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COVID-19 – CIDANZ Update

With Covid-19 news spreading, we are conscious that there is so much information out there. The World Health Organization has been keeping us all updated with the spread of the virus and what we can do to keep ourselves safe. Here are a few Q&A’s from their website:

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

What do I do to protect myself and prevent the spread?

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
    Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
    Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
    Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
    Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
    Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
  • Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places  – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
    Why? You have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in one of these areas.

For updates in New Zealand, visit the NZ Government Website HERE.

Kia Orana Expo 2020

‘I teia Marama katoa ‘i topa, kua piri atu te Tā’okota’i’anga CIDANZ ki roto ‘i te “Kia Orana Expo” ‘ā te ‘iti tangata ‘Ara’ura tei rave ‘iātu ki tō rātou ngutu’are ‘i  Takanini.

Kua riro ‘oki teia ‘ei tika’anga nō te CIDANZ ‘i te ‘akakitekite atu ki te au tangata tei tae atu ki reira nō runga ‘i tā rātou au ‘anga’anga ‘ē rave nei ‘i teia tuātau. Kua ‘akakite ‘oki te tama’ine nāna ‘i akano’o ‘i teia ‘anga’anga ‘i raro ake ‘I te tāmarua’anga ā te ‘iti tangata ‘Araura ‘a Maiata Samuela ē, ko te ‘akakoro’anga ō teia ‘anga’anga koia ‘oki ‘i te ‘apai’anga mai ‘i teta’i au tu’anga ‘anga’anga ‘ā te kavamani ‘ē pērā teta’i au tu’anga tauturu ‘i te ‘iti tangata, kia rauka ‘i te ‘iti tangata ‘i te komakoma tika atu ki teia au tu’anga kia mārama ‘oki tō tātou ‘iti tangata ē tei’ea te au ngā’i ka rauka mai te tauturu, ‘ē ka ‘akapē’ea teia ‘ē rauka mai ei. Kua ‘akakite ‘oki a Samuela ē, ‘i teta’i ma’ata’anga taime, te vai ‘uāra te tauturu ‘inārā kāre tō tātou ‘iti tangata ‘i kite ē kā kimi ki’ea.

Kua ‘akakite te tangata ō te CIDANZ tei tae atu ki teia ‘anga’anga ‘a Chris Arere ē, kua mataora tikāi ‘aia ‘i te kite’anga ‘i teia ‘anga’anga ‘ē kua ‘akamata ‘iatu, ‘ē’ ka anoano ‘ia kia putuputu mai teia tū ‘anga’anga ei tauturu ‘i tō tātou ‘iti tangata. Kua piri atu ‘oki te pae ō te ‘akavā, te Tiaki Mau’āuri ‘ē te tu’anga ‘āpi’i tuatoru ‘ē te vai atura ki teia ‘akakoro’anga.

oneCHILD Early Learning Center Ground Breaking


For a number of years, a total immersion early learning centre has been a dream for Cook Islands NZ families. It was a priority highlighted by communities across NZ in the inaugural Cook Islands national strategy 2012 – 2015; a strategy brought together by a group of volunteers.

Approved funding through the Ministry of Education for a 60 children facility in Mangere was received in 2015 and in 2016, the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board approved to lease approximately 640m2 of Old School Reserve in Mangere for the building of the facility. With the incredible Project Management and Architectural support of Strachan Group Architects and its many agents the resource consent has been lodged and was approved in January 2018. It took many years of relationship building and securing investment for us to get to the point that on Tuesday 25th February 2020, we not only greeted the rising sun, but were also joined by many to break ground.

The Tamariki Takitumu Punanga Reo offered a total immersion learning center, but after consulting with parents, moved to a multi-lingual curriculum (
reports/tamariki-takitumu-punanga-reo-21-06-2018/). We are determined make sustain this total immersion curriculum and hope to replicate this model across NZ. We have a wealth of
skilled and talented teachers & educators (Cook Islands Teachers & Educators Collective NZ headed by Tupou Manapori & Teremoana Hodges) who have designed the curriculum and will lead this out to our children. It sits as part of a broader strategy to protect, preserve, and promote Cook Islands language and culture.

In South Auckland there are more than 10,000+ households who associate with the Cook Islands ethnicity, and yet the current Early Childhood Education system does not cater for them all. Sustainable development of Cook Islands people in New Zealand and at home cannot happen without the vibrancy of our reo. It stands at the center of our culture and what we bring to NZ society.

We would like to extend our warmest gratitude to the Ministry of Education, the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board, Auckland Teaching Gardens, Strachan Group, Stryde Projects, Alfred Ngaro, Kiki Maoate, Tuareka Trust, Cook Islands leaders from Whangarei right down to Invercargill, the Consulate General, Pa Ariki, our lovely Mama’s, and many more for being part of the ground breaking ceremony. We would especially like to thank our cute little babies for leading the way and breaking ground first!

Northland Pasifika Fusion Festival 2020


‘I te ngā rā ‘openga ō Peperuare nei, kua tere atu te pupu ō te CIDANZ ‘i te turuturu atu ‘i te ‘akakoro’anga ō te Pasefika Fusion ‘i Whangarei. Ko teia ‘akakoro’anga ‘oki ko teta’i vaine Kūki ‘Ᾱirani koia ‘a Pania Baker teta’i ‘i roto ‘i te pupu ‘i ‘akamata ‘ia mai ei teia. Kua ‘akakite teta’i mata ō te CIDANZ a Tauraki Rongo ē, ‘e ‘apinga pu’apinga teia ‘i te turuturu atu ‘i te au ‘akakorongo’anga mei teia te tu. Ko teta’i a’pinga ‘oki teia ‘i nana ei ‘ē kite ‘aere mai ei tō tātou ‘iti tangata tei’ea tātou ma te ‘akakitekite atu kia ratou e ‘ea’a teta’i au ‘anga’anga kē atu ‘ē tupu nei tē kā rauka ‘ia rātou ‘i te piri mai ki roto.

Kua akakite ‘oki teta’i tama ‘ā te Kūki ‘Āirani tei arataki mai ana ‘i te Tu’anga ō te ‘akava ‘i te Ipukarea ‘a Pira Whichman ē, ‘ē ‘aere ‘ua maina raua ko tōna tokorua ‘i te tauturu ‘i teia ‘akakoro’anga, ‘ē tē mataora nei ‘aia ‘i te kite atu ē tē ma’ata ‘aere ‘ua maira teia ‘anga’anga, ‘ē tē kitena ‘aere ‘ia mai nei teta’i au mata ‘ōu ō tō tātou ‘iti tangata ki teia ‘anga’anga. Kua ‘akakite ‘oki ‘a Rongo ē, ko teta’i au māpū tāna ‘i ‘āravei’ atu ‘ē tauturu ra ‘i te ‘oko’oko atu ‘i tā rātou kai, kua ngākauparau tikāi rātou ‘i tō rātou tūranga ‘i te mea ‘oki ē kā ta’i nei rātou kā tū ki mua ‘i te ‘iti tangata ‘e mata atu ‘i te ‘iti tangata Kūki Airani.