A Pacific Business Awards Night To Remember!

Four conch shell’s called out to the four corners of the room, a sound that echoed across the hearts and minds of everyone present. Bagpipes fused with the steady beat of drums, Tahitian dancers swaying in time to a rhythm never attempted before, the 2018 National Business Trust Awards evening opened with an unforgettable fusion of cultures!

CIDANZ was honored to be in attendance as a finalist for the Pacific Impact Award funded by Panuku Development Auckland. The evening commended amazing Pacific Businesses and people making a real difference in their communities.

Winners of the awards were:

  • HATCHing Pacific Business: Jitel Contracting
  • Pacific Impact: Kokiti Workshops
  • Pacific Social Enterprise: Moana Research
  • Pacific Innovation: The Food Company NZ
  • Pacific Woman in Business: Rachel Lewis, Devitise Marketing
  • Pacific Business: Pacific Biofert
  • Pacific Legacy: Parris Goebel

CIDANZ would like to congratulate all the winners of the night, especially Kokiti Ltd. We love young people, especially the ones making a real difference in the lives of our youth!

“Telling a New Story” – A Cook Islands Vainetini’s twist on an old craft

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The years have been kind to the development and growth of our Cook Islands crafts. There has been a steady rise in the skills and numbers of Cook Islands craft-makers, including our very own Vainetini’s, with 13 formulated groups currently operating in the Auckland area alone. Of those 13 is the Cook Islands Ta’okotai’anga Vainetini (Taokotai Vainetini) headed by Tepori Teariki.

Under the umbrella of the Cook Islands Development Agency NZ (CIDANZ), this vainetini was the first National Cook Islands Vainetini group formed in July 2016 . The vision of the group was to unite and prosper the Cook Islands community, its formation being an example of how they were achieving that vision. Comprised with over 30+ members from over 7 other Auckand vainetini groups, the true strength of the group is their ability to create an equal platform that recognizes each mama’s strength, knowledge, and the strength of that knowledge when combined. Individually these mamas are craftswomen sustaining our Cook Islands heritage, but together they are a powerhouse of mama’s sustaining our community.

On June 10th, the Taokotai Vainetini was featured on ONE News Network. The story highlighted the women’s creative abilities to give new life to the the traditional Sikh fabric known as the Rumala Sahib, a fabric destined to be burned to protect its sacred role in the Sihk religion. The women have given our traditional tivaevae’s a new twist by incorporating the Rumala Sahib into it; a technique that up until that moment, had never been attempted before with another cultures traditional cloths. At first the Mama’s were reluctant to cut into the beautiful material, but through prayer, trial and error, they were able to respectably give the Rumala Sahib a second chance at life, ultimately telling a new story.

Currently the women are recycling the fabrics by sewing it into beautiful pieces of arts and crafts. They look forward to featuring a few of their creations in October 2018.

[CLOSED] Call for expressions of interest for new members for Cook Islands Ta’okotai’anga Charitabale Trust [t/a] CIDANZ Board of Trustees

[UPDATE: EOI NOW CLOSED]

The Cook Islands Taokotaianga Charitable Trust [t/a] CIDANZ  is seeking ‘expressions of interest’ from individuals to join our Board of Trustees. These are voluntary, non-executive positions. We are seeking to recruit two new Board members to join us from August 2018. As part of this recruitment process, we are looking to ensure robust succession planning for the positions of Chair and Deputy Chair.

Our Vision:  A United and Prosperous Community

Individual and Collective Well-being is our purpose. “Working together for the COMMON-UNITY” is not just a slogan, it’s a statement that reinforces our vision to engage the wisdom, the knowledge, and the power within our communities. We want to create an alternative way for people to thrive economically; protecting our natural resources and expressing our cultural values through our work and social activities for our children and the children of their children.

Our S.P.I.R.I.T Values

Sustainable – Ruperupe

Professional – Tu Rangatira

Integrity – Tiratiratu

Respect – Akangateitei

Innovation – Kite karape umereia

Togetherness – Takotai

CIDANZ is a Charitable Trust based in South Auckland with an outreach to 13 regions across New Zealand from Whangarei to Invercargill. Our mandate is to support social and local economic development by supporting individuals and families to actively participate in initiatives that can generate financial wellness.

The Board is responsible for the oversight of finances, management and performance of  the Trusts small but dynamic team. The Board is supported by an Advisory Committee made up of representatives from the Cook Islands community.

In return for these responsibilities, new Trustees would be joining the Board of a highly visible, diverse and growing network with a motivated, effective and committed operations team. New Board members will be instrumental in further supporting the Trust as it moves into its next stage of organisational maturity and delivers on a 10-year strategy that runs to December 2028.

The Board meets bi-monthly, with monthly 1 hour portfolio catch-up sessions with management staff and one annual meeting which also serves as the Annual General Meeting. All meetings and documentation are in English. Successful applicants will be expected to attend the next Board meeting in August 2018. Meetings of the Board, and all documentation and communication, are in English. Trustees also need to be available for the annual two-day face-to-face planning meeting each year. Board members are also expected to be available to provide advice and comments between meetings. Board members will be appointed for two three-year term, with the ability to renew for one further and final three-year term, total of (9 years).

We are particularly seeking individuals with the following skills and experience:

  • Experience in advocacy
  • Experience in advocacy and engagement with local & central government, business, funders and non-government agencies
  • Successful track record of fundraising and ability to support resource mobilisation
  • Experience from outside of the community, ideally in a related field such as business, environmental, education, housing, economic development
  • Experience of financial oversight and management
  • Experience of human resource oversight and management

Interested individuals should send a CV and a short cover letter outlining why you are interested in joining the Board of CIDANZ, and highlighting your relevant skills and experience for the Board position.

These expressions of interest must be sent to Janet Akai, Manager-Design & Communications (janet@cidanz.co.nz) no later than 5.00pm Monday 25th June. 

oneBASKET Families – A Weekend of “Soul Food”

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Four Pacific families – Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoan, and Niuean came together to deliver a rich experience of authentic Pacific food for the Pacific Start-Up Weekend Auckland funded by Pacific Business Trust.

In 54 hours, attendees experienced the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life as a startup. They also learned how to create a real company, have the opportunity to meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors all equipped with the right tools to enable a successful startup.

With the oversight of a professional chef, CIDANZ oneBASKET families, who are startups themselves, provided a menu that took Pacific food to another level. Some of the traditional dishes they served was Takihi, from the island of Niue made from layered slices of pawpaw and taro, then layered in rich coconut cream. They also served Umu often served on Sunday’s in Samoa, filled with perfectly steamed chicken, lamb, pork, stuffing, and the essentials – kumara, potato, and pumpkin. They also served Cook Islands favorites – Mainese – pink potato salad, donuts, and rukau mamoe – taro leaf cooked in spices, coconut cream and lamb. From Tonga goers of the conference tasted the rich lu bites, a pacific twist on canape’s, made with taro cuts, taro leaf cooked in coconut milk, cooled, then folded through with cream cheese and dill. The mixture is then piped onto the taro cuts.

Families also tested new products, the MochAtiu Brownies infused with Atiu Coffee; and Maria’s Mini’s, a collection of Cook Islands treats in bite size.

In the lead up to the event, the families met to set the menu, and decide who was bringing what to the table.

In the end, the time, effort, and love that families put into this weekend was reflected in the faces of the attendees several who commented on how wonderful the meals were. Colart Miles, an organiser and facilitator of Start-Up Weekend Auckland, commented that “I have organised many of these events, but this is the first time we have had good food with lots of soul!”