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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.

Domestic violence a priority for police

Police have identified domestic violence as a priority problem for the Cook Islands and to that end are working with representatives of the Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme (PPDVP) this week. John Robinson, PPDVP police mentor to the Cook Islands, has been working with local police for four years, and said he has noticed […]


Fun and treats galore at food fair

Aisles of smiles took on a new meaning at the CITC Supermarket yesterday as customers made the most of the annual food and wine expo. Scrumptious food samples and thirst quenching drinks and wines were shared out to a large crowd of shoppers that flocked to the supermarket. There were free product samples for everyone […]


Tourism boost as Cooks sign MOU with China

Tourism relations with the Peoples’ Republic of China took a major step forward last week when a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries was signed in Wellington, the Minister of Tourism, Robert Wigmore announced yesterday. “The document records certain understandings concerning visits to the Cook Islands by Chinese tourists designating approved travel agents, tour […]


Agnew recognised for services to health

Psychiatrist Dr Francis Agnew has been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit award for services to people of the Pacific with mental illness. He told CI News that as soon as his name was announced, “the phone didn’t stop ringing”. So he was glad that he was making a trip to the Cook Islands […]


Tupapa project ahead of schedule

The Tupapa meeting house renovation is two months ahead of schedule, according to Tupapa/Maraerenga pu tapere George Matutu. The project was expected to be finished by October but Matutu said he looks forward to completing the renovation by the end of August, though the grand opening is still scheduled for October. Workers have yet to […]


Tangee to run again in Nikao

Tangi (Tangee) Kokaua has once again been selected as Cook Islands Party (CIP) candidate for Nikao-Panama, winning the candidacy with 225 votes to Piritau Nga’s 120. The candidates had agreed before the run off took place that whoever lost would supported the winner after the run off. Tangee reported that after the run off he […]


Export all go

Pacific Island countries can look forward to continuing to export marine ornamental products to the European Union (EU) conditional on improving their reporting on the status of animal and aquatic health in the region to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). This lack of animal health reporting capacity has become a specific trade facilitation […]


Testing their cooking skills

The Hospitality Tourism Training Centre restaurant is currently holding its biannual invite-only lunches. It’s a chance for the students on the Food and Beverage Service and Food Preparation and Culinary Arts courses to test their skills on dignitaries, VIPs and family members. Both year-long courses are City and Guilds International certified and are recognised anywhere […]


Students offer sustainable advice

Rarotonga and outer islands’ students gathered yesterday at the National Auditorium for the start of the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Education for International Understanding (EIU) conference. For the past term, students have been studying a specific topic under ESD and EUI to build and enhance their skills and attitudes, question the way people […]


Terina goes independent

Long-time Cook Islands Party (CIP) supporter Nooroa Terina is running as an independent candidate for Tupapa in the upcoming general elections. Terina has been a CIP supporter since 1965 and says that he is the youth president of the party. “It is hard to leave the party that I love,” Terina said. He has been […]


Te Aito results

Open Women 12km 1 Serena Hunter 1.22.30 2 Paiao Short 1.22.38 3 Vaea Melvin 1.23.38 4 Teina Taulu 1.30.22 5 Annie Fisher 1.33.23 6 Chrissy Thomas 1.38.39 7 Paula Maoate 1.39.08 8 Myland Lane 1.43.21 9 Mami Nikoro 1.44.22 Open Men 24km 1 Reuben Dearlove 2.16.25 2 Fletcher Melvin 2.27.00 3 Graeme Whitfield 2.32.02 4 […]


Time of the essence

Time was on everyone’s mind in Avarua yesterday. Participants from the private and business sectors as well as government attended a time management seminar run by New Zealand personal business management coach Helen Corban. With over 20 years experience in corporate training and coaching, Corban works with small businesses to help them achieve success and […]


Track upgrade complete

Air New Zealand’s green team has finished their upgrade of the cross-island track. The new signs are up, rubbish bins have been installed at Wigmore’s Waterfall, and paths have been cleared. The work will be maintained by local members of the Air NZ green team. – NC


New party's cornerstone commitments

New political party Te Kura O Te Au have compiled and confirmed “cornerstone commitments” that will guide them going into the general election and in to the future. These cornerstone commitments are as follows: Reinforcing Cook Islands’ Dignity – Spiritual Empowerment: To strengthen the role of the Religious Advisory Council legislatively to maintain the spiritual […]


Tourism and piggeries

CIMRIS has studied the problem for the past four years and concluded that one of the areas where we can have the biggest impact is upgrading the way we deal with our household sewage. But tourist operators and piggeries still need to change their practices so that they can be part of the solution. Pig […]


Still time for eye test

The annual eye clinic, currently in the country, gives Cook Islanders eye care which optometrist John Veale says is as good as anywhere in the world. The team are here for another week and offer prescriptions for glasses as well as surgery for cataracts and laser treatment for eye disease caused by diabetes. Veale said […]


Young stands to inspire youth

Grant Young is planning to stand as an independent candidate in Titikaveka in this year’s general elections. Young will face off against Deputy Prime Minister Robert Wigmore and CIP candidate ex-police superintendant Taivero Isamaela. Young said that people like Robert Wigmore and Sir Terepai Maoate never go to the people and ask what they want. […]


Mataiti praises Te Vaerua's rehabilitation service

Up until three years ago I was very fit, walked across the island on a regular basis and taught young people how to survive in the outdoors. I worked as a senior instructor for the Cook Islands Outdoor Challenge, formerly known as the Cook Islands Outward Bound. I was also a member for the Search […]


Sneak peek

Representatives of the tourism industry will get a sneak peek at the new Te Vara Nui Cultural Village this weekend. Tomorrow, over 150 people employed by the local tourism industry will take the village’s inaugural tour, followed by an umukai and a performance by dancers on a stage in the centre of a lake inlaid […]


ANZ launches new home loan package deal

A new home loan package has been launched by ANZ bank. “Making your home with ANZ hasn’t been easier or cheaper,” says David Dennis, chief executive of ANZ Cook Islands. “We are slashing our rates and covering some of the initial costs required for a new home buyer, someone refinancing their home loan or renovating […]


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