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Four honoured for dedication to public service and community

Cook Islands Government has announced four recipients of the 2024 King’s Birthday Honours awards, three of them women, honoured for their service to health, mental health, education, culture, and the community.

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Rarotonga a special place for New Zealand Minister Jones

New Zealand’s Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones’ visits to Rarotonga are not just a break from his political and ministerial duties; they’re also a chance to reconnect with friends.

Kiwi movie producer holidays in Raro

Up-and-coming Kiwi movie producer Peter Frahm is in the throes of a week-long holiday on Rarotonga. He and his family are here to celebrate his son’s wedding, which took place on Friday afternoon on Motu Koromiri. Frahm wrote, produced and starred in his first and latest full-feature film, The China Cup, which premiered last year […]

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New year, new dance group for Joyce

A treasure of Cook Islands culture was appropriately found near the Sir Geoffrey Henry Centre early in the week. Joyce Fortes –whose Te Mire Kapa 2006 performance has received 92,083 hits on just one YouTube clip – was spotted on a quick break at the local library. The dancer is considering studying with the USP […]

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Cricketing fun and prizes for kids

While the big boys battled it out on the cricket pitch last Saturday – aspiring junior cricketers were given the opportunity to show off their own cricket skills. At the end of the first innings between Royal Heat and the Superkings, junior cricket fans were called on to the field to showcase their catching skills. […]

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'Aunty's still here'

Nikao MP and former minister Ngamau Munokoa is well, just… Aunty Mau. This reporter rolls up around 3.10pm to her Nikao home with a good excuse for being 10 minutes late. But that’s not a problem. She calls out from inside the kitchen that she has just arrived home with two of her friends after […]

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Minister's priority

New energy minister William ‘Smiley’ Heather says he’s right behind the national energy committee’s recommendations. “Alternative energy is another key focus for me. It’s a priority on my list.” While he’s not been long on the job, Heather has had meetings with the members of the committee and he’s encouraged by what he’s heard so […]

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Half Caste, inspired clothing

For some people, being called a half caste is an offence but for Cook Islander Alissa Morgan-Ziogas being of mixed race has helped inspire her new street and team wear clothing design label Half Caste. “In our family we’ve always laughed about being half castes but for some people it can be a bit rude,” […]

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The action plan

The national energy committee has managed to get approval for 15 low-risk initiatives for alternative energy use that can start now: – Adopt net metering and post-production incentives – not only allowing power consumers to use solar and wind energy to reduce power use and receive payment for power produced for the grid, but also […]

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Taking the first steps

There’s been a two-year build up of national consultations and brainstorming by Beer’s committee that has now resulted in the ‘small basket of 15 early, high-gain steps of moderate cost’ initiatives recently approved by cabinet. James Beer says the 15 initiatives which are starting now are part of a much, much longer and more ambitious […]

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Support needed for sustainable energy plan

National Energy Committee chairman James Beer has recently been prompted to explain more about exactly what the country’s strategy is for alternative energy – and why it’s never as simple as it sounds to ‘go green’. In a sun-drenched country like our own, there’s even more reason to use solar energy for power generation but […]

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Lashing out at Beachcomber

The digital installation Lash by world artist Hye Rim Lee (see www.hyerimlee.com) opens today (Friday) at Beachcomber Contemporary Art in Taputapuatea. Lash features the now increasingly recognised mythical TOKI character created by Lee. TOKI (Korean for Rabbit and bearing a striking resemblance to the artist), is an evolving female persona, drawing upon the traditions of […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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THE YEAR IN BRIEF 2009

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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’. […]

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