The Tauranga Vananga presented over 2,000 historical photos on Thursday evening. A great number of people were present to view photos stored within our National Archives – Punanga Akamou Korero. These were photos scanned using Microtek scanner as part of our Ministry of Cultural Development – UNESCO Digitisation Project. Thank you to UNESCO for funding towards this major project.

This is the first time old photos are being revealed and it will not be the last as we are still in the process of scanning our negatives, slides and proofs. These are our Cook Islands treasures under the caretaker of our National Archives.

One strong message voiced out by Acting Archives Manager “These are our photos of over 50 years ago, every occasion, moments whether school function, church and so on. She also questioned Is there anyone taking those shots? Get those photos preserved for the next 50 years, for our children in the future. Our National Archives will always be here to store our memories, just like what we are doing now”.

Below are photos from the exhibition that was opened on Thursday 5 March 2015.