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Following in his father’s footstep

Food security, water storage and migration are among the issues Puna Vano will focus on as the new Executive Officer of Penrhyn.

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‘People are leaving the country and not coming back’

Close to 1000 people, mostly Cook Islanders, have left the country since the one-way travel bubble opened, sparking fears of another exodus of labour overseas.

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Celebrating 200 years of Christianity

The epic journey of seeking and saving those who are lost took 36 years, to cover the whole of the Cook Islands not without challenges from the natives, writes Rev. Vakaroto Ngaro of Ekalesia Avarua.

RECIPE: Vegan sushi with tomato ‘tuna’

Most people may think that a diet without dairy cream or cheese or without meat is boring and tasteless. They haven’t tried the alternatives. By Alana Nanai-Fonmanu.

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A WHO Researcher on His Trip to China Seeking Origins of the Virus

Peter Daszak recently returned from Wuhan, China as a member of the World Health Organisation team that was sent to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. He recently spoke with The New York Times, shedding light on the team’s work. By James Gorman via The New York Times.

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‘Sons for the return home’

New Zealand Maori plans to resettle Rarotonga. As a land-war brewed in the Waikato in 1863, a New Zealand ngāti, befriended by Kainuku ariki, looked to Rarotonga as a possible site for refugee resettlement.

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A journey of modern Pacific art

The logistics of taking part in an international art fair when you are an art gallery based on a small island in the Pacific is challenging at the best of times. When you add the year that has been into the mix, it all gets very interesting. By Rachel Smith.

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Whale Songs Could Reveal Deep Secrets Beneath the Oceans

A team of American scientists are using whale songs to study the earth's deep interior. By Robin George Andrews via The New York Times.

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CHURCH TALK: The secret of restored blessing and prosperity - Te Muna Akaokianga Meitaki e te Puapinga

The life and story of Job is proof that man usually has no idea what God has in store for those who believe in Him.

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Will nodule mining impact animals that live on the ocean floor?

A closer look at the potential impact of nodule mining on the megafauna associated with nodules in the Cook Islands EEZ from Penrhyn southward to Aitutaki and Palmerston. By Gerald McCormack, Director of the Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust.

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Tacos with a twist

A Mexican classic with an Indian (local) twist, Flying Turtle Café’s fresh fish roti tacos is a dish not to be missed. By chef Shivnesh Chandra.

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Cook Islands-based NCD research looks at early-life health for wellbeing

Siobhan Tu'akoi discusses her groundbreaking research into non-communicable disease risk in the Cook Islands.

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From hunters to watchers – whaling in Raro waters

Commercial shore-based whaling began on Rarotonga in 1865 with the help of Rarotongan whaler Jimmy Pi’i and members of a Ngāpuhi family from New Zealand. With whale numbers already in decline, it soon became clear a commercial industry was not viable. Yet a local taste for whale-meat meant opportunistic whale-hunting continued off Rarotonga and Aitutaki for almost another century.

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Pooch perfect! Dog groomer at your service

Keeping your dogs healthy by brushing their teeth, cleaning their ears, trimming their nails and brushing their coats is essential but it can never be easy. For Victoria Teio, her dog grooming business ‘Kuri Cutts’ can do all this for you.

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CHURCH TALK: The origin of Valentine’s Day

I have been a Catholic priest for 46 years and have never preached a sermon on St. Valentine. I find it strange that businesses have taken over the feast day, February 14th and in our church, you will not hear any mention of St. Valentine on that day, writes Bishop Paul Donoghue of the Catholic Church.

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Island life showcased in fashion wear

While growing up, Cook Islands fashion designer and aspiring school teacher Toka Toka has always carried his mother’s advice: “In all that you do, do not forget God. He is the reason you are blessed with your talent.” This has become his mantra for success.

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Pursuing pizza perfection

It’s been a long road for Adam’s Pizza to get their business to where it is today. Along the way, owners and married couple Adam and Sabrina Connelly have caught some lucky breaks, but the backbone of their business is a steely determination to do things right.

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Trusting God in the lion’s den

You might be enduring your own personal ‘den of lions’ right now, but remember that no matter what your circumstances are, God loves you, writes John Mateara of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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‘When Chantal is quiet, she’s learning’

The permanent smile on her face shows that Chantal Napa is a go-getter. In partnership with American Haydn Adams, she turned a bad situation initiated by Covid-19, into a golden opportunity.

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Globetrotter says ‘ka kite’ to Cooks and its infamous canines

After an extended stay in the Cook Islands, tourist-turned-volunteer Karolina Szelag is saying goodbye today to a country that gave her so much more than she ever expected.

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First wedding of the year

Rarotonga businessman Stephen Lyon and his long-time partner Lovelyn Gatchalian exchanged their vows in front of family and close friends this week. The wedding held at Ra Mura in Betela, Arorangi, was a special one – it was the first wedding of the year.

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Begin by putting God first

Do not be satisfied in being the same person you have always been but put God first and learn to walk with Him every day, writes Pastor Eric Toleafoa of Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

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A ‘Whopper’ of an opportunity

In the midst of a pandemic, local tour guides and creatives found themselves working together to help create an ad campaign for one of Oceania’s most recognisable brands.

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