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Tiare - the Cook Islands orchid
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2015 is definitely the year to visit the Islands if you want to enjoy unique memories of an historic time in history.   Dozens of special events are taking place alongside those which happen every year.   So treat this as a "calendar so far", and keep coming back to check on what else is happening.
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Celebrating 50 years of Cook Islands self rule
Summary Calendar of Events
Black tie gala dinner
Rarotonga amateur golf open
Club rugby 7s festival
"Celebrating our researchers" exhibition
Town vs Country 10s
National Environment Week
National Duet singing competition

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT WEEK will celebrate the richness of  natural life in the islands and the work being done to protect it
1st: Queen's Birthday public holiday
Also this month -
Te Moana Nui (Tales of the Pacific) Day
Celebrating our traditonal leaders
Miss Cook Islands 2015
Cook Islands bowls festival
Cook Islands all stars concert

AUGUST    Constitution Day, 4th August
Te Maeva Nui  (annual cultural festival of music and dance)
Cook Islands Games
National fair
Kokonati film festival

Agriculture world food day
Cook Islands food and drink festival
Community service festival
National gospel day
Celebrating our Rauti Para (elderly people)
Te Mire Tama 2015  (Miss Tiare and Young Warrior festival)
Women's and men's cricket competition
International rugby 7s tournament
U15 college rugby 7s competition
Oceania athletics masters championship

"7s in heaven" (rugby 7s annual competition)
Vaka Eiva (annual canoe racing competition and festival)
Tiare (flower) festival
Public service week
Greg Semu photography exhibition

Netball in paradise
Diaspora festival
Christmas in the market
Drama/theatre production
Thanksgiving service
Close of 50th anniversary celebrations

Miss Cook Islands 2013-14
MISS COOK ISLANDS: Teuira Napa is the reigning Miss Cook Islands and went on to win the 'Miss South Pacific' title
Cook Islands flag
Let's celebrate
TE MAEVA NUI:  Translates as the major or most important celebration...and this annual festival of music, dance, drumming, along with a parade of floats and cultural events will be the focus of the 50th anniversary
Celebrating Cook Islands fathers
International kite surfing competition (Aitutaki)
Round Rarotonga Road Race
Rarotonga rugby club 15s finals
"One out of the many" concert
Benefit dinner
Photo exhibition

INTERNATIONAL KITE SURFING COMPETITION:  The crystal clear waters of Aitutaki lagoon are the stunning backdrop for this event which attracts some of the sport's top names.  Rebranded last year as "aquafest", it also includes host of other water challenges, including outrigger canoeing, swimming races...and lots of partying!
Gospel day is a colourful and fascinating day
NATIONAL GOSPEL DAY:   This event is a national celebration of the arrival of Christianity in the Islands
Mangaia's vaka
VAKA EIVA:  From small beginnings in 2004 as a series of canoeing races, this is now one of the most popular and important events of the year with a host of fun activities as well.  It includes a competition between islands to build and race a canoe built in the traditional manner by carving a tree trunk
Photo courtesy of and copyright Harv Allison
CHRISTMAS IN THE MARKET:  No one's sure yet how the year of celebrations will end, but you can guarantee a visit from Santa as part of the picnic and party organised by Rotoract Rarotonga
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