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ISSUE: #10

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

What a spectacular month we’ve had. 

This month we highlight both the local and national wins of our Cook Islands and Pacific People in sports, business, and politics. From the 2022 Cook Islands Games, to the victorious win from our Cook Islands Rugby League team, we have really seen “Cook Islands to the world” in action. We also share with you a few upcoming business workshops and events that you may want to attend in the coming weeks.  

Finally, we also wanted to take the time to acknowledge that this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every day, nine women in New Zealand are diagnosed with breast cancer, so it's likely that someone we know will be diagnosed, has had breast cancer in the past, or is supporting someone with breast cancer. The right support can make a difference, we send our love and support to those affected by breast cancer.  For more information and/or to donate a koha or your time, you can visit the Breast Cancer Foundation website here. 

Special mention to our CIDANZ Community Connector Service team and CIDANZ staff for volunteering in the Ribbon Appeal Collection in Mangere on Friday 28th October – great work team! 

Meitaki ma’ata e kia manuia.  

Cook Islands Success Stories:
Celebrating our Pacific People

Cook Islands Community Champion in the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board: This past month we congratulated Joe Glassie-Rasmussen for his success in being the very first Cook Islander to be elected on to the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board. Joe is dedicated to helping his community thrive and flourish and is passionate about Pacific Healthcare.  

Congratulations for this great achievement! Our Cook Islands community is immensely proud and look forward to supporting you on your journey as a member of the Mangere-Otahuhu local board.   

Kia akameitkai ia te atua no toou maroiroi. I te apai I to tatou iti tamata Kuki Airani ki runga mate ruperupe.  

Cook Islands Rugby League Team + Parade: We acknowledge our Cook Islands National Rugby League Team who are currently representing our small nation at the Rugby League World Cup in the United Kingdom.  Coming away with a win against Wales in their opening match lit a fire under all Cook Islanders across the globe. In celebration of this victorious win, Papa Spoiler from the Samson Squad hosted the first-ever Cook Islands Parade at our CIDANZ site in Mangere. Meitaki Ma’ata to all who showed up to show support to our team, win or lose we are proud of the men representing our Island. Tukia! 
Our eFAMILIES take on the F.I.N.E Festival Market: On Saturday 8 October at the Mangere Arts Centre, we had 5 of our eFAMILIES participate in the F.I.N.E Festival Market. The day was a huge success, filled with festivities, yummy kai and beautiful handmade arts and crafts. We wanted to acknowledge Ataahua Jewellery, Amelia and Emma’s Kitchen, Queen Shirl’e Candles, Cel’s Kitchenette and the Vainetini Collective for your incredible contribution to this market. Special thanks to Moana and the coordinators from F’INE Pasifika for organising a momentous event, we look forward to working with you in future markets.  

Digital Boost Workshops: Digital Boost are bridging their gap between learning about digital concepts and applying that knowledge in practice with their 2-hour online workshops. Next week they are hosting two workshops: 

  1. Kia Ora Digital: 10 Tips to help boost your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) with Shopify on Tuesday 1st November from 10:00am to 11:00am.  

  1. 369 Collective: Using Canva Pro for social media (2.0) on Thursday 3rd November from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  

Please note that these workshops are closed events and you will need to register with Digital Boost. You can register for these workshops on the Digital Boost website here. 

NZ SME and Entrepreneur Festival Auckland 2022:  The NZ SME & Entrepreneur Festival is where you'll find inspiration, meet exceptional like-minded people, and leave with actionable skills. SME&E is a business event is set to be held at the Due Drop Events Centre (Formerly known as Vodafone Events Centre) on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 of November from 8:30am. If you are seeking help with digital marketing, SEO, website, brand building, recruitment, sales processes, contractors, cashflow, Google, Facebook, TikTok, Xero, closing sales, generating leads, team culture then this event is for you. You can purchase tickets for this event here.  

Pacific Business Trust Awards 2022: The Pacific Business Trust (PBT) is celebrating it’s 2022 Business Awards at the Due Drop Events (Formerly known as Vodafone Events Centre) on Friday 11 November 2022 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm. An event curated to honour the success and achievements of our Pacific Entrepreneurs from across Aotearoa, who have showed innovation, determination and resilience during challenging times. Tickets for this event is now available to purchase on the Eventfinda website here.  

CI2TW Concert presented by Samson Squad: Samson Squad Presents: Cook Islands to the world (CI2TW) Summer Party 2022 on Saturday 5 November 2022 from 8:00pm till late. An event featuring artists and talent from the Cook Islands and across Pacific, it’s a show you don’t want to miss. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets here.  

Grey Lynn Park Festival: Grey Lynn Park Festival returns on Saturday 19 November at the Grey Lynn Park, Dryden Street from 9:30am. Stroll the market for a range of NZ designers with original works from fashion designers, silversmiths, hatmakers, weavers, potters, photographers, printers, painters, and more!  Giving your Christmas shopping a touch of local love. Plus you can visit our eFAMILY, Ataahua Jewellery and say hi to Reomoana! For more information about this event you can visit their Grey Lynn Park Festival Facebook page here.  

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