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CICC vainetini celebrate faith and friendship at weeklong conference

The Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) Women’s Fellowship members have gathered for a weeklong conference from Sunday, May 26 to Sunday, June 2, to share and celebrate their journey of spiritual faith and friendship.


The return of the champions

Tauranga Vananga’s Te Mire Ura dance extravaganza for the Expatriates, Experts, Golden Oldies, and Masters divisions yet again delighted the audience over the weekend in the grand finale of the annual series of individual competitions.

Next Akanoa family reunion in 2012

The Akanoa family reunion concluded on New Year’s day after a week of genealogy sessions, fun and activities. The 70-plus participants camped at the local school, and started off the reunion with attendance at the Arorangi Cook Islands Christian Church on Sunday, December 27. From then on it was about introducing everyone to each other, […]


Festive fun for Nicholas-Tauira family

Healthy family fun was the theme of the Nicholas and Tauira families’ festive season camp over the Christmas and New Year period. Around 20 members of the family gathered for their annual camp, held this time at the Avatiu sports clubhouse with numerous fun activities planned to encourage the bond between the family members. The […]


Pacific Mini Games 2009

1 The gold medals won by young athletes Kairangi Vano, Elmay Viking and Helema Williams easily stand out as the number one moment from the games as all three teenagers ended the games with double gold medals. Vano won double gold in tennis not only earning her the honour of carrying the national flag at […]


Cousinly love in family camp

The next family gathering will be a tour to Australia this coming April with the clan, including the kiddies, spending most of 2009 cutting grass and dancing to raise funds for the trip.


Banyan tree exhibition a visual marvel

The Banyan Tree art exhibition is a visual marvel and thought-provoking show which opened in the Cook Islands on Thursday night. The travelling art exhibition inspired by the banyan tree combines video footage, photography, sculptures and paintings to express the significance of the tree to different cultures all over world. Local art enthusiasts, artists and […]


1999 and all things political

It’s quite funny looking back to 1999 and comparing it to the events of the past two-and-a-half weeks. For one, most of the same people involved at that time are still involved in politics. Wilkie Rasmussen is a minister of the Jim Marurai cabinet now. But he wasn’t an MP in 1999. He missed out […]



An 18-year-old escaped from custody at Arorangi prison. Daniel Mare was later captured by police while trying to buy a ticket to Aitutaki, fellow inmate Vaikoloa Taufahema was caught shortly after the escape. A 33-year-old motorcyclist received surgery after driving head on into a vehicle driven by tourist. Police said the man crossed the centre […]


Reward offered for return of stolen items

Artist and teacher aide Donia Lilly came home to a not-so-happy new year early last Friday morning. Her home was broken into and Lilly lost hundreds of hours of work on items of equipment that were taken in the burglary. “I’m on a teacher’s aide wage,” says Lilly. “Teacher aides don’t get holiday pay. My […]


Kingston women celebrate achievements

Cook Islanders helped to celebrate the networking achievements of women in the Kingston, Melbourne, in Victoria, Australia, last month. Also present was Kingston’s new mayor Steve Staikos who spoke at the Victorian Women’s Link event on Sunday December 6 at the Westall Primary School grounds. More than a 100 people, mostly women and children, celebrated […]


Art piece dresses space

Local artist Krick Barraud continues to use the methodology of ‘dressing space’ to address the cultural landscape with the instalment of her latest piece – ‘lemon, lime and bitter’. Her latest work was revealed recently, suspended from a beam inside the ‘wrapped’ limestone building in which the artists used in her first instalment ‘endangered species’. […]



Outspoken Pacific Mini Games chief executive David Lobb is sacked by the board for “poor performance” and for his statements made to the media. BCI pledges $500,000 to support the mini games and World Youth Netball Championships. Seventeen-year-old Daniel Mare escapes from prison – he was caught while attempting to buy an air ticket to […]


Banyan Tree exhibition comes to Rarotonga

An exciting visual art exhibition touring the world – The Banyan Tree project — is coming to Rarotonga next week. The exhibition opens at the Cook Islands National Museum next Thursday at 5pm and will run from January 8-22. Two Cook Islands artists – Mahiriki Tangaroa and NZ based Mereana Hutchinson are among the 50 […]


Taka'i family reunion

It was a toast to the both the last and the next seventy years for one member of the Taka’i family, at a family reunion. “I turn 70 in June so this here is the next 70 years,” said Tata Taka’i of his grand neice, Mason Vaireka, who happily sat on his lap. Over 100 […]


Cook Islands Tourism on facebook

Cook Islands Tourism is using all measures to promote the nation after creating their own page on popular social network site, facebook. With 478 friends, the website is a favourite for locals, tourists and Cook Islanders living overseas. Recent updates include a link to the feeler music clip which was recorded in Rarotonga last month […]


The Feelers rock Raro!

Captivating a full house at Captain Andy’s Beach Bar & Grill at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa last month, the Feelers belted out Blue Skies accompanied by fast-beat traditional Rarotongan drumming using pate and pau drums, really capturing the essence of this idyllic tropical island with such lyrics as ‘Blue skies take me away, […]


Mauke immerses in culture

Students of Apii Mauke this month immersed in Cook Islands culture. Kua riro teia epetoma i te akaora mai i te peu Maori a to matou ui tupuna. Ka riro te puapii akaaere e te tuanga apii Te Reo Maori a Uriau Teatai te akateretere i te au angaanga o teia epetoma e kua tauturuia […]


What do our politicians think? Referendum the only way forward

1) What does political reform mean to you? 2) The economic task force has recommended that there be (a) 19 seats in parliament (10 natial-based seats plus nine constituency seats where the MP is mayor/in charge of local government); (b) that the prime minister be elected by the country; (c) that the PM appoints his […]


SATURDAY 22: Return to the reef

Dear Editor, We write to express our sadness at the passing of a son of the Cook Islands, the celebrated poet Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, who died last weekend in New Zealand. Although he left the Cook Islands involuntarily 76 years ago, his affinity with the place of his birth remained, and grew stronger in […]


Renowned poet who took words for a walk

SATURDAY 22: Cook Islands-born poet Alistair Te Ariki Campbell passed away in Wellington on Sunday at the age of 84. Campbell, born in Penrhyn, was a renowned poet, playwright and novelist. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005. His funeral was held earlier this week at St Mark’s […]


Home grown uni grads

SATURDAY 22: Delivering on accelerated in-country programmes has been a key focus in the Cook Islands by the University of the South Pacific. In addressing yesterday’s graduation at the Are Karioi Nui, USP vice-chancellor professor Rajesh Chandra said that these programmes allowed students to complete their degree while continuing to live and work in-country. “The […]


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