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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.
During his third visit to Rarotonga, Tom Clancy novelist Marc Cameron was gracious enough to sit down with CINews journalist Conor Leathley for a lengthy discussion of his life and writing.
One of the most intriguing stories involving the Cook Islands began on Aitutaki on the morning of August 31, 1917, when six smartly-dressed and well-groomed men made an unexpected arrival