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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.

Hit youngster discharged

A five year old boy hit by a car while crossing the road on Monday in Matavera was discharged from hospital on Tuesday to recover at home from the bruises he sustained in the incident. Rarotonga Hospital director Heather Webber-Aitu confirmed yesterday that the boy was discharged after being admitted for observation overnight. Webber-Aitu said […]


Inmates grateful for saw donation

Inmates at the Arorangi Prison received a band saw yesterday courtesy of the Rarotonga Rotary Club to assist with their arts and crafts programme. Secretary of Justice Mark Short says that the arts and crafts created by inmates, and sold at the prison, helps offset the lack of resources they have to run the correction […]


UNESCO chief to promote media freedom

The new Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will promote media freedom at an international conference at The University of Queensland, on her first official visit to Australia. Irina Bokova will give a keynote speech at the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day 2010 conference, hosted by UQ, on May 2-3. […]


Maori hunting show shoots here

Maori Televisions popular TV show ‘Hunting Aotearoa’ will be gracing next week. The television show is here to film episodes of the hit show in both Aitutaki and Atiu. The crew, which arrives on Tuesday, will consist of five members, including the show’s producer, Piripi Curtis and presenter Howie Morrison Jnr, the son of New […]


India counsellor to visit Cooks

The counsellor and head of chancery at the High Commission of India in Suva, Sridharan Madhusudhanan, will visit the Cooks from May 4 to 8. Madhusudhanan will meet Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Dr Jim Gosselin, and other government officials to discuss projects funded by the government of India under a grant scheme. Diplomatic […]


Drink drivers beware

Police are conducting an intensive anti-drink driving campaign over the weekend and if you drink and drive, you will be arrested and put in the cells. Inspector Patia says that all police personnel, including the officers based on surveillance ship Te Kukupa, will take part in the campaign to deter people from drinking and driving. […]


Priority groups set to receive swine flu vaccine next week

The ministry of health has identified priority groups in Rarotonga to be the first to be immunised against swine flu (H1N1) in a week-long immunisation programme starting Monday. About 600 locals in these priority groups have already been asked to provide written consent so they can receive the vaccine next week. The World Health Organization […]


Flooding at Tupapa clinic

The heavy rainfall earlier this week was to blame for the flooding at the community health clinic in Tupapa on Monday. “The problem has been that whenever there is heavy rain fall, the area surrounding the outpatient treatment and dressing rooms get flooded because the outside of that area had a wall build and filled […]


Williams on way

Chief Justice David Williams will be presiding over a number of cases in the Cook Islands high court from May 3 to 14. He will hear the case of Arumia Samatua, who is representing himself and claiming that the Cook Islands police subjected him to cruel and unusual punishment. The defendant alleges that he was […]


Road safety an ongoing concern

It’s a message that’s taught and repeated time and time again in schools and in the wider community. Safe driving and a good understanding of basic roads rules is all the Cook Islands Police Force is asking from drivers and pedestrians. Issues such as underage drinking and driving without a licence are still ongoing issues, […]


Events kick off at University of QLD

BRISBANE, April 28 – Yesterday, more than 20 female journalists from the region met to discuss the difficulties of life as a woman who probes for information for a living. It was the first of a series of daily conferences building up to World Press Freedom Day, which will summon the media-minded from all over […]


Mangaia records at risk

The Office of the Ombudsman is echoing secretary of justice Mark Short’s concerns that justice records are not being handled or preserved appropriately. Assistant ombudsman Jeannine Daniel is responsible for training relevant government departments in the Official Information Act, which came into effect last year. While administering training to the Mangaia Island Council and Island […]


WPFD to be streamed live on the internet

The pictures and signs representing journalists murdered or who have disappeared in past years in Mexico during the commemoration at a past World Press Freedom Day. AFP PHOTO “/> Events at World Press Freedom Day 2010 will be streamed live on the internet from May 1 to 3. This year’s UNESCO conference, being hosted by […]


Pacific pioneer journalist dies

Cook Islands born broadcaster Elma Maua died in Wellington on Wednesday (NZ time) at the age of 62. She died after a long battle with breast cancer which earlier this year forced her to retire as sports editor of Radio New Zealand International. Maua was among the pioneer Pacific Islands journalists in New Zealand, also […]


Secondary teachers focus on Maori literacy

Secondary school teachers from Rarotonga and the southern group islands started a four day Maori language training workshop from yesterday. Maori language advisor Henrica Wilson-Marona and school review officers Tere Utanga and Andrea Panther will run the National Certificate for Education Achievement (NCEA) programme at the Crown Beach Resort. It is the first time a […]


Atiu group wows crowd in Tahiti

A group of 19 from Atiu were in Tahiti recently as part of a fundraising effort for a hostel in their community. The group, who were in Tahiti from April 13 to 22, were led by the president of the Atiu Nui Maruarua III Incorporated Society, Tupuna Rakanui and assisted by cultural leader Rouru Motu. […]


Pacific media women making history

Pacific women in news journalism, advocacy and media studies are making history in Brisbane, this week. In the first meeting of its kind, more than 20 women from 12 Pacific nations, including Cook Islands News journalist Rachel Reeves, are meeting in a ‘Media Freedom@Work’ event aimed at building safety, excellence and leadership networks for Pacific […]


Goat farming may get $1m boost

About $1 million of the $3.5 million agriculture revival project for Nga Pu Toru and Mangaia could go towards goat farms. On Monday Te One Kura project team member Tinirau Tamarua from the ministry of infrastructure and planning said like Mauke and Atiu, Mangaia wants to focus on an improved method of goat farming. “The […]


Tourism board to meet industry

The CI Tourism board plans to meet with the tourism industry on Thursday to discuss marketing plans for Australia which are being rolled out from this week. Yesterday, board member Robert Skews told CI News that the board and acting chief executive Halatoa Fua have now had talks with Air New Zealand on the promotion […]


Fish stay away from Anzac competition

With some good catches landed last week, there was high expectation among club fishermen that last Saturday’s annual Anzac competition would yield some big fish. However, there is a theory that a few old and wise fish have the uncanny knack of knowing in advance the date on which a competition is to be run […]


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