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21 September 2021

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Salt in their blood - The story of early Cook Islanders at sea

Cook Islands sailors were highly respected for their seafaring skills. As competitors in Australian surf boat carnivals, they were unbeatable.

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Covid lockdown leads to ‘Our little big trip’

A young New Zealand family’s plans for a worldwide trip is grounded before taking off due to Covid-19 lockdowns, bringing them to Rarotonga where they’re enjoying much comfort and stability.

No news is good news

Saturday 11: Looking for pirates at sea and ‘catching’ Te Kukupa hard at work miles from no-where – these were the highlights of a day aboard an air force Orion for Cook Islands News editor John Woods. He went along for the ride on an eight-hour flight worth about $70,000 an hour. It’s dog out […]

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A real mouthful

Saturday 4: It makes sense that the full name behind Rarotonga’s new range of VMV organic breads should be quite a mouthful – Varoa Mata, Miti e Vai Ltd. It stands for flower, salt and water – the simple basics of any good bread. But the new product range from Reuben and Victoria Dearlove’s Matavera […]

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Workshop to help with entry process

Saturday 4: If you have been thinking about entering the Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards, the organisers have arranged a helping hand. A workshop will be held on Monday to go through details of the entry process. The awards committee and the Business Trade and Investment Board are running the workshop to be […]

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Survivor expert scores role on BBC reality show

Saturday 4: Aitutakian field archaeologist Ngaakitai Pureariki worked on the set of the recently filmed BBC show The Real Swiss Family Robinson in Atiu. The Real Swiss Family Robinson follows four ‘overstretched, stressed out families’ as they say goodbye to their regular lives and sign up for a three-week crash course in the simple life […]

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Why these awards are good for us - It's time to celebrate our industry

Saturday 4: ‘From the old coconuts rooted to the ground shall grow many tall strong trees for shelter and sustenance’……after the Hurricane 1895. In the early days just after our Rarotonga International Airport was opened, tourism was not just a new word in our vocabulary, it was the beginning of the future. Thirty plus years […]

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Expert tourism assessor will do 'report cards'

Saturday 4: The Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards is using the impressive services of Tourism Consultants Ltd from New Zealand to help make the inaugural event of great value to all those who enter. Not only has the company designed the judging criteria for the awards, it will also provide a ‘report card’ […]

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Why 'I'm in' – Greg Stanaway

Saturday 4: Tourism industry council president and general manager of Pacific Resort and Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Greg Stanaway, says he is a big believer in industry awards. And yes, both resorts will be entering the Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards. “Pacific Resort will be entering both its resorts in this awards programme because […]

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Air new zealand cook islands tourism awards 2009

Saturday 4: Inaugural awards will provide more for industry The Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards promise to be a valuable experience for all who enter the inaugural event this year. The awards entry has been extended to April 17 – so if you are ‘in tourism’ then you can still be in to […]

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Lover of sport

While Mama Lou took up lawn bowls and golf in her later years, she began life as a keen netballer and tennis player. Her son Hugh says her comic bowling style was mentioned at her funeral along with photos shown of her rather energetic and dramatic attempts to use her body to guide the bowl. […]

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She kept on giving

Saturday 4: Mama Lou’s son Hugh says her children remember their mother as a woman who, annoying at times for them, was always giving things away to people. “Her home was always open and she was always giving, giving, giving. She was always there to help others. Now I follow the same principle and help […]

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Goodbye, Mama Lou

Saturday 4: Eikura Louise Graham (nee Henry), best known as Mama Lou, passed away on March 22 at the age of 72 leaving the country in mourning for a woman who will be remembered for her work, grace and generosity. Mama Lou is survived by her husband Papa Puru, her children Elizabeth, 48, Peter, 47, […]

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Serving up sushi

Saturday 4: A new business venture in Muri is serving traditional Japanese food with a Cook Islands flavour. Newly opened Island Sushi is offering a healthy option for eating out, owners Brent Holley and partner Grace Henry say. “It’s just something lighter to eat… a lot of takeaway food is quite heavy like chips and […]

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Shortland Street caters for Raro fans

Saturday 28 March: Shortland Street will take time out while filming here to pay a visit to some of their younger fans. Some cast members of the hit hospital series will be dropping into Avatea School next Friday as part of their public relations tour of the Cook Islands. This is the first time the […]

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15 live musos at Monday's second Open Mic Night

Saturday 28 March: More than 15 performers are expected to take the stage for the second Open Mic Night on Monday. There will be singers, musicians, performers and guaranteed entertainment. Last month’s inaugural night at the Paradise Inn was hailed a success and next week’s free event is sure to be the same, organisers say. […]

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11 islands here for Red Cross gathering

Saturday 28 March: Red Cross representatives from 11 of the 12 inhabited islands in the country have been meeting all this week in the lead-up to the Red Cross biennial general meeting. While a broad range of topics were covered throughout the week, Cook Islands Red Cross secretary-general Niki Rattle says there was a huge […]

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CI team at the world's biggest cruise ship show

Saturday 28 March: CI Tourism and Ports Cook Islands were in Miami, Florida, earlier this month attending the world’s biggest cruise shipping trade show. The Cook Islands team was USA representative Laura Matar, Ports Authority chairman Sam Crocombe and Michael Henry of Cruise Cook Islands. It is in Miami that all major cruise companies of […]

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No alternative

Saturday 28 March: Retired Cook Islands Christian Church pastor Daniel Tuakeu is part of a group of people in Aitutaki who claim that the island doesn’t want Sunday flights to continue. After attending the public meeting held by cabinet minister Wilkie Rasmussen on Thursday, Tuakeu said there is now no alternative but for a referendum […]

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Minister spells out the option

Saturday 28 March: Cabinet minister Wilkie Rasmussen’s proactive and open approach in meetings with the people of Aitutaki on the issue of Sunday flights was welcomed by many who spoke with him on Thursday and yesterday. His meetings began early onThursday with the island council. The council has eight elected members who represent each village […]

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'I feel strong'

Saturday 28 March: Aitutaki Sunday flight protestor Ngere Pirangi told CINews on Thursday that she was grateful that cabinet minister Wilkie Rasmussen held a public meeting to hear the concerns of the people. Coming out of the meeting at Arutanga Hall, Pirangi echoed the comments of others at the meeting saying it was good of […]

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Protestors voice concern

Saturday 28 March: About 60 people attended the public meeting in Aitutaki on the Sunday flight issue on Thursday. The meeting with cabinet minister Wilkie Rasmussen, held at the Arutanga Hall, lasted just over two hours. The minister held his ground despite coming under intense pressure from many at the meeting who protest against Sunday […]

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