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Duo set to ignite faith in Cooks tourism industry

In a time of Covid-induced economic uncertainty, two good friends and business partners are taking a leap of faith to get Rarotonga’s new and unique tourism marketing agency back up and running in lead up to next week’s border reopening.

Art

A long-distance love affair

Retired BBC radio and TV reporter and presenter John Roberts from Cheshire, England has been having a long-distance love affair with the Cook Islands for nearly 40 years.

‘Everyone’s getting on with their lives despite Covid-19’

Cook Islands tennis player and businessman, Brett Baudinet has been travelling the world since September and says the Cook Islands should have already opened its borders.

Features


CHURCH TALK: Welcoming the Gospel message

I was privileged to be part of the bicentennial Gospel celebrations held in Aitutaki recently. Watching the re-enactment of the event (the arrival of the Gospel to Aitutaki 200 years ago) was indeed a humbling experience, writes Pastor Eric Toleafoa of the Seventh-day Adventists Church.

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Exhibition celebrates artistic sisters

The Gallery Tavioni hosted four talented ladies and each of the works of their artistic minds in an art exhibition titled ‘Sisters Embrace Art - from around the world’ on Saturday in Atupa.

Art


‘Do it for yourself and your whanau’

When I was first asked to write this, I resisted. You see like all blokes I wasn’t interested in having my internal workings and ailments publicly aired. But then I thought of my soldier friend, whose company I might still be enjoying if he’d got help earlier, writes veteran broadcaster Derek Fox.

Features


No GPS, no compass, only traditional navigating

Marumaru Atua crew sailed from Rarotonga to Aitutaki last month using only traditional navigating techniques.

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Buy local, spend local

While many businesses have felt the sting of staying stagnant due to Covid-19 related border closures, one business in Aitutaki is making the most of this downturn by giving locals the chance to relax and escape to a day out on their lagoon day cruise.

Features


Men in Crisis: ‘Our men are dying young’

A staggering majority of men are heading towards early deaths as a joint project by Te Marae Ora (TMO), Ministry of Health and the Rarotonga Rotary Club rolls through Rarotonga.

Features


CHURCH TALK: The reason for the season

I mused over our recent celebrations in Aitutaki regarding the arrival of the Gospel and I wondered if we had overlooked something? By Pastor Paul Kauri.

Church Talk


Behind the scenes to limelight

For many years Awhitia Tavioni has referred to herself as a “shadow” to her iconic husband and master carver Mike Tavioni. This weekend Awhitia will be in the limelight when she along with her artist “sisters” showcase their creations in a special exhibition.

Art


‘Don’t be frightened, it’s far better to know’

As the pink month of October, the official Breast Cancer Awareness month comes to a close, Barbara Lawson, founder of the esteemed Lawson’s Dry Hills Winery shares her personal story of her fight against the illness and how she is where she is today, living a tranquil and cancer-free life in Rarotonga.

Features


Earthquakes and tsunamis – the Cook Islands experience

What does history tell us about the frequency of earthquakes and tsunami in the Cook Islands?

Features


CHURCH TALK: Accepting the Almighty God

This week earmarked a memorable time in our Cook Islands history to celebrate and reflect upon the arrival of Christianity to our shores 200 years ago, writes Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro of Ekalesia Avarua.

Church Talk


Glamour studio’s ‘Wow, is that really me?’ feeling

Two cousins with expertise that goes hand in hand have launched a new business venture aimed at helping women take a few hours for themselves to feel comfortable and confident, and go home with memories in the form of photos that they can keep forever.

Features


Makatea – hard work, harsh conditions, happy times

Hundreds of Cook Islands men flocked to Makatea – an island 220km northeast of Tahiti – during a New Zealand government-initiated labour scheme between 1942 and 1956. Roughly half the size of Mangaia in Cook Islands, Makatea was one of three raised coral atolls in the Pacific which was mined for its phosphate in the 20th century. The island was also known in the past as Mangaia-te-vai-tamāe. A new book entitled ‘Makatea’ attempts to capture a bit of the history around the phosphate industry and the Cook Islanders who worked on Makatea in the last century.

Features


Not all heroes wear capes

Programme manager for Autism Cook Islands Kat Jensen shares her story of how she found herself advocating for autism after moving to Rarotonga three year ago.

Features


Aitutaki’s leap of faith

This year is a milestone for the Cook Islands Christian Church who are commemorating 200 years of the arrival of the Gospel to the Cook Islands, Christianity first arrived to the island of Aitutaki on October 26, 1821 introduced by the London Missionary Society (LMS).

Features


CHURCHTALK: The blueprint of Christianity

We cannot deny nor dispute the fact that our forebears were at one time or another, and so were some us today, by products and fruit of the London Missionary Society, writes Bishop Tutai Pere.

Church Talk


93 years of Girl Guiding

The Girl Guide Cook Islands Association on Friday marked its 93rd anniversary with a celebration at the Sinai hall hosted by the Avarua company. Senior journalist Melina Etches talks to some of the longtime members in a quest to discover its history.

Features


Rod Henderson: ‘I think it’s strange behaviour’

Former Australian police officer and author Rod Henderson has his sights set on finding justice for Lissette Brito who went missing off the yacht Zangano about 40 nautical miles south-west of Rarotonga five years ago.

Features


Mangaia’s great vaccine experiment of 1866

The story of how Davida Numangatini’s abduction into slavery in Peru led to Mangaia’s great vaccine experiment of 1866.

Features


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