2018 Cook Islands Language Week

As a Cook Islands organisation focused on community and economic development, we’ve had the greatest privilege liaising with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples in the national coordination of Cook Islands Language week. It is with pride that we announce the theme for this years Cook Islands Language Week 2018:

Kia ngākau parau, kia rangarangatu to tatou Reo Māori Kūki Āirani

Be proud of our Reo Māori Kūki Āirani and protect its future!

In 2016, CIDANZ proposed to the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, a three year plan to develop the theme and poster for Cook Islands Language Week. In that plan we wanted our Cook Islands communities across New Zealand to share in the development of the theme and language week.

In 2016, the theme was set by Auckland, focusing on the views of our young people. They expressed that ‘yes’ the language was important to them, but learning it was not a priority because their obligations to school, university, church, sports and their social life left little to no room for the language. They however did feel that if the Cook Islands culture is still celebrated, by embracing their heritage, they’ll always embrace their language. With those insights in mind, the theme became: “To embrace my Heritage, my language lives on.”

In 2017, the theme was set by our Hamilton community with a deliberate focus on our women. Majority of the women who attended the workshop were grandmothers and daughters who weren’t fluent in Maori, but have made it a priority to learn and speak the language.  We were moved to tears with the views of our Cook Islands women who expressed that the language would flourish if they had a safe space that encouraged them to speak Cook Islands Maori. It was those heartfelt insights that the theme for 2017 came to fruition: “An encouraging home and community environment is what I need to build my love and confidence to speak my reo Maori Kuki Airani.”

This year, the theme was set by the Christchurch community – and as with previous years, the focus on who we needed to hear from, shifted. In previous years, our women have been seen as the nurturers of our language. While our fathers worked, our mothers ensured that our children were brought up in our culture, were educated, and were healthy. With evolving times, women are still seen as the main teachers and caretakers of our language. However, our children still look to their fathers or the father-figures in their lives as examples of their own approach to learning the language. Which is why this year we wanted to hear from our Cook Islands men, both old and young.

The workshop we ran with the community raised some interesting views, including the views of a young man in this years poster who commented (paraphrased) that “although I don’t speak it fluently, I’m proud of my language, but I’ll always look to my father to guide me and to teach me.” As with several views expressed in the workshop, it was a poignant statement that fed into this years theme.

For a PDF version of the poster, contact Janet at janet@cidanz.co.nz.

2018 Annual General Meeting – Mon 30 July, 6.00pm

The Taokotai’anga Charitable Trust (CIDANZ) will be holding our 2018 Annual General Meeting on:

Date: Monday 30th July 2018
Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: oneCOMMUNITY S.H.E.D, 283 – 289 Kirkbride Road, Mangere.

Hosted by the Board of Trustees, the AGM will provide the community with an update of the organisations developments from the past 12 months, and our next stages of development over the next 3 years.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email our Communicatons Manager on janet@cidanz.co.nz.

Kia Orana E Kia Manuia.

NOW CLOSED – Funding applications for CILW community activities & events!

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[APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED!]

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 29 July – Saturday 4 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 and is being celebrated across New Zealand through 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 2 July, and will close on Friday 20 July, 1.00pm. Your applications will be assessed by Wednesday 25 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.

For any questions or to submit your application, please contact Janet Akai at janet@cidanz.co.nz.

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.

oneCHILD – A Hands-On Curriculum

As we draw closer to the turning of soil for the oneCHILD Centre Project this year, so too is the completion of the first ‘total immersion’ curriculum framework for the centre.

Last week, Friday 15th June the oneCHILD Project Group met to view and discuss the proposal: Rima Akataka Approach – this is a hands on experience in learning for the tamariki potiki of the centre, based on tacit knowledge of the Cook Islands (indigenous people’s knowledge developed over time, and continue to develop). The discourse in literature and group discussion covered the Cook Islands Maori Reo, quality learning, quality teachers, authentic learners, practical and literate learning, nature studies, literature, global approaches and theories.

The centre will be indigegogy based, where our tamariki potiki will be totally immersed in the Cook Islands Maori reo and a Cook Islands Maori worldview. Our tamariki potiki will learn through a culturally responsive-relational pedagogy with a collaborative pathway to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the Cook Islands Maori Reo, Akonoanga and People in a new indigenous cultural environment.

We are creating a new and exciting wave of learning for our tamariki potiki in Aotearoa.

[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. 

In the Garden with Papa Tom – A mission of sustainability

Tom Wichman, lovingly known as “Papa Tom”, is well known internationally for his work in Sustainability with the United Nations, and as a consultant to the Cook Islands Ministry of Agriculture. During his years in the Cook Islands, he quickly learned that hydroponics would be beneficial to the island of Manihiki who’s soil was not suitable for planting because it was mainly sand and salt. Papa Tom set up their first hydroponic planting system. Bringing those learning’s to New Zealand, Papa Tom is now working towards establishing a hydroponics cooperative right here in the heart of Mangere.

 

Working alongside Papa Tom to build this hydroponics cooperative is 19 year old Raade Brown. Fresh out of high school and waiting to begin his Mission, Raade is Papa Tom’s youngest apprentice. “I’ve been with Papa Tom for a month now, and have learned so much from him… hydroponics is a modern way of planting that I’ve never seen before. Normally we grow things beneath the soil, but Papa Tom has been teaching me differently.”

Hydroponics is an easy way for families to grow food yearly. It requires a constant flow of nutrient filled water that circulates through several pipes, where the roots of the plant picks up those nutrients. Because the system doesn’t use soil, weeding is not required. It takes 3 – 4 weeks for plants to fully mature, and we are able to harvest from the same plant time and time again provided that the root system is still in place. There is minimal water and food waste, and it is easy for any family to manage.

Through Tom’s steady guidance, Raade has not only learned about hydroponics, but picked up some new skills. “I now have some basic building and gardening skills… I don’t do these things often, so it has been eye opening. After this I’ll be going on to serve a Mission, but in the mean time… I like where I am and what I’m doing. Not many young people get the opportunity do something amazing like this.”

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!”