Shar van Leeuwen

Shar van Leeuwen

Husband and wife artists Ivon and Pania Lee are pretty low key with the work they do. Selling some at the Punanga Nui Market and also at the Little Red Gallery, they have only been painting to sell for about a year.

Praise for big, open Kuki hearts

Tuesday September 25, 2018

People in the Cook Islands have big open hearts, says general secretary for the Atiu community on Rarotonga Nga Teao-Papatua.

A love of music and collecting vinyl records has led Ian Wheeldon, of The Café in the Beachcomber complex, to a rare Rarotongan record by local artist Jake Numanga.

School pupils learn value of recycling

Saturday September 22, 2018

WATSAN director Jamie Short and Infrastructure Cook Islands waste programme coordinator on assignment with VSA, Hilary Boyes, showed a group of year two Apii Avarua pupils around the Rarotonga landfill on Friday.

Bill and Ruth Munro left their favourite holiday destination for the 18th time on Wednesday.

Police women to compete in Australia

Friday September 21, 2018

The Cook Islands Police women’s rugby team is training hard, at least three times a week, under the tuition of coach Pare Rongokea, in plenty of time for an offshore invitation match.

They will be competing in the inaugural 2018 Pacific Military Women’s Rugby Sevens Tournament in Canberra, starting October 9.

Turtle tour magical experience

Friday September 21, 2018

Swimming in the warm deep waters off the Rarotongan coast, right beside a majestic green onu, or turtle, was one of the most inspiring moments of my life.

The ukulele-powered welcome and farewell at Rarotonga International Airport is an iconic part of the visitor experience thanks to musical legend Papa Jake Numanga.

“No-plastic Wednesdays” are catching on at Apii Te Uki Ou, where children bring their lunches in their lunch boxes, - but minus the cling wrap plastic that usually encases pupils’ food.

Dog desexing project on target

Wednesday September 19, 2018

Just three weeks into a programme aimed at desexing 800 dogs, over 147 dogs had been desexed by Monday of this week.

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