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The KIA ORANA Podcast is all about what you will, and will not find in the COOK ISLANDS. Located in the SOUTH PACIFIC are 15 tiny islands, scattered like natures crown jewels. Total land area is 240 square kilometers (93 sq mi). Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) covers 1,960,027 square kilometers (756,771 sq mi) of ocean. The population estimate as at November 2020 is 17,570. The capital island RAROTONGA is the gateway to our outer sister islands. No sky scrapers, traffic lights, escalators, elevators, helicopters, highways, train stations and definitely no cold snow or ice! With your show hosts local Rarotongan Chantal Napa and American Haydn Adams, https://kiaoranapodcast.com/about/ we offer to you our listener the humorous POLYNESIAN style of community conversations through truth, song and creative story telling. Expressing our lifestyles and growing up in village like homesteads. The history, culture of our small island nation, warm tropical environment, relaxed characteristics of our LOCALS is lovingly depicted throughout the interviews. Let us authentically help engage your five senses, to connect you with our ISLAND home and our friendly humble people. Connecting you to the emotional essence of our people, sharing inspiration with the HOPE that you will come and visit us one day. Kia Orana is both a blessing and a wish for good fortune. It is the official greeting of the Cook Islands.

The Kia Orana Podcast Haydn Adams & Chantal Napa

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The KIA ORANA Podcast is all about what you will, and will not find in the COOK ISLANDS. Located in the SOUTH PACIFIC are 15 tiny islands, scattered like natures crown jewels. Total land area is 240 square kilometers (93 sq mi). Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) covers 1,960,027 square kilometers (756,771 sq mi) of ocean. The population estimate as at November 2020 is 17,570. The capital island RAROTONGA is the gateway to our outer sister islands. No sky scrapers, traffic lights, escalators, elevators, helicopters, highways, train stations and definitely no cold snow or ice! With your show hosts local Rarotongan Chantal Napa and American Haydn Adams, https://kiaoranapodcast.com/about/ we offer to you our listener the humorous POLYNESIAN style of community conversations through truth, song and creative story telling. Expressing our lifestyles and growing up in village like homesteads. The history, culture of our small island nation, warm tropical environment, relaxed characteristics of our LOCALS is lovingly depicted throughout the interviews. Let us authentically help engage your five senses, to connect you with our ISLAND home and our friendly humble people. Connecting you to the emotional essence of our people, sharing inspiration with the HOPE that you will come and visit us one day. Kia Orana is both a blessing and a wish for good fortune. It is the official greeting of the Cook Islands.

    Turama Pacific Travel Group, is the leading Travel Management Company in the tourism industry of the Cook Islands: Robert Skews

    Turama Pacific Travel Group, is the leading Travel Management Company in the tourism industry of the Cook Islands: Robert Skews

    Kia Orana and welcome to this episode with Kia Orana Podcast.

    Turama Pacific Travel Group is the leading Travel Management Company in the tourism industry of the Cook Islands. Locally owned and operated since 1990, Turama is a family of professionals offering both inbound and outbound tourism services.

    We are privileged to chat today with Robert Skews, the company’s managing director. We are grateful Robert said Yes to be recorded.

    There is so much history content in this episode of the last 31 years of our Cook Islands inbound tourism operations. Robert is a wealth of tourism knowledge. Robert pays so many acknowledgment accolades to other professionals in our tourism industry.

    Listen out for his reminiscing of the ITB Berlin (travel trade show) attendance 25 times.

    “Also, we need to find ways to develop the outer islands. The great thing is we don’t need to manufacture tourism in the Cook Islands!” Robert says. “Ive always felt that the Cook Islands is a ‘boutique’ - destination. 

    Robert speaks about, how cancellations due to Covid-19 has affected or impacted Turama Pacific and our tourism industry in general. Robert speaks about our resilience as a country and people during this pandemic time and Rarotonga being one BIG resort!

    Robert also lets us all know about the new tours that Turama have been planning and preparing for the coming future. 

