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COOK Islander Tina Wichman Tamanui (right) made the most of being stuck in New Zealand during lockdown by linking up with Southland’s Taokotaianga (Cook Islands community group).

She held workshops on tivaevae, a form of artistic quilting traditionally done by Polynesian women, for about 20 Cook Islanders who live in Invercargill. Resident Peka Strickland (left) was one of the attendees who learned the technique last week.

“It is important to keep our culture alive and teach the young generation our traditions,” Mrs Tamanui said.

Mrs Tamanui travelled from her homeland, Rarotonga, to New Zealand in March for a medical appointment, but was unable to return home because of the borders being closed. She will fly home in August.

Photo: Luisa Girao

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