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Cook Islander researching research and uplifting ‘the homies’

Pacific health research generally leads with the best of intentions, but does it actually have an impact? University of Otago Research fellow Dr Troy Ruhe (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Mauke) will spend the next four years finding out.

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High Commissioner’s term ends

Elizabeth Wright-Koteka has finished her term as the Cook Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand, and will return to Rarotonga today.

'Hot mix' ready to roll again

Triad Pacific Petroleum manager Chris Vaile is firing up his $800,000 hot mix asphalt plant in preparation of a project to re-seal Rarotonga’s roads. Vaile brought the plant to the island from New Zealand this year, following negotiation with the Cook Islands government and its departments over a proposed four-year $30 million project to upgrade […]

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Douglas' health precarious

Director Oliver Stone said Tuesday he is worried about the health of actor Michael Douglas, who is battling throat cancer. Douglas, who reprised his role as stock trader Gordon Gekko in Stone’s latest film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, is in a “precarious” state of health, Stone told reporters in Berlin. Douglas was meant to […]

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Richards finally agrees to perform

It’s been 37 years since Polynesian Tax Free owner Trevor Richards took the stage as a long-haired rock ‘n roller, but next month he’s about to re-live history, albeit with a haircut and a few years under his belt. In his early 20s, Richards was an acid rock singing sensation. He and his band Ticket […]

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Rock sculpture inspires students

Spending class time at the beach was Te Uki Ou’s room 4 students who were checking out the work of sculptor Krick Barraud. Her Ngatangiia beach sculpture labelled ‘a place of encounter’ is part one of an exhibit that looks back on the arrival of the European missionaries in 1827. The students got their creative […]

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Te Manava 'leading villas'

Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa, managed by Pacific Resort, was voted Australasia’s Leading Villas for the second year running at the 2010 World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia ceremony held this week at The Claridges, Delhi, India. The bubbly is flowing again for the Pacific Resort Hotel group after walking away with the major […]

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Kiwis get together

Whanau are invited to attend a barbecue get-together at the Aotearoa Centre in Tupapa tonight. The Aotearoa Society in Rarotonga has organised the event, to start at 5pm. Meat and fish for the barbecue will be provided, and those attending are asked to bring kinaki, as well as drinks, picnic blankets, guitars, or whatever else […]

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Bone specialist back

Andrew MacDiarmid is back on Rarotonga for a two-week orthopaedic clinic. MacDiarmid is an orthopaedic surgeon from Tauranga Hospital in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty. He has been coming to Rarotonga Hospital to run a clinic annually for over 20 years. Twenty-nine people have already been seen by MacDiarmid, some of whom have been operated […]

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Food stalls show abundance and variety

Food was the focus of yesterday’s celebrations at the Punanga Nui market place. In honour of World Food Day, local growers and food vendors set up stalls to showcase the abundance and variety of food here in the Cook Islands. The world observes the day in recognition of the establishment of the Food and Agriculture […]

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Team Cook Islands visits India's monument to love

Built between 1632 and 1653 – the Taj Mahal is the Indian monument synonymous with everlasting love. And this week Team Cook Islands visited the majestic marble structure that is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum commissioned by Mughal emperor Hah Jahan in memory of his […]

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Speaking as a 'real' New Zealander

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t written a column for a few days. I came close a couple of times; I was going to write about Paul Henry. But I was pretty grumpy and it wouldn’t have been a pretty sight. Anyway I’m ready now and I want to start by talking about the Commonwealth […]

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Feeding the masses

More than 1000 people enjoyed a traditional umu feast in Tupapa-Maraerenga yesterday, to celebrate the centennial anniversary and official re-opening of the village’s refurbished meeting house. Tupapa-Maraerenga residents were divided into three catering groups for the event, to which 2000 people were invited. Each group had to cater for about 750 people. All week food […]

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CICC hosting youth convention

For the first time in a decade the Cook Islands Christian Church is hosting its youth convention for members and their relatives aged between 16 and 25. The three-day convention is expected to involve almost 100 youth from Rarotonga and the outer islands, and will be held at the Titikaveka CICC complex next week. CICC […]

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Exotic fruit industry expands

Manea Nui Plantation is a new company being formed to expand the exotic fruit industry in the Cook Islands. Carambola, Mangosteen, Rambutan, Lychee, Longan, Durian, Abiu, Mango and Avocado are just some of the tropical fruit trees that will be grown and sold by the company. Australian Brian Paxton and his partner, American Jon Beymer […]

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Local art on offer

You are still in with a chance to own a piece of original art from Telecom’s telephone directory competition. Nineteen of the best 20 pictures are on sale at the Beachcomber gallery with reserve prices as low as $50. At press time yesterday, there were only nine bids listed. Half the proceeds go to Te […]

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Golf for paddlers

The Live Free Outrigger Canoeing Club is staging a Golf Ambrose Tournament to raise funds for repairs, paddles and uniforms for the team. The tournament starts at 4.30pm on Friday October 15. It’s $120 entry for every team of six, and the theme is Black and Gold. The team are currently in training for the […]

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Muri photo, framing studio opens

A new photography and framing studio – reportedly the only one on the island – opened recently in Muri. Now, tourists wanting holiday shots and locals wanting professional family portraits snapped and framed can head to Picture Paradise in Nukupure, open five days a week and by appointment on weekends. Professional photographer Jenna Tere moved […]

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Common bonds

Delhi, India is a world away and more diverse than the Cook Islands, but I’ve come across a number of things that the two have in common. The stand out similarity between Delhi and our tiny country is island time! We’ve worked out that five minutes Indian time is around 20 minutes Cook Islands time […]

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Th' Dudes' Morris dies

Iconic New Zealand band Th’ Dudes’ founding member Ian Morris has died. The 53-year-old guitarist, songwriter and producer was found dead yesterday in Napier. Napier police would not provide details about Morris’ death but said no suspicious circumstances existed. “We are all shocked and dreadfully saddened at this news. Ian was a truly gifted musician, […]

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New role

The Indian actress who starred in “Slumdog Millionaire” has moved from the slums of Mumbai to the squalid refugee camps of the West Bank in a new film: the story of a defiant Palestinian girl who wants to fight against Israel in a coming of age story with a Mideast twist. “Miral,” directed by award-winning […]

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Raro Idol down to top 10

Just 10 performers are left in Raro Idol 2010. Last week three people – Nana, Samuel and Mata – were voted out in front of a packed audience at Staircase. This week just one performer will be for the chop. Tonight’s performances must be in Maori. The event will start at 6.30pm, with tickets on […]

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