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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.


Spreading festive cheer on Rarotonga

The Tropical Christmas Committee is pleased with the activities of the festive period which continues today with the Santa on Tour from 8.30am to 11.30am, starting at CITC Supermarket to the Punanga Nui Market and through town.

Mangaia to benefit from eclipse rush

If all goes according to plan, Mangaia will benefit from the eclipse rush for years to come. Island Hopper managing director Robert Skews has been working closely with locals to ensure that everything is ready for the tour group’s arrival and to make sure the island will profit from next weekend’s sudden spike in tourist […]


Prize donated

Te Aito Cook Islands winner Serena Hunter is donating her prize money to Te Vaerua Community Rehabilitation Services. As legal adviser to Te Vaerua, Hunter’s sister Marie Francis has played a big role in getting the organisation up and running. Francis asked Hunter to donate some items for the garage sale that Te Vaerua hosted […]


Links opened with Arab nations

Prime Minister Jim Marurai has been in Abu Dhabi for the first ever Pacific Island Countries meeting with Arab leaders. The group was talking about how to get the two regions working together politically, economically and socially. The United Arab Eremites fully funded three people from the Cook Islands to attend the meeting. The PM […]


Cultural heritage back in spotlight

Te Reo Maori, the art of tivaivai and the process of investitures and chiefly titles will be among the fascinating presentations and discussions at today’s workshop on safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of the Cook Islands. The three-day workshop officially opened yesterday and will run until tomorrow afternoon. Among yesterday’s keynote speakers was former prime […]


Serious crash at seawall

A motor vehicle crash on Saturday night at the seawall ended in hospitalisation for a male driver in his early 30s. He had veered into the opposite lane at the bend in the road and crashed head-on into a truck. His motorbike was badly mangled and he was rushed to hospital with a fractured right […]


Massage table a welcome gift

Pastor Ngarima George threw his head toward the heavens and thanked the lord for his newest gift of a portable massage table. Pastor Ngarima is also an accomplished tumu korero and traditional masseur and the new portable table will ensure he continues to heal through his belief in the lord and his magic fingers. But […]


Mangaia prepares to host eclipse watchers

As eclipse-chasers from all over the world dust off their telescopes and pack their bags, the island of Mangaia is busy preparing for their arrival. Mangaia School is getting ready to host 91 guests during the weekend of July 9-11. The tour group, which arrives that Friday, will be ushered into community halls until the […]


New party offers economic suggestions

New political party Te Kura O Te Au say they believe that the economy can be rescued by “sovereign intervention” and expansion of private sector activities. “We in the bubble of the Cook Islands appear to be fearful of doing it, preferring instead to rely on handouts from New Zealand aid,” party founder Taraota Tom […]


Avatea students learn first aid

Years 4-8 at Avatea primary school went through a ‘People Savers’ first aid course for two weeks last month. The course taught students basic first aid skills including the recovery position, book work and a practical demonstration. A course was held last year for teachers and this year the students were given the opportunity to […]


Call for support to battle epidemic

Health specialists have appealed for increased United Nations support in the battle against the epidemic in the Pacific of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, heart attacks and cancer. A meeting in Nadi last week backed a call on the UN to hold a global summit on NCDs, to include them in the Millennium Development […]


Air NZ lounge separate from the VIP lounge

The difference between the Air NZ premium lounge and the government lounge at the newly-renovated airport terminal has become the subject of much confusion. Air NZ manager David Bridge clarified that the government lounge will be used to host visiting dignitaries, the prime minister and local government officials before and after flights. It is a […]


New Norway ambassador visits

Norway has appointed a new Ambassador to the Cook Islands. On Friday at the residence of Queen’s Representative Sir Frederick Goodwin, Her Excellency Mrs Siren Gjerme Eriksen presented her credentials as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Cook Islands. She handed over a letter from King Harald V to Goodwin, which authorised her as Norway’s […]


NZ quizzed over $4.8m for Pacific

The $4.8 million allocated in the New Zealand Budget for the Pacific Economic Development Agency (PEDA) has been widely questioned. The NZ Government said that the money will be used to help young, unskilled Pacific Islanders without jobs who are living in New Zealand. But concerns have been raised about how capable PEDA is of […]


Ben breaks out of comfort zone

the winner of New Zealand’s version of The Apprentice was Cook Islander Thomas Ben. He took the time out packing up his house in Auckland this week to talk about his love of the Cook Islands and offer a few business tips to budding entrepreneurs. Ben’s grandfather was born on Manihiki and his grandmother was […]


Blue Light run to break relay record

Next Thursday’s 40 hour run-a-thon relay is slated to break a record set by the Takuvaine U21 rugby boys in 1986, who ran a fundraiser relay for 36 consecutive hours. The July 1 relay is a police initiative, and proceeds will benefit Blue Light, the non-profit organisation that aims to keep kids out of trouble. […]


New party wants no Sunday flights

Te Kura O Te Au said it would seek to immediately suspend all Sunday flights to Aitutaki and after a “cooling off period” of at least two years, conduct a referendum with the people of Aitutaki regarding Sunday flights. The new political party recently announced this as one of its objectives if it was successful […]


Tamariki apii tumu korero

Kua raveia te tarere atu korero na te au tamariki apii Rarotonga inanai i ko i te apii Avatea. Kua putuputu mai te au aito korero Maori no roto mai i te au apii i runga i te enua no teia akakoroanga e kua akapapa ratou i ta ratou au korero ki runga i te […]


Cutting the cloth to fit

This month as we close on this financial year, the budget policy statement for the next financial year says it best: we will need to ‘cut our cloth according to our size’. We’ve all had one of those days when trying on a shirt or skirt we find it has shrunk, when all else has […]


Aitutaki identity passes away

Bernard ‘Bernie’ Storr, aged 75, passed away at the Aitutaki hospital after a long illness. He was given a long funeral service on Saturday June 5 at his residence in Tautu. His grieving wife Tapu and family wish to advise all family and friends about Bernie’s passing away. His wife Tapu is the daughter of […]


Stan the Man helps at home

Ireland based Cook Islands professional rugby player Stanley Wright is back home on Rarotonga for his annual visit to catch up with his parents David and Tuki Wright. But the hulking six-foot-one prop has spent much of his holiday helping local clubs ahead of this weekend’s first round of the 15s season. Stan is based […]


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