Cook Islands & Pacific 2050

December 29, 2008 at 10:42 pm Leave a comment

5, 6 & 7 February 2009

in association with the
Ministry of Cultural Development
University of the South Pacific Cook Islands Campus
Cook Islands Library and Museum Society

This conference was originally going to be just on the Cook Islands but there was considerable wider interest so it was decided to expand the title.

The first part of the conference will be on the Pacific as a whole (or any topic within it) between now and 2050. That part will begin with a keynote address on Pacific issues by Hon Wilkie Rasmussen, Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Minister is also inviting some Ambassadors and High Commissioners from countries with strong interests in the Pacific to present their countries’ views on what role they expect to play in the Pacific between now and 2050. The Minister has also kindly offered to host a cocktail party for all persons registered to attend the conference.

Individuals have also indicated their wish to come and present papers on topics related to the wider Pacific. These include Professor Morgan Tuimalealiifano of the University of the South Pacific on “Pacific Families 1800-2050″ and various others on other topics.

For the second part of the program, that on the Cook Islands to 2050, the keynote address will be given by Dr Sir Terepai Maoate, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, who has led the long-range planning of national infrastructure and the economy.

Other papers so far committed include:
• Jeanne Matenga, CEO of the national television and radio service and CEO of Elijah Communications, on “Developments and Potentials for Cook Islands Communications 1800-2050″
• James Beer, CEO of Jimco Ltd and Beco Ltd, on energy transformations
• Thomas Koteka, one of the most experience people in the field, on future prospects for the travel industry
• Nukutau Pokura and the National Youth Council on prospects for youth
• Enoa Raea, Principal of Rutaki School, on past and future revolutions in education
• Makiuti Tongia, Secretary for Culture and former Director of the National Museum, and Lecturer at Victoria University, on “Cultural Evolution: The Next 50 Years”
• Mahiriki Tangaroa, one of the nation’s leading artists, on origins and prospects for Cook Islands Visual Arts.

We are also expecting some contributions from high school students.

Any other persons wishing to contribute papers are asked to contact the following officers as soon as possible to ensure they are fitted into the program:
President, Angie Tuara,
Vice-President, Ron Crocombe,


Te Moana e Te Rangi: Our Sea and Sky
September 2009
Any topic relating to climate change, weather, marine affairs, fisheries, seabed minerals, etc.

Cook Islands Communications
February 2010
Any aspect of the present, past or future of any field on communications.

Cook Islands Creative Expression
August 2010
to be held together with or back to back with, the Pacific Arts Association Conference in Rarotonga (their last one was in Paris).


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