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Lalaga Tivaevae Niu

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Lalaga Tivaevae Niu is a concept that represents several elements within CORE Education with reference to the Pasifika communities in Aotearoa. Because of this, it has no literal translation. Rather, we seek meaning and understanding through Pasifika art forms that relate to the weaving of mats, quilt making of the Cook Islands, and the universal symbol of the niu, which unites the Pasifika nations in Aotearoa.

Lalaga — in relation to weaving, is the action of weaving mats: layering one strand over the next, and so on.
Different types of mats are used for different purposes: ordinary mats for everyday use, and fine mats for ceremonial use.

The term lalaga also highlights the historical and reciprocal relationships between Pasifika nations; in Tonga fine mats are known as ie Hamoa, and in Samoa fine mats are known as ie Toga. Understanding the connection and relationships of the strands within the weave is important for producing the final product. At CORE Education, our core business invites us as providers to arrange, prioritise, study connections, measure importance, and exploit those connections and relationships in positive ways that provide support that best suits our clients. We are open to continuous learning and are reflective in our approach.

Tivaevae — is the traditional art of making quilts from the Cook Islands.
By working together in groups to create tivaevae, each patch of the quilt symbolises the interconnectedness of Pasifika communities in Aotearoa. Tivaevae are created for and given as gifts on special occasions and important milestones. Within CORE Education, the tivaevae relates to all the elements of our core business of teaching/learning, and what we do to encourage and empower clients. Tivaevae also relates to the key elements of professional learning/development that we advocate, including mentorship, reflection, community participation, empowerment; all of these elements we weave together in the support we provide.

Niu — meaning coconut, conveys its multiple dimensions and its nourishing qualities.
The niu, refers to the tree as well as the coconut fruit itself. The tree is often referred to as the “tree of life”. Niu characteristically grows up to 60 fruit, possible up to three times this amount in each harvest. The niu is the largest seed known, and all properties of the niu are used for making cooking oil, rope, fish nets, soap. The flesh and the juice of the niu can be consumed, and the shell of the niu can be used as a dish or a cup for ceremonial purposes. Many Pasifika nations have different myths and legends surrounding the creation story of the niu:

1. The tree of life
2. The multiple layers of launiu, hierarchy from youngest to oldest
3. The connection between niu and new (new projects, new thinking)

We can naturally apply these ideas to the many groups within CORE. These groups are mainly based on projects that we are currently involved in. There are, however, other groups developed from specific needs, for example, CORE Events and CORE Research. The strength of CORE education is in the many groups within the company along with the many connections and relationships we have with others.

 Visual presentation of Lalaga Tivaevae Niu

Song: Lalaga Tivaevae Niu

Song written for CORE: Lalaga Tivaevae Niu