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Island Memories from Mauke

During the last week of September 2004, a four-person team comprising Jean Mason, Hinoi Henry, Richard Wachter and Teina Enua worked to record Mauke's memories. The people of Mauke welcomed the team into their homes, plantations, celebrations and families and were eager to participate and help in any way possible. 'Their hospitality was the most memorable part of the exercise' commented Richard Wachter in the Cook Islands News.

They filmed the main export crop, maire, of Mauke. They visited the schools and recorded the students as they sang the legend of Pai Kea. They recorded the attributes of Mauke: churches, beaches, grotto, reef, lagoon, historic homes, accommodation, caves, miracle oil, canoe making, and crafts of all kinds. They also interviewed several of the oldest inhabitants about their memories and how they were passed down to them by their ancestors, all in their native Maukean dialect. Legends particular to Mauke were recorded, and some of them were enacted.

The final video production was distributed to local organizations in the Cook Islands and was also shown on local television early in 2005. An evaluation in three of the Outer Islands, Mauke, Mitiaro and Mangaia, showed that the video was very well received by the viewing public, and the inhabitants from Mangaia and Mitiaro would like to see a similar video documentation of their island memories.

The video was also featured at a Small Islands Voice side event at the UN SIDS meeting in Mauritius in January 2005 during a presentation by two youth delegates from the Cook Islands, Nancy Kareroa and Melinda Pierre.


To get involved, contact :


Ms. Imogen Ingram
Island Sustainability Alliance (C.I.) Inc.
P.O. Box 492
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
T 682 22128, 682 58289 (m)
F 682 22128

Ms. Jacqui Evans
Taporoporoanga Ipukarea Society
P.O. Box 796
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
T 682 29110 (w) 682 55050 (m)

Ms. Gail Townsend and Ms Jane Taurarii
Curriculum Development Unit
Ministry of Education
P.O. Box 97,
Nikao, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
T 682 25270 F 682 28357


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