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New Zealand’s well-known transgender personality, Mary Haddock-Staniland and husband William Staniland, an executive with New Zealand Rail, are currently on Rarotonga to mark their five-year wedding anniversary.

Determined Talbot completes 872kms

Thursday March 21, 2019

Creative Trail walker James Talbot continues his journey on the Te Araroa Trail of 3200 kilometres in New Zealand and has completed 873 kilometres.

Talbot is aiming to raise $300,000 for the Creative Centre in Rarotonga and through the Creative Trail Feb 2019 Give a Little page he has currently raised $8,910 from 136 donors.

He made it to Waiau Hut walking 25kilometres yesterday in 7.25 hours.

On his social page, Talbot said that this was the second highest peak of the trail and he made it to the top and over. It was his toughest climb. He called himself a mountaineer!

On Day 47 of his walk, Talbot was at Hurunui Hut where he walked 23 kilometres and the next day he walked 23.9 kilometres in 8.25 hours to reach Hope Halfway Hut for the weekend.

He went on to Boyle Village Cabin where he made it to Boyle Village Outdoor Recreational Centre walking 19.4 kilometres in 6.25 hours.

Talbot said the track to Boyle Village was through a forest where it was nothing too serious or difficult with grasslands over the top of the hill until arriving at the Windy point carpark.

“Then it was all road walking to Boyle ... ankle is sore again.”

He said: “Met Nick and Carolyn who run the place, got my resupply box (they normally charge $20) for free when I mentioned the Creative Trail. Asked about accommodation and payment and they had a small bunk room for $20, plus food.

Talbot said he made plans for the next five days where he would be crossing Waiau Pass which needs to be in good weather.

He later made it to Anne Hut where he walked 28 kilometres in 9.25 hours.

He is expected to be in Wellington in early April.

A New Zealand-based filmmaker is producing a documentary on local cultural icon Vara Hunter – affectionately known as Mama Vara.

Tepuna Motors manager, Ravin Chand, is urging the public to come forward on any news they may have of the whereabouts of his daughter who has been missing since Tuesday morning.

Founder of the Cook Islands Women and Girls with Disabilities Organisation, Tuki Wright received a substantial cash donation from a Singaporean company with business interests in the Maritime Services Industry who are also avid supporters of community-based groups that promote women’s interests.

Stuart and Lyn Beaumont-Orr are now officially handling matters regarding the Cook Islands SPCA family.

Concept plans for future Avarua

Thursday March 14, 2019

A Town Plan is being prepared to guide future government investments in central Avarua.

Free customer service training

Thursday March 14, 2019

The Kia Orana customer service training course that is adapted to suit our island lifestyle, people and values, started yesterday.

A team lead by the Asia Development Bank is on Rarotonga this week as part of the early stages of a project to move three registries on to an online platform to be maintained by the Ministry of Justice.

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