I don’t think young Vaine Nooana spent time as a child dreaming about one day running her country’s bank. But as the eldest of a family of five, she did have a sense that her parents had expectations of her and, that in time she needed to live up to them, writes Derek Fox.
Kiwi 471 lifted off from Rarotonga airport a bit after 8am on Friday, October 14. On board the Royal New Zealand Air Force C130 Hercules transport aircraft, were 52 passengers and crew, heading for Manihiki atoll in the northern group.
Over my lifetime I’ve often heard people referred to as one of a kind, an icon the like of whom we may not see again. In most cases the rhetoric hasn’t been borne out by the facts – but in Jack Cooper’s case it may just be true, writes Derek Fox.
Movember, the programme kicked off by two Australians in 2003, whereby people focus on men’s health in the month of November – has caught on in many places around the world - including the Cook Islands.
When I was first asked to write this, I resisted. You see like all blokes I wasn’t interested in having my internal workings and ailments publicly aired. But then I thought of my soldier friend, whose company I might still be enjoying if he’d got help earlier, writes veteran broadcaster Derek Fox.
The MV Taunga Nui - owned by Cook Islands General Transport - will arrive in Rarotonga on Thursday after a two-week long delivery voyage from Australia. Derek Fox writes about the vessel and its planned role to support projects in the Pa Enua.