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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.

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Saturday 15: When local composer Thomas Mereana-Ngauru composed his theme song for the Pacific Mini Games – there was very little going on about the event. “At the time I composed the song there really wasn’t much buzz about the games and I wanted to compose a song that would get people into the mood […]

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Pacific must address gender equality to combat HIV

Saturday 15: As indigenous peoples around the world contemplate how to strengthen efforts to tackle HIV in their communities, an HIV advocate in the Pacific believes that more emphasis should be put on addressing the gender dimension of the disease. Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) prevention officer Jovesa Saladoka says if efforts to curb […]

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More magic than just a postcard

Saturday 15: Tired of sending the same old postcards to friends and relatives overseas? If so, check out the newest range of postcards by Mauke residents Andrew and June Hosking and Edna Torea-Allan under the Taeria (towards awareness of environmental responsibility and individual action) and Mauke Magic labels. The new postcards not only show the […]

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The world's most exciting game

Saturday 15: Rarotonga schools have been hit with netball fever as each cheer their adopted nation on at the World Youth Netball Championships. This week’s kid’s page shows their passion and love of the game. Netball is fun you Exercise a lot and Teams get better and better at it But it’s a bit of […]

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KIDS PAGE - Rain doesn't stop parade for Aussies

Saturday 15: Rain may have delayed the Australian under 21 netball side’s visit to host school St Joseph’s yesterday. But it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of pupils who walked with team members along St Joseph’s Road – to the sound of drums – to where they were given a traditional welcome at the school’s entrance. […]

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PNG visits Nikao Maori School

Saturday 15: Papua New Guinea took some time out of their bye day to visit their host school Nikao Maori yesterday morning. They may have been an hour late, but the children still enthusiastically lined up to provide a path for the team to move through the formal turou (welcome) in which the whole school […]

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ENTERTAINMENT - New CD for Andre

Saturday 8: Entertainer Andre Tapena releases his fifth CD since returning to Rarotonga this morning, Saturday at the Punanga Nui market. ‘Where’s the road to Pape’ete?’ is Tapena’s new album and it is based on the experience of a Cook Islander who asked this question to a Tahitian resident while in Pape’ete. The main title […]

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KIDS PAGE - National pride

Saturday 8: The students of Avarua Primary School were a highlight at this week’s Constitution Day celebrations. Their cultural dance group proved that it was a day of festivities and remembrance for all generations. This week’s Kid’s Page features the students’ cultural pride on show at the National Auditorium on Tuesday.

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Gilbert rep on a mission

Saturday 8: Saturday 8: Gilbert brand manager Hellen Manufor will be looking to the Pacific for future sponsorships deals. Gilbert is the sponsor of the netball balls that will be used during the World Youth Netball Championships and is the favoured brand of sports balls for many champion teams. Just as Turtles is the sponsor […]

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Imanuela eyes smile for the Irish

Saturday 8: Saturday 8: Imanuela Akatemia turned it on as hosts for the Northern Ireland under 21 netball team yesterday. And with Paul Lynch as MC and his father Paddy wearing his lucky green shoes, one couldn’t have asked for a more Irish setting for the school’s guests. The 60-plus students welcomed them into the […]

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Get back to the 70s

Saturday 8: Saturday 8: Get the seventies dance fever! Te Uki Ou School invites everyone to share their fever at tonight’s ‘Island 70s Style’ fundraiser. Organiser Melinda Morris-Ponga (pictured) says the evening will be a lot of fun with great decorations, excellent company and an awesome supper. The social event is to raise money for […]

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Tents pitched

Saturday 8: Tamarumaru Tent Hire is pitching its products to customers on Rarotonga. David Akanoa says the idea to set up a tent hire business was his son’s idea – who lives in Hawaii. Akanoa says they will be hiring out tent-like structures for functions and events, rather than the marquees which require poles to […]

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Original volunteers return to friendly isles

Saturday 8: It’s been 11 years since American global volunteers Dr Patrick and Charlotte Scanlan visited Rarotonga last, and the one thing that hasn’t changed is the friendliness of the people. Pat and Charlotte were part of the first global volunteers group to come to Rarotonga in 1998 and today they are part of group […]

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Reflections on Cook Islands history

1 August: The Cook Islands became a self-governing nation on August 4 1965. This page reflects on this very special day in the history of the nation. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II who, to this day remains the official head of state – sent “warmest greetings” to her people on Constitution Day, 1965. She said […]

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Dana wins Pacific journalism award

1 August: Cook Islands News reporter Dana Kinita was the pride of Pacific media when she was named PINA Young Print Journalist of the Year at the 2009 Pacific Media Summit gala awards dinner in Vanuatu last week. Dana, our crime and justice reporter, had returned to Rarotonga from the summit a day earlier, after […]

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Fiji presence questioned at summit

1 August: A Cook Islands delegate demanded to know why the Fiji regime were invited to an event which openly promotes media freedom. Two officers of the Fiji ministry of information attended the week-long Pacific Media Summit in Vanuatu this week. In a last minute change, editor of Pacnews Makereta Komai was replaced with lance […]

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OIA: Cooks show the way

1 August: Cook Islands was strongly represented at the Pacific Media Summit in Vanuatu this week. Eight delegates attended the Pacific Islands News Association event and were involved in several pre-summit workshops and forum discussions. Managing editor Cook Islands News, John Woods was invited to speak during a freedom of information workshop ran by the […]

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KIDS PAGE - The importance of freindliness

1 August: Mangaia School and Apii Rutaki are again the stars of Kids’ Page this week. The preschoolers have been busy drawing and the Year 4 students talk about the importance of friendliness. Meanwhile Apii Rutaki hosted a flag raising ceremony for their adopted countries Wallis & Futuna and the USA for the World Youth […]

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ENTERTAINMENT - Entries flood in for Pacific Break

1 August: MELBOURNE – Record numbers of entries continue to arrive for Pacific Break 2009, Radio Australia’s search for the best unsigned musical talent of the Pacific. Pacific Break, is now in its second year and is again offering the winner a once in a life-time opportunity, to showcase their musical talents plus play live […]

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Hound run on Monday

Saturday 25: The Esther Honey Foundation animal clinic will be holding a fundraiser gold coin K9 9K run/walk on Monday April 27. The hound run/walk will be held in association with the weekly Hash House Harriers run and will start and end at the Punanga Nui market. The run/walk will start at 5.15pm. Teams, along […]

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