Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

A mystery graffiti bandit has been branding their tag “Festo” over any large surface they can find, from Matavera to Turangi.

Don’t go on Facebook, call the cops

Friday September 01, 2017

If you’re concerned about firearms use on the island, don’t just take to social media to talk about it.

The US Territory of Guam was under the potential threat of missile attack from the North Korea a couple of weeks ago.

Ten arrested in cannabis bust

Wednesday August 30, 2017

Details have been released of a substantial drug bust two weeks ago in Arorangi during which CIB police officers seized 80 cannabis plants.

Operation Ika Moana in full swing

Tuesday August 29, 2017

Operation Ika Moana has been in full swing for the past 19 days, putting pressure on international fishing vessels to confirm they’re licensed to fish in the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone.

Aqua-fest fun for all the family

Monday August 28, 2017

A blustery and cold afternoon couldn’t keep families and novice athletes away from the Manureva Aquafest at Muri Lagoon on Saturday afternoon.

DJ Josh and Tutai set the scene with smooth R&B music while athletes of all sizes and ages stretched and slipped into their sporting paraphernalia.

Then it was fun for all, with kids’ stand-up paddle board and relay bike races, adult paddleboard and the “ultimate water woman, and ultimate water man” swimming events off the beach.

In a fun event, two mixed teams of: men, women and children, raced to build a human pyramid, while balancing on a giant stand-up paddle board, nicknamed “Te Taniwha, out in the middle of the lagoon.

They first had to be paddled across to the giant board, one at a time, by a designated paddle boarder, who had to knock back a drink before each trip.

Competitors who successfully got all of their team across to Te Taniwha and made the best-looking pyramid, won.  

There were market stalls and spot prizes, for people wanting to have fun, but without getting wet. One lucky punter took home an Air Raro scenic flight for two.

The grand-finale was the kitesurfing exhibition which kicked off around 5pm. Kitesup Rarotonga’s owner, Ina Nooroa, took the event to another level, setting records for all kinds of kitesurfing.

There were plenty of laughs as he kitesurfed on a collapsible plastic table, and then sitting on a chair (on a paddleboard), as well as with a giant inflatable jandal strapped to his back.

Although the 20-knot plus wind would have been annoying to some visitors, it provided perfect conditions for kitesurfers to perform their aerial stunts for all to enjoy.

The festival usually takes place over a week, but this year was condensed into a fun-packed few hours on Saturday afternoon.

Kitesup Rarotonga’s Arry Georgiou, said next year the festival would return to a week-long event on Aitutaki.

Road safety sign there at last

Monday August 28, 2017

After six months of lobbying by concerned locals, give way signs have finally been erected at the Avatiu roundabout.

Thieves target sleeping tourists

Monday August 28, 2017

Multiple thefts were reported to police this week in Rarotonga, with some tourists targeted while they slept nearby.

Water supply warning issued

Monday August 28, 2017

The water supply in Rarotonga is running low following a long period without heavy rain.

What should have been an enjoyable experience for two visitors to Rarotonga turned into a painful ordeal for one of them last Sunday.

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