Shar van Leeuwen

Shar van Leeuwen

The 2016 census results will be released in stages starting from next month, says Ministry of Finance and Economic Management government statistician Taggy Tangimetua.

Host of exhibits at new eco-centre

Wednesday August 22, 2018

The soon to be opening Discover – Marine & Wildlife Eco-Centre in Arorangi will have a blend of exhibits from the former Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre in Atupa plus some new exhibits not seen before, with a focus on wildlife and environmental education.

Tour guide’s purpose in life

Tuesday August 21, 2018

Tumutoa Discovery Walking Tour guide Ngametua Mamanu is unique on Rarotonga, although many people suggest he may be the next Piri Puruto, (a former tourist guide/entertainer famed for his cultural expertise and ability to climb coconut trees).

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.

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