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The Castanie Centre: A tribute to founding father of Catholic faith

Nestled behind Nukutere College, the country’s 126-year-old first Catholic Church cathedral has been restored, renamed, and blessed. The ‘sacred building’ will now serve as a library, an art centre and a place of gathering for Nukutere College student and the diocese.


Dreams fulfilled: Rarotonga students celebrate academic achievements

This week saw more school prizegiving ceremonies held across Rarotonga and the Pa Enua. Today, Cook Islands News presents the senior awards list for Apii Avarua, Apii Nikao, and Papaaroa Adventist School.

'Mentalist' here on world tour

Twenty-one-year old Tom DeVoe from Wales reads minds, and he can bend a spoon using not physical force but the power of his thoughts. He dropped into CI News, handed me a book and told me to open it to a random page, pick a word and say the word in my mind. I chose […]


Dancing title up for grabs

With the departure from Rarotonga of ANZ Bank’s Darrin Walsh, the Papaa Male Dancer of the year title is up for grabs. Walsh has been a dominant force in that category of the competition, grabbing the title in recent years. Now that he has moved overseas there is a chance for someone to step up […]


Preview tonight

BCA Artist in Residence Rick Welland will preview a new exhibition tonight at the Beachcomber Contemporary Art Gallery, Taputapuatea, at 6pm. Fourteen new canvases and a ‘remastered’ series of prints will be on show. This is the first time in this artist’s career that such a large body of his work has been collected and […]


Keeping traditional medicine alive

Group aims to strengthen tradition by encouraging Maori medicines use Te Rito o te Vairakau Maori is a small organisation that visits the outer islands in a bid to encourage the use of traditional Maori health practices. The first outer island workshop was held in Mauke in the first week of May, with a keen […]


'Snap' showcases photo art

The Art Studio in Arorangi is hosting a photographic group show for artists in Rarotonga with the preview evening opening tonight. Not only will the exhibition grant the opportunity for artists and photographers to showcase their work to the general public, but more importantly it provides acknowledgement and encourages the advancement of photography here in […]


The line between creation and destruction

Exploring different types of conversation as a means to identify ‘sense of space’ has inspired local artist Krick Barraud’s latest instalment titled ‘Contemporary Conversation’. Barraud is the final local Master of Art and Design student to be assessed and she has once again used the coral limestone home in Avana as the canvas for her […]


Don't take judicial freedom for granted

The people of the Cook Islands were reminded this week just how lucky they were to have such a strong and free judicial system – and told that they all have a responsibility to keep it that way. At a special court sitting on Thursday, speaker after speaker reminded those gathered, and the population in […]


Slow down for dog's sake

The Esther Honey Foundation animal clinic is pleading to the public to slow down on our roads. Vets at the clinic have been working round the clock to help save an alarming number of family dogs that have been run over on the roads. “The rate at which they are now coming in is astounding,” […]


'Parents as first teachers' courses to start soon

The ministry of education has begun a new initiative called Te Kakaia – a parent learning support programme – with the first courses set to start this term. The programme aims to support parents in their role as the first teachers of their children. Te Kakaia coordinator Anna Savage says fun, useful, practical and free […]


Aketa relocates to central location

Aketa’s coming to town. Originally located opposite Miro’s caf, the designer boutique has settled into its new spot across from the Punanganui market. Manager Rebeka Buchanan said that the move promises to satisfy customers who were hoping for Aketa to sell from a more central Avarua location. The boutique opened its doors last year and […]


Recyclable jewellery on show

Winners of the Te Akatauira Recyclable Jewellery competition will be announced on Tuesday after students display their funky creations. The first place winners in all three categories will walk away with $400, half of which will go to the school and the other half is for the student to pocket. Thirty-three anxious students will be […]


A day on the waves

Shooting pistols and rifles is not for everyone. But for the crew on police patrol boat Te Kukupa, knowing your way around a firearm is a necessity to protect themselves against aggressive fishermen while patrolling the Cook Islands exclusive economic zone (EEZ). As part of the police patrol officers’ maritime law enforcement training they are […]


Quiet weekend for police

Police say last weekend was a quiet one. An operation targeting drunk drivers found only four people driving with excess breath alcohol, all of who will appear in court this week. Sergeant Paraia Vainerere said that there “weren’t many people out and about (at the weekend), which was surprising”. He said that the hub of […]


Case of the mystery woman

It appears the mystery of a 25-year-old photo may have been solved. Former Muri resident Rick Welland is back on Rarotonga as the artist in residents at the BCA gallery, preparing for an exhibition on May 17. Originally from California, he first arrived in Rarotonga in 1961 and spent over 30 years living and painting […]


Attorney-General details history of freedom

Journalists from all over the world crowded into the auditorium of the University of Queensland auditorium to hear Australian Attorney-General Cameron Dick and Queensland governor Penelope Wensley speak yesterday about the virtues of a free press. Dick detailed the history of freedom of press and highlighted that in its initial stages, the media encountered the […]


UNESCO head talks of free media

World Press Freedom Day 2010 opened yesterday with a series of speeches delivered by media supporters. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, spoke about the value of a free media, and stressed the idea that the free circulation of information forms the foundation of a healthy society. Freedom of expression and freedom of information are “indispensable […]


Pacific makes its voice heard

The South Pacific added its two cents yesterday at the World Press Freedom Day conference in Brisbane. A panel made up of media workers from the Pacific featured Cook Islander Lisa Williams-Lahari who said she wears a number of hats, among them freelance journalist, women’s rights activist, wife and mum. Williams-Lahari compared media freedom to […]


It's still a fragile freedom

Freedom of expression is a civil liberty we mostly take for granted in this country. We see and hear that freedom working itself out in everyday life – letters to the editor, talkback radio, the ongoing Sunday flight protests in Aitutaki – and we consider it normal. But by comparison with our Pacific neighbours, some […]


Reporter Speaks out about trespassing case

On March 14 I was wrongfully arrested and charged with being unlawfully found on property. For a month I lived in a state of shock and disbelief that this could happen to me for simply doing my job. People told me that I was being victimised and intimidated by ‘bullies’ through the police, as retribution […]


Discovering their country

June Hosking discovers the thrill that can be found when people take the time to explore their own backyard. During the last school holidays a number of groups from Atiu visited other islands – and had a blast. Don’t leave home until you’ve seen your country. That’s just what three groups from Atiu decided to […]


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