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Catholic community gears up for arrival of new coadjutor bishop

The newly appointed coadjutor bishop arrives in Rarotonga tonight to assist the retiring Bishop before eventually succeeding him.

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Anuanua Festival marks historic shift towards equality in the Cook Islands

Cook Islands celebrated the first anniversary of decriminalising same-sex relations with an art exhibition and speeches that highlighted the progress made towards a more inclusive society.

A novel idea: Rankin considers Raro romance after Rebus rest

Renowned Scottish novelist Sir Ian Rankin with some of his books at the Cook Islands Library and Museum yesterday. RASHNEEL KUMAR/24030863

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Church talk: God can help us in hard times

Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? ‘Why?’ is one of the most asked questions in life. It is simple and direct, yet we do not always get a stringboard answer, writes Kayla Kaimarama-Willie of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Balancing motherhood and studies: Tatuava-Taripo’s inspiring journey to serve her community

From early motherhood and years of perseverance and sacrifice, inspiring and determined Aleyna-Joy Tatuava-Taripo, 34, has triumphed in law after being admitted to the bar in the Cook Islands High Court last week.

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Beyond the numbers: How tourism benefits everyday life in the Cook Islands

January saw a record breaking 10,368 visitors arrive on our shores. They’re staying longer, and spending more on average. But what do these facts and figures look like in the daily lives of Cook Islanders? Cook Islands News journalist Candice Luke spoke to locals about how the tourist dollar is affecting them, their families, and their businesses right now.

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Aere ra e Papa Harry: A tribute to the life and legacy of beloved Suwarrow Park Ranger

“Suwarrow belongs to you and me and to every Cook Islander. This is our home. We have the responsibility to protect and to take care of our home.” – Tuakeu “Harry” Papai.

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Turning illness into inspiration, Upokoina’s story of resilience

Upokoina Bishop-Cuthers, a Cook Islands woman who battled cancer, created her own homeware brand CuBis Creations to inspire others and support her family.

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Artist gifts Cook Islands themed collection to university

University of South Pacific’s Rarotonga campus has received a donation of 11 screen printed original works by New Zealand-based artist Jean Loomis.

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Church Talk: Ignite your prayer life

Greetings to all you lovely people: To those who are prayer lovers and prayer warriors. I thought to bring our message this morning in support and recognition of the Women’s International Prayer Day coming shortly. I thought how fitting this message is for all of us to ignite our prayer life.

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Vaka voyage sails to silver screen in fight for ocean health

In 2021, a special voyage was taken by three Cook Islands non-government organisations. Cook Islands Voyaging Society, Kōrero o te ‘Ōrau, and Te Ipukarea Society teamed up for a tour to each of the 15 islands, a first for the traditional vaka Marumaru Atua.

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Ma’uke Mission: Exploring 200 years of London Missionary Society connection

A book which captures some aspects of the London Missionary Society connections with Ma’uke, will be launched next week.

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Descendants reunite across the Pacific

Over 300 descendants from Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Marquesas, Rarotonga, and Mangaia participated in the George Outher Brown Reunion this week at Te Are Kariori National Auditorium.

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Apostolic Church of the Cook Islands bids farewell to Samoan graduates

The Apostolic Church of the Cook Islands bid farewell to three Samoan students who recently completed their five to six years of training in Rarotonga and graduated as full-time pastors and evangelists.

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Avarua landmark falls: Iconic flamboyant tree cut down after 130 years

The iconic flamboyant tree that graced the Avarua roundabout in town for around 130 years is no more.

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Church Talk: Did Jesus just ignore her?

It is in God’s nature to be gracious, and compassionate, full of mercy, so quick to forgive and so slow to become angry, and many verses in the Bible testify to His nature, writes Pastor Paul Kauri, the General Superintendent of Cook Islands Assemblies of God.

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Friends use humour, fun in bid to save Cook Islands language

Three friends in Christchurch are using their online platform Kūki Learning to teach Cook Islands Māori language and culture in a fun and engaging way, despite facing challenges with limited time and resources.

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Personal trainer fights for a happier, healthier community

Heart diseases, stroke, and heart attack made up 53 per cent of NCD (non-communicable disease) deaths in the Cook Islands from October to December last year. A new grassroots initiative ‘Gym and Juice Club’ may help to battle the Cook Islands’ increasing NCD diagnoses and waistlines.

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‘You now have your new shepherd’: Cook Islands Catholic prepares for new bishop

Pope Francis has appointed Reverend Father Reynaldo Bunyi Getalado, M.S.P., as the new coadjutor bishop of Cook Islands. Fr. Getalado is a Filipino priest who has served in various locations throughout his career, including Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Tuvalu. Melina Etches reports.

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Church talk: Unity through diversity in faith

Our 200-year history of Christianity, whether we are part of our more traditional churches, or our more vibrant faith communities, should stand to confirm that the Lord lives in all our faith communities.

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Young entrepreneur spreads culture and joy through temporary tattoos

A young Cook Islands teen runs a successful temporary tattoo business at the market, connecting with customers through his art and cultural heritage.

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Cook Islands, NZ leaders celebrate Waitangi Day, pledge stronger ties

Waitangi Day and the first visit of Aotearoa New Zealand’s new Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters, and Minister of Health and Pacific Peoples, Dr Shane Reti, was marked with a special garden reception at Ngātipā, the official residence of New Zealand. New Zealand High Commissioner Tui Dewes hosted the special evening on Wednesday, February 7, attended by around 200 people.

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