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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.
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.
With the often controversial and much-beleaguered vessel the Tiare Taporo voyaging north again for the first time in almost two years, CINews takes a look back at the boat’s turbulent past. This third and final instalment in our series covers the vessel’s 2016 voyages and brings us up to date with recent events.
As the often controversial and much-beleaguered vessel the Tiare Taporo prepares to soon set sail again for the first time in almost two years, CINews takes a look back at the boat’s turbulent past. In part two of this series the Tiare Taporo finally departs Canada but ends up causing political strife back home in the Cook Islands.