Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
1) An indication of impact of tourism on the Cook Islands economy.
eg. the income and employment generated by the industry
2) The challanges the industry faces today and into the future.
eg. the cost of airfares getting to the Cook Islands; enviromental impacts: etc.
3) The promotion of Cook Islands product to wholesalers overseas.
eg. Mangaia as cultural tourism destination, safe and peaceful destination; accomodations and services available.
4) The importance of marketing strategies eg. direct and indirect marketing. Net-working or partnership with other tourism operators, promoting each other. Self promotion.
5) The role of Cook Islands Tourism Corporation.
eg. Net work with wholesalers overseas and road show promotions.
It was a very useful four days and it helped me a lot in understanding the industry and to pass on this knowledge to existing and potential tour operators on the island
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Above are some of the pictures from the 2006 Mire Tarai Vaka.
The purpose of this event continues to be to revive the art of canoe building in the Cook Islands and was associated with the Maeva Nui theme for 2006 on Vaka Moemoea. Most island stook part in the event.
All the inhabited islands of the Cooks (except Palmerston) are represented by teams of ta'unga tarai at the event.
The Mangaia Historical and Cultural Society team are using their time in Rarotonga to
(a) sell local craft
(b) construct a small Mangaia trading store for Mangaia people to sell crafts and produce at the Punanga Nui Market.
(copyright) Mangaia Historical and Cultural Society
Saturday, August 4, 2007
The Mangaia stand at the Trade Fair
The Trade Day Team
The Mangaia team started preparation for the Trade Day on Thursday evening, tying kikau around the six posts of the allocated area for our booth, in readiness for Friday morning.At 5.00am, Friday we started setting up the booth - three tables, two tree branches, and two wooden rails - to display our craft work from Mangaia. The goods on display included stone pounders, stone adzes, stone necklaces and ear rings, pandanus mats, hats, and kete.
Other craftwork included kikau baskets, flower headbands, spears, pareu, quilts, pillow cases, rag dolls, ei pupu, ava flowers, shell ei's, walking sticks, tipi-papa, (pandanus leaves on reels) etc.
We managed to sell over $7,000 worth of craft.
The goods on display from Mangaia were far in excess of anything else on display and Mangaia was awarded the trophy for the best stand of the fair.
Presentation of the award.
Friday, August 3, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Saturday 28 July, 2007
Funeral of Papa Tom Davis, KBE
Papa Tom was laid to rest today in a state funeral. Au'au Enua was asked to provide pall bearers for the funeral procession from Strickfair in Tupapa to the Portofino restuarant. Mangaia was also asked to perform the eva or dirge from Strickfair to Taputapuatea. This was well received as no other island had the eva.
Monday, July 30, 2007
I forgot to mention that Mangaia won first prize in the Float Competition - the theme was life before Christianity, with lots of people being actively roasted on the spit. The prize was $700 - not much of a reward for all the hard work - but anyway.
"Mangaian etene" on a semi-trailer