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It’s been 20 years in the making, but the Pukapukan translation of the Bible – the Puka Ya (phonetically pronounced Puka ‘Tha’) – is now almost complete.

Whale season off to slow start

Monday August 13, 2018

October, Rarotonga’s resident whale expert Nan Hauser says the mighty marine mammals should now “start to pour in, in greater numbers”.

Kids’ book for prison inmates

Monday August 13, 2018

New Zealand author Tommy “Kapai” Wilson has written a children’s book specifically for kids with parents in prison, and he wants to make sure every inmate in Arorangi Prison gets one.

OSH consultation continues

Saturday August 11, 2018

More than 50 people attended a national occupational safety and health (OSH) workshop yesterday, run by the Labour and Consumer Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Avarua boat ramp ready

Friday August 10, 2018

Work on rebuilding the boat ramp at Avarua Harbour has now been all but completed, with the final load of dredged material removed a week ago and the last two mooring blocks due to be installed in the coming week.

Busy day in court for JP

Friday August 10, 2018

Around 39 criminal cases were brought before Justice of the Peace John Whitta yesterday, including three custody and sentencing hearings.

Recent concerns raised regarding the dangers of increased aqua tourism activity at Avaavaroa passage seem to have now led to real progress, with the passing of official legislation the final goal.

The best party ever!

That’s the feedback the Ministry of Cultural Development (MOCD) has been receiving on this year’s Te Maeva Nui celebrations, which ended on Monday with an official closing ceremony in the National Auditorium after 10 days of festivities.

Bungling burglar botches break-in

Saturday August 04, 2018

It looked to have been like something out of one of those old-fashioned slapstick crime capers, the silent kind, with maybe a bit of frantic piano-playing every now and then at the really dramatic (or hilarious) moments.

Night of surprises...

Saturday August 04, 2018

With pearls thrown to the crowd, young drummers smaller than the drums they were beating, a turtle on stage (well, kind of) and much more, Thursday night’s performances were full of surprises for this (papa’a) reporter’s first real look at what makes Te Maeva Nui such a magical occasion for the whole of the Cook Islands.

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