2008: Agenda

7, 8 & 9 FEBRUARY 2008

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

  • University of the South Pacific Cook Islands Campus
  • Ministry of Cultural Development
  • Ministry of Education
  • Cook Islands Library and Museum Society
  • National Council of Women
  • Cook Islands Association of NGOs

THUR 07 FEB

10:00 – 11.00 am
Ceremonial Opening
Te Puna Korero National Marae

11:00 – 11.45 am
Opening Address
Tongareva Spirituality: Traditional and Current
Nihi Vini – Minister, Uniting Church of Australia; former MP for Tongareva; Asst. Minister to the PM; head of PM’s Dept
Chair: Hon. Wilkie Rasmussen

11.45 am – 12.30 pm
Voyages of Discovery or Necessity: Ciguatera Fish Poisoning as a Cause of Ancient and Modern Polynesian Migration
Teina Rongo – PhD candidate, Florida Institute of Technology; Researcher
Chair: Ina Teiotu – Tereora College

MOVED TO FRI 08:
12:30 – 1:15 pm
Cook Islands Missionaries to Papua
Kevin Salisbury – Researcher
Chair: Ina Teiotu

1.15 – 1.45 p.m. BREAK

1.45 – 2.30 pm
Research on Accidents: Causes, Costs and Consequences
Dr Aumea Herman Tepai – Director of Community Health Services
Chair: Dr Joseph Williams

2.30 – 3.15 pm
Culture, Identity and Health
Jon Jonassen – Professor, Political Science, Brigham Young University, Hawai’i
Chair: Tevai Matapo – Chairman, USP Advisory Committee; CIRA executive

3.15 – 4.00 pm
Pukapukan, Oldest Language in the Cook Islands: Relations East and West
Mary Salisbury – Senior Lecturer, Massey University
Chair: Tingika Elikana – Crown Law, Pukapuka elder

6:00 pm
Icebreaker Cocktail
Sponsor: Bond Store & PDL Foundation

7.00 pm
Keynote Address
Pioneering Scientific and Medical Research in the 1960s & 70s
Dr Joe Williams – former Prime Minister and Minister of Health; private practice physician
Chair: Hon. Tangata Vavia – Acting Minister of Health

FRI 08 FEB

9.00 – 9.45 am
Rarotonga: First Contact
Karin Williams – journalist & filmmaker, Multinesia Productions
Chair: Marjie Tua’inekore Crocombe – CIRA Executive

9.45 – 10.30 am
Who We Ate and Why: An Introduction to Cook Islands Cannibalism
Marjie Tua’inekore Crocombe – former Director, Centre for Pacific Studies, Auckland University; former Director, Extension Services, USP
Chair: Jean Tekurai’imoana Mason – Curator & Librarian, Cook Is Library & Museum Society

10.30 – 11.00 am MORNING TEA

11.00 – 11.45 am
Hawai’i Contributions to Cook Islands Education
Jon Jonassen – Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University, Hawai’i
Chair: John Herrmann

11.45 am – 12.30 pm
Takitumu Marine Research
Teariki Matenga – Community leader; former Mayor of Takitumu
Chair: Angie Tuara – President, CIRA; Consultant; Sec, NCW; President, Punanga Tauturu; former Sec, Internal Affairs

12.30 am – 1.30 pm LUNCH
Sponsor: Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa

1.30 – 2.15 pm
Land and Water Rights in the Ruatonga Taro Swamp
Makiuti Tongia – Secretary, Ministry of Culture
Chair: Frances Topa-Apera

2.15 – 3.00 pm
Basic Guidance for Research on Land Matters
Nooapii Tearea – former Registrar, Cook Is High Court
Chair: Noeline Browne – Journalist, CIRA executive

3.00 – 3.45 pm
Water and Political Power on Mangaia
Rod Dixon, Teaia Parima & Ina Papatua – Director, USP Cook Islands Campus; Principal Araura College & representative of the Mangaia History Association
Chair: Rutera Taripo

SAT 09 FEB

9.00 – 9.45 am
Te Vai o Atiu e Nukuroa: Water and Politics in Atiu, Past, Present & Future
Paiere Mokoroa – Researcher, former principal
Chair: Deyna Marsh

9.45 – 10.30 am
New Zealand Colonial Treatment of Rarotongan Customary Law 1903-1914
Ross Holmes – lawyer, author
Chair: Iaveta Short – former High Commissioner to New Zealand, former Cabinet Minister, lawyer

10.30 – 11.00 am MORNING TEA

11.00 – 11.45 am
British Nuclear Testing in Christmas and Malden Islands in the 1950s: Health Effects on People in the Northern Cook Islands
Wayne Meyer – Architect
Chair: Te Pa Mataiapo, Imogen Ingram – Researcher, CIRA executive

11.45 am –12.30 pm
Land Rights: Absent Cook Islanders’ Impact on Those Who Remain
Ron Crocombe, Makiuti Tongia & Tepoave Ara’itia – Professor Emeritus, USP; Secretary for Cultural Development; & private land consultant
Chair: Jon Jonassen

THANKS TO THOSE WHO HELPED

The Cook Islands Research Association is grateful to those who helped to facilitate this conference, especially:
• PDL Ltd for assistance with refreshments and advertising
• The Bond Store for drinks for the Ice-breaker cocktail on Thursday 7 February
• The Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa for lunch on Friday 8 February

Also:

  • University of the South Pacific Cook Islands Campus
  • Ministry of Cultural Development
  • Ministry of Education
  • Cook Islands Library and Museum Society
  • National Council of Women
  • Cook Islands Association of NGOs
  • And to all those members of the Cook Islands Research Association who contributed so much time and other resources to organizing our first annual conference.

We hope it is the first of an annual series that will contribute to the development of the researchers, research data, and the nation.

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