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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. […]

National Museum – Runanga Pakau

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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. […]

EXHIBITION – 50 Years of Painting in the Cook Islands

50 Years of Painting in the Cook Islands” is a retrospective exhibition that focuses on early modern painting in the Cook Islands. It celebrates a specific time period in which this genre emerged and came to be locally regarded as art. It acknowledges the artists who visited these shores and the visual legacy that was […]

Taipiro . . . and “The Cave of Sleepers”

Here is a story from Howard Henry . . . Taipiro was a twelve year old boy who belonged to the Ngati-Tane Tribe of Mangaia in Pre-European times. One day he joined fishermen of a neighbouring tribe in a fishing expedition. When they finished fishing and began to devide the catch, there was no portion of catch […]

Oral Traditions of the Rarotonga Land Court Records

Mathew Campbell published an article in Volume 37, No2, 2002 of the” Journal of Pacific History” entitled : “The Oral Traditions of the Rarotonga Land Court Records”. To view this article in full go to : Oral Traditions of the Rarotonga Land Court Records

Ethnology of Manihiki and Rakahanga

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The traditional history of Manihiki and Rakahanga tells us that the human discoverer was Huku. He had sailed into these waters from Rarotonga on a fishing expedition. When he came to a part of the ocean referred to as “te tukuanga i Whaka-hotu” he noticed an upgrowth of rock or land (tapua whenua) projecting from the sea bottom but not high enough […]