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Cook Islander researching research and uplifting ‘the homies’

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.

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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.

Kids' club helps boost tourism

Marketing the Cook Islands as a family friendly destination got a boost with the opening of the island’s newest kids’ club at the Edgewater Resort and Spa in Arorangi. The Coconut Kids Club, the second of its kind on the island, was officially blessed and opened on Thursday morning with a traditional ceremony. The resort’s […]

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Junior journalists with a nose for news

Grade 5 students of Avatea Primary School spent part of term one learning about the various career options they can choose when they finish school. As part of their ‘my dream career’ topic, the students had the opportunity to speak with a number of working professionals from the community and visit a number of businesses. […]

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Two budget blowouts expected

Government has finally revealed that it expects a $4.1 million budget shortfall in the 2010/11 budget. The budget policy statement (BPS) published March 31 shows a budget blow out is now a reality in this financial year. Instead of the estimated $2.9 million surplus, there is now a $1.8 million shortfall expected in the budget. […]

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Songs of joy and sorrow

The wise sayings of our ancestors rang out loud and clear in the National Auditorium on Thursday night as ten new songs were presented for the 2010 Mire Atu composers’ competition. The new songs, written by both accomplished and first time composers, were based on this year’s Mire Atu theme of ‘the wise sayings of […]

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Tyree checks into Rehab

Tyree of the popular New Zealand hip-hop group Smashproof is checking into Rehab tonight to perform his first-ever Cook Islands show. Tyree, who hails from Papatoetoe, came to Raro last week for a wedding and was approached by Rehab co-owner-operator Damon Enoka, who asked him to perform at the popular beachfront bar and nightclub. At […]

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Cyclone Pat moments from Aitutaki

She was fierce, she was strong She was here for pretty long She took us out and blew us up She went right around She made us scared and made us cry I really thought I was to die There were rattles, there was fear She showed us all that she was near She came […]

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Aunty Dolly turns 90

Kate Daisy Baker (nee Estall), known commonly as Aunty Dolly, spent her 90th birthday dancing with friends at the Taputapuatea palace grounds. Dolly was born in Rarotonga on March 18, 1920, one of Marcus Estall’s and Lindai Taripo’s eight children. Dolly grew up in Avatiu and attended the St Joseph’s convent school in Avarua where […]

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Open Mic Nite at RSA on Monday

The second Open Mic Nite of the year will open at 7 pm on Monday at the RSA. All aspiring musicians, comedians, story-tellers and performers are welcome to drop by to showcase their skill. Chris Musselle of Waterline Bar & Grill said that last month’s OM Nite was ‘great’ and enjoyed a ‘big turnout’ of […]

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World TB Day marked

the move against tuberculosis means more than learning about TB, it means creating meaningful partnerships and screening at-risk populations. This was the message that Karmen Bennett, Secretariat of the Pacific Community global funds grants manager, emphasised to MPs, civil society organisation representatives and ministry of health personnel during the luncheon to celebrate World TB Day […]

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The response in Aitutaki:

Safe drinking water As the cyclone damaged or destroyed water tanks, roofs and guttering, an immediate need was clean, safe, drinking water to prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases. To meet this urgent need, Australian Red Cross sent a water and sanitation specialist to Aitutaki with a water purification unit, able to produce 5,000 litres of […]

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Red Cross still helping

Red Cross has helped more than 470 Aitutaki families through its relief assistance over the past month. Red Cross staff and volunteers were among the first to respond after Cyclone Pat struck the island on February 10, by going door to door to talk to families and assess people’s needs. During its initial ‘rapid needs […]

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Composers' competition profiles

Teariki Adams. Adams is taking on the composers’ competition challenge for the first time.The Ruatonga resident believes that God has blessed him with many talents and composing songs could be one of them. His first compilation will be sung by Papa Kairua. “/> Tuwunga Mataora. Tuwunga have composed a number of songs over the years […]

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'Legend' painter new artist in residence

BCA has chosen its 2010 ‘Artist in Residence’ – Rick Welland, who will return to the island in April to begin painting a new series of works. BCA’s Ben Bergman says that Welland was “one of the first contemporary artists” on the island, and painted locally between 1962 and 1989. “Welland’s vibrant and expressive (realist) […]

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NY embraces Manuia exhibit

The Manuia exhibit, which debuted in a New York City gallery last week, drew a large crowd of interested onlookers. Curator Ben Bergman of Beachcomber Contemporary Art said that about 70 people attended, and “interest and feedback (were) strong”. “In the extremely competitive art environment that is NYC, we were thrilled at the attendance and […]

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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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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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