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Age no barrier for 65-year-old Vaka Eiva competitor

A 65-year-old Hawaii-based woman who has returned to Rarotonga to compete in the Vaka Eiva for the first time in 13 years says she will be paddling “until I’m dead”.

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Sovereignty, authority and the highest expression of God’s love

I’ve been pondering again, the events that took place in the Garden of Eden and God’s plan and intention, revealed in verses 26 to 28 of the first chapter of Genesis; writes Pastor Paul Kauri of Arepua Church.

Homecoming for long-haul pilot of Australia’s flag carrier airline

A Cook Islander’s journey to become a pilot for Australia’s flag carrier airline began on the hill overlooking Rarotonga International Airport, where a young Alaina Marsters would watch the aeroplanes disappear into the horizon.


A day of pride, unity and reflection

In a joyous display of national pride, the Cook Islands celebrated its 58th anniversary of self-government in free association with Aotearoa New Zealand, established on August 4, 1965.


Celebrating cultural diversity

Kapa haka groups from Aotearoa New Zealand joined by local Kiribati, Filipino and Indonesian communities illuminated Te Maeva Nui International Night.


Cook Islands natural skincare products a hit with customers

Locally made oils featuring in the ‘Maruoi Natural Skincare & Cosmetics’ range is becoming increasingly popular among locals and visitors attending the annual trade show due to their natural ingredients.


Kapa haka group returns to Cook Islands to heal and give thanks

On Tuesday night, the 2023 Te Maeva Nui International Night stage witnessed a deeply moving tribute by Aotearoa New Zealand kapa haka group Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao as they paid homage to their beloved leader, Sally-Ann “Hereana” Roberts, who tragically passed away during last year’s festival.


Te Maeva Nui 2023: A celebration of ‘who we are and where we come from’

A small respectable crowd attended the official opening ceremony of Te Maeva Nui – the 58th Cook Islands Constitution Celebrations – which marks the beginning of week-long events at Te Are Karioi Nui (National Auditorium).


First-timers Vaka Tereora ‘wows’ audience with heartfelt performance at Te Maeva Nui

The Vaka Tereora (Tereora College) team sang with pride and joy in the choir and imene tuki sections, delighting the audience at Te Maeva Nui official opening ceremony on Monday night.


Dinning table: Little Poly where expectations meet reality

Driving past Little Polynesian Restaurant (Little Poly) in Titikaveka, I always wondered the kind of dining experience they offered. So when the opportunity came to dine at this poolside restaurant, no was not an option.


58th Constitution Celebrations officially open

The 2023 Te Maeva Nui cultural festival got off to a spectacular start with the official opening ceremony which involved the lighting of Te Maeva Nui Flame by Prime Minister Mark Brown at the National Auditorium last night.


New book shines light on the life of Cook Islander Missionary in Papua New Guinea

A new book was presented to the Cook Islands National Library, shining light on the life of Orometua (pastor) Tumupu Kea, who lived in Papua New Guinea over a century ago, spreading the message of the Gospel.


Mum’s hope for missing teenage son

A year after a 19-year-old teenager went missing after being dropped off at a bus stop on Rarotonga, his family is still hopeful of finding him.


The monument that ‘tore’ Vaka Puaikura people apart

Tinomana Tokerau Ariki and the Arorangi Ekalesia unveiled a large and prominent monument that had been shipped all the way from Italy to commemorate 200 years of Christianity in the district.

Church Talk

‘The Spirit of God … will never die’

Historian and author Howard Henry has been fascinated by the birth of Christianity in the Cook Islands for many years. In a weekly series, Henry chronicles the arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands and its role in building the nation. In this article, he talks about the new Church and Mission laws.

Church Talk

Globe-trotting juggler looking to make Cook Islands connection

A Brazilian juggler who has toured nearly 40 countries on his mission to take the circus to the remotest corners of the earth, hopes the Cook Islands will be his next stage.


Tauranga Vananga sponsors acknowledged

Tauranga Vananga Ministry of Cultural Development hosted the 2023 Te Maeva Nui Sponsors VIP Event at the Crown Beach Resort and Spa on Wednesday night.


Manihiki, Rakahanga combine forces

Northern group islands Manihiki and Rakahanga are combining forces for this year’s Te Maeva Nui festival which starts on Monday at the National Auditorium.


Platinum sponsor extends support

Vodafone Cook Islands has announced it will continue with its platinum sponsorship for Te Maeva Nui, the nation’s best and most popular cultural event of the year.


Church talk: Is there more to the 200 year story?

This week has been a beautiful crescendo of many months of planning, fundraising, organising and no doubt, pressure to navigate the many ceremonies in commemorating the preaching of Christ through the arrival of the gospel 200 years ago throughout the Ngaputoru and finishing with Rarotonga, writes Paul Kauri, lead pastor at The Arepua Gateway Assembly of God Church.

Church Talk

Te Maeva Nui – ‘the greatest celebration’

Quick Facts Month: July-August Venue: National Auditorium Duration: 10 days Layout: Mix Event Sponsorship Target: $100,000 - $200,000.


Pukapuka defies odds at Te Maeva Nui

Pukapuka Nassau will be hitting the stage at next week’s Te Maeva Nui culture festival with spirited “girl power”.


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