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Friends use humour, fun in bid to save Cook Islands language

Three friends in Christchurch are using their online platform Kūki Learning to teach Cook Islands Māori language and culture in a fun and engaging way, despite facing challenges with limited time and resources.

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Personal trainer fights for a happier, healthier community

Heart diseases, stroke, and heart attack made up 53 per cent of NCD (non-communicable disease) deaths in the Cook Islands from October to December last year. A new grassroots initiative ‘Gym and Juice Club’ may help to battle the Cook Islands’ increasing NCD diagnoses and waistlines.

Caught with your pants down

Araura College head of English Corina Ngatamariki sent in this art piece by her grade six student Andrew Rave. Rave and his English class have been writing poems on cyclone Pat, which struck the island in the early hours of February 10 causing widespread devastation to the island. Mrs Ngatamariki and fellow teacher Mrs Solomona […]

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Where were you 15 years ago?

When the Pacific swooshed in waves of hope to Beijing 15 years ago, I was busy swooshing around the old Cook Islands Television office in Tauae. It was September 1995 and as news director at the old CITV station, I was trying to balance raising my baby boy with finishing off a documentary called ‘Green […]

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New terminal nearly ready

The $8.5 million renovation of the Rarotonga International Airport terminal is expected to be completed next month. Travellers can expect a smooth passage through the new spacious airport terminal plus a more diverse duty free shopping experience. Airport Authority chief executive officer Joe Ngamata is pleased with the progress on the airport terminal. “It’s a […]

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A window to the past

Through a series of carvings and lashings, Eruera ‘Ted’ Nia depicts the title holders – the rangatira, mataiapo, taunga and ariki – of his tribe, Te Au O Tonga. He’s employed the ancient Polynesian art form of lashing to visually represent genealogy and title. He’s assigned each title – all 36 of them – a […]

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Jewellery contest for kids

Paka’s Pearls, Te Ipukarea Society and the Koutu Nui are sponsoring Te Akatauira, a competition challenging schoolchildren to make their own recyclable and reusable jewellery. Director of Paka’s Pearls Teanaroa Paka Worthington said the idea sprouted when he saw a child collecting coral, pieces of glass and “interesting tidbits off the beach” in a sack. […]

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2 upset wins

Panthers 50 vs Bulldogs 18 Sea Eagles 18 vs Eels 16 Sharks 16 vs Bears 14 The Aitutaki Sharks/Warriors and the Ngatangiia-Matavera Sea Eagles league registered wins at the weekend by upsetting their fancier foes. The Sharks are now on a roll after winning their second match in a row with a tight 16-14 win […]

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Scenes aboard Monterey cruise ship in 1968

Local dancers entertain guests on board the Monterey in 1968. 41Rarotonga “/> Last week Cook Islands News published his memoir along with some images from a collection of Kodachrome slides supplied by Fleay. He invites readers to contribute names and details about people he photographed. His 23 colour pictures can be viewed on the customer […]

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Relief on Penrhyn

Local MP Wilkie Rasmussen describes reception and tsunami evacuation The Penrhyn people are happy following the relief supplies received on the Hercules flight a week ago, says MP Wilkie Rasmussen. He arrived back from Penrhyn on Tuesday evening and says his short visit and the relief supplies were very much appreciated and a great boost […]

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Tsunami alert coincides with King Tides Festival in Tuvalu

I could not help thinking about the tsunami that struck my country of Samoa a few months ago as I landed in Tuvalu. The many survivors were spared because they managed to get to higher ground – which is exactly the reason I was obsessing about this as FJ281 taxied to a stop at Funafuti […]

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Tsunami panic is not necessary

Much of the talk about last weekend’s tsunami is misguided and misinformed, showing a lack of basic knowledge regarding tsunami threats to our islands of the Cook group. As a result of continually receiving a large number of calls from the public requesting I make comment on the above, I would like to try and […]

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It's Polyfest time in NZ

Auckland’s Pacific Island communities will come together next month for the annual Polyfest celebration. Running from Wednesday March 17 to Saturday March 20 at the Manukau Sports Bowl, Polyfest celebrates the heritage of Pacific Island communities through music, dance, speech and art. A record 90,000 people attended the 2009 festival with more people expected to […]

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Open Mic night starts up again

Open Mic night is back. The first OM Night of the year will be held at Waterline Beach Bar & Grill Restaurant in Arorangi this Monday, March 1, at 7 pm. Anyone who is interested in singing, playing an instrument, jamming with a band, telling stories or telling jokes in front of a live audience […]

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Jail sounds with a message

Four prisoners bare their souls in 13 original songs After ten months of recording beats tapped out on walls and wooden benches with rudimentary equipment, four Arorangi prison inmates have released their first CD. The 13 original tracks are written and performed by the prisoners who said their record was about “change and changing our […]

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Big birthday cake shared at St Jo's

Cook Islands Girl Guide centenary ambassadors Ngara Katuke and Tutu Mare visited St Joseph’s Primary School to celebrate 100 years of guides and scouts. On April 10, Girl Guides and Scouts around the world will celebrate 100 years of guiding in the world. Katuke and Mare encouraged the boys and girls of St Joseph’s to […]

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Ken launches Treddlecat in NZ

Big ideas come naturally for Rarotonga inventor and boat designer Ken Kingsbury. The former Ashburton man, who is credited for the creation of the town’s man-made Lake Hood, was to return to the lake this week to launch his latest invention. Kingsbury’s pedal-driven boat, the Treddlecat, uses swinging hydrofoils angled towards the water instead of […]

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Kodachrome moments - 1968 performance comes to life

Cook Islands ei for sale aboard the SS Monterey, November 1968. 25 Rarotonga “/> Tens of thousands of photos would have been taken by the tourists who travelled the Pacific on Matson ships in the 50s and 60s. Most of the pictures were Kodachrome colour slides. After countless showings to “those back home” the slides […]

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Mitiaro kids take Rorouira apaipai on camp

An overnight camping trip for a class of Mitiaro students was another chance to put their ‘Rorouira apaipai’ or XO laptops to use. Principal Thomas Samuela says students had to write in their journals on the laptops while they were at camp. He reports that the One Laptop Per Child durable state-of-the-art laptops, which have […]

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Vaka series brings Tangaroa to life

Kimi Enua – vaka on display at the BEachcomber Contemporary Art Gallery “/> Reynolds brings Tangaroa to life in a series of canvas paintings and on two painted vakas with vivid oranges, yellows, blues and greens interlaced with black. The centrepiece of her exhibit at the Beachcomber Contemporary Art Gallery is a painted life-size vaka, […]

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Women's wear always island style

Through a series of life-size prints, Kay George chronicles the change in the attire of local women over the years. The prints track the evolution of women’s adornment in the Cook Islands, marked by the impact of the London Missionary Society in the early 1800s, influences from New Zealand and Tahitian neighbours, the advent of […]

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New caf in town

There’s a new cafe in town, and it’s on wheels. Tuesday through Saturday, Simon and Sharon Stott will be squeezing juice and foaming cappuccinos in their portable cart that’s currently parked on the main road at the Punanga Nui Market. Reefside Rarotonga will be open from 7.30 to about 5 for a month or so […]

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