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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.

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. […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Online colouring book fun and educational

Finding it hard to entertain the kids these school holidays? Matavera grandfather of seven, Neil Dearlove, has just discovered an online colouring site that his grandkids absolutely love. Not only is the online colouring book lots of fun, it also helps children develop important skills such as colour concepts, hand-eye coordination and of course how […]


New petrol station proposed at Nikao

Nikao might be getting a new petrol station. Builders have been busy developing the property across the road from Nikao Maori School and Avatea School in recent weeks. Removal of hedges on two sides of the site, opposite Tangee’s Store, has revealed an impressive new building. Former Toa Petroleum general manager Bruce Manuela has a […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Ruatonga man marches to remember his father

Among the men and women that will fall-in and march in Sunday’s Anzac Day parade will be Ruatonga resident Geoff Bergin wearing his father’s war medals. Bergin is encouraging families who have the war medals of their ancestors to honour them by wearing the medals and joining the 5.30am dawn parade and 10am civil service […]


Big weekend looms

After a tense 24-20 win over the Ngatangiia-Matavera Sea Eagles at the weekend, the Avatiu Eels will now prepare to take on the Tupapa Panthers this Saturday with the Edgewater minor premiership trophy and $2000 up for grabs. The clash will be at the swamp and along with a trophy and cash to play for […]


Music video production course

During the school holidays, local multimedia artist Jerome Shedden is giving young people a chance to break into music video production. Shedden is teaching a two-week course at USP titled Music Video Production Introduction, which is open to college students between the ages of 16 and 19. Shedden comes from a multimedia background and did […]


Rarotongan staff earn diplomas

The conference room at the Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa yesterday was alive with the scent of fresh ei and abuzz with the excitement particular to any graduation day. Bob Taylor, Taa Pera, Mila Engu, Netani Cataki and Laisa Brown were recognised at a graduation ceremony for earning their diplomas in hospitality management and food […]


Garden Bar to re-open

Following a long hiatus, the Garden Bar at the Banana Court (BC) opens on Monday. The popular hang-out was forced to close in December as a penalty for failing to pay rent to the Cook Islands Investment Corporation, which owns the BC complex. The opening of the Garden Bar represents the first step in the […]


Term ends with fun health day

Tereora College ended term one with a message for better health when it held ‘My Health Day’ yesterday. The aim of the fun day was to promote healthy choices in lifelong learning and to bring the first term to an end on a positive note. Students were asked to dress up as a food and […]


Takua by the bucket load

Have you ever started down a path, either literally or metaphorically, with that niggling feeling that you should turn back, but at the same time another urging you to go on, promising that things will get better? So, you stumble on deeper into the thick of trouble, wishing you’d turned back earlier, but thinking that […]


Guitar greats at Chilli's

Chilli’s Sportsbar and Restaurant will be screening It Might Get Loud, a documentary that traces the saga of the electric guitar, on Monday night at around 6.30. The film features the musical histories of three guitar greats: Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and the Yardbirds, The Edge of U2 and Jack White of the White […]


Dancer of the Year delayed

The Dancer of the Year competition has been postponed to late May. The Ministry of Cultural Development has had its hands full with the recent Mire Atu competition and this month’s school festivals, so it has pushed Dancer of the Year to the end of next month. The ministry is now accepting registration from dancers […]


Justice desperate

With the restoration of the Arorangi prison nearly complete, Secretary of Justice Mark Short is shifting his focus to other areas of immediate concern within the ministry. Short says that Justice’s problems stem from a “shocking” lack of funding. He says that the ministry is under-funded and under-resourced, which means it cannot and does not […]


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