World Food Day 2019
World Food Day (WFD) is held annually on the 16th of October. The theme for this year’s WFD is “Our actions are our future, healthy diets for a #ZeroHunger World.” This year’s event will be celebrated in the Cook Islands on Friday 18th October 2019 at the Punanga Nui Market from 9 AM. Fresh vegetables, fruits and other produce will be on sale from local farmers as well as displays, presentations and demonstrations by various agencies on the topic of food. To wrap up the day’s events the primary schools will partake in a cooking competition. Save the date for what will be a great activity for locals and visitors alike.
Cook islands tourism corporation is now taking events for 2020,
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Community survey prize winner
Congratulations Davina Aererua who is the lucky winner of the Bluesky weekly prizes for her participation in the community survey. Aererua picked up her prize from our flamboyant aunty Nane earlier this week. These weekly spot prizes provide a great incentive for Cook Islands residents to fill out the community survey. There have been over 600 respondents to the survey since its launch in mid-August. If you are a Cook Islands resident, it’s not too late to have your say on tourism in the Cook Islands. Click here to fill out our community survey and go into the draw to win weekly prizes or a top of the range smart phone for the final draw.
MANA TIAKI CHAMPIONS
The Civil Service Staff from the Ministry of Internal Affairs demonstrate the Mana Tiaki value on a daily basis by cleaning the Avarua town area each and every morning. ‘They do a thankless job and deserve to be rewarded’ says Rohan Ellis. Rohan and his wife Adrienne kindly sponsored the team of 6 to the popular buffet lunch at The Islander Hotel on Thursday 19th September 2019. Cook Islands Tourism Corporation chipped in and presented the hardworking team with their well-deserved Mana Tiaki Champion Award certificates over lunch. Henry Tupa, Director of Civil Service was extremely grateful for the recognition that his hardworking team has received and thanked Cook Islands Tourism Corporation for the award.
Meitaki Maata to Rohan Ellis and his team at The Islander Hotel for rewarding the team, and a huge Meitaki Maata to the Civil Service Staff for the fantastic work you do for our community. If you would like to nominate an individual, community group, organization or business for a Mana Tiaki Champion Award please contact Sieni Tiraa at Cook Islands Tourism Corporation on email: [email protected] or +682 29435
Liana collects Business Survey prize draw
Liana Scott will be winging away on Air New Zealand after winning the prize draw for the first Business Survey of 2019. Courtesy of Cook Islands Tourism, Liana has won a travel voucher to the value of $800 on any Air New Zealand services. Conducted from March through June 2019 the research provides vital information for the development of effective strategies for tourism development and promotions. The data helps gain a better understanding of the mechanics of the tourism industry and the linkages between sectors. Download a copy of the report here. The next round of the bi-annual survey is already underway and business owners and operators are encouraged to complete the survey at www.cooksbusinesssurvey.com The research is conducted by the New Zealand Research Institute based at the Auckland University of Technology.
World Clean Up Day 2019
World Clean Up Day is an annual event coordinated by the Cook Islands National Environment Service and supported by many businesses, government departments, schools and community groups throughout the Cook Islands who volunteer to clean up problematic areas. As Mana Tiaki advocates Cook Islands Tourism Corporation also got involved. This year Cook Islands Tourism allocated area to clean was along the bank of the empire cinema stream starting from the Takamoa bridge in Takuvaine ending at the OTR Nightclub. The most problematic area was of course along the stream opposite the empire theatre along the 2 popular nightclubs on the island Rehab Nightclub and OTR nightclub. Waste collected included, beer bottles, Woodstock and fizzy drink cans, Styrofoam containers, plastic forks and plastic bags. Cook Islands Tourism would like to encourage the community to dispose of your litter correctly to ensure our island remains a little paradise.
TOURISM AND JOBS: A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL
World Tourism Day (WTD) is celebrated every September 27th around the world. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) have declared that “Tourism and jobs: A better future for all” will be the theme for this year’s WTD. UNWTO have said that “the purpose of WTD is to foster awareness among the international community on the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.” For Cook Islands Tourism Corporation WTD activities started in June with the Tereora College careers day and will end in November with the National Secondary Schools Careers Expo. During the last week of September WTD will also be celebrated with a number of activities lined up.
In keeping with the theme of World Tourism Day (WTD) Cook Islands Tourism have been highlighting tourism career opportunities through the media, and at recent career expos for students. Several visits have been made to Tereora College students in the last two months in the lead up to WTD. In addition to Cook Islands Tourism, other members of the tourism industry have presented to the students of Tereora College providing living proof examples of Cook Islanders striving in Tourism.
