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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.


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.

Cook Islands Tourism on facebook

Cook Islands Tourism is using all measures to promote the nation after creating their own page on popular social network site, facebook. With 478 friends, the website is a favourite for locals, tourists and Cook Islanders living overseas. Recent updates include a link to the feeler music clip which was recorded in Rarotonga last month […]


The Feelers rock Raro!

Captivating a full house at Captain Andy’s Beach Bar & Grill at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa last month, the Feelers belted out Blue Skies accompanied by fast-beat traditional Rarotongan drumming using pate and pau drums, really capturing the essence of this idyllic tropical island with such lyrics as ‘Blue skies take me away, […]


Mauke immerses in culture

Students of Apii Mauke this month immersed in Cook Islands culture. Kua riro teia epetoma i te akaora mai i te peu Maori a to matou ui tupuna. Ka riro te puapii akaaere e te tuanga apii Te Reo Maori a Uriau Teatai te akateretere i te au angaanga o teia epetoma e kua tauturuia […]


SATURDAY 22: Return to the reef

Dear Editor, We write to express our sadness at the passing of a son of the Cook Islands, the celebrated poet Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, who died last weekend in New Zealand. Although he left the Cook Islands involuntarily 76 years ago, his affinity with the place of his birth remained, and grew stronger in […]


Renowned poet who took words for a walk

SATURDAY 22: Cook Islands-born poet Alistair Te Ariki Campbell passed away in Wellington on Sunday at the age of 84. Campbell, born in Penrhyn, was a renowned poet, playwright and novelist. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005. His funeral was held earlier this week at St Mark’s […]


Home grown uni grads

SATURDAY 22: Delivering on accelerated in-country programmes has been a key focus in the Cook Islands by the University of the South Pacific. In addressing yesterday’s graduation at the Are Karioi Nui, USP vice-chancellor professor Rajesh Chandra said that these programmes allowed students to complete their degree while continuing to live and work in-country. “The […]


The world's most exciting game

Saturday 15: Rarotonga schools have been hit with netball fever as each cheer their adopted nation on at the World Youth Netball Championships. This week’s kid’s page shows their passion and love of the game. Netball is fun you Exercise a lot and Teams get better and better at it But it’s a bit of […]


KIDS PAGE - Rain doesn't stop parade for Aussies

Saturday 15: Rain may have delayed the Australian under 21 netball side’s visit to host school St Joseph’s yesterday. But it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of pupils who walked with team members along St Joseph’s Road – to the sound of drums – to where they were given a traditional welcome at the school’s entrance. […]


PNG visits Nikao Maori School

Saturday 15: Papua New Guinea took some time out of their bye day to visit their host school Nikao Maori yesterday morning. They may have been an hour late, but the children still enthusiastically lined up to provide a path for the team to move through the formal turou (welcome) in which the whole school […]


Arorangi school welcomes teams

Saturday 15: I’m amazed! Let all the adults of the world step aside and let the children show how a welcome should be done. England and Fiji Under 21 teams for the WYNC were treated to a special welcoming by Arorangi School. The children were ready from 8.30am to receive their guests – they had […]


Share the moments!

Saturday 15: When local composer Thomas Mereana-Ngauru composed his theme song for the Pacific Mini Games – there was very little going on about the event. “At the time I composed the song there really wasn’t much buzz about the games and I wanted to compose a song that would get people into the mood […]


Pacific must address gender equality to combat HIV

Saturday 15: As indigenous peoples around the world contemplate how to strengthen efforts to tackle HIV in their communities, an HIV advocate in the Pacific believes that more emphasis should be put on addressing the gender dimension of the disease. Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) prevention officer Jovesa Saladoka says if efforts to curb […]


More magic than just a postcard

Saturday 15: Tired of sending the same old postcards to friends and relatives overseas? If so, check out the newest range of postcards by Mauke residents Andrew and June Hosking and Edna Torea-Allan under the Taeria (towards awareness of environmental responsibility and individual action) and Mauke Magic labels. The new postcards not only show the […]


KIDS PAGE - National pride

Saturday 8: The students of Avarua Primary School were a highlight at this week’s Constitution Day celebrations. Their cultural dance group proved that it was a day of festivities and remembrance for all generations. This week’s Kid’s Page features the students’ cultural pride on show at the National Auditorium on Tuesday.


Gilbert rep on a mission

Saturday 8: Saturday 8: Gilbert brand manager Hellen Manufor will be looking to the Pacific for future sponsorships deals. Gilbert is the sponsor of the netball balls that will be used during the World Youth Netball Championships and is the favoured brand of sports balls for many champion teams. Just as Turtles is the sponsor […]


Imanuela eyes smile for the Irish

Saturday 8: Saturday 8: Imanuela Akatemia turned it on as hosts for the Northern Ireland under 21 netball team yesterday. And with Paul Lynch as MC and his father Paddy wearing his lucky green shoes, one couldn’t have asked for a more Irish setting for the school’s guests. The 60-plus students welcomed them into the […]


Get back to the 70s

Saturday 8: Saturday 8: Get the seventies dance fever! Te Uki Ou School invites everyone to share their fever at tonight’s ‘Island 70s Style’ fundraiser. Organiser Melinda Morris-Ponga (pictured) says the evening will be a lot of fun with great decorations, excellent company and an awesome supper. The social event is to raise money for […]


Tents pitched

Saturday 8: Tamarumaru Tent Hire is pitching its products to customers on Rarotonga. David Akanoa says the idea to set up a tent hire business was his son’s idea – who lives in Hawaii. Akanoa says they will be hiring out tent-like structures for functions and events, rather than the marquees which require poles to […]


Original volunteers return to friendly isles

Saturday 8: It’s been 11 years since American global volunteers Dr Patrick and Charlotte Scanlan visited Rarotonga last, and the one thing that hasn’t changed is the friendliness of the people. Pat and Charlotte were part of the first global volunteers group to come to Rarotonga in 1998 and today they are part of group […]



Saturday 8: Entertainer Andre Tapena releases his fifth CD since returning to Rarotonga this morning, Saturday at the Punanga Nui market. ‘Where’s the road to Pape’ete?’ is Tapena’s new album and it is based on the experience of a Cook Islander who asked this question to a Tahitian resident while in Pape’ete. The main title […]


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