Te Ara - Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise

Te Ara - Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise


Best place for coffee, awesome service too.
Thanx Stan & Team for allowing us the pleasure of soaking in the amazingness of your museum. Such a treasure trove of information. We love our pareus and cards purchased there knowing we are supporting locals 😁 Meitaki maata
I really enjoyed my visit to your museum! Visited twice. Great coffee, good service with a smile and I have my lovely print I bought - now at home framed in my living room to remind me of the treasure that is Rarotonga :)

Te Ara means the path, the way, the journey. We are a cultural business incubator and market in the Cook Islands that brings together the local community to enhance business trade and business knowledge sharing for greater economic self determination.

Mission: To establish a cultural business incubator and market in the Cook Islands and to bring together the community to enhance business trade and business knowledge sharing for greater economic self determination. To be a hub for environmental sustainability and renewable energy practice.

Operating as usual

Mission Conservation - Oceans Day!

Celebrate World Ocean Day with us live today from the Cook Islands to learn how to attribute Mana (values) of conservation and sustainability to make this world a better place! Wonders of Wildlife Te Ara - Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise

Proud to launch Moana Pasifika, the innovative creation of Stan Wolfgramm on World Oceans Day. A global collaboration lead by Stan and Te Ara - Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise with the support of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation, Agents of Discovery, Wonders of Wildlife & US Embassy NZ.
Learn more about the Indigenous Pasifika story of the Pacific Ocean from the perspective of Mana Moana Toa - 'Pasifika Ocean Guardian' as he takes you on a voyage of discovery to learn the story of his ancestor's and how they protected the world's largest ocean, the Pacific Ocean - Te Moana Nui a Kiva.
Join us on a Facebook Live stream 7am NZ time Tuesday 9th June from Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga https://www.facebook.com/pacificcooperationfoundation
Download and play Moana Pasifika 'Mission Conservation' on the Agents of Discovery platform https://www.facebook.com/AgentsOfDiscovery
#IAmTheOceanTheOceanIsMe #MoanaPasifika

It’s quiet on the island with out visitors but we are open if you feel like calling in for a coffee and chat. #cookislandstourism @cookislandsnews @cookislands

Stan and two happy boys

Learning about plastic pollution

Papaaroa school visit to Te Ara this morning.

Avarua Primary School Form 1 and 2 students, participated at Te Ara Museum tour, teaching about the Cook Island Story and Plastic Awareness.

Te Ara Museum has a great mezzanine space available to hire. Conferences, meetings, launches or any family or work gatherings. Please contact Stan on 77649 for inquiries.

The cabinet is full of fresh delicious food.. Lunch is ready!!
Aere mai kaikai!!

Stan talks to a school group visiting Te Ara from Tauranga, New Zealand.

Come in and grab a delicious coffee..mama Alice is serious about coffee and the food in the cabinets is fresh and made with the best local produce!!

These little cuties make an ideal gift or keep one for yourself to remind you of your time spent here in the beautiful Cook Islands. For sale here at Te Ara - Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise

Awesome visit from the Form 2 kids at Apii Avarua School.

Palm Oil Free Shop

A little look inside our museum #arikisociety.

Say no to plastic straws. Always #nomorestraws #banplasticstraws

Cook Islands Development Agency NZ

TE ARA - The Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise was established in Rarotonga early 2017. It is an exciting new concept in Cook Island Tourism. Te Ara combines a museum, a cafe and a retail gallery, which serves as a business incubator for local artists and businesses.
Te Ara is here to promote Cook Islands made products to visitors from around the world. Important to us is the proud story we tell to support and enrich our economy, our people and our environment.

TE ARA is now taking applications for staff with hospitality, business or cultural experience for a full-time front of house position. They offer training and an opportunity to experience all front of house positions within the business. You would need to make your own way to Rarotonga and be prepared to arrange your own accommodation.

If you want a change of pace, scenery and lifestyle or an opportunity to connect or reestablish links with your Raro community, this is a great opportunity for you.

Please email your CV to [email protected] or call to discuss further on +64 21 666 060


Department of Conservation

Te Ara works to create awareness and protect our ocean.

