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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.


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.

Plenty of art to see

Though next week’s Pacific Arts Association symposium is not open to the public, anyone is free to attend post-conference exhibitions and functions. Long days of lectures, presentations and panels will end in celebrations both official and unofficial – four of which are open to everyone. On Monday night, Samoan artist Nanette Lela’ulu will present her […]


Voyagers training to be skippers

Duncan Morrison, who skippered vaka Marumaru Atua on its journey from New Zealand to the Cooks, is training six local voyagers to be certified skippers. Morrison hails from New Zealand and was earlier this year asked to captain the vaka during her recent voyage. He’s now on Rarotonga and plans to be here until September. […]


New grocery store opens

There’s a new one-stop shop in town. Raina Traders has expanded to include Supa Saver, which offers groceries – local fresh fish, local fresh vegetables, dry goods and frozen goods – and home-grown plants. Raina will continue to sell the same products, including black pearls and solar hot water heaters. Owner June Baudinet and her […]


Stunning shows 'raise the roof'

While Te Maeva Nui crowds have been small to moderate throughout the week-long competition – the shows on stage have brought on cheers and applause that have almost lifted the roof. And the biggest cheers on Thursday night were for the outstanding Pukapuka team who took to the stage last. In fact, the northern island […]


Ni hao ma – welcome to Auckland

I heard the other day that 37 per cent of people who live in Auckland weren’t born there. I can hear some of you saying ‘so what’ – well not only were they not born there but according to the source of this information neither were they born in this country; and that got me […]


Major arts gathering all go

Prominent artists and academics heading to Raro for symposium The Pacific Arts Association’s 10th International Symposium, for which scores of prominent artists and academics are travelling to Rarotonga’s shores, is less than a week away. Crown Beach Resort is hosting the symposium, which is themed ‘Pacific Art in the 21st Century: Museums, New Global Communities […]


Wendt keynote at Festschrift

The much-anticipated Festschrift for Papa Ron Crocombe opens next week, and those planning to attend look forward to hearing from keynote speaker Albert Wendt on the conference’s inaugural day. Wendt has been influential in Pacific literary circles since the 1970s. He’s known for his award-winning novels and most recently for winning the Commonwealth Writers Prize […]


Chloe off on Hawaii adventure

Tereora College fourth form student Chloe Wragg will soon be greeted with mahalos, and choking under beautiful leis, as she has been chosen as the 2010-2011 exchange student to Kamehameha School in Hawaii. The cultural exchange is for eight months and will allow Wragg to experience a new culture, new experiences and life outside the […]


Symbols and flags, and the feel good factor

If you were at Avana on May 29 when the waka arrived on their round voyage from Aotearoa, you would have noticed that the Maori waka – Te Matau A Maui – was flying a red white and black flag. This week there has been chatter and angst that perhaps that ‘Maori’ flag might be […]


Popular Kiwi band coming to Raro

New Zealand band the Warratahs are coming to Rarotonga in early August for holiday, and will be playing two shows while they’re here. Barry Saunders on vocals and guitar, Nik Brown on fiddle and mandolin, Sid Limbert on bass and local Maurice (Mo) Newport on drums will perform at Hidie’s and at Sails while they’re […]


DisBin arrives in Raro

Disposing of sanitary and personal waste just got easier thanks to self-labelled ‘enviropreneur’ Helen Mays from New Zealand who is in Rarotonga promoting the DisBin. DisBin is a waste disposal system designed to make disposing of sanitary and personal waste discreet and inexpensive. Cook Islands distributor Matthew Grierson hopes to see DisBins at all commercial […]


A coin with history

Twenty-two years ago Malcolm Macquarie bought three silver Cook Islands $25 coins. The coin has ancestral value to his wife Meremaraea Tinirau Macquarie, as Makea Takau Ariki, who is featured on the coin, was her great grand aunt and was the reason the coins were produced. According to the history accompanying the coin, when faced […]


2 new photo books released

One of the largest and most comprehensive photographic collections of all islands in the Cook group has been built up over two decades by photographer and publisher Noel Bartley. Now the publisher of Escape, the award winning Cook Islands destination magazine, has produced two books on Rarotonga and Aitutaki using some of the stunning images […]


A life well spent

The last 50 years have gone by rather quickly for Bishop Stuart O’Connell, the Catholic Bishop of Rarotonga. On Tuesday he celebrated his golden jubilee his 50th year since ordination as a priest. Today his milestone will be celebrated with a mass followed by a feast and entertainment. Sitting and talking with the Bishop over […]


Pearls on mini Raro tour

Pearls of Meganesianz will be performing at venues across Rarotonga for the next week, and kicks off its mini-tour tonight at Whatever! Bar. Pearls of Meganesianz will dance to the drums of Te Foinga Niva, champion drummers for the past three years. The group of eight dancers and seven drummers came from Auckland with their […]


Kids holiday fun with YWAM

Kids have nothing to do this school holidays? Then take them down to the Youth with a Mission (YWAM) premises for a week’s worth of fun and games next week. The YWAM Kids’ club called ‘The Truth Seekers’ will be holding camps and activities for children every school holidays and the theme for this holiday […]


Another visit, another bad report

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone saying how privileged Maori are I wouldn’t be writing this column – I’d have retired to Tupapa with the cash. The latest United Nations official to come to Aotearoa last week has – once again – shown just how much drivel those statements are. […]


Eclipse from Te Kou Maru II

Local lawyer Tim Arnold was at sea on Taio Shipping’s inter island cargo vessel Te Kou Maru II last Sunday morning for one of the best views of the total solar eclipse. He came back with these photos of the impressive event. 10071207-09


Rehab helps rehab

A $700 cheque was handed over to Te Vaerua rehabilitation services by Scott Arlander of Rehab Nightclub and Bar. The funds were raised by Rehab at a function organised by Arlander and Michael Robinson from Australia, who was here with a group of fellow Australians for the solar eclipse earlier this month. The funds were […]


Designer label launched in Raro

Clothing outlet id.CK in the Banana Court complex launched a new designer collection for women on Thursday. The clothes are the work of well-known New Zealand designer Annah Stretton, who calls her 2010 collection ‘Sand in Her Pants’. Her business, Stretton Group, is based in Waikato. She owns a chain of 30 retail stores throughout […]


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