The judging for Te Ieie O Te Orau is scheduled for the end of this month and the focus has been on bringing the old practices back to life.
Cook Islands Tourism’s Sieni Tiraa said the three villages on the island have been allocated Te Ieie O Te Orau funding to produce limestone paint (Ngaika) to whitewash their historic roadside walls.
“The objective of this chosen activity is to revive this traditional practice in the community, and pass on the knowledge and skill to the younger generation,” said Tiraa, who is destination development coordinator at Cook Islands Tourism.
In Rarotonga, the month of October will mark the end of round 13 for the Vaka Pride competition.
The Vaka Pride committee will resume their round the island judging on October 29.
“Community clinics and flower gardens have been chosen as the focus areas for this judging day. The Cook Islands National Council of Women through the Child Welfare division will coordinate the community clinic visits and inspections,” Tiraa said.
“The Vaka Pride committee will be looking at the maintenance of the community clinics and how active and effective their programmes are for the community. Similarly, the committee will judge the maintenance and upkeep of private flower gardens with bonus points allocated to gardens using creative, environmentally friendly and innovative means to plant their flowers.”
Apart from Rarotonga and Mauke, a similar competition is being run on Aitutaki.
Now plans are in pipeline to launch this community initiative on Atiu and the remaining southern group islands.
Cook Islands Tourism’s Tiraa said the initiative was aimed at encouraging community members to take ownership of their surroundings.
She said they were pleased with the response and result they have achieved from the three competitions held every four months in Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Mauke.