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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.

Diagnosing her daughter’s dyslexia

When Jean Francis found out her daughter Jasmine was struggling to learn to read, she discovered just how challenging yet amazing the world could be for people dealing with dyslexia, writes Sian Solomon.

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Sustainable tuna fishery celebrated

The world’s first fully-sustainable tuna fishery has celebrated a 25-year milestone of Western and Central Pacific fisheries partnerships, by launching a 45-page e-booklet on May 2, World Tuna Day.

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Elusive Kava Maori a 'prized plant'

Joseph Brider the Director of the Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust, who had tremendous knowledge of plants and animals passed away suddenly on Sunday.

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Shaping the world we live in

For the local body elections in Wellington, New Zealand’s Green Party wanted candidates that could help them reshape the world and protect the planet, which is Cook Islander Luana Scowcroft.

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Eco-tourism growth in the Cook Islands

Two years ago Rainbow Villas section was orange and bare, today it’s wild, beautiful and teeming with life.

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Mathematics in everyday life

Dr Roberta “Bobbie” Hunter has helped change the way young Pacifica people look at mathematics, sharing that it can be seen everywhere, and why it’s so important.

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Does his truth still confirm your convictions and ignite your passion?

It’s interesting that one of our long-time family traditions is coming together as a family for whatever occasion ie. birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, funerals, or for someone who is leaving.

Church Talk


The Cook Islands Māori calendar

Traditionally, Cook Islanders observed Matariki as the commencement of the annual calendar, a calendar that reflected cycles of life in the agricultural economy of the south and the fishing economy of the north.

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ANZAC DAY: Recognising young veterans

Before dawn broke on ANZAC Day, a crowd of more than 100 people respectfully and solemnly gathered at the Cenotaph for the Dawn Parade.

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RSM Maitai: A rusty remembrance

One hundred and thirty years ago, the Royal Mail Service (RMS) Maitai ran aground off the island of Rarotonga, stranding 43 people and entwining the lives of others forever.

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Taking our art to the world

Bergman Gallery on Rarotonga is helping take Cook Islands art to the world. Cook Islands artist Mahiriki Tangaroa and Bergman Gallery owner Ben Bergman have been pivotal in placing it on display in Italy this week.

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What change did Easter bring?

Given that we are seven days after the celebrations of Passover, and five days after Jesus resurrection, I was pondering the immediate aftermath of Jesus crucifixion and resurrection, writes Pastor Paul Kauri of the ArePua Church.

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Smiling in the face of adversity

Cook Islanders, like others in many South Pacific nations are known for their warm-hearted greetings. Cheek-to-cheek kisses and loving embraces are followed by the laying of sweet-smelling Tiare Maori Ei on head or neck.

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Retracing our breadfruit roots

An initiative to revitalise breadfruit orchards in the Cook Islands can save millions of dollars on imported food.

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New tug boat costs over $1m

The new tug marks another milestone in the continued infrastructural development of the Port of Avatiu, which handles about 90 per cent of the food and materials imported into the Cook Islands and 100 per cent of the fuel, says Prime Minister Mark Brown.

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Restoring pa’ua populations in Aitutaki

A significant number of pa’ua, or giant clams, bred through a Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) programme have recently been outplanted in Aitutaki in an effort to revive local populations of these vital marine animals.

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Chocolate – An Easter treat not to be shared

Chocolate is poisonous to dogs mostly because of its theobromine content, explains Te Are Manu Vet Clinic’s medical director Michael Baer.

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Murals transform Rarotonga into open-space gallery

Once upon a time, authorities in Rarotonga harassed graffiti artists and muralists regarding them as vandals. But now, the popular tourist destination celebrates and even funds their art, which can be found everywhere and supersized.

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The fight against NCDs

The Cook Islands is facing another health crisis on top of the Covid-19 pandemic, with nearly half of its adult population affected by some form of Non-Communicable Disease (NCD).

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Hope in the midst of chaos

The world of nature and creation provides and supplies humanity with all kinds of natural and physical resources to sustain life, but humanity in his own ego, ignorance and greed squanders, abuses and exploits beyond measure …, writes Bishop Tutai Pere.

Church Talk


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