Exhibition Opening : “Secluded Splendour” – Friday 19th 5pm at National Museum

Exhibiting her work for the first time, Fe’ena Syme-Buchanan will be showing a visual insight of depopulation on Mangaia. Through photography, she has documented the effects of depopulation on the island, created a literal installation representation of a typical Mangaian afternoon, and captured footage to produce a short intimate video. The work Fe’ena produced was […]

800 year old pearl-shell fish hooks at the National Museum

The National Heritage Collection at the Cooks Island National Museum. To increase public awareness of the unique artifacts of the National Heritage Collection displayed in the National Museum, the following article features another of the National Museum’s oldest and most reveling objects on exhibition. A collection of eight 800 year old pearl-shell fish hooks recovered […]

CEREMONIAL USE OF COOK ISLANDS TIVAIVAI

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Header Image source: https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/learn/for-educators/teaching-resources/cook-islands-language-week-resource Tivaivai are valuable in ritual exchanges which mark family ‘life’ events, and other gifting events which draw people together through family and social networks.  Tivaivai mark and recall these events through their patterns and convey ideas about place, culture and history.  Tivaivai are steeped with social and cultural importance. Part of […]

Tivaivai innovator calls it a day

Thursday September 21, 2017 Written by Chris Taylor source link: http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/local/item/65965-tivaivai-innovator-calls-it-a-day Even after 40 years of sewing, Maria Keri Edgar (nee Herman), 79, has been coming up with innovative new ideas for her tivaivai. And, now that she is even receiving international attention, she is retiring at the peak of her artistic career. She has […]

TAUNGA TIVAIVAI EXHIBITION – The works of six Tivaivai Artists

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5 September – 26 October 2016 The Cook Islands National Museum – Runanga Pakau, Tupapa, Avarua, Cook Islands The Taunga Tivaivai Exhibition showcases the Tivaivai works of six Tivaivai artists whose works have developed and changed over the last 50 years.  The six artists exhibiting are Tapumanoanoa Andrew, Maria Edgar nee Herman, Tekura Tereora, Mata […]

JUNE – MONTH OF MOVIES AT THE MUSEUM

Throughout the month of June a series of documentary films will be screened at the National Museum – Runanga Pakau in Tupapa. The series of documentaries examines the impact of economic, political and social change to Cook Islands way of life from the 1950s to the 1980s against a backdrop of transition from NZ administration […]

KIA KORE E NGAROPOINA – LEST WE FORGET ANZAC EXHIBITION

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The Cook Islands National Museum – Runanga Pakau in collaboration with the Cook Islands Returned Services Association, Florence Symes-Buchanan and the New Zealand High Commission is pleased to present the 2017 Anzac Exhibition Kia Kore e Ngaropoina – Lest We Forget. The exhibition opens on Monday 20 March and runs to 16 June 2017. The […]

What is Genealogy . . . Cook Islands Style?

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“Genealogy is a list of human creations, all kinds of previous manifestations. Some were good blokes, others were jokes, Pick your friends but you can’t pick your relations.” Genealogy is a person’s pedigree. It is a list of one’s ancestors, family history and genetic heritage. The question is often asked : “How can traditional Polynesian […]

500 COOK ISLANDS SOLDIERS EXHIBITION

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The “Lest We Forget The 500 Cook Islands Soldiers” Exhibition were displayed in our National Museum-Runanga Pakau during the months of July and August.  A number of visitors both locally and internationally have made a great effort to come and read about our ancestors stories who went away to fight during the first world war. School […]

Mama Jane Strickland Exhibition at the National Museum

The Cook Islands National Museum was opened on October 14th 1992 as an institution to display, educate and preserve the cultural history of the Cook Islands. We are not specifically a Museum of Art, Anthropology, Ethnology, Marine Biology or Natural History, but it is a museum with general descriptions encompassing our visual and material culture. […]