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Articles by Cameron Scott

Bio control doing the job on invasive mile-a-minute vine

Monday 16 January 2023 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Environment, National

A rust fungus introduced to Rarotonga in a bid to control the invasive mile-a-minute vine has spread throughout the island since scientists finally confirmed signs of its successful growth back in 2018.

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Jetty’s troubled history: ‘People are going to drown/die if we don’t address this major problem’

Saturday 7 January 2023 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Environment, National

The Arorangi jetty has drawn criticism and controversy for more than 12 years, since the project was first announced.

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Bid to improve busy mobile network

Thursday 5 January 2023 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Economy, National, Technology

Vodafone Cook Islands has added additional cell site licences to manage increased demand and usage of its mobile phone network on Rarotonga.


Ardijah vocalist wins New Year honour

Wednesday 4 January 2023 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Entertainment, Local, National

After decades of success in New Zealand’s entertainment industry, Ardijah vocalist Betty Anne Maryrose Monga has been recognised in the 2023 New Year’s honours list, with a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music.


Tragedy: Mother drowns trying to save daughter

Wednesday 4 January 2023 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Local, National

A 52-year-old mother has drowned while trying to save her 11-year-old daughter who was being swept out by the current in the lagoon near the Arorangi jetty.


A year of ‘marked progress’

Saturday 31 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Features, Memory Lane

A memorandum presented to the Houses of the General Assembly in New Zealand by the Minister for the Cook Islands, Maui Pomare (he had yet to receive his knighthood), gives a fascinating insight into life on Rarotonga back in 1923. A trained doctor, Pomare presented the report following his first visit to the Cook Islands for almost five years, noting the changes that had taken place since his earlier visit.


Reef passages highly dangerous

Friday 30 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Local, National

A former professional lifeguard wants expat Cook Islanders holidaying in Rarotonga to be extra-cautious of lagoon conditions when they’re swimming or using water craft.


Anti-Covid tablets now available here

Friday 30 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Health, Local, National

Te Marae Ora’s Facebook announcement about the new availability of the anti-Covid-19 drug Paxlovid in the Cook Islands says the medication is expensive, in short supply globally and must be used properly to optimise its benefits and minimise risks.


Lagoon’s the place to cool down … unless it’s full tide

Friday 30 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Features, Local, National

When you’re looking for a place to beat the heat, there’s nothing like a cooling dip in the lagoon – unless it’s low tide, that is.


Mask advice follows Covid rise in Cooks

Friday 30 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Health, Local, National

Cook Islands residents and visitors concerned about catching Covid-19 or suffering a reinfection of the virus should wear face masks as well as applying ‘normal health measures’, says the Secretary of Health.


They’re up in the air about the festive season …

Thursday 29 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Features, Local, National

Te Aponga Uira workers are pretty much used to being up in the air about Christmas.


Cruise passengers strike it lucky with the weather

Wednesday 28 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Local, National, Travel

Passengers who disembarked from the luxury cruise ship Silver Whisperer in relatively calm seas yesterday were treated to some brilliant – if a little hot and sticky, weather yesterday morning.


Tries galore at touch tourney

Wednesday 28 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Sports, Touch Rugby

The beautiful weather didn't stop anyone from wanting to play touch – in fact it was being welcomed with tries being scored left, right and centre at Saturday’s Ronnie Siulepa Touch ournament.


Ringing in the Christmas spirit

Wednesday 28 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Features, Local, National

Smiley Heather rings in the arrival of Christmas morning at the historic Arorangi Cook Islands Christian Church on Sunday. Residents and visitors alike flocked to churches all over the island for special Christmas Day services, with St Mary’s Catholic Church in Arorangi filled to overflowing.


Casting a net for Christmas lunch at the beach

Wednesday 28 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Local, National

There was just one place keen fishermen Mani Mamanu and his friend, “Father Christmas” Manu wanted to be on the morning of Christmas Day, and that was at the Social Centre, where Manu was busy preparing his net in the hope of catching a few fish.


German couple see funny side

Wednesday 28 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Local, National

Two German tourists wore wide grins when they were greeted by someone wearing island style clothing topped with a German Army style motorcycle helmet.


Beating the heat at the harbour

Saturday 24 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Local, National

With the heat and humidity rising daily in Rarotonga, there’s only one place to beat the high temperatures – and that’s to cool off with a swim.


Parade builds anticipation for the ‘main event’

Saturday 24 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Local, National

When the annual Santa Parade through downtown Avarua is held, there’s usually just a few days remaining before the arrival of the main event – Christmas Day.


Santa visit to Avarua delights young and old

Friday 23 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Local, National

Santa Claus – and the lovely Mrs Claus, were the stars of the annual Santa Parade in downtown Avarua yesterday.


Choppy seas fail to deter cruise passengers

Thursday 22 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Local, National, Travel

About 125 passengers of the 315 aboard the cruise ship Paul Gaugin braved choppy conditions yesterday to disembark from the vessel and check out Rarotonga.


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