    *Southern Group Adventure Package, Atiu-Mauke-Mitiaro-Mangaia which also includes your Close Encounters Packages


    *Trailblazers of the Northern Atolls, Pukapuka-Manihiki-Tongareva (Penrhyn)


    *Private Tours - Rarotonga Tours


    *Private Aitutaki Daytour or Overnight with the Citation Jet


    *Aitutaki by Private-Jet


    *Mitiaro Private Jet and Divine Retreat


    Listen in for Robert and his beautiful closing thoughts, of “You won’t be disappointed”, when you visit us here in the Cook Islands. 

    Website For Turama Pacific Travel Group: https://www.turamapacific.com

    • 43 min
    Professional Board Director: Caren Rangi, ONZM 2018, FCA

    Professional Board Director: Caren Rangi, ONZM 2018, FCA

    Kia Orana,

    Which comes first, the story or the statement? When you’re trying to navigate and implement ethical influence practices into your business  or passion processes, I believe the best way to start is with a story.

    Our episode today is with Cook Islander Caren Rangi, Governance practitioner, facilitator, community connector. Creating strong networks in the Pacific.

    Professional Board Director for the last 16 years. 
    Caren Rangi, ONZM - Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit 2018, FCA - Fellow Chartered Accountant.

    Born in suburban Christchurch during a time where there were few Cook Islanders in Canterbury, New Zealand. Caren grew up learning about her heritage and culture through storytelling and Cook Islands, hula ‘ura’ dance.

    Caren, makes many statements in this episode as she narrates and interweaves them into her natural storytelling. “We’ve got to VALUE ourselves before we can get other people to VALUE us!”, she says.  Another one Caren says is, “I like being at a decision meeting table”!

    Challenges: “The Buck stops with you, You carry the risks”.

    Caren draws on her own extensive experience in governance roles on not-for-profit, government and private boards. She is proud of her Cook Islands Maori heritage, and brings that lens to the range of board tables that she serves at.

    As at recording Caren is currently a board member of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Radio New Zealand, director of Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Ltd and Pacific Inc, and Chair of Pacific Homecare Services. Including also a director of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation in Rarotonga….. “Bit of a mixed bag with a strong focus on broadcasting,” Caren says.

    Thank you and Meitaki to our guest Caren Rangi, it has been a genuine pleasure and I am grateful to you sharing your knowledge and story with me today.


    Thank you to our listeners for tuning in. This is a passion project for me and I appreciate you all listening into our Cook Islands stories. 


    No konei ia matou, aro’a iatu kia kotou katoatoa. 


    Kia Orana (May you live long)
    Aere Ra (Farewell)
    Kia Manuia (Good Luck and Good Health)

    Your podcast host,
    Chantal TD Napa

    • 17 min
    From Military Policeman to Cook Islands Police Commissioner and more: Mr. Pira Wichman

    From Military Policeman to Cook Islands Police Commissioner and more: Mr. Pira Wichman

    Kia Orana kia kotou katoatoa, no konei ia matou i te Kuki Airani
    Thank you for joining me today on the Kia Orana podcast, a show targeted at highlighting the Cook Islands to audiences around the world.
    Our podcast today Pira Wichman, will take us from being a Military Policeman with the New Zealand Army, a former Traffic Police Specialist with the New Zealand Traffic Safety Services, and general Policing with the New Zealand Police. Returning home to Rarotonga and becoming our former Cook Islands Police Commissioner in the early 2000’s until 2007.

    Pira then returned to New Zealand, since that time he has been a Returning Officer for the New Zealand Electoral Commission in charge of the Waitakere Electorate, an Area Manager for Statistics New Zealand in charge of the 3 West Auckland offices set up for the 2011 Census and also the Emergency Manager for the Royal New Zealand Air Force based out of Whenuapai.
    Pira has also been President of the Avondale RSA and also Vice President for the Auckland District Returned Services Association.
    We talked together about our Cook Islands language and culture, what his family have been doing in Whangarei with the Cook Islands community.
    Listen out for his involvement with Youth initiatives in the New Zealand Police and his view about young people in relation to keeping on the right track.
    Our guest Mr. Pira Wichman has now returned home to settle in Rarotonga.

