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Cook Islands collections up-close

Date: Tuesday 3 August 2021, 5:30pm to 7pm
Cost: Free. RSVP as spaces are limited.
Contact details: taputukura.raea@dia.govt.nz
Part of the 2021 Pacific Language weeks series
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Celebrate Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani/Cook Islands language week at the library. Discover the Cook Islands collections held at the Alexander Turnbull library with Suliana Vea, and learn how you can contribute to the Digital Pasifik website with the guidance of Taputukura Raea.

Celebrate Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani

In celebration of Cook Islands Language Week | Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani, Alexander Turnbull Library and Digital Pasifik would like to invite you to come and see the Cook Islands ta’onga (treasures) held at the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Cook Islands collections in the Alexander Turnbull Library

Alexander Turnbull holds over 7000 Cook Island collections, ranging from photographs, books, family records, maps, and newspapers and some of these precious items will be on display for you to view.

See anything in the collections that bring back memories? Or do you recognise your relatives in the photos? Why not share some of these memories and experiences with digitalpasifik.org ‘user contribution’ feature.

Computers will be available to share your stories.

Contribute your story to digitalpasifik.org

The Digital Pasifik website aims to make visible and accessible the digitised cultural heritage of the Pacific for the people in and of the Pacific. It was launched in November 2020.

Find out how you can contribute to the Digital Pasifik website with the guidance of Taputukura Raea.

Bridges between worlds — Blog by Tim Kong, Programme Manager Pacific Virtual Museum Pilot Project, about the contribute a story function on digitalpasifik.org.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP for your spot

Spaces are limited so register for your spot by emailing taputukura.raea@dia.govt.nz

On the day come to the main entrance of the National Library. We will meet you there and then head up to the Katherine Mansfield Reading Room in the Alexander Turnbull Library.

About the speakers

Suliana Vea is the Research Librarian Pacific at the Alexander Turnbull Library. Born and bred in Wellington, she is of Tongan descent with ties to Ha'apai, Kolomotu'a and the West side of Tongatapu.

Taputukura Raea is the Engagement Manager for the Pacific Virtual Museum project. Taputu is of Cook Islands heritage.

Check before you come

Due to COVID-19 some of our events can be cancelled or postponed at very short notice. Please check the website for updated information about individual events before you come.

For more general information about National Library services and exhibitions have look at our COVID-19 page.

Two smiling girls looking at photographic negatives.
Avina-Noa Raea-Araitia and Metua-Ani Raea-Araitia looking at the Marsters family images. Photographer: Taputukura Raea.