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Heart attack kills tourist

Saturday 29 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local

The wife and mother of a family of five visiting from Norway suffered a fatal heart attack while on a lagoon cruise on Monday this week.


Vaka hull blessed for NZ trip

Friday 28 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local

A small group met at Avatiu harbour yesterday afternoon to witness the blessing of voyaging vaka Marumaru Atua’s port (left) side hull by Catholic priest Father Freddy Kaina.


Beauty pageant a 'humbling' experience

Thursday 27 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local

Miss International Cook Islands Louisa Purea is extremely humbled and grateful to have been given the chance to represent the country at the Miss International Beauty pageant in Japan last month.


Christmas shopping excites children

Saturday 22 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education

The CITC main store was a hive of activity yesterday with animated children squealing with delight as they excitedly moved through the aisles trying to decide on Christmas gifts.


Popular bakery opens in new spot

Saturday 22 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Hot on the Rock

If you are wondering where the popular Rima’s Bakery and Takeaway has got to, take a drive to Muri on the east side of the island.


Titikaveka principal bids farewell

Wednesday 19 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education

Grace Matenga received the 2018 Dux trophy at Titikaveka College’s prizegiving event last Wednesday.


Christmas celebration at the domes

Wednesday 19 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local

One of the biggest family events of the year - the Rotaract Christmas celebration, will be held tonight at the National Auditorium Domes.


Apii Ruamanu dux awards go to two students

Tuesday 18 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education

Miriama Pataviri and Rosalina Tuatoru were recipients of the Dux award at Manihiki’s Apii Ruamanu prizegiving awards last Tuesday.


Tropical Christmas Club's free movie night

Monday 17 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local

On schedule for tonight rain or shine, is the annual Tropical Christmas Club Free Movie Night at 6pm.


Resource protection a vital issue

Sunday 16 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Environment

“The Cook Islands’ resources can be accessed by anyone if there is not legislation in place to protect them.”


It's the Christmas treat they've all been waiting for...

Thursday 13 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local

The island’s children are in for a treat this afternoon with the annual Tropical Christmas Float parade scheduled to take place today at 4pm.


Christmas concert a real cracker

Wednesday 12 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local

New Zealand singer Stan Walker, his band The Levites and top international dancer and DJ Lance Savali will perform a Christmas concert tonight 7pm at the National Auditorium.


Lighting up the fun

Wednesday 12 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local

A spectacular LED (light-emitting diode) light show with music and entertainment for the Tropical Christmas event proved popular with the audience last Saturday night.


Investiture ceremony this morning

Wednesday 12 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local

In one of the most important traditional ceremonies to be held on Rarotonga for many years, George Freddric Taripo’s (Tama Ariki) investiture will begin at 6am today.


Investiture an historic occasion...

Tuesday 11 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local

An historical event will take place tomorrow morning when George Freddric Taripo (Tama Ariki) is invested with the title of Makea George Karika Ariki.


Takitimu dux honoured

Tuesday 11 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education

Kimiora Vogel is Takitumu School’s Dux for 2018.


Miss Cook Islands does nation proud

Tuesday 11 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local

Miss Cook Islands Reihana Koteka-Wiki has done our small country proud by ranking in the top 30 for the Miss World pageant held on December 8 in China.


Apii Te Uki Ou celebrate awards

Monday 10 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education

Tamarua Pureau-Pukeiti is the 2018 Apii Te Uki Ou Dux, receiving the award at the school’s prize giving function at the Matavera CICC Gibeona Hall on Friday morning.


Awards night for Apii Avarua

Monday 10 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education

Apii Avarua occupied the National Auditorium on Thursday evening with an awards night filled with entertainment from each class.


Memorial trophy for winner of dux award

Saturday 8 December 2018 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education

Maara Teariki received the St Joseph’s Academic student of 2018 school dux award at the school’s prizegiving on Wednesday.


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