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What could be better than helping to keep the environment clean, creating some beautiful art and getting covered head to toe in colourful paint at the same time?

Gina’s wearable works of art

Saturday June 23, 2018

She’s been hand-painting sarongs and other clothing for decades, but it’s only recently that Titikaveka justice of the peace Gina Keenan has finally decided to make a real business out of what she has described up until now as “a little bit of a hobby on the side”.

They arrived back a week later than originally planned, but Te Ipukarea Society’s Suwarrow expedition team were all smiles when the General Transport barge Layar Mas 291 delivered them to Avarua wharf bright and early at eight o’clock on Thursday morning.

With an estimated 2000 people, most of whom will be arriving in Rarotonga from the pa enua, participating in Te Maeva Nui this year, the countdown is on to make sure all is ready for the nation’s biggest annual celebration, starting on July 27.

Leading into Te Maeva Nui and the expected arrival of 2000 extra people on Rarotonga, the National Environment Service, Te Aponga Uira and local schools have banded together in a community-minded waste initiative that will make a real difference to the island environment.

New landing system almost ready

Wednesday June 20, 2018

Everything is proceeding on schedule for Rarotonga International Airport’s new $2million instrument landing system, which has almost finished being installed and is currently set to be tested on June 27.

Health bus ready to go

Tuesday June 19, 2018

The dedication of Rarotonga’s new mobile health clinic bus took place at Constitution Park yesterday morning, attended by distinguished guests from both here in the Cook Islands and from New Zealand, including health minister Nandi Glassie and New Zealand High Commissioner Peter Marshall.

Rarotonga’s long-awaited mobile health clinic bus, delivered to the Cook Islands earlier this month courtesy of the Masterton South Rotary Club in New Zealand, was blessed and dedicated in a ceremony held at Constitution Park in Avarua yesterday.

Democratic Party candidate Tamaiva “Captain Tama” Tuavera has retained the Ngatangiia seat he won off the Cook Islands Party in 2014, pulling in 254 votes to his opponent Tukaka Ama’s 211.

While there are still a number of special and postal votes that have yet to be counted, this year’s general election looks set to make history with the lowest voter turnout the Cook Islands has yet seen, going right back to the very first election in 1965.

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