook Islands team members also took time out of their busy schedule for sightseeing in Guam.
The Festival of Pacific Arts which is held every four years has this year attracted 27 Pacific countries and territories and over 2000 performers participating.
The two-week festival, which ends on June 4, is the largest gathering to showcase the unique cultures of the region.
The resort has been fantastic and the staff members are fabulous.”
There is good news for cultural groups who perform at the Punanga Nui market as the Ministry of Cultural Development looks to expand its performance stage on the foreshore area.
ANZAC Day commemoration organisers are hoping Rarotonga residents will take the time to get up early on Monday and come along to the dawn service.
This Cook Islands national dance team travelling the Pacific Festival of Arts in Guam next month is ready to take on the challenge and to give other Pacific islanders the taste of what it is like to be in the competition.
In a bid to boost traditional Cook Islands Maori culture and language, members of the House of Ariki are working together to publish a book highlighting the history of the country’s traditional leaders and looking at how far the country has come.
Students of Nukutere College demonstrated their culture through traditional dances and lively drum beats as the school displayed its string band presentation at the school grounds on Wednesday.
The next generation is ensuring the customs of Ngatangiia are kept alive with the investiture of the new Teeiao Mataiapo Tutara on Wednesday afternoon.
By giving an opportunity for Cook Islands land tenure system to be a research topic of the existing NCEA Cook Islands Maori Language programme, students will be able to gain NCEA credits and an understanding of the unique way land issues are dealt with by the Land Court.