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93 years of Girl Guiding

The Girl Guide Cook Islands Association on Friday marked its 93rd anniversary with a celebration at the Sinai hall hosted by the Avarua company. Senior journalist Melina Etches talks to some of the longtime members in a quest to discover its history.

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Rod Henderson: ‘I think it’s strange behaviour’

Former Australian police officer and author Rod Henderson has his sights set on finding justice for Lissette Brito who went missing off the yacht Zangano about 40 nautical miles south-west of Rarotonga five years ago.

Mangaia’s great vaccine experiment of 1866

The story of how Davida Numangatini’s abduction into slavery in Peru led to Mangaia’s great vaccine experiment of 1866.

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CHURCH TALK: A ‘pricked’ conscience

In recent weeks in my church, the daily scripture has been concerned with the conversations between Jesus and the Pharisees. This prompted me in my last article to reflect on the accusation that Jesus called the Pharisees “hypocrites”, writes Bishop Paul Donoghue of the Catholic Church.

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A truly remarkable coincidence

Former Australian police officer and author Rod Henderson has his sights set on finding justice for Lissette Brito who went missing off the yacht Zangano about 40 nautical miles south-west of Rarotonga five years ago.

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CHURCH TALK: When you are surrounded by uncertainty and fear, hear Him

Our Father knows that when we are surrounded by uncertainty and fear, what will help us the most is to hear His Son, writes Russell M. Nelson, the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Care for caregivers: Looking after those who look after you

Te Vaerua Community Rehabilitation Services Inc held its first workshop to train people in basic caregiving skills to care for people with long term illnesses and disabilities, earlier this week. A caregiver who attended the course was moved by the stories that were expressed.

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The Lissette Brito mystery ‘Australia should have been leading the investigation’

Former Australian police officer and author Rod Henderson has his sights set on finding justice for Lissette Brito who went missing off the yacht Zangano about 40 nautical miles south-west of Rarotonga five years ago.

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Traveling back in time ‘The people there are so laid back’

Rarotonga businesswoman Akisi Mussell shares her experience of how a six-day getaway to Mitiaro taught her about realising important priorities – through the minds and lifestyles of the local people.

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Home is a story

Two times Cook Islands News journalist Emmanuel Samoglou has been on the road for close to a decade after he first left Canada. He’s now heading back and shares his views on home.

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Cooks leading the way for women in business

Cook Islands’ representation of women in business has grown by leaps and bounds from the time young local women needed a signature of their father or husband in order to take out loans at the banks. According to a new regional report, representation of women in business leadership in the Cook Islands well exceeds global and regional averages.

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CHURCH TALK: Living a contagious Christian life

It’s interesting when some people smile, they ignite smiles in people around them. They have contagious smiles. If that’s what a contagious smile is, what is a contagious Christian life? Pastor Eric Toleafoa from the Seventh-day Adventist Church explains.

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Stitched with love

The “exceptional” and biggest exhibition of stunning and unique Cook Islands styled tivaivai, drew more visitors through the doors of the Ruatoka Hall yesterday after a grand opening on Thursday.

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Fitness ‘can be fun’ but Aitutaki Liftoff is no joke

Fitness fanatics dressed up in hula skirts and florescent tutus pushed their limits across a variety of challenging trials at the inaugural Aitutaki Liftoff Fitness Festival a fortnight ago.

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The Lissette Brito mystery ‘I’m confident about where I stand on it’

Former Australian police officer and author Rod Henderson has his sights set on finding justice for Lissette Brito who went missing off the yacht Zangano about 40 nautical miles south-west of Rarotonga five years ago.

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A balancing act to a healthier life

One of the few teachers of yoga on Rarotonga is emphasising the many hidden benefits of the discipline and how it can help bring balance and longevity to one’s life.

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CHURCHTALK: Understanding our personal values

There is a particular moment in Israel’s history that my article focuses on, and a provoking thought for us today, writes Pastor Paul Kauri.

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Salt in their blood - The story of early Cook Islanders at sea

Cook Islands sailors were highly respected for their seafaring skills. As competitors in Australian surf boat carnivals, they were unbeatable.

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CHURCHTALK: The parables of Jesus Christ

Those who understand the parables of Jesus are genuinely blessed. Not only do they gain the benefit of the spiritual truth illustrated, but they also display some measure of responsiveness to the Holy Spirit.

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Covid lockdown leads to ‘Our little big trip’

A young New Zealand family’s plans for a worldwide trip is grounded before taking off due to Covid-19 lockdowns, bringing them to Rarotonga where they’re enjoying much comfort and stability.

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Gallery owner pays tribute to legendary artist

Internationally-renowned Kiwi artist Billy Apple had been scheduled to land on Rarotonga today for his second exhibition in the Cook Islands. Apple died after a short illness at his Auckland home on Monday. Rarotonga Bergman Gallery owner Ben Bergman connected with Apple over several years and shares his memories of the artist with Al Williams.

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CHURCHTALK: Patience that never quits

The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything it has to face without wavering, without shortcuts and with a mind already set on the Beholder, Creator and Giver of life, Jesus Christ, writes Bishop Tutai Pere.

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