The Victoria University Cook Islands Students Association aims to empower Aotearoa-based Cook Islands youth to become successful and caring individuals.
The Victoria University Cook Islands Students Association (VUWCIA) is a group that aims to empower Aotearoa-based Cook Islands youth to become successful and caring individuals who can in turn become valuable contributors for the development of New Zealand society while celebrating their unique Cook Islands identities. This we hope to achieve through encouraging, developing and celebrating Cook Islands language and culture with Cook Islands youths as part of their engagement in education, community and social environments.
VUWCIA is privledged to be hosting our Student Conference this year. Taokotaianga is an annual gathering of Cook Islands tertiary students from across New Zealand over 3-5 days and includes personal and professional development and fellowship on a uniquely Cook Islands platform and in a Cook Islands way. The gatherings, with alternating hosting by respective Cook Islands tertiary students associations involve various activities such as debates, sporting activities, motivational and inspirational guest speakers, and most importantly, the sharing and presentation of Cook Islands culture and performing arts. An important part of the program is celebrating the place of Cook Islanders in New Zealand society and the contributions they make to New Zealand’s development, an important consideration given most Cook Islanders now reside in New Zealand and many of the students who will attend Taokotaianga will have been born in New Zealand.
You may also be interested in attending our Hula Exercise Classes where you can learn Cook Islands Dancing whilst fitting in a 'work out' at the Pasifika Haos, 15 Mount Street, Te Aro from 5pm-6pm. We have cultural practice Saturdays 2pm-3.30pm at the Dance Room, Rec Centre on Kelburn Campus. We have monthly meetings every last Tuesdays and monthly social gathering usually attending a Quiz night in the CBD.