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ISSUE: #08

Celebrating Cook Islands Language Week 2022

Kia Orana ki to tatou au kōpu tangata o te eFAMILIES.  

What an incredible month we have had.  

From day dot it has been non-stop for our team at CIDANZ. This month we immersed ourselves in the Cook Islands culture through engaging and supporting all the wonderful events of te Epetoma o te Reo Māori Kūki Āirani, Cook Islands Language Week 2022.  This included the opening of Cook Islands Language week, Commemoration of Constitution Day, Opening of Te Vai Ora Youth Hub, Kapa Nui Aotearoa Festival and all the community and regional events and workshops.  It has been an absolute joy to watch communities invest in themselves and be proud to share their reo and peu Maori Kūki ‘Āirani.   

In this month’s edition, we wanted to share the story of our eFAMILIES and their awesome work and involvement at the Kapa Nui Aotearoa Market as well as include a few events that you and your family can participate in the coming months.   

As the year keeps getting busier, we wanted to remind you to like and follow our social pages on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with everything eFAMILIES! 

Meitaki ma’ata e kia manuia. 

eFAMILIES serve up at Kapa Nui Aotearoa 2022

Ataahua Jewellery by Reomoana (right) table stall at Kapa Nui Aotearoa Market. 

On 6 August 2022, Te Maeva Nui o Aotearoa Charitable Trust proudly presented the first-ever Kapa Nui Aotearoa Festival which was established to showcase our incredible Kūki ‘Āirani culture and talent. The festival coincided with Cook Islands Constitution Day and te Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani. In the spirit of celebrating our Cook Islands culture and people, the event began with a morning flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the occasion. The event included three main attractions, a Tivaevae exhibition, Kapa Nui Aotearoa Dance Competition and Kapa Nui markets. 

This year the Kapa Nui markets featured 25 stalls including social services, local and Cook Islands small businesses with a range of manea crafts and delicious kai. We were so pleased to have ten eFAMILY stalls – Ataahua Jewellery, Mamas Donuts, Weaved Mats, Le Uso Candles, Akari Body Treats Aotearoa, Rukau Hut, Tiare Rose Cosmetics, Mia Michael, mamas and papas of the Vainetini collective and Mama Pati’s Food Bar.  Our CIDANZ team had a great time at the event supporting the opening, tivaevae exhibition and the market – we loved connecting with everyone who came through our stall.   

We are so proud of the efforts of our eFAMILIES who participated in the market, congratulations to you all!  It made the event even better for us to hear of the success of our eFAMILIES – some participating in a market for the first time, a few recording their best sales and especially those that were able to meet new people and make lasting connections.  Here is some of the feedback we got: 

  • “Everything was ka pai thanks for the opportunity.” 

  • “Bianca and Tiare have always made things easier for us to set up and throughout the event they are always helpful.” 

  • “Thank you, everything was easy from start to finish, tapping in while I needed a break saved me, thank you Thank you so much!” 

  • “We would love to attend another event in the future.” 

  • “Always feel supported by Bianca” 

Thank you to our eFAMILIES who completed feedback forms, we appreciate the positive feedback and any suggestions which will help us to continue to improve our services.   

A massive meitaki ma’ata to the Kapa Nui market organisers and Te Maeva Nui o Aotearoa Charitabale Trust for having CIDANZ and Enterprising Families as part of this amazing event. We look forward to participating in future events.  

Upcoming Events

STRIVE Community presents South Auckland (SA) Connect Night Market: On Friday 16th September at 6pm, STRIVE Community will be hosting a South Auckland Night Market at the Ngatapuwae Community Centre, Mangere. The market has been curated and organized by young people who want to provide a platform for young entrepreneurs and encourage them to sell their products/services to the wider community.  

We encourage you to head down to SA Connect Night Market, grab yourself a kai kai and support our young people with their business aspirations. For more information about this event, you can contact Tenique Samoa via email  

F.I.N.E Festival Expression of Interest: The F.I.N.E Festival is back on for 2022! The F.I.N.E. Festival is a Pasifka pride festival that is held at the Mangere Arts Centre from 6 to 8 October 2022.  The festival will host theatre shows, art exhibitions, a Fiafia night, performances, talks, workshops and a market.     

The market will be on Saturday 8 October 2022 from 12.00pm to 5.00pm at the Mangere Arts Centre. Registration closes on Tuesday 20 September at 6:00pm.  

If you would like to register, please contact Tiare on 027 269 5157 or for further details.   

Pasifika Festival 2023 Stallholder Registrations: Pasifika Festival is set to take place next year on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March at Western Springs Park, Auckland. This two-day event celebrates a wide variety of cultures through experiences, traditional cuisine and performances from Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Niue and many more.  

Applications are now open for stallholders to secure a spot at next year's festival and will close on Monday 31 October 2022. Organizers of Pasifika Festival are offering a special 50% discount to stallholders who apply under the following categories below. The discount is valid for applications received for Pasifika Festival 2023 only. 

Stallholder type: 

  • Food 

  • Hangi/Umu/Lovo (Cooking Pit) 

  • Non-alcoholic beverages only 

  • Pineapple/Watermelon Ice-cream only 

  • Retail (craft, art, clothing, music etc.) 

  • Information Charitable 

If you are interested in participating in this event you can fill out the application form here.  

For any additional information, you can email the Tātaki Auckland Unlimited Major Events team at 

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