Invercargill Cook Islands Community – CIDSAP NZ Review

I teia epetoma I topa ake nei kua aere atu te pupu o te CIDANZ arataki ia e te vaine maata Rouruina Brown I te atoro atu I te iti tangata e noo nei ki te vaka Invecargill, Otepoti e te Waipounamu.

Kare oki I rauka ana Ia Rouruina I te aru atu I te pupu no te aravei atu anga I te iti tangata I te Waipounamu ināra I roto te araveianga atu I te iti tangata I invecargill kua akaari  mai ratou e ko tetai apinga puapinga roa atu koia ko te akaoukouanga mai I te iti tangata ki te ngai okotai. I Otepoti oki, kua akaari mai ratou e ko tetai apinga maata roa atu ta ratou e inangaro nei koia ko tetai ngutuare no ratou ei akakoukou atu I te iti tangata I reira. I teia tuatau oki te ta angaanga nei te iti tangata I tetai ngutuare no te trust tei akakoro ia oki e no te iti tangata Patipika katoatoa. Kua akakite oki ratou e, me rauka tetai ngutuare no ratou, ka mama mai te rave atu I tetai au angaanga ke atu mei te apii I te reo, te apii aitamu e pera tetai ngai no te ariki anga atu I te au tere e aere atura ki roto I to ratou Vaka. Kare oki e mei te mea ka oake atu te CIDANZ I tetai moni no te akatu I te are, mari ra rauka I te CIDANZ I te angaanga kapiti atu ki teia Vaka I te kimikimi atu anga I tetai au ravenga no tetai tauturu no te akatu atu anga I tetai ngutuare.

I te Waipounamu oki kare I oti meitaki te uriurianga noatu e kua matara mai tetai au manako, te akara nei oki ratou no te uriuri atu I rotopu rai ia ratou no te akapapu atu I to ratou au anoano puapinga.

Ko teia au angaanga oki e atoro nei te CIDANZ I te au vaka I Aotearoa nei koia oki no te akara atu I te turanga o te iti tangata I roto I teia au vaka kia rauka I te akara atu e, ka akapeea I te angaanga kapiti atu anga kia ratou no te akamatūtū mai I to ratou turanga kia matutu mai ratou I te tauturu anga ia ratou uao rai e pera te tauturu atu anga tetai I tetai. Penei e ka rauka I tetai vaka I te tauturu atu I tetai na roto I te au akara’anga o te au angaanga ta ratou e rave ra, kua riro mai I reira te CIDANZ e akamata atu I te angaanga kapiti I rotpu I te vaka, mei tei reira ara te tu.

Te oronga atu nei te Vaine maata o te CIDANZ a Rouruina Brown I te akameitakianga maata kia kotou e te au vaka tei aravei iatu, no ta kotou turuturu anga mai I teia akakoro’anga.


Whanganui Cook Islands Community – CIDSAP NZ Review

In 2012, a small team from CIDANZ and the Takitumu Cultural Society travelled the length of New Zealand meeting with 9 regions to shape what became the Cook Islands Development Action Plan (CIDAP). The plan became the national framework that guided CIDANZ’s work and strategic direction. From these communities came 11 priorities and 59 actions. It has been seven years since the CIDAP was formed and we are in the process of refreshing that plan, renamed the Cook Islands Development Strategic Action Plan (CIDSAP). To do this we are aiming to meet with those founding regions, and others to create a strong national action plan in parallel with a uniquely regional specific plan.

These plans will hold the regions community development stories, and their top three priorities. At the moment we’ve completed 50% of Aucklands refreshment, and this evening our small team of four met with the leaders of the Wanganui Cook Islands Community. The leaders present were proactive in identifying their priorities and future focus. Thank you to these leaders who not only came out this evening, but set the direction for Cook Islands people living and working in Wanganui.

A Tivaevae of Local Government and Community

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Knitted together through Na’au Night, local government and pacific communities came together to celebrate the goodness of our communities. Our arts and crafts were on display with a mini exhibition held my Auckland Newton Vainetini. Our food was also out in full force with traditional dishes like curried poko’nio, mitiore, sweet uto drinks, mainese, and a live lamb spit.

