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Surfer mates rip 'world's shallowest reef break'

Thursday 24 January 2019 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Other Sports

Getting barrelled and fearlessly charging monster waves was how local and visiting surfers spent last Monday at the Social Centre.


Tuhe's super-healthy recipe for happiness and a long life

Sunday 13 January 2019 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Weekend

Tuhe Piho’s “super healthy” drinks are a recipe for happiness and longevity.


Charlotte's life: Picture perfect

Tuesday 4 December 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Weekend

FIRST LIGHT on a glassy Rarotonga palm-fringed-lagoon is as picturesque as it gets, but it’s what lies beneath the surface of the crystal waters that draws Charlotte Piho to the depths below every time she returns home to the Cook Islands.


A-team still look out for each other

Tuesday 4 December 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

LAST year CINews published a good news story titled “Youths call Sheraton home” about a trio of teenagers living in a couple of units at the derelict Vaimaanga hotel.


Vaka Eiva crews are in safe hands

Tuesday 4 December 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Paddling

HEAD Vaka Eiva lifeguard Rene Hand is hoping for a much safer and less dramatic paddling competition this week, with calmer conditions forecast than in 2017.


Two sides to controversial Sheraton video

Thursday 22 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

AFTER a series of short YouTube clips featuring Sheraton site caretaker, papa Rouru Tangatapoto, “verbally abusing” a female tourist on a motorcycle outside the derelict hotel went viral in the past 48hrs, CINews went onsite to get his side of the story.


Immigration head clarifies visa changes

Thursday 22 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Principal Immigration Officer Kairangi Samuela has clarified visitor visa changes that have recently come into force in the Cook Islands.


CI Muay Thai dominates NZ

Wednesday 21 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Other Sports

HARD-HITTING and high-kicking fight-skills were on display at the annual Muay Thai Fight Night at Hula bar on Saturday night in front of a well-supported crowd of spectators, friends and family.


Calm approach helps fight win

Wednesday 21 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Other Sports

HOURS before her first Muay Thai boxing fight, a main card event in front of her friends and family no less, Melissa Becejski said her nerves were buzzing.


Baby find confirmed

Wednesday 21 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Anonymous sources close to the case of a baby abandoned in the Turangi area on Saturday morning have come forward to clarify the circumstances of its discovery.


Time in 'paradise' suddenly shorter

Wednesday 21 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Visa restriction changes impacting American tourists who call the Cook Islands “home” for six months of the year, means they can now find themselves being asked to leave by Immigration after just three months.


Basketballers make it to Samoa

Wednesday 21 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Other Sports

IN an epic last-minute ditch-effort, Cook Islands Men’s Basketball coach George Williams rallied around his team to get them on a flight yesterday afternoon to Samoa to compete in the Polynesian cup 5x5 basketball champs; along-with the women’s side.


Damaged car causes chaos

Wednesday 21 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

With only one main road around Rarotonga it doesn’t take much to cause traffic chaos.


Space travel youngster's dream

Wednesday 21 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Weekend

While most youngsters are content to just play games on their smartphones, Tai Eraio is searching deep into space above Rarotonga every day and night, tracking the International Space Station on his phone.


Music festival set to save 'lost' youth

Wednesday 21 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

A VIBRANT Christian music festival aimed at getting "lost" youths off the street, out of nightclubs, away from criminal activity and back to church will take place on December 15 at Te Atukura Grounds (Office of the Prime Minister) in Avarua.


Road danger prompts warning

Tuesday 20 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Children sitting or standing, on the backs of trucks, toddlers not buckled up in carseats, drink-drivers, motorcyclists riding without helmets, badly potholed roads and poorly-designed carparks…


Police crack electronics case

Monday 19 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Crime

Determined Rarotonga CIB detectives have cracked a stolen property case resulting in the recovery of around $50,000 worth of electronic goods, including watches, PlayStations, videogames and laptops.


Community backs athletics team

Monday 19 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Other Sports

A team of eight junior athletes travelling to Dunedin this week to strap on their running shoes and sprint or throw against the best competitors in New Zealand was given a massive boost to the spring in their step thanks to the local Rarotonga community on Saturday.


Five drink drivers land in court

Monday 19 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Crime

The “don’t drink and drive” message is simply still not getting through, says police spokesperson Trevor Pitt.


Police investigate allegedly abandoned baby

Monday 19 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Crime

Police are investigating the case of an abandoned new-born-baby, allegedly found “in a field” in Turangi on Saturday morning.


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