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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.

PM plans reform conference

Prime minister Jim Marurai plans to host a conference on political reform early next month to hear more ideas and questions on the issue. He wants to know if there is a national consensus for political reform and what that preference would be. Marurai aims to consult widely on the best way forward for the […]


Political reform – an historic opportunity to address a long overdue issue

An historic opportunity to address the long standing unresolved issue of political reform – The events of the last three weeks have highlighted the urgent need for change in the government of the country – Political Reform is a long standing unresolved issue – Political Reform is fundamental to the long term future of the […]


One laptop per child on Mitiaro

Every child at Mitiaro School will receive a surprise when they start school this year – a state-of-the-art laptop. It may have taken more than a year but the One Laptop Per Child pilot project is finally all go. About 70 of the laptops are now in Mitiaro – secretary of education Sharyn Paio says […]


Show those greedy, overpaid, anti-reformist nutcases

Dear Editor, I’d like to take out two birds with one stone in this letter. First, I commend ‘6-month-6-year-old car’ for pointing out to government the state of Tepuka Road and reminding everyone there’s a world beyond the realm of politics. Meanwhile, some feel the need to debate the uses of porcelain cleaners and the […]


Flight Centre aims for CI growth

Cook Islands Tourism invited a representative of one of NZ’s largest travel retailers, Flight Centre, to speak at the opening of the industry’s biennial forum on Monday. James Brooker manages the relationship between Flight Centre and CI Tourism. The Australian-headquartered Flight Centre is a global company in eight countries and has 13,000 staff – in […]


Proposal aims to change constituency seats

Combining constituency seats to create fairer representation is a major recommendation of the new proposal for political reform. Prime minister Jim Marurai released the proposal yesterday saying he hoped it would generate public debate and put extra pressure on MPs to consider just how reform should happen. Under the proposal put together by political reform […]


Mango catcher spotted

A potential future Cook Islands cricketer was spotted in Aitutaki recently practising his fielding skills by catching mangoes. Twelve-year-old Wesley Robert has been holidaying on Aitutaki with his parents Nana Tiamoke from Atiu and Robert. Wesley has been playing cricket since he was six, and plays for the under 14 Illawara Region back home in […]


Heather unopposed

Teariki Heather has been confirmed as the Cook Islands Party candidate in Akaoa at the next general elections. The sitting MP’s nomination was the only one to be tendered at a meeting of party faithful in the constituency on Wednesday night. The CIP executive is absolutely delighted at the outcome of the meeting which was […]


Dean resignation requires an explanation

Opposition leader Tom Marsters fears that tourism head John Dean’s resignation may have a negative impact on the industry. “Already ripples of concern are sweeping through the industry and the rumour mill is busy,” says Marsters in a media release yesterday. “All sorts of allegations are being made and are further fuelled by statements made […]


Mou Piri asks for wide access to 1998 report

The group for political reform, Mou Piri, is calling on government to provide better public access to the 1998 Commission of Political Review report. Mou Piri believes the government-commissioned report is an excellent document that provides detailed results from public meetings on all islands, submissions from a broad spectrum of society as well as professionals […]


MP appalled PM never saw Toogood report

Prime minister Jim Marurai’s receipt of the ‘Toogood’ report a month after it was released to government is appalling, says Opposition MP Teina Bishop. The December 22 report details government’s $1.75 million out of court settlement with the country’s two fuel distribution companies over the controversial fuel farm scheme. “The PM should resign – it’s […]


Te Marauru o te Pae Apii

Akamarama’anga no runga i te peapa NCEA Revera Tai Ka rauka i teia peapa me tere atu te maka (credits) a taau tamaiti ki te varu ngauru, mei roto mai i te au apii e apai ana aia. Ka tare katoa ia te au maka tei rauka iaia mei te revera tai ki te revera […]


NCEA results improving overall

Last year’s results for students entered in national certificate of educational achievement (NCEA) saw improved pass rates – but 50 percent of final year students are still failing to pass, according to the ministry of education’s statistics. A total of 503 students from the seven accredited colleges and secondary schools entered level 1 (year 11) […]


Understanding NCEA

Information for parents about NCEA qualifications Students entering NCEA Level 1: To achieve NCEA Level 1 your child needs a total of at least 80 credits from all the subjects he/she is taking. Credits count from Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 standards Minimum Language and Mathematics requirements: Part of your child’s total of […]


Plea for safe travel

The beginning of the school term will likely generate an increase in road traffic. Road Safety Council and Cook’s Island Bus Passenger Transport Ltd would like to remind drivers, bus riders and pedestrians to travel safely. RSC chairman Colin Burn asks that students be sure to walk carefully along the side of the road, even […]


From teaching to auditing

Andrea Panther with her husband Lance and daughters Olivia (7) and Ashley (11). “/> Small communities are where Andrea Panther thrives but the teacher is taking a cautious approach to her new positions as an audit officer within the Ministry of Education. “Mostly I’ll be making sure that teachers are doing the right things and […]


Healthy habits enhance learning

As parents gear up for the start of the school term, the health department would like to remind them to encourage children to stick to a healthy diet. According to nutritionist Karen Tairea, eating healthy foods can enhance a child’s ability to learn and improve his or her behaviour and concentration. Tairea advises schoolchildren and […]


New physed teachers on a mission

For Ben Sexton, shifting to Rarotonga is a case of both teaching and learning. He and his partner Rachelle Owen-Cooper, who arrived in Rarotonga last Sunday, are new additions to the Titikaveka College teaching faculty. Ben will teach Science, Rachelle will teach Health and both will teach Physical Education. Both Ben and Rachelle have been […]


Imagine this!

Fishing, snorkelling and playing cricket are among the things new Tereora College English teacher Guy Savage and wife Anna are keen to do when they are not in the classroom. Three years ago the couple visited Rarotonga and thought, “Imagine living here!” Now they are here and keen to ease into the island lifestyle. “We’ve […]


New teachers from NZ

The Ministry of Education is proud to welcome its new group of New Zealand teachers keen to take up the challenge of teaching Cook Islands kids. In total nine teachers have arrived on our shores from New Zealand to fill in various teaching positions from English teachers to Performing Arts tutors. MOE have compiled mini […]


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