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Archaeological Presentation Uncovers Major Marae Site –

Upper Maungaroa

On Thursday 16th March, a large crowd turned out to attend the presentation of visiting Archaeologist Gareth Walter. During January of 2016, Walter spent six weeks researching and mapping the Upper Valley of Maungaroa, (North of Highland Paradise) which resulted in the discovery of six (?) major marae structures. Walter claims that this site is the largest to be discovered on the island of Rarotonga.

The highlight of Walter’s talk was identifying the many stone structures, one in particular extending 900 (?) square metres, which was most likely used for ceremonial purposes. Among the stone structures utensils, tools and a variety of artefacts were found. These are yet to be formally identified in regards to their use and function.

Subject to future funding, it is anticipated that further research will be undertaken to establish the functions of the structures uncovered and the artefacts found.

The Maungaroa Site is currently under UNESCO World Heritage Consideration. Should you be interested in participating in our Archaeological Program please contact us.

6th Annual Schools Cultural Competition

Highland Paradise is pleased to announce that during the month of June, we will again be hosting the Annual Schools Cultural Competition. We would like to encourage all schools to prepare their students to enter into our sixth inter-school cultural competition to be held on Thursday 29th June, 2017. We would like to thank our recently confirmed sponsors for this event, Mark Short, for sponsoring a trophy for the Drumming category and Mii Pukeiti for the Ute category. Should your organisation or business be interested in sponsoring any of the competition categories please contact us, we greatly welcome and appreciate your generous support.

As a living cultural and historic site in the Cook Islands, Highland Paradise is dedicated to the preservation and development of our Cook Islands culture. It is a key priority that these skills be passed on to a younger generation, and that they take pride in our unique past. The breakdown of the judged categories include making an umu, weaving, coconut husking, story-telling, ute, drumming and ukulele playing. All entries must be received by Wednesday 31st May, 2017.

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Top: Weaving the Kikau (Coconut) Frond

Below: Laying down the Umu (Underground Oven)


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