Weekend

Paul Hagai’s fashion design has a strident story, and he’s not too worried whose delicate sensibilities he offends with that story. Melina Etches meets him.

Happy feet

Saturday December 07, 2019

Joshua Matakino still carries the scars of the drunken bike accident that nearly killed him. Now, given a second chance, he’s grasping life with new vigour and determination. Losirene Lacanivalu meets him.

The karate kids

Saturday December 07, 2019

An unprecedented four young Cook Islands have won their black belts in karate. Rashneel Kumar meets them.

Sabine Janneck and Sasha Schmitt arrived on Rarotonga in 2006 and set up The Dive Centre opposite The Rarotongan.

If you can forgive them the name of their business, the idea behind Raro Fluffy Bums is great.

Lying beneath the lime tree

Saturday November 09, 2019

Slowly, family members are piecing together the stories of the men whose graves are being located and restored as Commonwealth War Graves. 

If your kids need surgery at Rarotonga Hospital this month, the woman caring for them will be a familiar face: former Cook Islands Olympic Games flagbearer Ella Nicholas. Losirene Lacanivalu pays her a visit at the hospital.

Reflections off the sea

Saturday November 02, 2019

Voyaging isn’t glamorous. It can be wet, it can be arduous, it can be gross. Spending time on the Pacific on the nation’s sailing vaka, Rachel Reeves’ eyes are opened to the stamina and spirit of the people who settled these islands. They voyaged without power, without communications, without hope of rescue.

Papatua Papatua is one of Cook Islands best-known faces; certainly one of the country’s best-known voices – but his latest work sharing islands tradition with our people across the ocean was new and special even for him. 

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