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Students look to the stars

Monday June 25, 2018 Written by Published in Education
These students from Apii Te Uki Ou are just some of the nearly 1000 students who participated in the special presentations held this week by Te Toki Voyaging Society. PHOTO: CIVS. 18062110 These students from Apii Te Uki Ou are just some of the nearly 1000 students who participated in the special presentations held this week by Te Toki Voyaging Society. PHOTO: CIVS. 18062110

The Cook Islands Voyaging Society (CIVS) is hopeful that pupils who attended a special presentation which ran over the course of last week have been inspired to become the next generation of traditional voyagers.

Last week almost 1000 schoolchildren participated in a presentation regarding celestial navigation and lunar cycles, hosted by Te Toki Voyaging Trust from New Zealand.

The main attraction however, was a portable planetarium capable of holding up to 15 people at once.

“The kids really enjoyed it,” said CIVS secretary Cecile Marten.

CIVS is hopeful that the presentations have ignited an interest in voyaging amongst those who attended.

They are wanting to follow the presentation with more of their own educational work, which is currently being led by CIVS education and development manager Sam Timoko.

“The teaching has all been in New Zealand Maori, so it is important that we follow up this presentation with something that will also teach the students the Cook Islands Maori names,” said Marten.

The visit was a part of CIVS’ Te Uki Ou Kia Akamatutuia e kia Rangatira i te Teretere Moana programme, funded by the Social Impact Fund.

The planetarium was initially set up at the National Auditorium, before being shifted to the Bluesky Sports Arena, where the presentations finished on Friday.

“We’re hoping the group can return in September to present to school students who missed out this time around,” said Marten.

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