Enjoyed your holiday in the Pacific Islands?

If you’re bringing endangered or protected corals and shells back to New Zealand, make sure you have the correct CITES permit from the country of origin and have applied in advance before leaving. This will ensure your return home goes smoothly, without delays or having items taken off you

Find out more: https://www.doc.govt.nz/cites

[12/21/18]   Te Ara Museum will be closed form Dec 23rd and reopen Monday Jan 7th.
Merry Christmas to you all.


PCF | Te Ara – The Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise (TE ARA CIMCE)

pcf.org.nz Te Ara – the Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise is a business incubator that fosters greater economic self-determination for Cook Islands people.



Enjoy this short film on one of Rarotonga's beautiful and talented young women.

thecoconet.tv The Coconet TV is proud to continue its 'Daughters of the Migration' series celebrating the impact Pacific women have had in Aotearoa over the generations.

Our new Te Ara body butters. All natural and so good. Lip Balm on the way too.


Forgotten Promises: Ocean Conservation Art Installations

10 DAYS TO GO!! Please share or contribute in any way you can – every bit counts! All donations will be used towards our ocean conservation project to help educate our tamariki and inspire change for a plastic free future. More info on our Kickstarter page. Metaki ma’ata!

kickstarter.com Amplify awareness of ocean pollution through participatory art that centres around reducing & exporting waste from the Cook Islands

Choose your own unique art print by an established Cook Island artist when you donate to our Kickstarter page, like this amazing artwork by the talented David Teata. 🙌🙌


Great to have the students and team from Monash University Clayton join us in Rarotonga for our ocean pollution awareness programme. We had loads of fun showing them around and taking them through our fish making workshop, stop by again!


New study: levels of plastic pollution in Pacific fish

Do you know what's in your food? You'll be surprised... #forgottenpromises


Awesome to have Papaaroa School at Te Ara CIMCE! We've been holding plastic fish making workshops as a fun way to educate tamariki about where our plastic ends up, the importance of recycling, and how we can all make better plastic choices. This is just one part of the Forgotten Promises project we're fundraising for at the moment, if you're keen to learn more - check out the full story below!

Fish Making Workshop - Papaaroa School

Fish Making Workshop - Papaaroa School


We Are the Ocean: An Indigenous Response to Climate Change

"But what happens when islands disappear, and land is just a memory?” The power of art as a tool to express an indigenous perspective of our enua and our moana.

Support our community art project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/forgottenpromises/forgotten-promises-ocean-conservation-art-installa?ref=415033&token=3782a538, so that we can share Tangaroa’s vision with the world.

sitesofconscience.org We Are the Ocean: An Indigenous Response to Climate Change The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, Washington is dedicated to the history and narratives of the Asian Pacific American community. Through guided tours and exhibitions, the museum immerses its visitors i...


Rick TA KS final cut

We were lucky enough to speak to Emmy award-winning wildlife cameraman and marine biologist Rick Rosenthal who shared his insights into the problem with plastic. #ForgottenPromises #Kickstarter

This is "Rick TA KS final cut" by Stan Wolfgramm on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.


Forgotten Promises: Ocean Conservation Art Installations

Please help us to reach our goal of creating the largest art installation Rarotonga has seen! The project promotes making better plastic choices for our community as well as visitors to our beautiful island. Share, donate, and get involved, more details below!


*WARNING: COOLEST KICKSTARTER REWARD* experience working with our environment, our culture, and our people. From caring for our traditional meeting places and mountain trails, to harvesting local food, to researching whales, to practicing drum and dance – all in the name of protecting our ocean. Check this and our other prizes out on kickstarter


Taking a stand against plastic litter

Great write up about our Forgotten Promises project, meitaki ma’ata Cook Islands News! #plasticfreepacific #makebetterplasticchoices #thinkglobalactlocal

cookislandsnews.com With up to 13 million tonnes of plastic leaking into the ocean annually, to be ingested by sea life and birds, and then through the food chain, by man...

Building Tangaroa (god of the sea): Installation design #2. Support the biggest community art project Rarotonga has ever seen! Read more below.

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