FIRST LIGHT on a glassy palm-fringed Rarotonga lagoon is as picturesque as it gets, but it’s what lies beneath the surface of the crystal waters that draws Charlotte Piho to the depths below every time she returns home to the Cook Islands.
While most youngsters are content to just play games on their smartphones, Tai Eraio is searching deep into space above Rarotonga every day and night, tracking the International Space Station on his phone.
Gerald McCormack director of the Natural Heritage Trust, explains the story behind the success of establishing the Kura (Rimatara Lorikeet) on Atiu, where the bird had previously been absent for 200 years.
A potentially serious and alarming situation is looming for many of Rarotonga's accommodators, restaurateurs, bars, traders, public and private buildings as well as private residents.
Sarah Wilson recalls the time back in 1995 when a group of Rarotonga residents became involved in a huge protest campaign against nuclear testing on the French Polynesian island of Mururoa. The local protest effort was aided by the Cook Islands government, which arranged for the voyaging canoe Te Au O Tonga to join the protest flotilla.