I’m picking Robin Bullen is a bit of a character.
You can see it in his mercurial smile and his eyes. There’s a hint of mischief – well, fun anyway.
The upcoming solo exhibition, Years of Colour by Kay George, at Bergman Gallery marks 30 years to the very day since the well-known visual artist arrived in the Cook Islands with her late husband and fellow artist, Ian George.
Howard Henry, in this two-part series on the Cook Islands’ prospects of becoming a member of the United Nations, was one of two original foundation staff members of the External Affairs Division (later to be the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) of the Cook Islands government in 1973.
At their lowest, the Solent flying boats dipped so close to the waters of the Pacific Ocean that passengers could pick out brilliant coral formations, whales, and even the occasional shark from their windows.
When Cook Islands journalist and freelancer Lisa Williams-Lahari came home as part of her freelance work with Pacific broadcaster 531 pi in Auckland, she thought it would be a matter of straightforward chasing up of the usual talking heads and elections leads. A chance weekend interview with Finance Minister Mark Brown led to the news the PM would not be available for an interview as the Cook Islands Party was chartering a flight to the Northern Cooks. She was quick to point out the need for independent media to be given an opportunity to follow and document the campaign and chat to people in our remote communities. Just hours before the flight was to leave, she got the call that a seat was available as one of the team had decided to fly direct on the commercial flights instead of the island hop to Manihiki.
Nikao local Terii Pittman has always been a bit of an adventurer, so when the opportunity arose to make her first visit to the northern group as part of a shark research team, she dived right in.
Cook Islands opera singer Ridge Ponini recently auditioned for the prestigious Lexus Song Quest opera-singing competition in New Zealand. The Lexus Song Quest has been running for more than 60 years, and has been won in the past by such opera greats as Dame Malvina Major and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. CINews recently caught up with 22-year-old Ridge – currently studying hard towards a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Voice (Opera) at Otago University in Dunedin – to see how he went and to find out a bit more about this rising young singer.
Twenty years ago, as Trevor Clarke surveyed the company in which he’d just acquired the majority shareholding, it wasn’t a pretty sight.
Ever since returning to the Cook Islands with her husband and three children in 2014, Rarotonga tax advisory officer Chiavanni Le’Mon has dreamed of moving to the Pa Enua.