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Rarotonga a special place for New Zealand Minister Jones

New Zealand’s Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones’ visits to Rarotonga are not just a break from his political and ministerial duties; they’re also a chance to reconnect with friends.


Young Cook Islands leader encourages youth: “Never be afraid, take up challenges”

Nineteen-year-old Nicolea Mateariki, who returned from representing Cook Islands at the Young Pacific Leaders Forum during 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC), has a message for young people: “Never be afraid, and always take up challenges.”

Tapping into Madrids tapas scene

A taste of Spain has made its way to Rarotonga, and it can be yours in bite-sized servings at the islands newest eatery. Crown Beach Resort and Spa this week launched another dining option to its arsenal, taking inspiration from the tapas bars of Madrid while keeping an island touch to the serving sizes. Crown […]


Get the know-how on ploughs

The Cook Islands Motor Centre is holding its second field day today, sharing all they know on ploughing, spraying, slicing and servicing your way through home and garden care. The field day will be held in front of the Motor Centre showroom at Panama from about 10am, with demonstrations, presentations and information available from the […]


More brilliant performances

An even larger crowd flocked to the national auditorium on Thursday night to enjoy another night of wonderful Cook Islands dancing. Those in the crowd who had been lucky enough to watch the show every night commented that the items and songs performed each night got better as the week went on. And those who […]


Chinese magic at Maeva Nui

Aerial splits, hula hoop dance and body balancing acts by the visiting Quangdong Art Troupe from China were a jaw dropping experience for the 600-plus crowd at the national auditorium on Monday night. Wide eyed spectators drank in the amazing performance by the seven Chinese dancers who are on a friendship tour of the Pacific. […]


One foot in past, one in the future

Of all the 36 works being displayed at the Club Bana art gallery, one work struck Mereana Hutchinson as embodying the spirit of the exhibition especially well. The work, Toka Tauri O Rongonui, is the first piece of its type shown by Atiuan artist Sandra Tisam. Hutchinson, curator of the Club Bana Te Maeva Nui […]


Blessing for new love boat

A new wedding vaka for Pacific Resort is sure to make for smooth sailing into married life for newlyweds. On Thursday the vaka named vaka o te inangaro, or vessel of love, was officially blessed at the Ngatangiia resort much to the delight of resort guests. The new vaka was traditionally designed and carved by […]


Manihikis beats on grand parade

After four days of travel over the ocean from the northern island, the Manihiki crew were more than ready for yesterdays float parade by the time they set off. Last-minute decorations on the float went up without much trouble, boasting the best food, goods and culture from the atoll. Pearls and clam shells hung from […]


Avatea puts best foot forward

The best of Avatea School was put on show yesterday with sports and school life taking a side-line to the schools cultural activities. Twenty pupils of the Nikao school, plus staff and teachers, paraded through the town, drumming, singing and dancing along the main street. As the school waited in the Avatiu marshalling area, six-year-old […]


National pride overflows

National pride overflowed at Avarua yesterday as thousands of Cook Islanders and visitors took to Maire Nui Drive for the biggest Te Maeva Nui float parade in years. Even the delayed start of the parade through Avarua couldnt dampen the spirit and enthusiasm of dancers on each of the 42 floats that paraded through the […]


Bieber takes time to grow up

Justin Bieber is taking a month off from his busy schedule to "grow up". The 17-year-old Canadian sensation is soon going to start work on his new album, but says he is going to take some time out to do the normal things in life that he hasn’t managed to do yet. Bieber, who is […]


Rapper Tyree gets kids moving

Young Cook Islanders who missed out on Tyrees Rehab performance last year had a chance to hear the Auckland rapper drop his rhymes at the Careers Expo on Thursday afternoon and again at BCI Stadium that evening. Tyree makes up one-third of the popular South Auckland hip-hop group Smashproof. He performed in Rarotonga last year, […]


Pacific writers memory honoured

Over 70 artists, writers and poets from around the region flocked to the Cook Islands Library & Museum last Friday to honour the life and work of the late Alistair Te Ariki Campbell. The Friday night function marked the launch of a month-long exhibition in commemoration of Campbell. The exhibition, which will run until August […]


New CI playing cards sell out

Local artist Joan Gragg started selling her original Cook Islands-themed decks of playing cards on Monday night, which proved so popular that not 24 hours later she was sold out. Dozens of people poured into the BCA Gallery to celebrate the launch of the exhibition on Monday. Over wine, conversation and fast-paced games of Uka, […]


All things whale on show

Herds of people both tourists and locals flocked to the grand reopening of the Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre in Atupa yesterday. For about a year the centres doors have remained closed, as director Nan Hauser and new management team Sheryl and Huw John put together new displays and sourced new artefacts from Trademe […]


Business people take advantage of expertise

Twenty-six local businesspeople representing about 20 businesses attended a free-of-charge training session this week with two of New Zealands top business trainers. Chris Elphick, director of Kirkham & Elphick Limited, has over 30 years experience as a business trainer and mentor. He and Lorraine Hoggard, of Business Mentors New Zealand, arrived this week to deliver […]


Visiting physiotherapists swamped with patients

Over the past three weeks, word on Rarotonga has spread about the American physiotherapist team operating out of the Creative Centre and their Kiikii Motel room. Kathleen Yasumura and Peggy Satterfield came to Rarotonga with Global Volunteers, and not long after theyd arrived word got around that the licensed physiotherapists were willing to see patients. […]


University so worth it

Armed with a university degree, Cook Islander Krystina Kauvai (above) is back on Rarotonga and ready to hit the job market. Kauvai, 24, last month completed a Bachelor of Commerce after three years at Auckland University. After she finished college, Kauvai scored a full university scholarship through the Department of National Human Resource Development. In […]


Trash to fashion celebration

Tereora College students ditched their school uniforms last week in exchange for plastic and newspaper ensembles for the schools first wearable arts award. The fun event organised by the schools art department as part of celebrating arts at Tereora College and to support art week. The event also seconded as a fundraising effort for the […]


Prepping the fine print

Delivering a 13-tonne printing press to Cook Islands News Building in Maraerenga came with a number of challenges unique to the site. Just one man has prior experience in the job and, luckily enough, he happens to be the man in charge of the operation. Engineer Steve Russell of The Printdoc Company said the moving […]


Painting the town blue, white and red

The Cook Islands French fraternity came together this week to paint the town blue, white and red in celebration of La Fete Nationale the National Day. Le Bon Vivant cafe in Avarua hosted all things French on Thursday for the Bastille Day revelry, with games, food and drink bringing a taste of life on the […]


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