Cook Islands

Kia orana, katou katoatoa and welcome to the Cook Islands village.

Did you know…The Cook Islands is made up of 15 small islands with the  main population living on Rarotonga.

Village information
The Cook Islands Cultural Academy has been set up to teach young children including the general public how to drum Cook Island drumming techniques and other cultural activities such as dancing, ukurere playing and making costumes. This is an attempt to ensure that young Cook Islanders do not loose or forget their culture. The Manavanui drummers are an example of what the academy has done. The youngest drummers in the team are girls aged from 5 to 9 with one boy aged 11.

Their exhibition is intended to encourage more children to participate in learning their culture.

Saturday and Sunday

10AM


   VC Tent


        Pau Mango Lessons by Estelle Ruta Short (9 year old tutor)

   Fale


        Head Ei Making with Rubylima Lindsay & Anna-Marie Taruia

11AM


   VC Tent


        Lead Pate Lessons by Mark Terei and Siana Short

   Fale


        Pareu/Sarong Tie with Natalia Short & Keani Pora

12PM


   VC Tent


        Drumming by Manavanui Drummers (These are the youngest drummers in the Cook Islands aged 5, 6, 9, 11)

   Fale


        Midday Dancing Lessons with Eri Te Ana Short

1PM


   VC Tent


        Pau lessons with Akirata Short (5 year old tutor)

   Fale


        Cook Islands Costume Making with Kura Taruia/Rubylima Lindsay & Anna-Marie Temanu (until 2.30pm)

2PM


   VC Tent


        Taki Rua lessons with Maihanarei Short (6 year old tutor)

   Fale


        Cook Islands Costume Making with Kura Taruia/Rubylima Lindsay & Anna-Marie Temanu (until 2.30pm)

3PM


   VC Tent


        Ukarere/ukulele lessons with Jane Rubena (former national champion dancer & was the secondary schools ukulele champion)

   Fale


        Drumming Lesson

4PM


   VC Tent


        Drumming Lesson