Happy New Year!
I thought we’d kick off the new year with some exciting news from the Cook Islands who will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary of self-government in free association with New Zealand in 2015. The country plans for a year-long party. Nick Henry, head of the Anniversary Steering Committee, says that plans are well under way to make 2015 a truly memorable year for the Cook Islands.
There will be three main themes throughout the year: ‘Inspire, Engage, and Celebrate.’ Henry states, “Reflection on the past 50 years is needed for the country to look forward… But there is also a need to continue to recognize the cultural differences between islands.”
The year will see a wide range of exciting events. appealing to an equally wide range of tastes. Celebrations will include a signature event each month, weaving together the importance of sustainability, well-being, and climate change.
Calendars will also be published in CINews during the year to keep people up to date with the latest events. It is hoped some events will continue annually to cement the legacy of the celebrations.