Entries by Janet Akai

Cook Islands Speech Competition Now Open

  Registrations for the Auckland Cook Islands Speech competition is now open for Years 5-6 and Years 7-8. The competition will be held on Thursday 24th October 10.00am at Manurewa Intermediate School, 76 Russell Road. For more information contact Jay Upoko at jay@manurewaint.school.nz or Junior Peilua at juniorp@manurewaint.school.nz Phone: (09) 266 8268 ext 3079 Entries […]


Launching the Co-operapig Enterprise

At the Cook Islands Development Agency New Zealand (CIDANZ) we have been working alongside Cook Islands and Pacific families over the past 10 years to help them harness an enterprising spirit that lifts them and their communities, while providing a measure of financial sustainability to realise their dreams. On June 18th, with the support of […]

Turama Health Conference 2019

The Turama Health Conference was held in Otahuhu at the Kath Day Hall.  The conference was an opportunity for our communities to come together to learn about the services available. Some of those services centred around Mental Health, an area not often spoken openly about in Pacific communities.

Old School Reserve Open Day – June 1st, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

  A concept plan has been developed for the future development and use of Old School Reserve on Kirkbride Road in Māngere. The Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board has approved the plan for public consultation. And Auckland Council is wanting to seek feedback from the community on proposals within the concept plan. On Saturday 1st June, 1.00pm […]

A New Wave of Change-Makers

The birth of CIDANZ came from a place of determination to see our Cook Islands people becoming self-sustaining, financially free, culturally richer, and thriving in New Zealand. Although the vision and purpose for this place has remained the same, the people leading the great work we are doing has not. The direction of our organisation […]

Te Ara Museum – Job Vacancy

  TE ARA – The Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise was established in Rarotonga early 2017. It is an exciting new concept in Cook Island Tourism. Te Ara combines a museum, a cafe and a retail gallery, which serves as a business incubator for local artists and businesses. Te Ara is here to promote […]

“It Takes A Village…” – Pasifika Pink Shirt Day 2019

  “It takes a child to raise a village” has been a concept our communities have lived by for many years, and continued to do so today, 4th May 2019. Our communities came together to support the very first Pasifika Pink Shirt Day, sponsored by Mental Health Foundation NZ (MHF), and led by CIDANZ with […]

“Kia Matutu” – An ANZAC Day Message

  “Akamaroiroi tatou na e akaketaketa no to tatou nei au tangata, e te au Oire o to tatou Atua, e na Iahova e rave i tei meitaki iaia ra.” “Be strong and courageous! Let’s fight hard for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the Lord’s will be done!” – […]