A Message from our newest Board Member – Terekino Vaireka


Kia Orana,

I was appointed onto the Cook Islands Taokotai’anga Board of Trustees in July 2018. I’m honoured for the appointment and the opportunity, and look forward to the challenges this role may present, but even moreso to the good work that we will no doubt do in our communities. First and foremost, I want to offer words of gratitute to the Chairman, Board members, and CEO for the introduction and the on-going support whilst being in this role, of which I am very humbled by.

My interest and inspirations have always been heavily focused on the development of our people and community, and more importantly enhancing individual and collective resiliance. I’m located in Christchurch (South Island), where resiliance has been integral in providing us with the will and motivation to rebuild our city, and regather our communities. It is my hope that my role as a Board of Trustees member will provide significant opportunities and benefits to our Cook Islands communities on the South Island.

During the months I’ve been in this role, I was impressed with the level of passion, commitment and the strategic direction which the Board and CIDANZ offers to the community. The portfolio under my guidance is the oneCHILD project, a significant milestone in the development of our Cook Islands language and culture in New Zealand. We look forward to turn soil this year.

There are two distinct focus area’s that Id like to see going forward into the future. For one, a rise in investment opportunities in the South Island so that our communities there continue to gain from the good work done in Auckland. And secondly, for more South Islanders to sit on the Board, a vision I know that the Board will be moving towards.

I understand the challenges our communities face, and the reluctance to trust an organisation like CIDANZ, so here is a little word of encouragement: CIDANZ is equipped with the right tools and instruments such as strategic development plans (both short and long-term), supported by unique partners. They are servants of the people, working not for their own benefit, but for the good of us all. It’s in our best interest to align ourselves not with their vision, but our vision of a united and prosperous community. And lastly, we need more champions to take our work forward, so when the next elections comes around, please consider championing an organisation working for the people, and apply to be a board member.

Meitaki atupaka

Te Atua Te Aroa

Terekino (Tino) Vaireka | Christchurch

Email: tino@cidanz.co.nz

Office Closing & Opening Dates – Merry Christmas & Happy New Years!

What a year! We’ve been so busy that just the thought of our office closing for the year makes us a little sad, but also relieved.

Please be advised that our office has now closed for the year and will re-open on Monday 25 January, 2019. From our CIDANZ family to yours, we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and safe New Years.

Thank you all for a wonderful year!

Whanau Ora – Social Innovation Made ‘Accessible’


CIDANZ is funded by Pasifika Futures ltd (PFL) under the Whanau Ora programme. As a key innovation partner of PFL our organisation has been a part of various opportunities to ensure that our family enterprises are able to access a market that values them and the services they provide.

We have recently reconfirmed (oneBASKET program) with Papakura Netball Centre contract for 2019. oneHERITAGE program with Te Papa, Wellington, we have placed another (oneBASKET program) proposal for Fresh Café & Kiosk in Otara, which we have been shortlisted for. In the months ahead oneTRADES will, through a subcontract process with JAPP Ltd, enter into bid for earthworks for the oneCHILD Project. The team has also built a number of collaborations for Up-cycle goods as Social Enterprise opportunities with Oceania Youth Academy and Atiu-Enuamanu. We will test the process for this model of enterprise development over the next 6 months and look to work with a couple of other not for profit groups in the community.

Our capacity is stretched, but with a skilled young team around the table, we continue to fulfill the work needed to ensure that our families are living economically free, and reaching their goals and aspirations.

Pictured is a few of our enterprising families with Minister Peeni Henare who visited our site in April. Minister Henare holds the Portfolios for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Whanau Ora, and Youth; and is also the Associate Minister of Social Development.

Old School Reserve – The Heart of Community Unity & Prosperity

On the 3 October 2018, the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board approved the Old School Reserve Master Plans for Public Consultation. This development has been a 9-year long journey for the Trust, several iterations over the years landed in September 2018, giving the Trust the best opportunity to finally build a sustainable community owned facility. oneVILLAGE has been represented strongly through the plans, the Public Consultation will take 6 weeks, a report back to the Local Board reflecting public feedback will be written for the Local Boards final approval in February 2019.

The site plans take into consideration tenants currently doing great work on the site, namely Auckland Teaching Garden’s, and two early learning centers. The plans propose a vertical garden area, created and run by Auckland Teaching Gardens (ATG). The large field to receive drainage improvements, be a host for a long-term incubator kitchen and our Cook Islands ANZAC Soldiers War Memorial, a great space for young people and families to enjoy a play area, basketball court, potential informal BMX track, and be the home of oneVILLAGE.

We look forward to seeing these plans become a reality for our many diverse communities to enjoy!

oneCHILD Project Build Set for early 2019!