    No konei ia matou, aro’a iatu kia kotou katoatoa.
    Kia Orana (May you live long)
    Aere Ra (Farewell)
    Kia Manuia (Good Luck and Good Health)

    Kia Orana Podcast was created as a result of lock down Covid restrictions. Our podcast website www.kiaoranapodcast.com and the eleven (11)  audio platforms we are registered on.  Enables an international reach, sharing our local stories and local content. 
    Your financial support, enables our digital media company to continue recording our Cook Islands voices with our people’s best interests at heart.
    Support the Kia Orana Podcast here: https://kiaoranapodcast.com/donate/
    Chantal TD Napa & Haydn S Adams
    Chantal Website: http://www.chantalsconcierge.com/
    Haydn Website: https://nautilusdesigns.com/about/

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Te Tiare Association (TTA) is the LGBTQ+ advocacy organisation in the Cook Islands - Valery Wichman

    Te Tiare Association (TTA) is the LGBTQ+ advocacy organisation in the Cook Islands - Valery Wichman

    Kia Orana kia kotou katoatoa, no konei ia matou i te Kuki Airani.
    I am Chantal Napa, welcome back. 
    Thank you for joining me today on the Kia Orana podcast, a show targeted at highlighting the Cook Islands to audiences around the world.

    Our guest today is, Valentino (Valery) Wichman. New Zealand. Pacific. Human Rights. 2016. Valentino was given a Queen's Young Leaders Award. 
    Homosexuality is illegal under the Crimes Act which is seen as a breach of Article 64 of the Constitution that specifically bans discrimination.
    Sexual acts between men are punishable by up to seven years in prison.
    The Cook Islands Te Tiare association called for Members of Parliament to be on what they called the right side of history and reform the colonial era laws.
    Te Tiare's President, Valery Wichman, said lawmakers had an obligation to uphold the constitution.
    "We're asking for equal human rights before the law, rights that have been in place since the birth of our Cook Islands Constitution.
    "We're not asking for new rights. We're not asking for same sex marriage," said Wichman.
    "We're just asking to be recognised the same as everyone else. We're asking to be accepted."

    (LGBTQ is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism ...)

    No konei ia matou, aro’a iatu kia kotou katoatoa.
    Kia Orana (May you live long)
    Aere Ra (Farewell)
    Kia Manuia (Good Luck and Good Health)

    Kia Orana Podcast was created as a result of lock down Covid restrictions. Our podcast website www.kiaoranapodcast.com and podcast channel covers rich local content. 
    Your financial support, enables our media company to continue recording and broadcasting local content with our Cook Islands people’s best interests at heart.
    Support the Kia Orana Podcast here: https://kiaoranapodcast.com/donate/

    • 28 min
    Marae Moana, Sacred Ocean: Terii Pittman, Peia Patai and Kevin Iro

    Marae Moana, Sacred Ocean: Terii Pittman, Peia Patai and Kevin Iro

    Kia Orana kia kotou katoatoa, no konei ia matou i te Kuki Airani


    Our topic and goal today is to inspire the next generation of Cook Islanders to actively engage with Marae Moana.


    Marae Moana is a multiple-use marine park which extends over the entire Exclusive Economic Zone of the Cook Islands, an area of 1.9 million square kilometres. It is currently the largest commitment by a single country for integrated management and conservation from ridge to reef and from reef to ocean. Marae Moana was legally designated on 12th July 2017 by the Marae Moana Act 2017 which has the primary purpose of protecting and conserving the” ecological, biodiversity and heritage values of the Cook Islands marine environment.” Marae Moana was first announced at the formal opening of the 43rd Pacific Leaders Forum in 2012 when Prime Minister Henry Puna committed to establishing what was then known as the “Cook Islands Marine Park”. Prime Minister Puna said at the time, “With the full support of my government, traditional leaders and local communities, as well as the past contributions by the present Opposition, the Marine Park will provide the necessary framework to promote sustainable development by balancing economic growth interests such as tourism, fishing and deep-sea mining, with conserving core biodiversity and natural assets, in the ocean, reefs and islands”.

    Message 1 is regarding – Climate Change


    • Life in the far northern group atolls of the Cook Islands, such as Penrhyn which is 8 degrees from the equator. 


    • Fossil fuel free travel/voyaging, on board Marumaru Atua our traditional sailing vaka, propelled by the wind.


