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A man facing intent to injure charges has asked the courts if he can consume alcohol over the festive season despite bail conditions stipulating he can’t.

Flight Centre aims for CI growth

Cook Islands Tourism invited a representative of one of NZ’s largest travel retailers, Flight Centre, to speak at the opening of the industry’s biennial forum on Monday. James Brooker manages the relationship between Flight Centre and CI Tourism. The Australian-headquartered Flight Centre is a global company in eight countries and has 13,000 staff – in […]


Proposal aims to change constituency seats

Combining constituency seats to create fairer representation is a major recommendation of the new proposal for political reform. Prime minister Jim Marurai released the proposal yesterday saying he hoped it would generate public debate and put extra pressure on MPs to consider just how reform should happen. Under the proposal put together by political reform […]


Mango catcher spotted

A potential future Cook Islands cricketer was spotted in Aitutaki recently practising his fielding skills by catching mangoes. Twelve-year-old Wesley Robert has been holidaying on Aitutaki with his parents Nana Tiamoke from Atiu and Robert. Wesley has been playing cricket since he was six, and plays for the under 14 Illawara Region back home in […]


19 by-elections?

Dear Editor, The Gang of 19 led by CIP’s Henry Puna is calling for elections. Why do they bother the prime minister and cabinet with this matter when they can have their elections if they want? It’s simple, Henry. All 19 MPs can resign from parliament immediately thereby forcing 19 by-elections. Of course, the remaining […]


Wigmore defends seabed job ad

Dear Editor, With regard to the position of Commissioner of the Seabed Minerals Authority, I believe that we have to walk before we run. The Cook Islands have no mining activity and there won’t be any for several years. However, opportunities can exist for interested companies to apply for an Exploration Licence once the required […]


Mou Piri asks for wide access to 1998 report

The group for political reform, Mou Piri, is calling on government to provide better public access to the 1998 Commission of Political Review report. Mou Piri believes the government-commissioned report is an excellent document that provides detailed results from public meetings on all islands, submissions from a broad spectrum of society as well as professionals […]


MP appalled PM never saw Toogood report

Prime minister Jim Marurai’s receipt of the ‘Toogood’ report a month after it was released to government is appalling, says Opposition MP Teina Bishop. The December 22 report details government’s $1.75 million out of court settlement with the country’s two fuel distribution companies over the controversial fuel farm scheme. “The PM should resign – it’s […]


Te Marauru o te Pae Apii

Akamarama’anga no runga i te peapa NCEA Revera Tai Ka rauka i teia peapa me tere atu te maka (credits) a taau tamaiti ki te varu ngauru, mei roto mai i te au apii e apai ana aia. Ka tare katoa ia te au maka tei rauka iaia mei te revera tai ki te revera […]


NCEA results improving overall

Last year’s results for students entered in national certificate of educational achievement (NCEA) saw improved pass rates – but 50 percent of final year students are still failing to pass, according to the ministry of education’s statistics. A total of 503 students from the seven accredited colleges and secondary schools entered level 1 (year 11) […]


Plea for safe travel

The beginning of the school term will likely generate an increase in road traffic. Road Safety Council and Cook’s Island Bus Passenger Transport Ltd would like to remind drivers, bus riders and pedestrians to travel safely. RSC chairman Colin Burn asks that students be sure to walk carefully along the side of the road, even […]


Understanding NCEA

Information for parents about NCEA qualifications Students entering NCEA Level 1: To achieve NCEA Level 1 your child needs a total of at least 80 credits from all the subjects he/she is taking. Credits count from Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 standards Minimum Language and Mathematics requirements: Part of your child’s total of […]


Healthy habits enhance learning

As parents gear up for the start of the school term, the health department would like to remind them to encourage children to stick to a healthy diet. According to nutritionist Karen Tairea, eating healthy foods can enhance a child’s ability to learn and improve his or her behaviour and concentration. Tairea advises schoolchildren and […]


From teaching to auditing

Andrea Panther with her husband Lance and daughters Olivia (7) and Ashley (11). “/> Small communities are where Andrea Panther thrives but the teacher is taking a cautious approach to her new positions as an audit officer within the Ministry of Education. “Mostly I’ll be making sure that teachers are doing the right things and […]


Imagine this!

Fishing, snorkelling and playing cricket are among the things new Tereora College English teacher Guy Savage and wife Anna are keen to do when they are not in the classroom. Three years ago the couple visited Rarotonga and thought, “Imagine living here!” Now they are here and keen to ease into the island lifestyle. “We’ve […]


New physed teachers on a mission

For Ben Sexton, shifting to Rarotonga is a case of both teaching and learning. He and his partner Rachelle Owen-Cooper, who arrived in Rarotonga last Sunday, are new additions to the Titikaveka College teaching faculty. Ben will teach Science, Rachelle will teach Health and both will teach Physical Education. Both Ben and Rachelle have been […]


USP 2010 – we're open to everyone

This year USP Cook Islands Campus will spearhead the introduction of a five-year work and study degree in hotel management to help meet a key human resource need of the Cook Islands main export industry – tourism and hospitality. This degree will be delivered entirely in the Cook Islands to employees of the local hotel […]


New teachers from NZ

The Ministry of Education is proud to welcome its new group of New Zealand teachers keen to take up the challenge of teaching Cook Islands kids. In total nine teachers have arrived on our shores from New Zealand to fill in various teaching positions from English teachers to Performing Arts tutors. MOE have compiled mini […]


Trades centre gears up for year

The trades training centre (department of national human resources development) in Arorangi is due to have an orientation for students in the first week of February. Night classes are due to start in February with dates and times to be confirmed by the end of this month. These classes are as follows: (1) National Certificate […]


Optimism abounds for education in 2010

Schools in the Cook Islands re-open on Monday January 25, 2010. All students are expected to be back at school from Day One although in the case of secondary schools, some may have a staggered start with different year levels attending on different days initially. A late start puts students on the back foot from […]


Watch out for the bus and be safe

Buses will be running as usual this school term, and riders and road users alike should make sure to exercise care on and around the school bus. Kevin Cook of Cook’s Passenger Transport reminds students not to cross the road in front of the bus. He asks parents to cooperate by waiting for their children […]


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