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We are one step closer to achieving a vision that has been in the works since the development of the Cook Islands Development Action Plan set in 2013 to 2022.

The Ta’okotai’anga – CIDANZ is building the very first ‘total immersion’ Cook Islands Early Childhood Education Centre in Auckland.  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 was approved in January 2018, and final plans signed off by our Chief Executive.

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.

On 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.

Currently the Trust is going through a rigorous process to select the right builders for this work. We look forward to beginning the new year with a soil turning ceremony to mark this momentous occasion.

Tom Ryan Cartage Limited Give Us a Helping Hand

Our organisation has a small team. We work hard to ensure that our communities get the very best of us as we work towards achieving our vision of a united and prosperous community. But we can’t always do it on our own, and rely on great people, organisations, businesses, and leaders like Tom Ryan Cartage Ltd to help us achieve our vision.

Led by our Business Development Manager Lindsay Unuia, we want to continue molding our site into a space that pulls our community in. It was with that aim in mind that Tom Ryan Cartage helped us begin to transform our green space located outside the oneCOMMUNITY S.H.E.D, by re-locating shipping containers currently on site. Through various opportunities our organisation has been a part of, we’ve seen the many possibilities of a modified shipping container. We just needed to take that first step to convince ourselves that what we envisage is possible.

Our organisation is all about building up our communities, and we would like to extend a warm thank you to Tom Ryan Cartage for helping us to do this. In future we are working towards re-modifying the three containers onsite, into a busy social enterprise hub, incubating small start-ups owned and operated by the community. The possibilities are endless.

Pa Metua Super Gold Club Launch


Our elders have lived rich lives rife with even richer knowledge. On Tuesday 2 October 2018, the Pa Metua Super Gold Club was lunched. The Purpose of the group is to embrace, to remember, to help live on the knowledge and precious teachings and lessons of my Ui Tupuna, yesterday, today for my tamariki tomorrow.

12 members strong, the aim of the group is to preserve and learn from the knowledge of our elders.

Exhibition & Launch of CITVCNZ


On Monday 22nd October, the Cook Islands Taokotai’anga Vainetini Collective NZ (CITVCNZ) was officially launched at a Cook Islands exhibition. The Collective was first set-up in 2016 with three members – Tepori Teariki, Nana Kamo-Mataroa, and Vaine Areora. Over time, the group grew, becoming 44 members strong and steadily rising.

With a vision to unite and prosper the Cook Islands community, CITVCNZ have several projects underway, including upcycling materials donated by the Takanini Sikh community, and adapting Cook Islands to be sold at the Te Papa Museum.

The launch of CITVCNZ was met with great enthusiasm from the Cook Islands community who rallied together in support of the women. We look forward to seeing more from our Mama’s.


We Are Hiring: Children & Youth Development Worker

We’re looking for an culturally sound, experienced and energized youth development worker to join our team. If you are passionate about supporting young people to build leadership, confidence, resilience, well being and entrepreneurship, and would like to work with a small team, we want to hear from you.

The position aims to work with the strengths young people offer, we focus on their ability in the following 3 areas:

• Their ability to build a strong youth voice in their local community
• The development of their own special style of leadership in their local community
• Their creative abilities to explore opportunities for local social entrepreneurship as an option for sustainable development

You will be working 20 hours per week (for first 6 months, with the option to go full time early new year) working from Monday to Thursday on a rotating AM/PM shift pattern. AM shift is 10:00am to 3:30pm, PM shift is 3:30pm to 9:00pm in order to be available to young people at critical time.

We aim to provide innovative and culturally appropriate development services in the community to young people aged between 8 and 15. We believe in the importance of family, community, connection and relationships – and in the ability of young people to shape their own futures.

 Our Team

You’ll be reporting to the Chief Executive and working in a team of family and community development workers.

You will have:

  • a certificate in youth development work, experience in peer support, or another NZQA equivalent level 4 or above and or a tertiary qualification
  • understanding of care and experience working with young people.
  • a current full driver’s licence
  • hold a current New Zealand first aid certificate or be prepared to obtain one.

The Benefits

In this role, you can look forward to flexible work arrangements, a great team around you every day working in an organisation that believes in its’ purpose to Unite and Prosper families and communities. Be part of a supportive work environment where life balance is encouraged, people are valued and new innovative solutions are the norm!

APPLICATIONS CLOSE – Thursday 4th October 2018, Midday

**All new appointees into the Organisation require background checking. Under the requirements of the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014, new employees that are identified as coming under this act are required to undergo further safety checks as part of the recruitment process.

Please send a CV and Cover Letter to janet@cidanz.co.nz

‘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.