WHEN COOK ISLANDS Towage’s new barge arrived at Mauke last week, a sizeable portion of the island's population were there to watch, including pupils of Mauke School, who had only a short walk down the road to spend a school period taking in the process which helps to link the island with the rest of the world.
FOR THE third year Cook Islands Building Supplies managers and staff have teamed up with the Te Kainga O Pa Taunga Wellbeing Centre to bring a Christmas lunch and gifts to the health respite establishments in Panama in Rarotonga, and Amuri in Aitutaki.
THE EXECUTIVE committee members of the Koutu Nui spent three days last week in Atiu conducting a workshop or iriirikapua with island residents.
AT MAUKE School 7 to 9 school pupils began Term 3 with formal music classes, and they are certainly catching on with the youngsters, says teacher June Hosking.
The Penrhyn Island Council says it has fired its executive officer but the official denies this, saying she will continue in the position until a replacement is appointed.
Mauke has lost one of its favourite adopted sons on Thursday with the passing of Father John Rovers.
The Catholic priest served the people of Mauke for more than 50 years. He was in his late 80s.
Originally from the Netherlands, Father Rovers arrived in the Cook Islands aged in his 20s.
He had also served in Atiu and on Rarotonga.
Father Rovers baptised many children of Mauke, married many couples, and presided over many funerals throughout his spiritual service to the people of the Cook Islands.
As a celibate priest, he was devoted to each and every one of his de-facto children, remembering each of their names although he had not seen many of them for many years as they have moved away from Mauke for both educational a