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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.

Dance troupe trip postponed

The Oire Nikao dance troupe’s upcoming all-expenses-paid trip to Tahiti was cancelled last week and postponed to next year. Eighty members of the troupe dancers, drummers, leaders and costume makers were scheduled to leave at the end of this month to perform in the Polynesian cultural festival in Papeete. But the trip was called off […]


Animal safety your responsibility

Taking good care of your animals is in your best interest as well as theirs. Some people have suggested that the Esther Honey Foundation animal clinic in Nikao put more emphasis on owners tying up their dogs to prevent them from being hit by cars. The foundation has long advocated that dogs be kept at […]


NCD focus at forum

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) are co-organizing the Pacific NCD Forum from June 21 – 23 in Nadi, aimed at strengthening prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Pacific islands. With the theme ‘From Evidence to Action’, the forum will focus on utilising existing evidence […]


Englishman finally realises Raro dream

It took Englishman Richard Bird 41 years to reach Rarotonga, but he’s finally made it. In 1969, Bird read Tom Neale’s autobiography, An Island to Oneself, which traces the Kiwi author’s life on Suwarrow, and resolved to visit the Cook Islands. He sent a letter to government requesting information about how to get here, as […]


French arrive tomorrow

French naval vessel La Tapageuse arrives in the harbour tomorrow and will be here for three days. Its crew is returning from a mission to patrol the high sea pocket that spans the exclusive economic zones of the Cook Islands, Kiribati and French Polynesia. Te Kukupa was a convoy to the voyage as well. Nathallie […]


Police training boost

This week, police signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department for National Human Resources Development (DNHRD) formalising its intention to provide police training under the accreditation of the Association of Cook Islands Tertiary Institutes (ACITI). The Cook Islands police services will be providing police education and training programmes that are endorsed by ACITI, which […]


Cooks bring warmth to chilly Fieldays

Cook Islands Tourism (CIT) brought the warmth of the Pacific to the chilly Waikato at the annual National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek. CIT was there promoting the country at the four-day event held from June 16-19. Fieldays is the largest agribusiness event in the southern hemisphere and is attended by farming enthusiasts throughout New […]


Mongoose helps cats and dogs

The Mongoose golden oldies rugby team volunteered their time to clear the site of the new SPCA animal centre in Vaimaanga recently. The team worked hard for two afternoons ridding the site of creepers and other foliage so that work can begin on cat runs and dog kennels for strays. SPCA president Alistair Macquarie said […]


Tai reaching for the stars

Aspiring actor Tai Mackenzie can’t cry. He was the only Pacific Island student attending the National Youth Drama School in Hawke’s Bay this year, and he’s caught the eye of a well-known production company, but he can’t cry. Mackenzie, 18, said that it’s the only thing he finds difficult about acting. “I’ve been sitting in […]


Whitireia churning out graduates

The Whitireia Community Polytechnic in Porirua has for years been offering NZQA business administration and computing programmes to employees in the Cook Islands. This month, a number of Cook Islanders graduated from office administration and computing, business and accounting courses. Aquarius hosted graduation ceremonies earlier this month in recognition of the students’ hard work, commitment […]


Police seek information about burglar

Police are asking for any information regarding an armed young man who reportedly attempted to break into two homes. Two Matavera residents reported a male of a slender build trying to break into their homes, armed with a pocket knife. He was wearing black shorts, shirt and shoes, and a blue jacket. If you have […]


Calling all Cook Is Canadians

Cook Islands based Canadian teachers Seija Webb (left) and Nancy Fulford are proud of their Canadian heritage. So much so, the pair are calling for all Canadians, visitors to the island and those living and working in the islands, to come together to celebrate Canada Day which is officially observed on July 1. But in […]


Fisheries management body to benefit Cooks

The Ministry of Marine Resources, along with its industry members, recently finished a series of meetings with officials of the Government of Mauritius which resulted in a commitment by Mauritius to ratify the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA). Joshua Mitchell, Director of Offshore Fisheries presented a letter from the Cook Islands Minister of Foreign […]


National workshop to safeguard heritage

Safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of the Cook Islands is the key theme of a national workshop being organised by the Ministry of Cultural Development and UNESCO. The national workshop has been scheduled to be held between June 29 and July 1. Director of UNESCO in the South Pacific, Dr Visesio Pongi will be attending […]


Police warn speeders to please slow down

Police are cracking down on speeding. In the past week, 30 people have been charged for speeding and fined $100 each. Police want to remind the public to drive cautiously in two reduced speed zones – one at the back road of Nikao, from Aunty Mau’s residence to the Harley Street intersection, and the other […]


Audit loses senior staff

Audit is losing two senior staff members. Manager of special reviews and performance audit Allan Parker and senior audit manager of financial audit Elizabeth Tommy have been posted at the regional audit body, Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institution (PASAI). Parker has been appointed Capacity Building Advisor and is currently on secondment and taking leave […]


The big one that didn't get away

What local fisherman Brendon Nicholas and charter customers Stewart and Geoff Nightingale thought was a shark turned out to be the catch of the day a two metre long blue marlin. Stewart Nightingale of Auckland and his father Geoff from Auckland were the lucky fishermen that hooked the monster marlin on board Brendon’s charter boat […]


Cross-country series continues on new course

The fourth race of the cross-country series got underway last Thursday with six males, eight females and dog. After having been shown the course beforehand, Phil Washbourn was supposed to show everyone the course, as it had been lengthened from last time, with an additional section through bush and trees. Unfortunately, they were a little […]


Air NZ board fly in

Air New Zealand board members, including chief executive Rob Fyfe, chairman John Palmer, and the senior executive team will meet in Rarotonga this coming Monday for a first ever offshore Air New Zealand board meeting in the Pacific Islands. Air New Zealand manager David Bridge said it was a great honour to have the team […]


Agreements signed by volunteers

Four national voluntary agencies have signed agreements with NZAID and OzAID for next year, in what Julie Affleck of NZAID called ‘low spend, high impact’ funding. The Cook Islands Red Cross received $70,000, the Creative Centre Trust $65,000, the Cook Islands National Council of Women $65,000, and Punanga Tauturu $150,000. Bob Kimiangatau is manager of […]


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