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Traditional voyage for Aitutaki’s 200-year celebrations

GPS and modern navigation will be switched off for the overnight trip to Aitutaki on Vaka Marumaru Atua. Instead, the crew will be using traditional wayfinding techniques guided by stars, wind, swell, and the sun.

Business as usual for public health

Saturday 11: While there have been some calls for the Tobacco Control Act 2007 to be reviewed, public health staff are gearing up for when the legislation takes full effect on June 1. Health promotion manager Edwina Tangaroa says that ongoing awareness will continue, with visits to workplaces on Rarotonga in the coming weeks, on […]

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Protect teeth

Thursday 9: Injuries on the sports fields can be prevented by mouthguards. This is one of the messages Dental Services is promoting during the current Dental Health Week. Wearing a mouthguard is a must when playing contact sports Dental Services actually make mouthguards at the clinic in Tupapa. “Wearing a mouthguard helps to protect the […]

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It's World Health Day

Tuesday 7: It’s World Health Day today – this year’s theme focuses on the safety of health facilities and the readiness of health workers who treat those affected by emergencies. To commemorate the day this year, the World Health Organisation is advocating a series of best practices that can be implemented, in any resource setting, […]

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Recruiting young paddlers follows Vaka Iti

Thursday 2: While the Rarotonga schools oe vaka programme wrapped up at the weekend with the CITC Vaka Iti Champions, junior paddling doesn’t end there. All three canoeing clubs on Rarotonga are still recruiting paddlers, especially for the junior category in the under 14, 16 and under 19 grades. The Vaka Iti Champions was a […]

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New vaka, new industry

Tuesday 7: The first of a fleet of 28 canoes for the 2009 Pacific Mini Games – designed and built locally – was given a test run on Saturday with local paddlers giving the new fibreglass canoe a big two thumbs up. The prototype was christened ‘Patu’ and the brand name of the new boat […]

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Tav's sashaying in Belgium this week

Thursday 2: Ellena Tavioni is showcasing 25 of her Tav’s creations this week at a music and fashion show in Belgium. Her colourful island-inspired dresses will be sashaying down the catwalk to the sounds of traditional Cook Islands music. She says she will be using this opportunity to secure international buyers and promote her country […]

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Face off with Aussies in Aitutaki

Monday 6: The New Zealand show Celebrity Treasure Island set to be filmed in Aitutaki this May will be a celebrity showdown between NZ and Australia. CI Tourism board member Kevin Iro says it won’t be aired on the Discovery Channel as tourism minister Wilkie Rasmussen had believed, but will probably be aired in Australia […]

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Chinese catch cold

Thursday 2: Apart from a few cases of runny noses and coughs, there have been no major accidents at the multi-sports complex site in Tepuka. Stadium construction project manager John Strickland yesterday dashed the rumour that an accident had occurred at the site hospitalising a number of the Chinese workers. He told Cook Islands News […]

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Bulk fuel initiative faces risk

Monday 6: An update on the regional bulk fuel procurement initiative was given at the Pacific Plan Action Committee meeting in Fiji last week. Foreign affairs Pacific division director Carl Hunter says the update provided those at the meeting with progress on the initiative, and encouraged countries to sign up to the memorandum. The Cooks […]

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Café sign stolen

Thursday 2: Janet Dearlove (pictured) of The Café in Taputapuatea is usually a happy, bubbly person but on Tuesday morning she was livid to find out that the café’s sandwich board with new signage had been nicked. “I couldn’t believe it,” said Janet when she discovered the board was missing. What upsets the Dearlove family […]

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Roadside cleaning talks this week

Monday 6: Meetings will be held this week to go over tender requirements for cleaning roadsides and drains around Rarotonga. Tender documents have been put together by consultant Patrick Arioka and he says that the meetings will help familiarise contractors with the requirements under the new tenders. “We want to bring them on board so […]

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TCI tops up pageant prizes

Thursday 2: The top three contestants chosen at the Miss Cook Islands pageant tomorrow night will be spreading their good news in style. Maine Kuki Airani, Maine Tapairu and Maine Purotu will each receive a brand new Nokia 6111 courtesy of Telecom Cook Islands. The phones, each worth $330, join an already bountiful prize package […]

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Healthy snacks, healthy teeth

Wednesday 8: This week is Dental Health Week and the team at Dental Health Services wants you to know how to have healthy teeth. Today the message is about not eating sugary sweet foods too often. Every time you eat, particles of food become lodged in and around your teeth, providing fuel for bacteria. The […]

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Another offshore bank on notice

Monday 6: Uruguay based operation ordered to comply with FSC conditions Another offshore bank has had conditions attached to its licence, according to the Financial Supervisory Commission website. Pacific Trade Bank Limited was confirmed by commissioner Lorraine Allan as having conditions on its licence, and a copy of the conditions was obtained from the FSC. […]

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Forum Line reviews shipping situation

Thursday 2: Pacific Forum Line’s chief executive Captain Sean Bolt says he has been here this week to gauge whether the shipping company should resume full services to the country. He says there is no clear solution to the Cook Islands’ shipping problems but PFL is looking at what it can do short term and […]

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Tools for school principals in training

Wednesday 8: About 10 school principals, mostly from the outer islands, are taking part in a Ministry of Education workshop designed to provide them with key leadership, management and monitoring skills. As new principals, there is always more to learn about effective leadership which is the theme of the workshop. Yesterday numeracy facilitator Strickland Upu […]

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Air Raro pleased with Manihiki agreement

Monday 6: Air Rarotonga managing director Ewan Smith has met with deputy prime minister Sir Terepai Maoate to discuss the outcome of meetings with Manihiki airport landowners. Smith has told the DPM that he’s extremely pleased that an agreement has been reached. “It’s outstanding that the DPM has been able to achieve agreement between landowners […]

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Supplementary budget changes explained

Thursday 2: Government’s latest supplementary budget tabled in parliament yesterday will see its expenditure rise by almost $5 million and its expected revenue decrease by $27,000. The extra expenditure is to go towards covering the costs of the Pacific Mini Games and finance minister Sir Terepai Maoate explained that the reduction in projected crown revenue […]

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Aitutaki café tender called for

Wednesday 8: Tenders are being called for the airport café in Aitutaki. Airport Authority’s commercial, operations and quality assurance manager, Mark Vaikai, says the tender calls for the set up of a café on the same premises vacated by the previous operator who closed last week. “The primary intent of having the café in the […]

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Joint venture not final

Monday 6: Pacific Mini Games 2009 Ltd and World Youth Netball Championships 2009 Ltd – the companies organising this year’s two big sports events – are near to finalising a joint venture agreement. Games minister Wilkie Rasmussen says that there have been difficulties in finalising the agreement, especially in the areas of sponsorship, marketing and […]

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