Na’au Night is a communit event supported by the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry for Pacific Peoples. The purpose of Na’au Night is to raise the bar of Pacific food and beverage, to give families the platform and the tools to sell their kai tupuna, and to sell locally produced market crafts. However, Na’au isn’t just about families selling their goods, but small businesses learning how to trade while earning an income. As members of our Enterprising Families programme, Na’au Families are given access to resources and tools to help them realise their enterprising dreams.

If you would like to become a stall holder contact Chris Arere on 027 276 4172, for live updates about Na’au, follow our Facebook page @cidanzakl, and for more information, contact us.

2019 CIDANZ Annual General Meeting

CIDANZ is where it is today because our community challenges us. In the best ways we are pushed, we are criticised, we are lifted, and we are even moved to tears. 2019 marks our tenth year in the community. We’ve learned a lot and made a few mistakes along the way.

Over those years we’ve also had many hands on this Trust, working hard to take this organisation from cold bare floors to what it is today. We can never forget those vaka and enua leaders who came before, and who are still travelling along with us. With volunteers, great minds, dedication, support and faith in the work CIDANZ grew, securing contracts that bolstered staffing abilities and the work that we do. 

This year we sadly had to bid farewell to one of those great peoples, Lindsay Unuia. With his tenacity, ability to rally the community like no one else, and strong business focus, CIDANZ was able to launch a Pig Cooperative, ignite Island Night, host the very first Pacific Pink Shirt Day and many more! We miss him around here and continue to wish him and his young family well.

Many still ask us “what is the role of CIDANZ?” and many will still ask us. To that we say, our doors are open. Over the next few months we will work harder to communicate our work out to the community, to be more transparent, and to support the priorities of our Cook Islands people.

Na’au Night – A Summer Series



Na’au Night – A Summer Series is proudly sponsored by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP), and Pasifika Futures Ltd (PFL). Created by the cooperative enterprising spirit of local families, Na’au Night, pronounced ‘NAH-OH’ means “for you”, is about raising the bar of Pacific food and beverage. In the heart of South Auckland our communities are predominantly Pacific, but that doesn’t mean that we’re surrounded by Pacific food. Together we want to raise the bar of Pacific food by hosting an event that has local families selling cultural food created from authentic family recipes. From Takihi known to Niue, to Mitiore known to the Cook Islands, Na’au Night will entice your taste buds, and take you back to the islands.

Join us Friday 1st November at CIDANZ (287 Kikrbirde Road, Mangere) with a live pork spit, and Pacific food + beverages from Niue, Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands and many more! We will also have a crafts exhibition, and launch the Kia Orana Pasifika Gallery (KPG) – a gift shop filled with cultural arts and crafts. We are currently creating a community-owned online store for KPG at

This event is open to all to enjoy. You can also become a stall holder or to be a part of our volunteer team! To do so, contact Tangee Kokaua on 021 116 9517 or email

We’ll see you there!

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 or
Junior Peilua at
Phone: (09) 266 8268 ext 3079

Entries Close Friday 27th September.

Download Registration Form: Registration_ Cook Is Speech Comp 2019

CLOSED – Funding applications for 2019 Cook Islands Language Week Events & Activities



The Cook Islands community are the second largest Pacific ethnic group in New Zealand (after Samoans) making up 20% (61,839) of the Pacific population (295,941) with 59.5% (36,810) living in the Auckland region (Census 2013).

The annual ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani: Cook Islands Language Week is being held from Sunday 4th August – Saturday 10 August 2018.

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples (the Ministry) supports community efforts to encourage the preservation and retention of the Cook Islands language by Cook Islanders living in New Zealand. In 2012 the Ministry in partnership with CIDANZ and the Human Rights Commission (HRC) delivered the first Cook Islands Language Week.

Since 2012, engagement in Cook Islands Language Week has grown. It has been celebrated across New Zealand in schools, tertiary institutions, workplaces and communities. Cook Islands Language Week is a chance for all Kiwis to celebrate our rich language and beautiful culture.

If your community, organisation or group is holding an activity/event in celebration of Cook Islands Language Week 2018, applications are now open from today 24th June, and will close on Friday 13 July, 1.00pm. Your applications will be assessed by Monday 15th July, the results of which will be communicated back to you via email.

