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Autism students to display masterpieces at inaugural art auction

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.

Political will critical to usher in change

All Pacific Island States with Cook Islands included, but except Nauru, Palau and Tonga, have ratified CEDAW and endorsed the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), and therefore are accountable to advancing equal rights for women and men, and the empowerment of women, according to UNIFEM Pacific. CEDAW is the UN Convention to Eliminate All Form […]


$220,000 in support for social recovery

The Aitutaki recovery plan includes $220,000 to support social recovery on the island. “While a lot of focus has been placed on the physical reconstruction and establishing systems to return people to normalcy, there is a need to monitor and assess that the people affected by the disaster are also recovering. The needs assessment and […]


WAVE calls for civilian and media leadership

Regional development agencies must step up more effective engagement with civil society and media leadership to help achieve stronger Pacific futures, says the Women Advancing a Vision of Empowerment Network, WAVE. “What we are seeing from the Pacific regional and national statements coming out at Beijing +15 is a continuing trend from previous regional and […]


Coordination the same despite numbers: SPC

The Pacific representation at the 54th Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York may be very small this year, but the effort put to making the representation possible has been the same for technical officers from the region. National statements, country delegates, plenary sessions, side panel events, a change in UN hosting […]


Local play to honour Women's Day

To honour International Women’s Day on Monday March 8, the Cook Islands National Council of Women in partnership with Punanga Tauturu are putting on a stage play. Written by Vaine Wichman, produced by Tereapii Napa and directed by Clare Waldroun, the play will be staged on Monday at the Assembly of God church in Takuvaine […]


Tsunami experiences recorded

Takitumu Primary School’s composite grade 4 and 5 students held a tsunami brainstorming session to learn more about a tidal wave caused from an earthquake. The students then wrote their own early morning tsunami evacuation stories using words from their brainstorming session. Today’s Kids Page features tsunami stories written by Takitumu Primary School students. Cook […]


Mangaia gives $8200

The island of Mangaia raised $8200 for the Aitutaki cyclone relief effort last week through a telethon appeal, hosted by volunteers, the Mangaia TV station and the local YPE branch. Mangaia Red Cross president Gill Vaiimene commended the people who made “a great effort for a population of less than 600”. The money was sent […]


Beijing's daughters – doubtful and disconnected at 15

She was ten years old when Beijing’s commitment to a world of equality, development and peace was declared. At 25, Linley Faulkner is in New York at Beijing+15, wondering where the years – and the BPA, went. “I still wonder how useful the document is now. As a statute it is very useful but I […]


Telecom to credit Aitutaki customer accounts

Telecom Cook Islands is lending a helping hand by crediting all Aitutaki customer accounts for rentals for the month of February. It’s a relief package worth about $20,000. All landlines, broadband internet, dial-up internet and post-paid mobiles will have their monthly rentals free for the month of February. This is to help the people of […]


The price of eggs and CITC

Local egg supplier targets ‘monopolistic trade practice’ Dear Editor, I write to inform your readers that CITC is at it again. The CITC conglomerate has advised that they do not require us to supply them with eggs as they have adequate stocks of NZ eggs. Typically this advice is verbal as they have shown a […]


Political deals and terms explained

Dear Editor, In response to your journalist Helen Greig’s questions, I answer as follows: all 24 seats contested at all elections belong to the party and not to the incumbent MP as stated on our radio hour today. Kare te nooanga e no te mema. Kare ite taoonga kopu tangata. E taoonga ikiia ra, e […]


First fundraiser for Tupapa meeting house renovations

The Tupapa Nui meeting house fundraising committee will launch its first fundraiser this Saturday – a barbecue that should kick off around 8am at the Maraerenga Meeting house next to the Convenient Shop. A plate of food will cost $10 and all proceeds will go to the meeting house renovation project. Fundraising committee chairman Juinor […]


Classic liner cancels tour

The latest in a line of cruise ships to cancel shore visits to Rarotonga this year because of ‘sea conditions’ was the European liner Princess Danae yesterday. Destination Management Cook Islands cruise ship coordinator Marlene Cuthers says their company had been talking with the ship’s agents for two years in the lead up to its […]


Tsunami plan expected today

Emergency management met with police, MOIP, Red Cross, met services, Ports Authority, ministry of health, ministry of tourism, Telecom, BRET (Betela-Rutaki Emergency for Tsunami) and the airport authority yesterday to draft a comprehensive tsunami response plan. Willie Tuivaga of EMCI said that the plan has been submitted to cabinet for review and will be released […]


Govt still seeking views on welfare

Members of the public have less than two weeks to submit their views for this year’s review of the social welfare system. The ministry of internal affairs announced last month that government is undertaking a preliminary review of the system and has identified a number of issues for broader public discussion. A public discussion paper […]


Time to renew liquor licences

All liquor licences will expire on the 31st of this month. Businesses intending to serve liquor in the coming months will need to apply to have their licence renewed. According to Harriet Williams, secretary for the Liquor Licensing Authority, 210 licences had been issued as of December last year and will be up for renewal […]


Evacuation successful

Police patrol boat Te Kukupa is due to return this morning from its emergency evacuation mission to Nassau. Tetava said that the pick-up was successful and the two patients are reported to be in good health. The operation was expected to encounter Cyclone Sarah, but the commander and his crew were advised by maritime adviser […]


NZ law change extends student loans to Cooks

Interest-free student loans will be available to borrowers in the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau and the Ross Dependency under law changes passed by New Zealand parliament last week. The loan requirement is that they have to be present in one of these countries – known as the ‘Realm of New Zealand’ – for at least […]


CITC explains tsunami day problem

Dear Editor, I am sure there were a lot of disappointed customers at the CITC Supermarket on Saturday afternoon (February 27) who were wanting to buy supplies, after everything being closed in the morning due to the tsunami warning. First there was a power failure and with no working power backup system in place, the […]


Tonga advocate steps up for Pacific on key issues

Tonga’s Emeline Siale Ilolahia is eyeing new strategies to engage Pacific Commonwealth networks in achieving the vision of the Gender Plan of Action. Ilolahia is the executive director of Tonga’s Civil Society Forum and took on a new hat this year, representing Pacific civil society networks to the Commonwealth Gender Programmes Monitoring Group (CGPMG). Ilolahia, […]


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