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The only woman mechanic on Rarotonga has already inspired the men she works with.

They say the key to a healthy diet is to eat fresh. We are so blessed in the Cook Islands with a bounty of fresh fish, locally grown turmeric, so many varieties of chillies, fresh coconut cream, home grown tomatoes from the pots on my balcony; so a fish curry it had to be. 

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.

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