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Takitumu Conservation launches management plan to intensify protection of endemic karekori

The Takitumu Conservation Area (TCA) Committee and National Environment Service have launched a management plan through to 2030.


Drink driver fell asleep, crashed into power pole

An 18-year-old motorist was nearly three times the legal alcohol limit when he fell asleep behind the wheel and collided with a power pole in Rarotonga.

Mangaia plans agriculture revival under new project

Agriculture minister Robert Wigmore has been in Mangaia since Wednesday in his capacity as chair of the steering unit taskforce for the industry revival project Te One Kura. The project aims to revitalise agriculture on the islands of Mangaia, Mauke, Mitiaro and Atiu, to cater for the tourism market, mainly on Rarotonga. Government is investing […]


CITC gives plastic the boot

To promote environmental awareness, all CITC departments are passing on plastic today. Plastic Bag Free Day marks another step in the superstore’s campaign to discontinue plastic bags altogether. Jolene Bosanquet of Te Ipukarea Society, who has been campaigning against plastic bags for over a decade, said she is “overjoyed” about the CITC effort. “Back in […]


Our culture is alive and well!

Close to 2000 people flocked to the national auditorium on Thursday night to watch Rarotonga school children showcase their Cook Islands cultural skills through song and dance. The five-hour cultural extravaganza was a huge success which many commented was the best cultural show they’d seen in a long time. 2008 was the last time the […]


An unforgettable experience

From the moment we left Rarotonga we were out there representing. We arrived in Auckland early on Saturday morning. (Note to self –remember to wear socks with my jandals on the plane. My toes were freezing by the time I got to NZ.) We got settled into our accommodation at the Waatea Marae in Mangere […]


Collapse of Australian visitor market predicted

Australian travel industry rep issues scathing criticism of tourism chair Tata Crocombe An Australian travel industry representative alleges tourism board chair Tata Crocombe has single-handedly caused “extensive damage to the reputation and credibility” of CI Tourism. The emailed statement from Christopher de Doby, a travel wholesaler, has now been sent to numerous local industry members […]


No need for ministerial visit

Dear Editor, I was appalled to read in yesterday morning’s paper about Apii Piho’s trip to Atiu in his current capacity as Minister of Health. The Hon. Norman George and I along with Man Unuia, former Island Secretary for Atiu, were invited to meet with a senior hospital administrator Heather Webber-Aitu to discuss the non-infectious […]


Exercise in fresh air

Dear Editor, It seems our sense of image makes us do some non-sensible things. In many countries of the world where not many people have any option other than to walk or pedal a bicycle if they’re privileged or wealthy enough to have one the idea of ‘taking exercise’ is just not a consideration. Most […]


Keep Rarotonga clean, green and pristine

Dear Editor, After the Sea Eagles win at Muri beach rugby league field last Saturday, it came as a shock and surprised me the amount of rubbish left behind by spectators and also players. Most of the rubbish covered the parking area, and by Monday a lot of it had been blown into the surrounding […]


Netballers head to NZ trial

Netball hopefuls will be showing off their skills today (Saturday NZ time) in New Zealand at the Cook Islands national netball trials including seven local based players. The trials are being held at the Tangaroa College in Otara with a large showing of Cook Islands players from New Zealand and Australia expected to battle it […]


CIP set to announce 10th candidate

The Cook Islands Party is about to confirm its 10th candidate for this year’s elections as it rolls out its line up of 24. Yesterday the party confirmed its ninth candidate, Moana Ioane, who will run for the Tautu-Vaipae seat currently held by Demo MP and former cabinet minister Kete Ioane. The last candidate the […]


Health practitioner claims diseases increasing

Richard Wachter of Better Health Research Centre in Maraerenga claims that diseases such as Lyme’s, dengue, malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy, Aids and diabetes are dramatically on the rise in the Cook Islands. He says that health department statistics are not an accurate reflection of the country’s health problems. “During TB week, they said we get one […]


Demo leader stands by his call for PM to stand down

The Democratic Party rift remains this week and it looks unlikely to end with talk of party president Makiuti Tongia possibly filing an application for a court injunction in an attempt to stop some Demos using the party name. Last week party leader Sir Terepai Maoate remained steadfast in his view that prime minister Jim […]


Cabinet ministers head north

Three cabinet ministers will head north to Manihiki and Rakahanga in June to look into government property and infrastructure issues and needs. Health minister and Manihiki MP Apii Piho, Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) minister and Deputy Prime Minister Robert Wigmore, and infrastructure minister William ‘Smiley’ Heather are set to spend a week on the […]


Vaka voyage delayed

Set to sail on Sunday Tahiti voyaging vaka Faafaite will have to wait a little longer for her sisters to join her in Tahiti with the vaka voyage across the Pacific from Auckland delayed until Sunday afternoon (Saturday local time). The Pacific voyage of four double hulled, 13 tonne, 22m long delayed their voyage to […]


Catch-up league all go this week

This week’s rugby league clashes will be the catch-up games for matches cancelled by Cyclone Pat and the tsunami earlier in the season. The Avatiu Eels will host the Ngatangiia-Matavera Sea Eagles this weekend after their first round match was cancelled by the tsunami in February. The Eels returned from Aitutaki victorious at the weekend […]


New hospitality courses

The Hospitality Tourism Training Centre (HTTC) is offering courses, deemed useful by a Department of National Human Resources industry survey. A three-day Advanced Customer Service course aims to train students to better their hospitality skills. Pam Solomona of the HTTC said that the course will cover how to answer a phone, how to greet people, […]


Aucklanders love spectacular vakas

Pa Ariki was among the dignitaries present to speak for the Cook Islands people at an official departure ceremony for the four Pacific-bound vakas at the Auckland Bayswater on Sunday. Cook Islander Karen Shepherd was present at the ceremony and said she overheard one beachgoer say that he had lived in Mission Bay for more […]


Liner aborts Raro visit

Dawn Princess blames swell, wind and current The large cruise liner Dawn Princess is one of many to abort its shore visit to Rarotonga over the past year. On Saturday, instead of going ahead with its seven hour stop over, the ship circumnavigated the island before continuing on to Tahiti. Destination Management Cook Islands says […]


Web seminar on offer

In this day and age, it’s possible to build a business from the comfort of your computer chair. The internet is a valuable marketing tool, and if you own a website or would like to create one, you might want to consider attending a free seminar on April 21 to learn how to make it […]


Halatoa up for challenge

Newly appointed acting chief executive of CI Tourism, Halatoa Fua, says he’s up for the challenge of the role until the corporation makes a permanent appointment. The tourism board announced Fua’s appointment on Monday saying he will be assisted in his new duties by three of its members. Fua, 32, only joined the corporation two […]


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