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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.

Aketa relocates to central location

Aketa’s coming to town. Originally located opposite Miro’s caf, the designer boutique has settled into its new spot across from the Punanganui market. Manager Rebeka Buchanan said that the move promises to satisfy customers who were hoping for Aketa to sell from a more central Avarua location. The boutique opened its doors last year and […]

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Recyclable jewellery on show

Winners of the Te Akatauira Recyclable Jewellery competition will be announced on Tuesday after students display their funky creations. The first place winners in all three categories will walk away with $400, half of which will go to the school and the other half is for the student to pocket. Thirty-three anxious students will be […]

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A day on the waves

Shooting pistols and rifles is not for everyone. But for the crew on police patrol boat Te Kukupa, knowing your way around a firearm is a necessity to protect themselves against aggressive fishermen while patrolling the Cook Islands exclusive economic zone (EEZ). As part of the police patrol officers’ maritime law enforcement training they are […]

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Quiet weekend for police

Police say last weekend was a quiet one. An operation targeting drunk drivers found only four people driving with excess breath alcohol, all of who will appear in court this week. Sergeant Paraia Vainerere said that there “weren’t many people out and about (at the weekend), which was surprising”. He said that the hub of […]

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Case of the mystery woman

It appears the mystery of a 25-year-old photo may have been solved. Former Muri resident Rick Welland is back on Rarotonga as the artist in residents at the BCA gallery, preparing for an exhibition on May 17. Originally from California, he first arrived in Rarotonga in 1961 and spent over 30 years living and painting […]

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Attorney-General details history of freedom

Journalists from all over the world crowded into the auditorium of the University of Queensland auditorium to hear Australian Attorney-General Cameron Dick and Queensland governor Penelope Wensley speak yesterday about the virtues of a free press. Dick detailed the history of freedom of press and highlighted that in its initial stages, the media encountered the […]

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UNESCO head talks of free media

World Press Freedom Day 2010 opened yesterday with a series of speeches delivered by media supporters. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, spoke about the value of a free media, and stressed the idea that the free circulation of information forms the foundation of a healthy society. Freedom of expression and freedom of information are “indispensable […]

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Pacific makes its voice heard

The South Pacific added its two cents yesterday at the World Press Freedom Day conference in Brisbane. A panel made up of media workers from the Pacific featured Cook Islander Lisa Williams-Lahari who said she wears a number of hats, among them freelance journalist, women’s rights activist, wife and mum. Williams-Lahari compared media freedom to […]

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It's still a fragile freedom

Freedom of expression is a civil liberty we mostly take for granted in this country. We see and hear that freedom working itself out in everyday life – letters to the editor, talkback radio, the ongoing Sunday flight protests in Aitutaki – and we consider it normal. But by comparison with our Pacific neighbours, some […]

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Reporter Speaks out about trespassing case

On March 14 I was wrongfully arrested and charged with being unlawfully found on property. For a month I lived in a state of shock and disbelief that this could happen to me for simply doing my job. People told me that I was being victimised and intimidated by ‘bullies’ through the police, as retribution […]

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Peka enjoying her taste of news

Cadet reporter Peka Fisher has begun laying a solid foundation for a career in journalism after a smooth two weeks with Cook Islands News. The form six Tereora College student is mature beyond her 16 years and this can certainly be attributed to her recent eight-month stint at Kamehameha School in Hawaii as an exchange […]

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Jokes good for kids

Telling jokes is good for kids. It increases their confidence, helps them to remember a story in order and relate it to others, and stimulates their thinking. Who would have thought something that all kids enjoy could be so useful! So, here are a few: 1. Knock Knock Who’s There? Wood Wood Who? Wood you […]

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Discovering their country

June Hosking discovers the thrill that can be found when people take the time to explore their own backyard. During the last school holidays a number of groups from Atiu visited other islands – and had a blast. Don’t leave home until you’ve seen your country. That’s just what three groups from Atiu decided to […]

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Cricket kids have a ball in holidays

Junior cricketers showed off their batting and bowling skills yesterday to Cook Islands Cricket school holiday programme sponsors Nick Henry of 88FM and Nauma Atiau of Avarua Bakery. 88FM and Avarua Bakery have supported the cricket initiative over the past two weeks of the school holiday, which drew close to 30 kids for each session. […]

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Women journalists want to move forward

BRISBANE, April 30 Women journalists attending the Pacific WAVE Media Network in Brisbane this week, including a number from the Cook Islands, have confirmed they want to move forward on a draft strategic plan developed over the last year. They say they want to work on their governance and working documents helping them to lead, […]

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Press freedom celebrated

BRISBANE, April 28 – More than 300 media professionals will gather in Australia this weekend to celebrate freedom of the press and to acknowledge what they and their colleagues undergo to uphold it. World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) falls on Monday, May 3. This year, the University of Queensland in Brisbane is hosting the Asia-Pacific […]

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Lecture series explodes freedom of expression

Ahead of World Press Freedom Day to be held at the University of Queensland this weekend, the UQ School of Journalism and Communication will hold a free World Press Freedom Day lecture series commencing Thursday, April 29, at the UQ St Lucia campus. The first lecture in the series is entitled: A phone is just […]

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Primefoods up and running

Primefoods, the new grocery business in the old Meatco building, threw open its doors last Friday and is open for business. The butchery is up and running, and managing director Dan Forsyth and his employees are taking pointers from a visiting NZ-based butcher who Forsyth says has won awards for making sausages. Primefoods stocks a […]

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Anzac programme and breakfast

As Anzac Day falls on a Sunday, the Returned Services Association club in Nikao will not be selling alcohol to those wanting something to warm the soul after the dawn parade. RSA president Henry Wichman confirmed that the club was not granted a special liquor licence to operate on Sunday. However, Wichman says that this […]

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Aitutaki boy Eric Henry slips off quietly to war

Eric Henry left his home on the beautiful atoll Aitutaki in the Cook Islands about 1935-36, not knowing that he would not be back again for a decade. He and his brother Ru were heading off to Aotearoa to go to secondary school at Te Aute College in Hawke’s Bay. It was a tortuous journey […]

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