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Auckland Cook Islands community’s ‘beating heart’ as good as gold

Cook Islander Selina Roimata Vainerere-Patia is the ‘beating heart’ of the Cook Islands community in Auckland, and is admired by many for her generous and kind hearted soul, always giving up her time for others. Last week she received the ASB (Auckland Savings Bank) ‘Good as Gold’ award in New Zealand. TVNZ’s Seven Sharp rocked up unannounced to a community meeting surprising Vainerere-Patia with the news.

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Carving a niche in acting

When Dominic Ona-Ariki is not playing Detective Ariki Davis, a Cook Island Māori police officer in the New Zealand supernatural crime drama One Lane Bridge, he spends time discovering himself and his Cook Islands heritage.

Humpbacks return to Cook Islands for a whale of a time

Whales in the Southern Ocean have been spotted returning to the Cook Islands, with a number giving birth as early as a couple of months ago, and using the country as a passage to migrate to their traditional breeding ground in Tonga.

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‘You never stop learning in medicine’

Despite the challenges of Covid-19, a couple of young doctors have returned home to the Cook Islands to pursue their dream career in medicine.

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CHURCH TALK: Our union with Christ

Union with Christ by means of the Holy Spirit is not a peripheral matter in biblical theology, although it is widely neglected. It is a key thought in the Lord’s teaching, as this lecture will show, and it is so important to Pauline theology that one commentator rightly calls it ‘the heart of Paul’s religion’, writes Reverend Vaka Ngaro of Cook Islands Christian Church.

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Dream come true

Cook Islander Angelina Thomson’s dream of starring in the Australian television soap opera Home And Away has finally come true after she made her Summer Bay debut as Kirby, one of four newcomers who make up the band Lyrik.

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Young doctors return home to serve

Doctor Hannah Cummings always knew she wanted to work in medicine, but she never thought she would return home to the Cook Islands so soon.

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Te Leo Wale - One of the most unusual languages in the world

The dialect of Pukapuka, which is one of the world’s most unusual languages, is spoken by around only 200 people in Rarotonga.

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Blue lagoons for the Middle East

Cook Islands’ first Australian High Commissioner is trading blue lagoons and warm weather for the extreme temperatures of the Middle East.

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CHURCH TALK: The past, the present and the future

I do hope that the Constitution of the Cook Islands is protecting the long-term future of the country. That it is not just being used to reward the present occupiers of this land, writes Bishop Paul Donoghue from the Catholic Church.

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What is our excuse for the loss of our language and cultural values?

Curator and manager of the Cook Islands Library and Museum, Jean Tekura Mason recently returned from Tahiti where she attended the country’s 141st Heiva.

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Marjorie Tua’inekore Crocombe – An exceptional life

Marjorie and Ron Crocombe lived up to exacting standards in their personal and professional lives and their combined efforts impacted and inspired uncountable others. We were privileged to know them, writes former USP director Rod Dixon.

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CHURCH TALK: Let God prevail

With our General Elections shortly upon us, we as a nation and as individuals are facing important choices that will impact our future, writes Tamatoa Jonassen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Spain and Russia in Cook Islands

Four hundred years after it was settled by Polynesians, Rakahanga was visited by a Spanish Expedition searching for Terra Australis, then two centuries later by Russia’s First Antarctic Expedition.

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Graduate firefighters show burning passion

‘Climb the ladder’ was the message to the graduating Cook Islands Rescue Fire Service firefighters who yesterday received Basic Firefighters and Senior Firefighters certificates.

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Politicians are out of touch, say young voters

With the General Election just around the corner, young voters say they are ready for some younger blood and new ideas.

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PR recipients have made the Cooks their new home

The National Auditorium was packed on Friday morning with 237 permanent resident (PR) recipients who were bestowed with the honour in front of their families and friends.

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‘One of the most devastating weather events to hit Raro’

The heavy swells which battered the Southern Coast of Rarotonga were one of the most destructive weather events the island has ever seen. Matthew Littlewood talks to the authorities about the response.

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‘Art is not just about painting or sculpting, it’s everything we do’

Pacific artist of Samoan origin Fatu Feu’u returned to exhibition in the Cook Islands accompanied by contemporaries and fellow Samoans Andy Leleisi’uao and Raymond Sagapolutele with a new series of work including paintings, prints and photography at the Bergman Gallery.

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Church Talk: Breaking the poverty spirit

In the first edition of this series of Breaking the Poverty Spirit, we looked at the devastating consequences of those who did not receive or respect who God had called them to be.

Church Talk


Sally Hosking: 'A resilient and industrious woman'

Teremoana Sally Hosking (nee Papera) better known as ‘Mama Sally’ was a resilient and industrious woman and well-known in the village of Matavera/Rangiatea.

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REVIEW: The best burgers in town

Tourists Angus Fotheringham and Daniel Cutmore have spent a good part of their holiday stopping off at Rarotonga burger joints and share what they think are the very best.

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