Partners & Friends,
Kia orana & greetings.
The following is
an update of the society's activities during the first six months of
2004, both completed projects and those that are still in progress.
Islands Voice Projects:
A work plan and budget for the above activities was submitted to UNESCO,
in compliance with the due date. The activities included purchase of
a mini-DV camera, duplicating the footage shot during the rat eradication
project and organizing a capacity building workshop in video skills
for Outer Islands participants. A final report of all activities has
now been compiled and submitted to UNESCO, together with samples of
the Suwarrow VHS tape and DVDs and the six 30-second video spots produced
as part of the video skills workshop. After receiving these samples,
UNESCO have sent back very favourable comments on the quality and usefulness
of the video products. Congratulations to Richard Wachter and his team
for a job well done! More details of the individual projects below.
Purchase of Video Equipment:
A Sony digital camera and accessories, including tripod, were purchased
after obtaining quotes from two different suppliers. Funds were transferred
to Auckland, New Zealand which enabled the President of the Society
to pay for the equipment from Digital Video Technologies and arrange
for it to be airfreighted to Rarotonga, Cook Islands. On arrival, a
local company completed Customs clearance for a small fee.
March 204 Duplication
of Suwarrow DVD
Duplication of existing film footage and creation of suitable packaging
was arranged through Stebbing Recording Centre of Auckland. Airfreight
of the VHS tapes was arranged by Imogen Ingram in Auckland, while Stebbing
Recording Centre arranged the airfreight of the DVDs. A local firm in
Rarotonga completed Customs clearance, and the transfer went smoothly.
There was initially some delay in locating the artwork for the sleeve
of the VHS tapes, which resulted in the duplicate VHS tapes having plain
white cardboard sleeves. Another difficulty was that the firm was fully
committed just before Christmas, so duplication of the DVD's was delayed
one month. By then, the artwork had
been located and
was used for the DVD cases. At the public launch of the Suwarrow DVD
and VHS tapes at the Punanga Nui market on Saturday 24th April 2004,
UNESCO Small Islands Voice funding to help achieve the objectives of
establishing a trans-boundary World Heritage Park was highlighted.
April 2004 Video
A capacity-building workshop for participants from the Outer Islands
and Rarotonga in the use of video equipment was carried out from 14th
to 20th April 2004. . Otheniel Tangianau from the Office for the Ministry
of Island Administration (OMIA) liaised on behalf of TIS with the Island
Secretary on each Outer Island in order to select the most suitable
participant. Many thanks to Otheniel, this was a great help in communications
and logistics. Due to air transport restrictions, it seemed that participants
from the Northern Group would not able to attend. However, 2 participants
from Rakahanga and Manihiki travelled to Rarotonga on an unscheduled
charter flight, and later returned to their home islands by ship. In
total, there were 7 participants from the Outer Islands, 1 from WWF
Rarotonga and 2 from TIS.
Photo 1 Tiare Taia from Mitiaro receives her
Certificate of Attendance from Imogen Ingram
The opening of
the video skills workshop by the Auntie Mau Munokoa as Minister of Environment
was reported on local TV news, and in the Cook Islands News.
Photo 2 Ngamau Munokoa (Minister for the Environment)
and Stu Davies (CEO for Telecom Cook Islands) with Imogen Ingram at
the opening of the video course