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Articles by Derek Fox

Ceiling-breaker signals exit

Saturday 17 December 2022 | Written by Derek Fox | Published in Features, Local, National

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.


The flight of Kiwi 471

Monday 17 October 2022 | Written by Derek Fox | Published in Features, New Zealand, Regional

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.


Papa Jack Cooper: One of a kind

Saturday 11 June 2022 | Written by Derek Fox | Published in Local, National

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.


Palmerston reaches out for Movember

Saturday 11 December 2021 | Written by Derek Fox | Published in Features, Weekend

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.


‘Do it for yourself and your whanau’

Saturday 6 November 2021 | Written by Derek Fox | Published in Features, In Depth

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.

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The man in charge of maintaining law and order in Cook Islands

Saturday 5 December 2020 | Written by Derek Fox | Published in Features, Weekend

In 1976, a 15-year-old boy from Mauke was about to sail out into the world. Up until then Mauke was his world; he’d never been anywhere else, and for 15 years had enjoyed an idyllic island boy life.

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Barge captain reporting for duty

Friday 4 December 2020 | Written by Derek Fox | Published in Local, National

As the MV Taunga Nui prepares for her maiden voyage, veteran journalist Derek Fox caught up with barge captain Panapasa Vonokula and the fellow Fijian Captain Sitiveni Sese who will take over.

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The story of MV Taunga Nui

Wednesday 25 November 2020 | Written by Derek Fox | Published in Editorials, Opinion

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.

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