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‘I am woman, hear me roar’

An official parade attended by dignitaries, past police commissioners and police personnel was held yesterday morning to mark the 50th anniversary of women in Cook Islands Police.

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Are Taunga of Araura - 'We invest our Ariki in our traditional procedures'

The investiture of the second Tamatoa Ariki was held last week, just over a month after Taraota Tom was invested with the title on the island of Aitutaki. House of Ariki, the parliamentary body composed of Cook Islands high chiefs, refused to attend both investitures because of the "ongoing dispute over the title". But the sub chiefs backing the newly-crowned Tamatoa Ariki Teao Tangaroa say they will decide the legitimate holder.

Heaven on earth: Six days of pure bliss in the Pa Enua

For those wanting to satisfy a travel itch during these unprecedented Covid-19 times, it could be a good idea to look a little closer to home. In this second of a two-part series, Katrina Tanirau explores the islands of Mauke and Mangaia.

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Former national rugby star Francis Smith's heart is set on giving back to people

Francis Smith first visited Mitiaro when he was six or seven years old. That was the first time he saw an itiki – the island’s famous fresh water eel. Almost three decades on, he reconnects with the itiki and calls the southern group island his new home.

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The man in charge of maintaining law and order in Cook Islands

In 1976, a 15-year-old boy from Mauke was about to sail out into the world. Up until then Mauke was his world; he’d never been anywhere else, and for 15 years had enjoyed an idyllic island boy life.

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The reason for the season

At the end of a year that has meant different things for all of us, I want to bring some encouragement to our readers. By Pastor Paul Kauri of the Arepua Gateway Church.

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Recipe: Taste of paradise

Local meals are incomplete without coconut cream sauces, which add unique flavour to Cook Islands dishes. Here are four of the most favoured. By Mereana Hutchinson.

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‘Tourism desperate but it must learn from this crisis’

News of successful Covid-19 vaccine trials have raised hopes in the Pacific that the hard-hit tourism industry will begin to re-open in 2021, yet questions remain as to how it should be revived in general.

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The best things in life are often right under our noses

The internet has brought the world closer together. If you want to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Statue of Liberty in New York, Google will show you the way in a matter of seconds. However, nothing compares to going to a place for the very first time and feeling, smelling, hearing and tasting everything around you as Katrina Tanirau found out in Nga Pu Toru (Atiu, Mitiaro and Mauke) and Mangaia.

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The queen of happiness

At 92, Te Maeu O Te Rangi Teikamata Ariki Mii O’Bryan is the oldest and one of the longest reigning royals in the Cook Islands. Mama Mii hesitantly accepted the title in 1985 but has grown into the role, doing her best for the people. Losirene Lacanivalu met the island’s queen on her first-ever visit to Mitiaro.

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Time to turn on the tap, but it’s not that simple

It has been a bumpy ride, but work on Rarotonga’s revamped water system is nearing an end. From the outset, elected leaders were committed to delivering potable water to residents. Cleaner water is now coming through the taps, but it’s not up to international drinking standards yet. Te Mato Vai project manager Peter Free is committed to seeing the ultimate goal become a reality. Emmanuel Samoglou reports.

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Born again into the kingdom

There is no question that Jesus believed that all who were given to Him by the Father would come to Christ. By Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro.

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Keeping art of tivaevae alive

The outer island travel experience is helping revive traditional art making in the Pa Enua.

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Welcome aboard this Air NZ flight

For Addrienne Hosking-Tinirau it’s still sinking in that she will soon take over as the Air New Zealand country manager in Rarotonga – the first woman of Cook Islands descent to hold the position. By Katrina Tanirau.

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The secret to happier, healthier life

Henry Tupa is not afraid of death and when the fear of it beckons, he believes and trusts in his Catholic faith to guide him through.

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The Flying Nicholas Brothers of Ruatonga: Pt 2

This second of two articles, concludes the story of two courageous brothers from Ruatonga, Tatio and Marama Nicholas, who flew with Bomber Command and the Royal New Zealand Air Force in the Second World War. By Rod Dixon.

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Journeys of hope, not fear

The global economic standards are at the mercy of this viral demonic pandemic but the God we believe and worship is always in the business of Restoration, Reconciliation, Redemption and Restitution.

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THE PACIFIC WAY: Easy eating with this locally-sourced breakfast

This traditional Cook Islands breakfast with locally sourced products is an enjoyable and fun-flavoured start for the day. By Mereana Hutchinson.

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For one Mitiaro couple, Home is where the heart is

Since she was a little girl Mitiaro/Nukuroa has always been where Cindyanna Abraham’s heart is. And when you’re a guest at her and her husband Junior’s Divine Retreat, her hope is that you feel like you’re at home too.

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The flying Nicholas brothers of Ruatonga

Tuaine Kaitara Nicholas of Ruatonga and his wife Ngatuaine had four boys and three girls. Three of the boys enlisted in the Air Force in WWII and a fourth was directed by his brothers to the Army. In the first of two articles, Rod Dixon tells the story of two of the courageous Nicholas brothers, Tatio and Marama.

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Mei po kerekere mai – Maire, the heart of Mauke

When maire ei orders come from Rarotonga, three Mauke sisters get down to work, and trekking into the makatea with sharp jagged rocks is part of their labour. Senior journalist Melina Etches had the firsthand experience of maire ei making during her recent visit to the southern group island.

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Saturday is Matariki New Year

Gerald McCormack from the Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust on observing the traditional Matariki New Year, which falls today.

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