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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.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer

Are the trials you have been through or problems you are currently facing causing you to lose hope?

Church Talk


Its Aka’uka Time

Women of all shapes, sizes and ages are shaking and swinging their hips at Aka’uka Time – a dance fitness aerobic workout which embraces and encourages the connecting of new friendship and building stronger bonds between with the love of keeping alive passion for Cook Islands culture.

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Mangaian chic – pare tō fashion hats from the 1950s

​The discovery in Washington DC of a cache of 27 Mangaian reed hats or pare tō, dating from 1958, has reignited local interest in how these extraordinary fashion items were produced, writes Rod Dixon.

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Punching above his weight

Boxing has gained another athlete in Cook Islander Tawhiri Toheriri-Hallett, who is dreaming big and ready for mayhem at this year’s Commonwealth Games.

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Rekindling her passion for travel

Jill Worrall has visited 98 countries and hopes to make it to 100 soon. She spoke to Cook Islands News senior journalist Matthew Littlewood about what makes a good travel writer, changes since Covid-19 and the secrets to becoming a good traveller.

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Church Talk: Breaking the poverty spirit

Having this opportunity every six weeks to write articles on so many important aspects that I hope will influence all our lives is such a privilege for me.

Church Talk


Celebrating our treasures

A film documentary on celebrated carver Mike Tavioni and his wife Awhitia has inspired a Cook Islands creative to rediscover her passion for storytelling.

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New CEO ready to take Airport to new heights

Rarotonga’s new Airport Authority boss Nikau Tangaroa always knew that he wanted to work in aviation, but he never thought that one day he might run the Rarotongan Airport Authority taking on the top job.

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‘We have to give them a reason to play for us’

Cook Islands rugby league coach Tony Iro is on a mission to assemble the country’s best ever team for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup. Some of the league’s best players are eligible to play for the Cook Islands but Iro tells Cook Islands News’ Rashneel Kumar the mission is not that easy.

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Church Talk: What the future holds

Man comes into the world with a cry and goes out of it with a groan, and all between is more or less intoned with helpless wailing, writes Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro of Ekalesia Avarua.

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Finding our fathers: Lost heroes of WWI

Cook Islands soldiers who signed up to serve in World War I, served with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force NZEF to Europe.

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Ready to fight fires and save lives

The Cook Islands has had very few female firefighters over the years, but young Paeru Ngaroi is hoping to change that by paving the way for future generations.

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Helping people beat the booze

Two people shared their experiences of going through and coming out of alcoholism as Alcoholics Anonymous re-establishes itself in Rarotonga.

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Grace intercepts the law – Tikoti te Aroa I te Ture

There is no such thing as a major or minor, big or small sin. Cast a big stone and a tiny pebble into the water or sea, they both sink. Such is sin, no white nor black lie, it is sin and its penalty – death, Bishop Tutai Pere.

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A life-long love of travel and tourism

Robert Skews has lived a life and love of travel and tourism. Rarotonga has been his home for more than 30 years.

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Making dengue a thing of the past

The dengue virus in the Cook Islands could be a thing of the past in a couple of years thanks to Wolbachia – a naturally occurring bacteria that prevents the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.

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Celebrating their incredible journeys

Today is World Migratory Bird Day – a day to draw attention to those migratory birds that are found here in the Cook Islands and the incredible journeys they have taken to get here, writes Te Ipukarea Society.

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Listening to one voice

There are many influences we receive on a regular basis. Some are good. Others not so good, writes Bishop Paul Donoghue of the Catholic Church.

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Colleagues recall man with passion for nature

Skilled botanist Joseph (Joe) Lawrence Brider passed away on May 1, at the age of just 41. His sudden passing, shocked family and friends locally and in the Pacific region who had worked with the man who had such “a passion” for the natural heritage of the Cook Islands.

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From Mitiaro to Our Ocean’s event in Palau

From Mitiaro to Palau, marine biologist Antony Vavia shares his experience at the Our Oceans Conference last month and speaks about the relationship between contemporary science and indigenous knowledge.

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