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The $3 million cost of the upcoming Te Maeva Nui celebrations is more than four times the amount set out in the 2017/2018 Cook Islands Government Budget Estimates document released in June last year.
The beautiful upper Takuvaine Valley was described as, “a Garden of Eden” by one of the people who went on the “Takurua” trek around plantations and gardens on Rarotonga on Wednesday morning.
After screening at New Zealand’s Wairoa Maori Film Festival earlier this month – and winning the award for best female actor – local filmmaker Josh Baker’s short film A Boy From Rarotonga will now be shown at the prestigious New Zealand International Film Festival.
A Cook Islands-style degustation meal was on the menu on Tuesday evening when about 50 guests, sponsors, stakeholders, food writers and visiting and local chefs gathered at Highland Paradise to launch the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation’s search for a Cook Islands cuisine strategy.
Cook Islands artist Apii Rongo is all set for his first solo presentation in 15 years in an exhibition proudly presented by Beachcomber Pearl Market and the Print Room from July 9 to 27.
The Takurua programme, designed to be interactive and to engage all sectors of the community, enters day three today and focuses on Te Ki o Te’Enua, visiting plantations and agricultural sites.
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.