Shar van Leeuwen

Shar van Leeuwen

Met Service loses asbestos

Monday August 20, 2018

The old asbestos roof in the balloon shed at the Cook Islands Meteorological Service has been removed and replaced with a new roof.

A number of organic farmers gained organic certification at an award ceremony held at the Ministry of Agriculture last night. The awards were presented by Agriculture associate minister Patrick Arioka. 

Labour shortages affecting agriculture in the Cook Islands were among issues discussed during a four-day programme promoting the saving of non-hybrid open pollinated seed, held at the Ministry of Agriculture this week.

Prison garden to go organic

Thursday August 16, 2018

A certified organic plot in the prison grounds is almost ready to be planted, says first officer in the support division of the prison service, Tutai Kopa. 

Saving seeds from traditional non-hybrid plants is the only way forward, environmentally, financially and for the health of the nation, says Fijian-based Ministry of Agriculture seed researcher and plant health field consultant Mani Mua.

App turns lives around

Wednesday August 15, 2018

An app designed by a New Zealand-based former gang member turned policeman turned social entrepreneur to help migrating Pacific families – including Cook Islanders – adjust to their new lives is now being used by thousands.

Chris Denny from Raro Personal Trainers says weight loss is a bonus of his 12-week box-fit fitness programme.

Te Are Manu veterinary service has recently treated a number of animals that have fallen victim to the poisonous ciguatera toxin after eating fish from the lagoon.

Riki Adamu of M&M Ukulele and Crafts has ukulele (ukarere in CI Maori) in his blood.

A vision of loveliness

Monday February 19, 2018

It was a vision from her mother-in-law Te Papaura Hunt that set local fabric artist Denise Hunt on her way to having her own clothing business.

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