The challenges around Human Resources in the Tourism industry are highlighted in the most recent Business Confidence Index survey from CI Tourism. The survey draws attention to the fact that the major challenge around recruitment has been finding local people who have suitable skills. Destination Development Coordinator, Sieni Tiraa said that “The theme for WTD is very timely and relevant as we face major human resourcing issues in the Cook Islands. By highlighting the various career opportunities available to the community, it may encourage for example further studies in the field of tourism. This will help our people to gain professional qualifications and skills for the various opportunities offered through tourism in the Cook Islands.”
For more information on the upcoming exciting activities during tourism week, please contact Sieni Tiraa: [email protected]
Kia Orana Values at Taokotaianga 2019
Kia Orana Ambassadors Nane Papa and Lydia Nga along with Digital Coordinator Daniel Fisher, were a part of Taokotaianga 2019 in Dunedin, New Zealand last week. Hosted this year by the Otago Cook Islands Students Association Taokotaianga is an annual event for Cook Islands tertiary students at NZ institutions to come together and embrace their identity and culture.
The Kia Orana Ambassadors presented the Kia Orana Values to over 60 Cook Islands students studying in NZ from the University of Otago, Victoria University, Auckland University and Canterbury University, as well as Cook Islands community leaders at Taokotaianga. “The Kia Orana Values tied in very well with the event, but more specifically the Mana Tiaki principle of Tupuranga Tangata which is Development of our people” said Kia Orana Ambassadors Nane Papa. “ Sharing of knowledge and experience amongst our people is another way we can achieve development of our people” she added.
Daniel Fisher shared his own experience as a student in New Zealand, and the challenges of living away from home. Fisher shared that “Setting goals, and milestones to achieve those goals, not only helps put you on the right path, it also helps to keep you on the right path”.
The team from Cook Islands Tourism will return home with a database of Cook Islands students interested in opportunities and careers in the growing tourism industry back home.
TOURISM AND JOBS: A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL
World Tourism Day (WTD) is celebrated every September 27 around the world. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) have declared that “Tourism and jobs: A better future for all” will be the theme for this year’s WTD. UNWTO have said that “the purpose of WTD is to foster awareness among the international community on the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.” Cook Islands Tourism Corporation will celebrate WTD during the last week of Septembers with a number of activities lined up to celebrate the theme.
In the lead up to WTD, Cook Islands Tourism Corporation will be presenting to the Tourism class of Tereora College and some of their senior students on the various career pathways available in the tourism industry. There will be several visits during August and September. Cook Islands Tourism will also be highlighting every week through the CI Herald a selection of local people who work within the industry and their relevant skill sets and experience. We hope that this will show young people in the Cook Islands a career pathway they could follow in the Tourism Industry.
This week we feature our very own Christian Mani from Cook Islands Tourism Corporation. Destination Development coordinator, Sieni Tiraa describes Mani as, “one who pioneers the way for more young Cook Islanders to broaden their horizons whilst still representing our little paradise. He is a prime example of how a career pathway offered through tourism can be dynamic and rewarding.”
A programme for tourism week will be sent out closer to the date. For more information, please contact Sieni Tiraa: [email protected]
Destination Development Staff Training
To maintain an effective and efficient team regular training and up-skilling is required, especially for those mandated to manage the destination for tourism purposes. To kick off staff training and development for the new financial year, the Destination Development team at the Rarotonga Offices of the Tourism Corporation underwent a full day training session on Wednesday 21 August.
The focus of the Corporation over the coming years will shift to areas of Destination Management, Destination Advocacy and Product Development. To improve the impact of Destination Development activities and projects that fall under these development pillars, it is important that the human resources required to execute these programmes are equipped with the knowledge to manage these.
Training sessions on the day were led by management however each team member had the opportunity to “train their team mates” on a particular area of their work. Presentations covered topics such as Sustainable Tourism Goals, Annual Operating Plan 2019/2020, internal reports and deadlines, media training, how to handle complaints, reporting of statistics, collateral and merchandise stocktake, probing questions for information centres, as well as Cook Islands Tourisms new content management system - Simpleview.
Sieni Tiraa the main coordinator for the day said “The team had been preparing on and off for the training day over the last three weeks and the level of excitement and anxiety was high – but everyone enjoyed the day and found it to be of immense value to understanding how they fit into the picture.”
High level outcomes from the training programme for this quarter include an empowered team through greater awareness and understanding of the different roles and responsibilities. Going forward a more coordinated and cohesive approach will be taken by the different arms of Destination Development (identified as Front Line Management, Sustainable Tourism Development, Statistics and Research, Communications and Community Management).
Other outcomes included a better understanding of reporting and monitoring requirements across the department, improved media management, improved complaints handling, understanding of statistics reporting, training on new stocktake procedures, as well as insight into the new software. The training day was also an opportunity to generate ideas on key projects and gather a to-do list to improve core responsibilities. The team renewed their commitment to ensuring better community and industry involvement in Destination Development activities and projects and building a wider understanding and buy in of Destination Development programmes across the community and industry.