Iconic Cook Islander guest speaker at USP

Monday March 12, 2018 Written by Published in Local

One of the first female Cook Island graduates from the University of South Pacific will host a talk at the USP on Wednesday.

Educator and author, Dr Marjorie Tuainekore Crocombe will speak about her life and career.

Crocombe and Lionel Brown were the first Cook Island graduates of USP in 1971 before she went on to study Pacific history and sociology at the University of Hawaii, University of Papua New Guinea and the University of California Los Angeles.

Born in Rarotonga, Crocombe began working for the Cook Islands Education Department in the 1950’s developing primary school readers in the Maori language. She is a champion of oral poetry and is outspoken about encouraging Pacific writers to analyse contemporary life through poetry, art and stories.

In 1990 she was named by Island Business as a Pacific Islands Woman of the Year while in 2009 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to the Cook Islands, the Pacific, education, literature and the community.

This was followed up by becoming the first woman from the Cook Islands to receive a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from USP in 2011.

She has taught at USP as well as a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland and institutions in Australia, China and Hawaii.

The evening will be moderated by John Hay and is scheduled to begin at 7pm at the USP Campus, Takamoa.

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