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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.

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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.

Pushing your limits in paradise

Riding on the success of last year’s Cook Islands Games, Aitutaki-based Dani Adendorff recognises the potential to maintain that momentum and extend the reach of the growing weightlifting fitness revolution to the Pa Enua. By Melina Etches.

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Gaining organic certification

New organic certification mechanisms are needed to make the costs worth the benefits. By Monica Evans of Global Landscapes Forum.

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CHURCHTALK: A message of encouragement

Are you willing to let God prevail in your life? Are you willing to let God be the most important influence in your life? By Angaroakau Williams – Second counselor in the District Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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RaroGo pivots to freight success

Single mother and Cook Islander based in Auckland, Maire Browne, started her business in the midst of Covid promoting Cook Islands holiday deals which has now evolved into a successful freight forwarder.

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Collective approach is needed to end domestic violence

There’s a growing concern about the level of domestic violence on Rarotonga but it will take a multi-agency response and broad community support to address the issue.

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‘Keep trying, keep reaching, keep dreaming’

Aitutaki’s top fashion designer Natasha Munokoa was raised surrounded by the sounds of a sewing machine, colourful fabric and the exceptional sewing skills of her talented grandmother, Piri Iopu nee Davey – an experience that sparked her passion for fashion designing.

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CHURCHTALK: Wake up call

Who would have thought we would be here? If you don’t want to be surprised about the unexpected turns in your life, keep a watch out and be prepared, writes Pastor Taiti Toroma of the Seventh Day Adventists Church.

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The Maori Vision of Antarctica’s Future

Maori may have been first to reach Antarctica, in the seventh century. But the past matters less than what lies ahead, Indigenous scholars say. By Sabrina Imbler from the New York Times.

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Seeking solutions in nature for the planet’s problems

The evidence of ecosystems in crisis are all around us. From climate change to man-made ecological disasters, the rush is on to find solutions to Earth’s most pressing problems. Are the answers growing in our own backyard? A new fund hopes to promote innovative ideas.

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Breaking into a man’s world and flourishing

Mechanical engineer Vanita Glassie is energetic and unassuming with a polite and gracious demeanour. She is one of the few Cook Islands women who have established a career in the male dominated expert field of engineering.

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CHURCHTALK: My weapon is a melody

You may be waiting for God to do a breakthrough in your life, but it is God who is waiting for you to start the battle in praise!, writes Pastor Paul Kauri.

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Rare Rarotonga monarch research continues

The opening of the travel bubble has been good news for the kākerōri birds because it means that one of their most dedicated enthusiasts was able to return to Rarotonga to get stuck into a much overdue, annual bird survey.

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Long standing Airport Authority chief executive calls time

Rarotonga International Airport Authority chief executive Joseph Ngamata is calling it a day after 40 years in the business - 25 of those at the helm.

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Training the Next Generation of Indigenous Data Scientists

A new workshop explores the right of Indigenous people to govern the collection, ownership and use of their biological and cultural data. By Sabrina Imbler from the New York Times.

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Riding on the tourism wave – new businesses thrive in local market

The return of tourism has rejuvenated the island’s night markets.

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Let’s get it on 80s style

Big hair, ripped jeans and fluoros are back as Rarotonga braces itself for some 80s nostalgia.

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Returning home to serve her people

In the Cook Islands, the continuing battle between families for a suitable candidate to succeed an Ariki title is an ongoing issue that can shred families apart for generations.

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CHURCHTALK: God desires mercy, not sacrifice

We are fortunate that God calls sinners and not just saintly people. Jesus came to benefit those who understood their inherent need for Him (those who are sick and the poor in spirit of Matthew 5:3), writes Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro of Avarua Ekalesia.

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A sweet scent of success

Lafala Turepu set up Turepu Vanilla with an aim to produce a viable export product. Five years on, she says it was an ambitious and difficult goal but one that is not impossible. By Melina Etches.

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Hope, faith and love unite Muri Night Market’s vendors

The Muri Night Market has been revived this week following a long break. Those behind the operation say there is hope, faith and love as they look to the future.

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