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Lest We Forget the 500 Cook Islands Soldiers
April 11, 2015 @ 10:00 am - May 6, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Aue! Ko te ngaropoina uake ia tatou rima anere vaeau toa Kuki Airani
Opening in the Main Gallery
Saturday 11 April 10am – 4pm
Arnette Arapai | Richard Shortland Cooper | Teariki Engu | Tepaeru-Ariki Lulu French | Te Ulu O te Watu Community Dance Group | Kaute Enua Dance Group | Tiare Taina Mangere Women’s Group | Clinton Hewitt | Nooroa Te Hira | Laura Hirovanna | Pauline Hirovanna | Moeroa Hobbs | Brett Killington | Grace Lazaro | Numangatini Mackenzie | John Maeva | Sylvia Marsters | Fongsaiyuk Mckanzie Ngaro | NiaVal Ngaro | Michel Tuffery | Cypress Vivieaere-Davis & images from the late Jim Vivieaere
Lest We Forget the 500 Cook Islands Soldiers, Aue! Ko te ngaropoina uake ia tatou rima anere vaeau toa Kuki Airani, commemorates the Cook Islands’ contribution of recruiting five hundred men from 1914 to 1918 leaving Rarotonga to serve for King and Country in the Great War.
New Zealand Cook Islands Arts Collective is a group of creative people of Cook Island descent who connect, inform and support one another. Members from the collective have created an opportunity for the Cook Island creative community to pay tribute by creating new works of sculpture, traditional song and dance, photography, theatre play, moving image and installation.
This exhibition starts its journey right in the heart of Devonport, where all the soldiers trained at Narrow Neck Military Camp with Maori and Niuean as well as other ethnicities. Also eight Cook Island soldiers are buried at O’Neills Point Cemetery in Bayswater. For Devonport to be a starting point for their journey shows it is so significant, not only did they live and train here, they would have exchanged language and culture, built relationships and created memories with one another. One hundred years later we believe this exhibition will not only pay tribute, but essentially encourage similar cross cultural exchange and learning experiences with people from the Devonport community and the Cook Island community.
Lest we forget the five hundred men’s journey.