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Providing work opportunities for those living with disability

The Creative Centre has just concluded a 20-week programme partnering with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and UNESCO Pacific which aimed to serve as a catalyst for preparing and supporting people with disabilities to enter safely and confidently into the workforce.

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Local designer creates, expands fashion brand

With a number of businesses waiting on the border to reopen, one local designer is making the most of the slump, by expanding on her very own fashion brand.

Toku ngutuare Tangata

The students have written stories in Maori on what they do together with their families – ‘Eaa taku e rave kapiti ana e toku ngutuare tangata’. Teacher Terangi Elika explains that at the start of the unit, the students had to write stories about themselves. The next stories will be about their relationships with the […]

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Islands not immune to tsunami

The article “Why our tsunami threat is minimal” in last Saturday’s Cook Islands News, (13 March 2010), is a very good, well-researched piece, but it does have a few points that, I think, need addressing. 1. The 2009 Samoa event was relatively small in the Cook Islands BUT the bulk of the main energy that […]

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Cyclone Pat poems, essays and art

Form five Araura College students have been opening up their hearts on paper by writing poems and stories about cyclone Pat and the devastation the storm caused to Aitutaki. Araura College students have been encouraged to talk about their experiences through cyclone Pat to help them deal with the trauma of their experience. By Ellis […]

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Caught with your pants down

Araura College head of English Corina Ngatamariki sent in this art piece by her grade six student Andrew Rave. Rave and his English class have been writing poems on cyclone Pat, which struck the island in the early hours of February 10 causing widespread devastation to the island. Mrs Ngatamariki and fellow teacher Mrs Solomona […]

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Where were you 15 years ago?

When the Pacific swooshed in waves of hope to Beijing 15 years ago, I was busy swooshing around the old Cook Islands Television office in Tauae. It was September 1995 and as news director at the old CITV station, I was trying to balance raising my baby boy with finishing off a documentary called ‘Green […]

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New terminal nearly ready

The $8.5 million renovation of the Rarotonga International Airport terminal is expected to be completed next month. Travellers can expect a smooth passage through the new spacious airport terminal plus a more diverse duty free shopping experience. Airport Authority chief executive officer Joe Ngamata is pleased with the progress on the airport terminal. “It’s a […]

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'King' Mairau forges links between Tahiti and Cooks

Tauatomo Mairau, Prince Royal of Tahaa and heir to the Tahitian crown, visited with the House of Ariki this week to establish relations between the traditional rulers of his country and those of the Cook Islands. Mairau is engaged in a legal battle that will restore his God-given right to the monarchy in Tahiti, he […]

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Why our tsunami threat is minimal

Firstly I would like to thank the many people who have phoned, emailed and stopped me on the island and offered their support and encouragement to keep up my efforts in trying to educate and advise our people on the effects of tsunami – or lack of danger – to our islands. Many have asked […]

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Cooks represented at Pasifika Festival

Pasifika Festival revellers were guaranteed to be taking home genuine Cook Islands arts and crafts when they bought items from the Cook Islands village at the weekend. Seven local art and craft businesses – Prestige Pearls, Mareko Island Creations, Kia Orana Gifts, Northern Traders, Tia Napa, Are Manea and Amurireia Fishing – have been selling […]

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A window to the past

Through a series of carvings and lashings, Eruera ‘Ted’ Nia depicts the title holders – the rangatira, mataiapo, taunga and ariki – of his tribe, Te Au O Tonga. He’s employed the ancient Polynesian art form of lashing to visually represent genealogy and title. He’s assigned each title – all 36 of them – a […]

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Jewellery contest for kids

Paka’s Pearls, Te Ipukarea Society and the Koutu Nui are sponsoring Te Akatauira, a competition challenging schoolchildren to make their own recyclable and reusable jewellery. Director of Paka’s Pearls Teanaroa Paka Worthington said the idea sprouted when he saw a child collecting coral, pieces of glass and “interesting tidbits off the beach” in a sack. […]

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2 upset wins

Panthers 50 vs Bulldogs 18 Sea Eagles 18 vs Eels 16 Sharks 16 vs Bears 14 The Aitutaki Sharks/Warriors and the Ngatangiia-Matavera Sea Eagles league registered wins at the weekend by upsetting their fancier foes. The Sharks are now on a roll after winning their second match in a row with a tight 16-14 win […]

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Tsunami panic is not necessary

Much of the talk about last weekend’s tsunami is misguided and misinformed, showing a lack of basic knowledge regarding tsunami threats to our islands of the Cook group. As a result of continually receiving a large number of calls from the public requesting I make comment on the above, I would like to try and […]

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Scenes aboard Monterey cruise ship in 1968

Local dancers entertain guests on board the Monterey in 1968. 41Rarotonga “/> Last week Cook Islands News published his memoir along with some images from a collection of Kodachrome slides supplied by Fleay. He invites readers to contribute names and details about people he photographed. His 23 colour pictures can be viewed on the customer […]

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Relief on Penrhyn

Local MP Wilkie Rasmussen describes reception and tsunami evacuation The Penrhyn people are happy following the relief supplies received on the Hercules flight a week ago, says MP Wilkie Rasmussen. He arrived back from Penrhyn on Tuesday evening and says his short visit and the relief supplies were very much appreciated and a great boost […]

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Tsunami alert coincides with King Tides Festival in Tuvalu

I could not help thinking about the tsunami that struck my country of Samoa a few months ago as I landed in Tuvalu. The many survivors were spared because they managed to get to higher ground – which is exactly the reason I was obsessing about this as FJ281 taxied to a stop at Funafuti […]

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It's Polyfest time in NZ

Auckland’s Pacific Island communities will come together next month for the annual Polyfest celebration. Running from Wednesday March 17 to Saturday March 20 at the Manukau Sports Bowl, Polyfest celebrates the heritage of Pacific Island communities through music, dance, speech and art. A record 90,000 people attended the 2009 festival with more people expected to […]

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Mitiaro kids take Rorouira apaipai on camp

An overnight camping trip for a class of Mitiaro students was another chance to put their ‘Rorouira apaipai’ or XO laptops to use. Principal Thomas Samuela says students had to write in their journals on the laptops while they were at camp. He reports that the One Laptop Per Child durable state-of-the-art laptops, which have […]

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Vaka series brings Tangaroa to life

Kimi Enua – vaka on display at the BEachcomber Contemporary Art Gallery “/> Reynolds brings Tangaroa to life in a series of canvas paintings and on two painted vakas with vivid oranges, yellows, blues and greens interlaced with black. The centrepiece of her exhibit at the Beachcomber Contemporary Art Gallery is a painted life-size vaka, […]

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Women's wear always island style

Through a series of life-size prints, Kay George chronicles the change in the attire of local women over the years. The prints track the evolution of women’s adornment in the Cook Islands, marked by the impact of the London Missionary Society in the early 1800s, influences from New Zealand and Tahitian neighbours, the advent of […]

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