    • Scientific experiments conducted by Kelvin Passfield – micro plastics, and fishing.


    • Message 2  is – Passing on of our traditional knowledge


    • Relationship between Master Navigator and training novice voyagers.


    • Dialogue between Master Navigator Peia Patai and Watch Captain Terii Pittman.


    • Celestial Navigation Challenges when vaka voyaging. 


    There is a sovereign relationship between us and our ocean.
    Marae Moana, is not only a food basket, it is a livelihood. Its all our responsibility to love the Moana and to look after our ocean. Our Polynesian people have an innate connection to water and traditional sailing vaka voyaging.

    Thank you and meitaki to our guests:
    Terii Pittman, Cook Islands Voyaging Society
    Peia Patai, Cook Islands Voyaging Society
    Kevin Iro, Marae Moana Ambassador

    Website Cook Islands Voyaging Society: https://www.cookislandsvoyaging.org/

    Website Seacology: https://www.seacology.org/

    Website Marae Moana : https://www.maraemoana.gov.ck/


    Please enjoy this episode, Kia Orana Podcast aims to bring you our listeners a wide spectrum of story and truthtelling from the Cook Islands today.

    No konei ia matou, aro’a iatu kia kotou katoatoa.
    Kia Orana (May you live long)


    Aere Ra (Farewell)
    Kia Manuia (Good Luck and Good Health)

    Kia Orana Podcast was created as a result of lock down Covid restrictions. Our podcast website www.kiaoranapodcast.com and podcast channel covers rich local content. 
    Your financial support, enables our media company to continue recording and broadcasting local content with our Cook Islands people’s best interests at heart.
    Support the Kia Orana Podcast here: https://kiaoranapodcast.com/donate/

    • 54 min
    Justine Matatoa Flanagan: Photographer, political advocate & Te Vai Ora Maori Cook Islands

    Justine Matatoa Flanagan: Photographer, political advocate & Te Vai Ora Maori Cook Islands

    Kia Orana tatou,

    Justine was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand.
    She has a Degree in International Politics and Linguistics
    With genealogy links from Ngati Tangiiau and Teaia. Her grandmother was Teariki Tangiiau (Flanagan); she moved to Wellington and raised her kids there.
    - Justine after  living in Germany for a year and a half, moved back to Wellington. She ran a website design company (with a focus on information and interaction design) for 10 years. In the early days of online businesses before content management systems, smart phones and apps.
    - Justine moved to Rarotonga around 2011: Spent the past decade setting up businesses; raising kids; getting to know her family here; and enjoying the blessing of the island and our way of life - paradise on earth.
    - Founding member of Te Vai Ora Maori: 
    Te Vai Ora Maori is a community lobby group. We believe Rarotonga can have clean and safe water using physical treatment methods, and that natural based approach to infrastructure is feasible, sustainable and culturally appropriate.
    Please enjoy this episode, Kia Orana Podcast aims to bring you our listeners a wide spectrum set of values from the Cook Islands today.

    No konei ia matou, aro’a iatu kia kotou katoatoa.


    Kia Orana (May you live long)
    Aere Ra (Farewell)
    Kia Manuia (Good Luck and Good Health)

    In April 2020, Kia Orana Podcast was created as a result of lock down Covid restrictions. Self funded by the 2 co-hosts, we are thoroughly enjoying producing this show for you all. Our podcast website www.kiaoranapodcast.com and podcast channel is presented to you by Haydn and Chantal, who wear the hats of marketing, booking agent, journalist, researcher, copy writer, administration, accounting and ICT.  We cover rich local content, and we want to keep it that way. Support us today to help secure a sustainable future for locally owned and operated broadcasting media with Cook Islanders’ best interests at heart.
    Make a contribution/donation from as little as $5 and help safeguard trustworthy, independent broadcasting.
    Support the Kia Orana Podcast here: https://kiaoranapodcast.com/donate/
    Meitaki Maata (thank you very much),
    Chantal TD Napa & Haydn S Adams
    Chantal Website: http://www.chantalsconcierge.com/
    Haydn Website: https://nautilusdesigns.com/about/

    • 48 min

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