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Saturday, 25th May  2019 12:41:am

The beauty and charm of our islands is matched only by the friendliness of our people. Here among your island friends, you will find the hospitality warm and spontaneous, the music and dancing exuberant, the mood relaxed.

The Cook Islands culture is shaped by the arrival of Polynesians that took place around 800 AD.

This was part of what was believed to have been the last great wave of Polynesian migration from Asia that began in 1500 BC.

Of equal importance has been the contact with European culture, particularly the British and the influence of missionaries spreading the Christian message.Cook Islanders share a genuine care for others and as we have chosen to retain and preserve much of our old ways, our cherished culture lives on. This is openly expressed with song, dance and an easy pace of life, uncomplicated by the turmoil of the outside world. We invite you to share this unique lifestyle whilst you are our guest.

image001One Foot IslandLong ago, one of the chiefs of Aitutaki, seeing that there was not enough food for his people, created a fishing reserve to protect the resources of the lagoon. In this area, no one was allowed to fish at any time. By doing this, the chief was making sure the lagoon was not over-fished and his people would always have enough food to eat.

Nga was a simple fisherman. He respected the wishes of his chief but his family was hungry. Surely, a few fish for his family would not be too much? The village was preparing for a big dance festival, so Nga made a plan with his son Taongo. While the rest of the villagers were busy dancing and partying, they would slip, unnoticed, into the lagoon and paddle to the reserve where fish were still plentiful.

The journey was long as it was hard to navigate in the dark. When they reached the reserve both father and son were tired but they knew they had to catch as many fish as they could and return to the mainland.

Aitutaki Lagoon