Application Criteria:

  • Articulate in written form how your activity, event, or workshop will contribute to the following: use of language, awareness, resources, literacy proficiency – knowledge (speaking, listening, and writing)?
  • Clearly outline your budget distribution across all activities.
  • Provide a calendar of events/activities to be held.
  • Activities should not weigh heavily on ‘catering’ as the key component to gathering the community or holding the event.
  • Provide an accountability (financial/none financial) report with a small write up and photograph of the activities/event held.
  • Organisation or Group must be based in New Zealand.

DOWNLOAD: 2019 CILW Funding Application Form

Important Dates:

  • 24th June, Applications Open
  • 13th July, Applications Closes
  • 15th July, Funding Approval letters emailed out with request for a GST invoice
  • 20th July, Funding payments processed
  • 3rd August, Launch of CILW in Tokoroa at the PIPC Church
  • 4th – 10th August CILW
  • 17th August, Accountability Report Due

For any questions or to submit your application, please contact Janet Akai at

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 Pacific Business Trust, 17 Pacific families came together to launch the very first Pacific Cooperative at the Pasifika Social Enterprise Symposium. The story behind the Cooperapig – a Cooperative ‘Pig’ Enterprise – started with a conversation between community friends. One, a landowner, desiring to utilise her land assets to support community-led development; another, a Cook Islands woman leader; and an enterprising Tongan business woman, who happened to know of family members who could no longer travel everyday from Manurewa to Hobsonville to care for their 50 plus pigs.

These community women pooled their various resources, intelligence, connections and capacities in just under three weeks to give a new home to as many of the pigs as could be caught and transported. They rallied their communities to establish a cooperation among 19 (and growing) families to re-fence a paddock, build shelters and establish a daily pig care and feeding roster for 15 weaners and 5 sows, three of whom we found out were pregnant when we got them on-site.

The vision of the Co-operapig is to enable families and Cooperative members to make a contribution, work with other families, reconnect with the land, learn new skills and knowledge, rather than just consume, and benefit from eating and gifting a cheaper price of pork that they themselves own and have loved and cared for. New Zealand urban lifestyles means that our families are fast losing the connection to the land and nature. Our traditional knowledge about where food comes from, environmental awareness, and an understanding of what it takes to grow and produce food that is healthy in all ways is not being passed down to our children. We want to change all of that with pigs.

Its business model is based on a recognition that we are a mixed group of people from different backgrounds, professions and experiences, and the richness of our shared knowledge, skills and resources we all contribute and commit as individuals to the pigs and one another makes this work fun and rewarding in so many ways. It is a strengths-based or asset-based approach that starts from a place of where people know something (whether about pigs, animal husbandry and welfare, trades, self-sufficient lifestyles, finance, law, environmental management, supply chains, council and industry rules and regulations, and so on) that they can contribute to the development and success of the Cooperapig. This provides a platform they are happy to occupy because they have experience and confidence in themselves as individuals and what they bring to the Cooperapig – our pigs, our member families, and our wider communities.

The Co-operapig is only three months old, and a great example of enterprising communities. For more information on the Co-operapig, contact us at

“Good Business Doing Good in the Community” – Pacific Social Enterprise Symposium 2019

The Pacific Social Enterprise Symposium 2019 brought together some of the brightest minds across the globe to provide insights into the enterprising world of our Pacific communities. There were many inspirational speakers, however two that stood out for us was Emeline & Alipate Mafile’o, owners and operators of Tupu’anga Coffee; and young leader Maia Mariner, founder of Lazy Sneakers.

Tupu’anga Coffee provided us with a strong example of what we can do to uplift our people through continuing to do what we already know how to do, but improving our social impact with little innovation, belief in our people, and hard work. “Family owned and operated, Tupu’anga Coffee is an ethical trade product made up of 100% Arabica beans. It is grown, harvested and produced in Tonga, and provides sustainability to families and communities living there. The profits of the business are reinvested in to the delivery of AW programmes, providing mentoring to around 400 children and their families each year.”

Inspiring leader Maia Mariner, owner of Lazy Sneakers taught us that with selflessness and a gentle heart, we can do good in our community by simply giving. “Maia was only 12 (2017) when she developed the idea for Lazy Sneakers. All she had was a passion to help others and a family to back her. Since the project has started, she has been able to provide sneakers for children, student athletes, families and social services. ”

Following the symposium and the positive impacts of these two social enterprises, we are bolstered and energised to continue to improve our Enterprising Families Program.

For more information on the Symposium, visit their Facebook or Website.

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.