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‘Aka‘ōu: Tātatau in the Cook Islands

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Kia orana kotou katoatoa!  'Aka'ōu is the story of Croc Coulter, an Englishman living in Rarotonga. Croc has devoted many years to learning tatau, the ancient Polynesian art of tattooing.

Once an every day part of Polynesian culture, tatau was banished from the Cook Islands by the early European missionaries. Tatau is now part of a cultural renaissance in the Cook Islands.

Croc has been instrumental in the revival of tatau - even as he battles a life threatening illness. He needs an apprentice before it is too late. Can Croc  find an apprentice to continue this ancient art?

'Aka'ōu is an important story to tell - but we need your help. We need to raise $2000. Loading Docs will match us dollar for dollar if we reach our funding goal.  If you can support 'Aka'ōu and donate - we can share this vital story! Meitaki ma'ata e kia manuia! 





    Kia Orana Boosted Supporters!

    We are very excited to be able to update you all about the release of the short film that you supported. We are very grateful for the support that you so generously gave to us.

    We'd like to invite everyone to come along to an afternoon screening and talk with the film makers and friends of 'Aka'ōu: Tātatau in the Cook Islands. Sunday 3 - 5pm, 14 August at Mirage Gallery, 2B/93 - 95 The Strand, Parnell. Please feel free to drop in for Kuki donuts, coffee and riveting conversation.

    We are proud of the short film that we have made and we think that you will enjoy the film as well.

    Please find attached a copy of the invitation to our short film screening event where we will be sharing our short film with you, our family and friends and where people will have a chance to discuss the short film with us.

    For your convenience we have also pasted the links for the Loading Docs Vimeo website where you can find the short film.

    We look forward to seeing you all there.


    Rob and Lucy.



    Thank you all so very much for your support and generousity. We have both been truly humbled and inspired by the kindness of our family and friends.

    Until today, we have been very much focused on the nuts and bolts of putting this project together, but in launching this Boosted project and our Facebook page we've been reminded that this is a living and breathing story that is important to so many people.

    To be 35% funded in less than 48 hours is so encouraging! We still have a long way to go but you have shown us that it's a story that has huge support. Thank you.


    A special shout out to our first Boosted supporters - Nicola, Dayna, Ngariki, Heidi, Kataraina, Linda, Katrina, Trish, Colin and Christina, Tina and Jett - thank you so much for being a part of this project, this means so much to us and we appreciate you!

    Kia manuia,

    Lucy and Rob


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