Cook Islands language week 2014

Cook Islands language week 2014

This week is Cook Islands language week 2014. The theme for the week is ‘Te Rakei o Toku Iti-Tangata’ – Our language and our culture are the foundation of who we are.

Looking after cultural treasures is a significant part of Te Papa’s role in the community. We have a responsibility to look after and develop collections of cultural artefacts from across the islands of the Pacific. We share the stories of these cultural treasures through exhibitions, education programmes, events and publications.

Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures collections have over 7000 artefacts associated with the Cook Islands, from art works and photographs, adornments and carvings, to full size canoes and specimens of plants and animals. This week we will be sharing some of the collection highlights with you through our blog and via Twitter and Instagram, so make sure to follow us.

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To start this week off, here is a selection of photographs the Cook Islands and its people by the much loved New Zealand photographer Glenn Jowitt, who recently passed away. You can click to read Athol McCredie’s (Curator Photography) tribute to him . You can also click on the images to enlarge them.


Mauke, the Cook Islands 1982. From the series: Polynesia Here and There. Glenn Jowitt, (photographer), 1982, Mauke


Catholic Mission Church, Areora, Atiu, Cook Islands, 1982. From the series: Polynesia Here and There. Glenn Jowitt, (photographer), 1982, Atiu


Titikaveka packing shed, Rarotonga, the Cook Islands. Presentation…1982. From the series: Polynesia Here and There. Glenn Jowitt, (photographer), 1982, Rarotonga


Untitled (Atiuan dancers prepare to perform). Glenn Jowitt, (photographer), 1992, Auckland


  1. Just letting you know the image numbered 0.003159 is my mother Lucy Kautai Mateariki

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      Kia orana Janet,
      thank you for your comment and for letting us know that it’s your mother who appears in one of the images. I will add this important detail to the record in our database.

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