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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.

Nikao clean up for new school year

It was clean up day on the first day back at school for Nikao Maori School students. Classrooms were emptied of desks and chairs and floors swept to make for a clean learning environment. That was the case for the senior students of the school. Junior students went about making friends as they waited to […]


Avarua full at the start

The start of the school year at Avarua is always a difficult time for principal Gelling Jack. Yesterday the principal of the country’s biggest primary school was having to deal with late enrolments, from new entrants right up to the senior classes. “It’s been very difficult especially as we don’t want to turn parents away,” […]


Missing girl with relatives

The missing person notice featured on Saturday evening television turned out to be a false alarm. At 11pm on Saturday, a couple reported their nine-year-old granddaughter missing. They also put out a notice on local television. However on Sunday, they told police that she had gone to stay with her uncle but they had not […]


Police kept busy with incidents

It was a busy week for police, dealing with one case of assault, three cases of unlawful taking, one case of theft and six burglaries this past week. They also made three arrests, visited six motor vehicle accident scenes and received six noise complaints, in the week to Sunday. Last Friday, tourists hiring a private […]


We don't need a new political model: Tongia

Political reform must go hand in hand with public service and business sector reform. The three must go together. I am in support of reduced seats and changing the current political model in parts. But I am not in favour of overhauling the whole political system and adopting a new model altogether. That the new […]


International customs day celebrated today

Cook Islands customs searched approximately 3200 airline passengers, processed 800 aircrafts, screened 2000 parcels and conducted 500 cargo examinations last year. As international customs day is celebrated today, our national counterpart has released statistics showing the extent of work involved in protecting the country. With 10 full-time officers and 14 part-time airport officers, customs collects […]


Teachers discuss post-grad programmes

About 65 teachers and school administrators met this week to discuss the offer of masters and PhD programmes in education at the University of the South Pacific, starting in April. The meeting was attended to by education secretary Sharyn Paio, the head of USP’s school of education Teweiariki Teaero, and Violet Tisam from the department […]


MBE recipient leads by example

A seventy-five-year-old man from the island of Pukapuka makes up the list of Cook islanders set to receive one of four New Year’s honours. Mangere Malo will receive a BEM for services to the public. The former health inspector and police officer was educated in Rarotonga before being posted to the island of Man-gaia. He […]


Edgewater names 2 staff of the year

Two Edgewater Resort and Spa staff were recognised on Friday for their outstanding work by being named as ‘staff of the year’. Joan Ngati and Rouvi Auua were given the staff of the year awards by the resort’s general manager Chris McGeown in front of their cheering colleagues. McGeown says that the purpose of the […]


Rongo boys ready to go

Last week the boys in this photo – brothers Drejun (10), Tayne (7) and JJ (5) Rongo along with their uncle Teavaiki Toa (4) – just couldn’t wait for school to start on Monday (today). “The holidays was too long,” said Tayne. “I miss school,” added JJ. Over the school holidays the boys have been […]


Investment code needs updating

Business Trade & Investment Board’s chief executive believes that it is time to update the country’s investment code. Terry Rangi, who has been the agency’s CEO for the past eight months, says it is important that the code is updated now after last being reviewed in 2003. “I think it is time to update the […]


A parent's day – it's a balancing act

This article is a personal reflection of one parent. It’s intended to emphasise how important your role is as parents working closely with your child, whether it’s back to school or end of the school year. Situations may differ across homes, however common across the board is our striving to provide our children with the […]


Bus is cheaper in long run

Cook’s Bus company operator Kevin Cook would like to remind parents of schoolchildren that the bus is “a lot cheaper than running a car to school”. “A lot of parents think they can do it more economically by taking their children to school in the mornings and having them ride the bus home. “But we’re […]


Vaevae challenge back on

Due to popular demand the Vaevae Challenge will start up again on May 10. May 10 is also World Move for Health Day. The Ministry of Health initiative is aimed at getting people to be more active and achieve 30 minutes of physical activity on most days. The programme’s other objectives are to provide individuals […]


Composers called to enter Mire Atu

With the annual Mire Atu composer’s competition scheduled for Thursday March 4 – all local composers are urged to prepare songs for the first Ministry of Cultural Development event of the year. This year’s theme is ‘Te au tuatua pakari o toou enua e te Matakeinanga’ (The wise sayings of your island or tribe). In […]


Minister 'going to the people' on infrastructure problems

Minister William ‘Smiley’ Heather wants to tackle Rarotonga’s water supply, road and waste management issues ‘with the people’. The Ruaau MP was appointed minister of infrastructure and planning (MOIP) shortly before New Year and already he’s taking a new approach to the way ministers have traditionally worked by putting more emphasis on ‘going to the […]


Take it back to parliament: Sir Terepai

The two major political parties are calling on the prime minister to follow the correct process with regards to political reform and take the matter to parliament. Democratic Party leader Sir Terepai Maoate says in the interest of transparency, public submissions on political reforms should be reviewed by a parliamentary select committee. Sir Terepai says […]


Free light bulbs to launch energy project

A national project which aims at reducing carbon emissions and domestic power bills was launched yesterday by deputy prime minister and minister for Te Aponga Uira Robert Wigmore. The project aims to introduce low energy light bulbs into all homes and educate the public on the advantages on using these over the standard incandescent light […]


No one wanted job in cabinet: Demos

The reason for not appointing a sixth minister by the Jim Marurai-led cabinet was not a cost-cutting measure, say the Democratic Party. “The reality is, despite approaches to both the Democratic Party and the Cook Islands Party, no MP is willing to take up the offer of a ministership in the new minority cabinet,” says […]


Faireka confirmed as HoM

Tupou Faireka is relieved he has finally been appointed as secretary of health after three months of acting in the role while government made its decision. Yesterday health minister Apii Piho officially announced Faireka’s appointment as of this week. “I believe we have the right guy on board. I have sincere belief in his ability […]


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