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Faith and family fuel new bakery

Avarua Bakery has ventured into a brand new and exciting bakery retail business after the Covid-19 pandemic forced closure of their previous retail venture.

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Anuanua Festival kicks off with dazzling wearable art competition

In a fusion of art, fashion, and innovation, the dazzling Anuanua Wearable Art Piece competition took centre stage this week, captivating the judges and audience with its exceptional display of creativity and skill.

World TB Day marked

the move against tuberculosis means more than learning about TB, it means creating meaningful partnerships and screening at-risk populations. This was the message that Karmen Bennett, Secretariat of the Pacific Community global funds grants manager, emphasised to MPs, civil society organisation representatives and ministry of health personnel during the luncheon to celebrate World TB Day […]

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The response in Aitutaki:

Safe drinking water As the cyclone damaged or destroyed water tanks, roofs and guttering, an immediate need was clean, safe, drinking water to prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases. To meet this urgent need, Australian Red Cross sent a water and sanitation specialist to Aitutaki with a water purification unit, able to produce 5,000 litres of […]

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Red Cross still helping

Red Cross has helped more than 470 Aitutaki families through its relief assistance over the past month. Red Cross staff and volunteers were among the first to respond after Cyclone Pat struck the island on February 10, by going door to door to talk to families and assess people’s needs. During its initial ‘rapid needs […]

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Songs of joy and sorrow

The wise sayings of our ancestors rang out loud and clear in the National Auditorium on Thursday night as ten new songs were presented for the 2010 Mire Atu composers’ competition. The new songs, written by both accomplished and first time composers, were based on this year’s Mire Atu theme of ‘the wise sayings of […]

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Composers' competition profiles

Teariki Adams. Adams is taking on the composers’ competition challenge for the first time.The Ruatonga resident believes that God has blessed him with many talents and composing songs could be one of them. His first compilation will be sung by Papa Kairua. “/> Tuwunga Mataora. Tuwunga have composed a number of songs over the years […]

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'Legend' painter new artist in residence

BCA has chosen its 2010 ‘Artist in Residence’ – Rick Welland, who will return to the island in April to begin painting a new series of works. BCA’s Ben Bergman says that Welland was “one of the first contemporary artists” on the island, and painted locally between 1962 and 1989. “Welland’s vibrant and expressive (realist) […]

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NY embraces Manuia exhibit

The Manuia exhibit, which debuted in a New York City gallery last week, drew a large crowd of interested onlookers. Curator Ben Bergman of Beachcomber Contemporary Art said that about 70 people attended, and “interest and feedback (were) strong”. “In the extremely competitive art environment that is NYC, we were thrilled at the attendance and […]

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Toku ngutuare Tangata

The students have written stories in Maori on what they do together with their families – ‘Eaa taku e rave kapiti ana e toku ngutuare tangata’. Teacher Terangi Elika explains that at the start of the unit, the students had to write stories about themselves. The next stories will be about their relationships with the […]

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Islands not immune to tsunami

The article “Why our tsunami threat is minimal” in last Saturday’s Cook Islands News, (13 March 2010), is a very good, well-researched piece, but it does have a few points that, I think, need addressing. 1. The 2009 Samoa event was relatively small in the Cook Islands BUT the bulk of the main energy that […]

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Cooks represented at Pasifika Festival

Pasifika Festival revellers were guaranteed to be taking home genuine Cook Islands arts and crafts when they bought items from the Cook Islands village at the weekend. Seven local art and craft businesses – Prestige Pearls, Mareko Island Creations, Kia Orana Gifts, Northern Traders, Tia Napa, Are Manea and Amurireia Fishing – have been selling […]

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Cyclone Pat poems, essays and art

Form five Araura College students have been opening up their hearts on paper by writing poems and stories about cyclone Pat and the devastation the storm caused to Aitutaki. Araura College students have been encouraged to talk about their experiences through cyclone Pat to help them deal with the trauma of their experience. By Ellis […]

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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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'King' Mairau forges links between Tahiti and Cooks

Tauatomo Mairau, Prince Royal of Tahaa and heir to the Tahitian crown, visited with the House of Ariki this week to establish relations between the traditional rulers of his country and those of the Cook Islands. Mairau is engaged in a legal battle that will restore his God-given right to the monarchy in Tahiti, he […]

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Why our tsunami threat is minimal

Firstly I would like to thank the many people who have phoned, emailed and stopped me on the island and offered their support and encouragement to keep up my efforts in trying to educate and advise our people on the effects of tsunami – or lack of danger – to our islands. Many have asked […]

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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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