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ABOUT US

Apii Rongo

In Memory of Eruera (Ted) Te Whiti Nia

 

Our founder and friend...

Are Korero
Eruera Nia

26 September 1949 — 9 June 2016

Kōrero O Te `Ōrau is an environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) incorporated in 2017, consisting of Cook Islanders who are passionate about protecting the culture, environment and natural resources of the nation.  Kōrero o te `ōrau in Cook Islands Māori translates to "knowledge of the sky, land, and sea".  Team members hail from diverse backgrounds with expertise ranging from Geography, Marine Biology, Climate Change, Fisheries Management, Policy, Cook Islands Land Tenure, Psychology, Communications, Accounting, Information Technology, and traditional knowledge of Cook Islands culture.  Languages: Cook Islands Māori (various dialects), English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2019 - 2020

 

Dr Teina Rongo
Chairman

Ph.D. Marine Biology (Florida Institute of Technology, U.S.A.)

Expertise includes Climate Change, Marine Ecology, ciguatera poisoning, and traditional knowledge.

Celine Dyer
Secretary

Master in Strategic Management & Marketing and Bachelor of Commerce (University of Wollongong, Australia)
Expertise includes Climate Change, policy development, and accounts.

Jackalyn Rongo
Assistant Secretary

B.A. Marine Science (University of Hawai`i, U.S.A.)

Expertise includes Marine Science, Communications and Management.  Passionate about the environment, languages, and providing support for indigenous people.

Teariki Taoiau Rongo
Assistant Chairman

B.Sc. Geography (University of Otago, New Zealand)

Expertise includes Environmental Impact Assessments and policy development.  Passionate about traditional plants and medicines.

Thomas Lowry
Treasurer

B.Mgt Accounting (University of Lethbridge, Canada)

Expertise includes Accounting, Auditing, IFRS & IPSAS accounting standards & Performance Auditing..

Jacqueline Tuara
Assistant Treasurer

B.A. Political Studies (Victoria University of Wellington)

Cook Islands dance choreographer and tutor passionate about Cook Islands Culture & Performing Arts and the preservation of our cultural heritage and natural environment. Co-founder and lead tutor of Te Manava Ora o te Ivi Maori (creating learning spaces for children of Cook Islands Maori descent to be immersed in Cook Islands Culture through the medium of Cook Islands Performing Arts).

Rangi Mitaera-Johnson
Committee Member

New Zealand-certified Chef

Expertise includes preparation of traditional Cook Islands cuisine and food preservation techniques; passionate about utilizing local ingredients and reducing the dependency on imported foods.

Ake Utanga
Committee Member

Expertise includes Cook Islands land tenure and legal issues.

MEMBERS

 

Mitchell Tutangata

Expertise includes Information Technology and Communications.

Teariki Charles Rongo

Cook Islands Boatmaster, PADI Divemaster, ISLA Open Water Lifeguard, Red Cross CPR/!st Aid.

Liam Kokaua

Expertise includes Climate Change, environmental issues, and traditional knowledge.

Jessica Cramp

Expertise includes Marine Science and Fisheries.

Michelle Foster

Bachelor of Applied Management in Accounting

(Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand)

Nana Tokari

Cook Islands Boatmaster, PADI Divemaster, ISLA Open Water Lifeguard, Red Cross CPR/!st Aid.

Expertise in traditional dancing and chants; passionate about photography and videography.

Rima Raea-Araitia

Qualified chef

Expertise includes preparation of local Cook Islands Māori foods.

Stephenie Jansen

Owner and Skipper of Raro Reef Sub

Interests include environmental conservation and education.

Lokal Magazine Publisher

Expertise includes Creative Writing & Journalism.

Rachel Reeves
Inano Vaiitirau McMurchy

Massage Therapist (Taunga māoro)

Advocate of traditional medicine preservation and conservation, liaising with traditional healers to ensure the practice remains a living entity; environmental sustainability advocate.

Jessica Puiri

B. Commerce Accounting & Management (University of Auckland)

Passionate about the environment and helping her Cook Islands people.

Miller Rongo

Cook Islands Certified Chef

Passionate about local and traditional food preparation as well as promoting Cook Islands culture.

Nadine Newnham

B.A. Economics (University of Auckland)

Expertise in offshore finance; Takitumu born-and bred, an idea girl and avid reader actively seeking positive role models; passionate about all things Cook Islands including banana poke as well as making a difference; Vaima`anga Homework Hub volunteer.

Stormy Kara

B.A. Maori Visual Arts (Te Wananga o Aotearoa)
Expertise in tatau and whakairo; interests include traditional knowledge, plastic waste management/recycling and Cook Islands representation at visual arts gatherings.

Shane Andrew

Artist
Expertise in textile printing & painting.  Passionate about sharing indigenous Cook Islands knowledge through art.

Daniel Forsyth

Supports local business and agriculture through developing trade with farmers on Rarotonga and the outer islands. Promoting healthy living by supplying nutritious food to locals and visitors. Experience as a chef for 20 years and passionate about healthy food and a healthy lifestyle.

Ian Karika

Expertise includes Cook Islands birds and traditional knowledge of navigation.

Pua Hunter

Expertise includes Information Technology and Management.

James Kora

B.S. Psychology (University of Auckland, New Zealand)

Expertise includes Psychology.  Interests include learning about coral reef ecosystems.

