‘Island Night’ – Stall Holders Welcome!

Summer is just around the corner! So if you are looking for another fundraising alternative for your Family, Church Group, Sports Team or Community Group? Come and join us at the Island Night.

The ‘Island Night’ is all about coming together and enjoying a Friday evening with Good Food, Live Entertainment, Arts & Crafts and much more!

If you would like to be a part of this evening then we want to hear from you! Contact Lindsay Unuia at lindsay@cidanz.co.nz or on 0275256149.

Tā’okota’i’anga 2018 Cultural Competition, Sat 1st Sept.

On Saturday 1st September, the Auckland University Cook Islands Association will be hosting a competition called Tā’okota’i’anga. It is a conference and cultural competition for all of the Cook Islands Students Associations from various tertiary institutions across New Zealand to come together, compete and celebrate our beautiful culture.

Where: 7 Atiu pl, Favona, Auckland
When: Saturday September 1st, 6pm. Doors open at 5:30pm
Cost: Adult: $5. Child (12 years and under): $2. Pay at door. All door sales will go towards the running of Tā’okota’i’anga.

This year, the theme is:

“Tuia te rito tangata e te rito vaerua 
Itiki’ia ki te pito enua e toou tupu’anga rangatira 
Ma te raranga kapiti mai i te au peu tūkētūkē.”

“Thread the fibres of humanity
Thread the fibres of spiritual well being
Bind together the essence of cultural identity
Weave together the diverseness of cultural awareness.”

Ina Michael: Consultant – Capital Build & Investment

We have an exciting shift in CIDANZ, and want acknowledge Ina Michael in his new role as a Consultant – Capital Build & Investment.  Ina was the foundational Chief Executive of CIDANZ and introduced CIDANZ as the new trading name, co-ordinated the production and implementation of priorities and actions flagged in the 2012-2015 NZ Cook Islands Development Action Plan (CIDAP), whilst also introducing a series of ‘one branded,’ social enterprises that have since received national business and innovation awards from Pacific Business Trust and Pasifika Futures.

Ina remains committed to the ongoing sustainability of CIDANZ and his role as a Consultant will be specifically focused around Capital Build & Investment projects. Ina’s experience in providing advice and expertise to organizations to help improve their business performance in terms of operations, profitability, management, structure and strategy, builds a strong foundation for this new role.  His work will stretch across a variety of areas including management, strategy, business development IT, finance, marketing, HR, supply chain management and social enterprise development.  Ina can be contacted on email, ina@inamichael.com and mobile, 021 418 301.

Kōrero Rorouira Workshop for CILW2018 @CIDANZ Tuesday July 31 4-7pm

Sally (Ake) Nicholas was born in New Zealand, but soon after her family moved to Rarotonga to reconnect with the Cook Islands language, culture and family. She is currently a Lecturer at the AUT University. This Tuesday, Sally will be hosting a workshop open to all, using Toontastic to teach our reo Maori Kuki Airani.

Details below:

Kia orana. ‘Aere mai e te au tamariki, e te au māpū pērā katoa e te au metua kia ma’ani teata kia rere te reo ki te au ngā’i katoa o tēianei ao.

Where:  CIDANZ,  283 – 289 Kirkbride Road, Mangere, Auckland 2022

When: Tuesday 31 July 2018 from 4-7 pm for Cook Islands Language Week 2018 #CILW2018

Why: If our Reo is going to thrive we need to be able to use it to talk about all the things.

E TANO EI!!

What: We are going to buddy up learners with speakers and get them to work together to make some short movies,  in Māori, like these ones.

How:  We will be able to  provide a few tablets if you don’t have one. However, if you do have a tablet (android or iPad) or a smartphone please bring it along with toontastic already installed. There will not be internet access at the venue. Most important though, bring yourselves and your enthusiasm!

If you can’t make it on the day and have a smart phone or tablet you can have a play with this software.

If you make stuff please share it and add the hashtags #CILW2018 and #ReoRorouira

Empowering Young People Through Ei Katu-Making

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Emerge Aotearoa provides a wide range of recovery and rehabilitation services designed to empower people to reach their full recovery potential. They believe that everyone is capable of living a meaningful life and are committed to helping their service users to be the best they can be – resulting in improved overall community well-being and participation. On Wednesday 18 July, Emerge Aotearoa, through Cook Islander Louise Tito, joined forces with the Cook Islands Taokotai’anga Vainetini to teach a workshop on ei katu-making to young people facing difficulties in their life. With changing times, young people are challenged constantly to be the best version of themselves, especially in an environment where social media and the media play a big role in building up the self-esteem of young people. Sometimes being the best version of themselves is not always easy to do, especially when young people don’t have the right people or values in place to support them. And sometimes this leads to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and many other mental health conditions affecting our mapu. The ei katu workshop was part of three workshops offered on the day. Through it our Mama’s – Nane, June, Mariana and Nana, were able to get to know these young people and through their humor and kindness, were able to bring these young people out of their shells to enjoy a craft most Cook Islanders have grown up with. Although the Cook Islands Taokotai’anga Vainetini have been highlighted across several news media articles, as our favorite Auntie Nana Kamo-Matoroa says “we’re more than just a group of women that sew tivaevae’s.” Vainetini’s are a group of skilled women who make Cook Islands crafts. Lately the Cook Islands Taokotai’anga Vainetini are teaching us that they’re more than that, especially through their work with the Sikh Community, and our young Pacific and Maori people.

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.