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Friends use humour, fun in bid to save Cook Islands language

Three friends in Christchurch are using their online platform Kūki Learning to teach Cook Islands Māori language and culture in a fun and engaging way, despite facing challenges with limited time and resources.

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Personal trainer fights for a happier, healthier community

Heart diseases, stroke, and heart attack made up 53 per cent of NCD (non-communicable disease) deaths in the Cook Islands from October to December last year. A new grassroots initiative ‘Gym and Juice Club’ may help to battle the Cook Islands’ increasing NCD diagnoses and waistlines.

Manea goes green

Managing director James Beer has entered into an agreement to purchase solar panels from a Chinese manufacturer and will be installing what he called the country’s largest renewable energy generating system on the rooftops of his Nikao and Arorangi stores. Beer was prompted to ‘go green’ after reading a recent study, which predicted that the […]

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ROC makes waves!

There was a great buzz at this year’s Hamilton Island Cup – Australia’s premier outrigger canoeing event. Many paddlers were excitedly waiting for the first real appearance of the new “Tiger ROC” OC6 canoe and she didn’t disappoint. The project came about when Vaka Eiva regular Mark Forbse decided his love affair with the ROC […]

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How to watch an eclipse

If you ever want to view an eclipse, the first thing you must know is you must never view the sun with the naked eye or with any optical device, such as binoculars or a telescope. Remember as a kid, did you ever take a magnifying glass out into the sun and burn leaves? If […]

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Eclipse to track across the Cooks next Sunday

‘Eclipse-chasers’ from all over the world are gearing up to watch one of nature’s greatest shows from Mangaia next weekend. On Sunday July 11, tourists and locals will crowd the Mangaia airstrip to watch the moon block out the sun for three minutes and 18 seconds. The moon’s shadow makes its first contact with Mangaia […]

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Down memory lane after 36 years

Former Rarotonga resident Mark Holland returned recently after 36 years to show off the island to his family. Holland moved to Rarotonga with his parents Jack and Beverly Holland over 50 years ago and attended the Nikao Side School from 1959 to 1961. His father was the Director of Primary School Education and his mother […]

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Pacific Break offers shot at fame

Calling all budding Cook Islands musicians, here is your chance to get that break you’ve always dreamed of. Radio Australia’s Pacific Break is a competition that is searching for the best original unsigned musical talent in the Pacific. Entry is easy just send in your original work on MP3, CD or tape. Every week on […]

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Wheel superhero

Batman in training Sam Head was pictured zooming around in Arorangi on his ‘Bat-mobile’ with dad Dean. Four-year old Sam loves dressing up as Batman and thinks he can fly too! 10070201

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'Found poetry'

By Elliot Weir New Zealand versus Italy, The results of one all, Were not expected at all. After Shane Smeltz scored a goal, Italy knew they had to take control. Giogio saw his golden chance, But it bounced off the pole in a spinning dance. Gialuca attempted a sweet drive, But the dink drifted wide. […]

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New run record

The 40 hour run-a-thon relay – a fundraiser for police’s Blue Light organisation – survived Thursday night’s deluge and will wrap up this morning at the Punanga Nui market. At press time yesterday evening, runners had completed eight laps around the island. The fastest lap lasted just over two and a half hours. “We thought […]

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Youngster shines for Dragonflies

Soon to be sweet 16 Mati Toru had another fantastic game for Avatiu on Saturday as she smiled her way through her team’s 58-32 win against Takuvaine to head to next weekend’s grand finals against the Titikaveka Pearls. The 15-year-old shooter, who has played outstandingly through the whole season, is set to face Titikaveka’s defenders […]

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Highland Paradise rates with airline

The visiting senior Air New Zealand team, executives and board members said they were ‘very impressed’ with their experience at Highland Paradise last Sunday night. Air NZ CEO Rob Fyfe and senior Air NZ staff from here and New Zealand enjoyed the Highland Paradise dinner and cultural show that was the winner of a Cook […]

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Combined effort

The new $8.5 million airport terminal is the talk of the town, but often conversations don’t acknowledge all the local companies involved in its construction. The customs counters, for example, were crafted by Prestige Furnishings. Kurt Scheel of Prestige Furnishings said the designs were inspired by photos of counters at the Wellington and Christchurch airports, […]

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New studio for dance and drama at Tereora

Tereora College drama and dance students put on a fantastic show on Thursday night for the opening of the college’s first performing arts studio. The studio is the building at the bottom of the Telecom Sports Arena and after some minor upgrades – it was put to the test by years 10 and 11 students. […]

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News exchangers

TVNZ journalist Adrian Stevanon talks to CI News journalist Nerys Case who has spent this week in New Zealand on a journalism exchange arranged by the New Zealand Government. Stevanon has recently returned home after sailing from Rarotonga to Samoa on mixed vaka Hine Moana. Stevanon had never sailed before when he hooked up with […]

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It's do or die on the courts

This weekend’s netball games will be a ‘do or die’ match for all teams taking to the courts with the winners to meet those that were victorious during Saturday’s knockout round. In the premier grade, Titikaveka defeated Avatiu to go straight to the finals on Saturday July 3. It was a tough battle for both […]

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Vaka way to go!

HANDS UP: Araura Primary School were found by CI News waiting patiently by the double hulled vaka Marumaru Atua on Thursday afternoon. The students from Aitutaki, along with students from the southern group islands and Rarotonga schools were taking part in a student conference that ended yesterday. The conference centres on Education for Sustainable Development […]

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Maori speech competition on

Avatea Primary School has taken up the challenge this year of hosting the Rarotonga primary schools Maori speech competition. With 42 students and eight participating schools, the competition is to be completely in Cook Islands Maori including a traditional turou to kick off the event. The competition is an initiative started last year by then […]

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New Rarotonga terminal poised to open

The official opening of the new Rarotonga international airport terminal will be held on Monday at 2.30pm. The $8.5 million dollar upgrade work to the airport terminal began in early 2009 by New Zealand company Hawkins Constructions. Plans and proposals for the renovation of the airport terminal began in 1996 and with tighter security requirements […]

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Baker cooks up weight loss plan

Caf Jireh baker Katie Wilkins knows all too well the health issues that go hand in hand with being overweight. Today, the 49-year-old is fitter, stronger and healthier than she has ever been. But a year ago she received a serious warning from the doctors that her blood pressure was extremely high and that she […]

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Te Vara Nui opens its doors

Te Vara Nui is getting into the swing of things after staging its first ever show last week. Last Saturday, its doors opened for the first time to the tourism industry and honoured guests, and CI News was able to squeeze its way in as well. After a line of waiters and waitresses holding pupu […]

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