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21 September 2021


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Salt in their blood - The story of early Cook Islanders at sea

Cook Islands sailors were highly respected for their seafaring skills. As competitors in Australian surf boat carnivals, they were unbeatable.


Covid lockdown leads to ‘Our little big trip’

A young New Zealand family’s plans for a worldwide trip is grounded before taking off due to Covid-19 lockdowns, bringing them to Rarotonga where they’re enjoying much comfort and stability.

'The ocean and I' - Vaka crew reflect on voyage to the North

Surviving squalls of concentrated rain and big gusts of wind, rookie crew members of Vaka Marumaru Atua are looking forward to their next voyage to learn more about the ocean around them. By Caleb Fotheringham.


Whispering life into plants

Lots of gardeners have “green fingers”, the ability to grow things well, better than most people. But Luduina Williams is a “plant whisperer”, a gardener who is repeatedly able to achieve all kinds of magical things in her garden. By Melina Etches


What to know about breakthrough infections and the Delta variant

Scientific understanding of the coronavirus variant is changing quickly. Here’s a recap of the most important findings. By Apoorva Mandavilli from the New York Times.


CHURCHTALK: Time pause, to ponder & pray

Pastor Paul Kauri of The Arepua Gateway Assembly of God Church is using today’s Church Talk as a ‘Devotion Time’ for our readers – a time to read through the words of Jesus and to ask questions, causing us to pause, ponder and pray.

Church Talk

80 years of ‘hard but good life’

Eighty years ago, a time when war dominated world affairs, a baby girl was born in Reureu; colloquially known as Reureu Te Mata o Teerui – a village situated on the western side of Aitutaki, far removed from the turmoil of war-torn Europe.


The ‘Ponder houses’ of Harley Street

Several houses and schools in Rarotonga share a link with Scott Base in Antarctica and Auckland International Airport in Mangere, having been designed by the same man, architect Frank Ponder. Gradually disappearing, Ponder’s Rarotonga buildings retain important heritage value.


Painting the stage red

Late nights, yelling, sore muscles, and no sleep, yet I would still count the last two months where I was a part of this year’s Te Maeva Nui as one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.


Nicholas family reconnect through history

The Nicholas family has a long and rich history across the Cook Islands, throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, and the world. Al Williams met a member of the extended family who is making connections across the globe.


Thanking God for the imperfect church

Grace is always first, peace always second. This is due to the fact that grace is the source of peace. Without grace, there is and can be no peace, writes Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro of Ekalesia Avarua.

Church Talk

Removing barriers for business

To escape Auckland’s crazy weather and longing to come home, Davina Hosking-Ashford moved back to the Cook Islands three years ago with her husband and two children. They now put young Cook Islanders through university and run the Cook Islands Business Hub.


Let the show begin!

After a lapse of a year due to Covid-19 pandemic, the annual Te Maeva Nui cultural festival returns this weekend. The five-day event got underway yesterday with an official opening ceremony and a float procession at the Constitution Park, participated by 26 teams who gave a glimpse of celebration expected in the coming days.


A day in the life at sea

It’s a big family to feed and keep happy aboard the New Zealand Royal Navy protector-fleet offshore patrol ship HMZS Wellington which visited Rarotonga this week. Al Williams caught up with some of the crew and had a look around the vessel.


CHURCHTALK: Unity in diversity – Rotai o te Tukeke

Let us showcase all diversities of gifts, skills and talents that God has blessed each and every one of us so much with, from the different islands we come from, different cultures, customs and traditions, at this year’s Constitution celebrations, writes Bishop Tutai Pere of the Apostolic Church.

Church Talk

History made as Atiu invests Ngamaru Ariki and Rongomatane Ariki

Hundreds of people descended onto the island of Atiu to witness the historic akamarokura’anga (investiture) of Ngamaru Ariki and Rongomatane Ariki conducted three days apart. By Melina Etches.


Pride and prejudice: Lobby group takes leap of faith for LGBTQI community

A Cook Islands lobby group is taking giant steps forward in a combined effort to bring about equality. Al Williams reports.


CHURCH TALK: Not them and those but us

Our first duty as Christians is to serve others, especially the poor and the marginalised, just as Jesus did. In this country in the 19th century there was an openness to encounter and welcome the stranger. Why is it then that today there is fear and alarm about being open to the stranger? By Bishop Paul Donoghue of the Catholic Church.

Church Talk

A passion for Cook Islands

A couple with a vast love for the South Pacific and the Cook Islands in particular has developed perhaps the most versatile travel guide out there. They hope the travel guide will create in others the same love they have for the country they come to call one of their favourite places.


Growers put pawpaw in the ground hoping it’s in the sky in nine months

Pawpaw growers are looking to form a cooperative but plenty of work is still needed to be done to get the fruit in New Zealand supermarkets.


The gift of faith - St. Joseph's celebrates 125 years

St Joseph’s Primary School in Avarua celebrated 125 years this week. Al Williams delves into the school archives, talking to former students and teachers who attended celebrations.


Aspiring artist paints her own path

An eighteen-year-old aspiring artist has used her love of drawing and art to create her own business, painting henna designs as well as commissioning her own paintings to make a living for herself through creative expression. Alana Musselle reports.


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