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Following 10 weeks of fun and hard work, the cool and creative artists of Takavekave Tatou, the Autism Cook Islands art programme, will be displaying their masterpieces this Thursday evening.

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Tourism industry is resilient, says re-elected leader

Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council has re-elected its outspoken president Liana Scott for another term.

Club 25 to recruit blood donors

Red Cross Cook Islands is recruiting healthy young people to join ‘Club 25’, a group of eligible, ready and willing blood donors. ‘Club 25’ meets tonight at the Catholic basement in the Avarua Township to outline its objectives for this year and to elect club officers. The group, which as of now is just an […]


Harriers go green for St Pat

If things seem to have a green tinge today – it’s because it’s St Patricks Day. The local Hash House Harriers family held a special St Patricks Day run for their weekly meet on Monday with members wearing their best green outfits to the occasion. The hash trail through Arorangi on Monday was marked with […]


Better eyesight, one woman's vision

As a part of her third volunteer stint at Takitumu School, Global Volunteer Susan Koralik is – literally – helping local kids to look to the future. She came back for her second volunteer stint last year to find that a little girl she remembered, who she described as “bright and as sophisticated as you […]


Taxis and buses the answer

Public transport such as buses and taxis are a sure way to get home safe after a night out on the town “/> To cut down on drunk driving, buses, taxis and Dial-a-Driver are available as means of transport on Friday and Saturday nights. AAA Kia Orana Taxis, based at The Rarotongan Beach Resort and […]


Last day for public views on welfare payments

Destitute and infirm benefits, paid out to hundreds of people each year, are among the payments being reviewed under the social welfare system and the call for public submissions closes today. The review began last month when the ministry of internal affairs began asking for public views on the system and the payments made under […]


PM dumped by Demos

Prime minister Jim Marurai has been dumped from the Democratic Party but he’s not about to lose any sleep over it. “I’m fed up with them. I don’t care,” said Marurai yesterday. Demo Party president Makiuti Tongia wrote to Marurai last Wednesday to inform him that the party executive and central committee agreed his membership […]


Delayed texting explained

Telecom Cook Islands has had reports that some customers are experiencing delays receiving texts messages on their mobile phones. “We acknowledge that this is an ongoing problem and we want to explain what we are doing about it, and how customers can help,” TCI sales and marketing manager Mark Boyd said yesterday in a media […]


Manuia opens in NYC

Last night marked the beginning of a two-month-long art exhibit at the American Indian Community House in New York that will feature work by local artists Mahiriki Tangaroa, Mike Tavioni, Jerome Shedden and Kay George. The exhibition, titled Manuia, Stereotypical banality, cultural dimensionality & the key to contemporary pacific art is an effort to confront […]


Weekend crime

Police responded to a number of calls at the weekend but fortunately there were not as many motor vehicle crashes as the previous weekend. At 2.48 on Friday, Ngatangiia residents reported theft of a digital camera and a string guitar. They said the articles had been missing for ten days but that they hadn’t reported […]


First local HIV test counsellors certified

Four health workers received their certificates of competence in HIV test counselling on Friday. Last April they and four others currently in the outer islands took part in an intensive 10-day training course run by Pacific Counselling and Social Services and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. The Global Fund to Fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and […]


Meitaki atupaka Pukapuka!

The small Pukapuka community on Rarotonga has given $5330 to the Aitutaki Cyclone Appeal (ACA) – a gesture that’s been described as a “tremendous effort” by the committee. Pukapuka community spokesman Makirere Poila says they know only too well the devastating effects of cyclones and wanted to give a significant amount to help. “This donation […]


Top Shape changes hands in 21st year

Top Shape Gym in Taputapuatea this week celebrated 21 years of keeping Cook Islanders in shape and introduced a new management team to carry on the health and fitness work started by the gym’s founders. Founders of the gym Mann and Sisi Short held a joint birthday and handover ceremony at the Staircase Restaurant and […]


Ministers at odds over aid options

Cabinet ministers are at odds in opinion over government accepting more Chinese aid. Last week infrastructure minister William ‘Smiley’ Heather took a proposal to ask China to fund the construction of 200 houses in Aitutaki to cabinet but it was quickly shot down by finance minister Wilkie Rasmussen and deputy prime minister Robert Wigmore. It’s […]


56 youth ambassadors represent Cooks

Empowering youth through sports in order to give back to the community is one of the aims of the first Pacific Youth and Sports Conference to be staged in Manukau, Auckland, next week. A group of 56 youth from the Cook Islands under the banner of Cook Islands Youth Ambassadors will be taking part in […]


Habitat offers to build 72 new homes

A proposal from Habitat For Humanity New Zealand to build 72 new homes in Aitutaki in partnership with Lockwood NZ has been put to government. Finance minister and recovery coordinator Wilkie Rasmussen says Habitat representatives made an offer to cabinet on Wednesday and the proposal will go back to the ministers next Tuesday for possible […]


2 recyclers solve waste problem

Local residents and businesses have stepped in to reinforce Rarotonga’s recycling programme with recycling services of their own. If you’re looking to dispose of toxic waste or bulky metal appliances, drop them at the Big Orange Shop in Matavera, and if you’ve got inoperative electronics, discard them at IT Technology on the back road at […]


11 composers in Te Mire Atu

Te Mire Atu 2010 composers competition night has been brought forward to Thursday March 25 instead of the original date of March 31. The date for the annual composers competition was originally changed due to most of the songwriters getting behind the Aitutaki cyclone relief effort. The new change is to allow for the competition’s […]


We must stop alcohol abuse

Dear Editor, The tragic “out-of-control drink driving” accident that caused the death of a young, gifted Cook Islander who had so much promise and potential for the future once again highlights our culture of alcohol abuse. Visit some homes on Rarotonga on any Sunday afternoon and you will see groups of Cook Islanders happily drinking […]


Marlin hunters on world tour

Dreamin’ On, a 78-foot Garlington custom-built sportfishing boat, has docked at Avarua and is in the business of attracting curious stares from those who can appreciate a beautiful boat. It’s here as part of a world marlin-fishing tour and will be chasing marlin around the island for three weeks, though Captain Randy Hodgekiss pledges to […]


Demo Party dead the way it's going

Dear Editor, Demo MPs, what’s happening? Mr Tongia is running loose making all kinds of invalid claims on your behalf. Why can’t some of you stand up and declare your position. It’s obvious you are divided in your opinions and vision of the way forward. You are supposed to be a democratic party, but Mr […]


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