Ani O'Neill

Artist and Designer

Passionate about Cook Islands culture and supporting indigenous people in looking after their environment and natural resources; keen to help tackle the global plastic pollution problem.

Thomas Taime

Expertise includes Climate Change and indigenous knowledge.

Taputukura Raea

M.Sc. Marine Biology (Victoria University, New Zealand)

Expertise includes Marine Biology, Education, and traditional Maori & Pacific culture.

Utavarau Araitia

Expertise includes Cook Islands Māori culture, especially composing traditional songs, dances and chants.

Ewan Cameron

Secondee at Nansen Initiative & SPREP

Interests include Environment & Conservation.

Sam Ataera

Lokal Magazine Publisher

Expertise includes Graphic Design.

Josh Teariki Baker

Founder of Teariki Productions and co-founder of Pāruru Productions

Expertise in indigenous content creation and film production.

Teina Mackenzie

Cook Islands Traditional voyager and Contemporary Solution-Maker

Passionate about recommissioning traditional customs and practices for solutions to global problems.  An advocate and teacher of environmental education, national and regional developmental issues and gender equality in maritime. 

Tauraki Raea

Broadcaster at Radio 531pi (Auckland, New Zealand)

Expertise in media and public relations spanning 30 years in the Cook Islands and New Zealand; passionate about Cook Islands Māori language, cultural and environmental issues; conservationist and environmentalist focusing on education awareness in our communities.

Dr Amelia Borofsky

Psy.D. (Hawai'i Pacific University, U.S.A.)

Expertise in community and cross-cultural psychology; passionate about the strengths of island communities.

Jesse Iete Totini

Operational Services Officer (Bluesky)

Passionate about telecommunications and helping Cook Islands communities.

Dan-Olaf Rasmussen

B.Sc Geography and Environmental Science (University of Auckland)

Expertise in GIS, analysis and research; passionate about the environment, protected areas and native and indigenous biodiversity.

Maire Forsyth

Passionate about the environment, providing support in the education of our youth through programmes that broaden their horizons, and a proponent of a healthier lifestyle through sports and healthy local food.

Maria Tuoro

Ta'arua Rangatira (Traditional Leader) and Environmentalist

Passionate about local and traditional knowledge, the welfare of the Cook Islands people, and conserving our environment for our future.

Tepaeru Herrmann

Passionate about Cook Islands Culture & Performing Arts and the preservation of our cultural heritage and natural environment. Co-founder ofTe Manava Ora o te Ivi Maori (creating learning spaces for children of Cook Islands Maori descent to be immersed in Cook Islands Culture through the medium of Cook Islands Performing Arts).

Catherine Evans

Bachelor of Laws (University of Auckland)

Former Legal Adviser in the New Zealand Government and Cook Islands Government as Deputy Solicitor General; currently in private practice.  Passionate about the well-being of our Ipukarea because "it nurtures us, so we much nurture it back."  Believes that we must put policies in place now for smart management of so-called development.

Alanna Smith

BAppSC Environmental Management (Otago University)

Project Coordinator for Te Ipukarea Society and member in the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management team.  Interests include deep sea ecosystems and deep sea mining, sea birds as well as native and endemic terrestrial avian conservation.

Tuaine Papatua

Passionate about youth development, music, and strengthening our Cook Islands people.

Kim Sanderson

Physiotherapist since 2000.  Interests include the environment and healthy lifestyles. 

Augustine Kopa

Passionate about organic farming and promoting healthy lifestyles for Cook Islanders through sports such as swimming.

Zane Sanderson

B.S in International Business Management (BYU Hawaii)

PADI Divemaster & Lifeguard

Product of Titikaveka College & Tereora College; passionate about  promoting Cook Islands culture and values for the future generation.

Raymond Newnham

Master of Arts (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

Experience throughout the value chain in the Cook Islands Black Pearl Industry.  Served as a Director on various Boards; consultant with recent projects in the area of Climate Change; project management and policy development skills.  Interested in economic and social development issues that affect the Cook Islands. Passionate about Cook Islands football.

Tukuau Tongia

Passionate about living sustainably and utilizing the natural resources around us to nurture our families.

Justine Flanagan

Passionate about protecting our natural environment and ensuring human development does not compromise ecosystem functions.

Lesley Katoa

Cook Islands Red Cross (President)
Passionate about improving CPR / First Aid education in the Cook Islands community.

Roberta Murray

Teacher - Avarua Primary School (Cook Islands)

Experience teaching in New Zealand, including lead teacher on the environment at Oturu Primary (a green gold environmental school); passionate about teaching and learning through environmental interactions for our children to recognize, understand, and learn about the impacts we are having on our Paradise.

Nooroa Henry

Passionate about keeping Cook Islands culture alive and keeping communities together.

Sakiko Okazaki

B.A. Policy Studies

Engaged in the tourism industry; passionate about learning the Cook Islands culture and proudly promoting to Japanese friends; fluent in Japanese.

Romani Katoa

Architect

Passionate about promoting Cook Islands Māori culture through building design; passionate about future generations learning and appreciating their culture and heritage.

Jacqueline Evans

M.A. Geography (University of Hawai'i)

Environmental and marine science qualifications and background in both the government and NGO sectors; supports Te Reo Māori as a first language for Cook Islanders as part of their broader and deeper understanding of the Cook Islands environment and culture.

© 2019 by Kōrero o te `Ōrau.