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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.

Just one vehicle in fatal accident

Thursday 16: Police say there were no other vehicles involved in Saturday’s fatal road accident. Tumaru Iona, 34, died after failing to negotiate a bend at the Nikao seawall. He was driving towards Arorangi when his motorcycle hit a rail on the airport side around 9.11pm. He was propelled off his bike landing behind the […]


Postal service would have been cheaper, Norman

Tuesday 21: The trip to the United Nations headquarters in New York to deliver the claim for the extension of the Cook’s continental shelf could have been done by courier service, says Opposition foreign affairs spokesman Norman George. George contends that all that deputy prime minister Sir Terepai Maoate and his two member delegation did […]


Secondary schools still on holiday

Thursday 16: While primary students were back hitting the books this week, their high school counterparts were still enjoying time off. The Ministry of Education says high schools in Rarotonga and the outer islands were given an extra week for the Easter holidays as they had started a week earlier in January. The college calendar […]


Maine Kuki Airani rides away happy

Monday 20: Miss Cook Islands will now be driving around in style. Engara Gosselin accepted her blue Honda Daelim motorcycle at the Motor Centre last Friday. The $3450 bike was part the prize package she won after being crowned Maine Kuki Airani this month. Gosselin says she is happy to be the first Miss Cook […]


Conveniently placed ATM

Thursday 16: Westpac Bank will be celebrating its new ATM today by raising funds for the children’s ward at the Rarotonga Hospital. A $2 sausage sizzle will be held from 11am to 1pm outside Super Brown in Tupapa – the latest location to receive a Westpac cash machine. Westpac general manager Rob Buick says the […]


Funding for waste reduction projects

Monday 20: The National Environment Service is putting up $2500 to encourage community groups to use in waste reduction and management projects as part of its waste education campaign this year. NES is making five lots of $500 in seed funding available for ‘any good community-benefiting waste activities groups or individuals may have.’ Any youth […]


Best with words wins laptop

Thursday 16: Miss Westpac Julia Scott has quite a way with words. So much so that she was awarded a Toshiba L300 laptop yesterday for her composure and intelligent answers during her Miss Cook Islands pageant stage interview. In front of a near sell-out National Auditorium earlier this month, Scott impressed the audience and the […]


Silent protest over Tepuka

Monday 20: While preparations for the opening of the Cook Islands Christian Church’s biennial meeting were taking place within the Nikao mission grounds, a silent protest was taking place across the road. Eight banners depicting messages relating to the dispute between Tepuka tenants and the CICC, were staked into the ground on a vacant section. […]


DPM to push formal claim in August

Saturday 18: DPM Sir Terepai Maoate is expected to head a delegation to New York in August to address the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. It is then that Sir Terepai will make a formal presentation of the country’s extended continental shelf claim at the United Nations in August. Speaking from New […]


Maire Nui Drive road work three days from completion

Saturday 18: Secretary of the Infrastructure and Planning ministry, Taukea Raui has responded to some public criticism this week of the delayed completion of road sealing work on Maire Nui Drive. Yesterday he told CI News that to complete the work which began last month, the road works crew needs at least three consecutive days […]


CICC biennial meeting next week

Friday 17: The Cook Islands Christian Church will hold its biennial meeting, beginning on Sunday. CICC general secretary Nga Mataio says around 200 people from the 60 ekalesia in the Cooks, New Zealand and Australia, will attend the one-week meeting, with the opening service to be hosted by Nikao The re-dedication of the Ziona Tapu […]


Audit reports ready to go

Friday 17: Rumour that parliament may sit again later this month have not been confirmed by government. But clerk of parliament Nga Valoa says it is likely to sit early next month. In the meantime, the audit office has seven reports ready for tabling in parliament. The audit office’s third quarter report January 1 to […]


CICC meeting begins today

Wednesday 22: The Cook Islands Christian Church biennial general assembly meeting gets underway today at Ngatangiia. Three days are planned for the meeting, with the tabling of reports expected to take up most of today. The CICC’s budget and work programme for the next two years will be tabled tomorrow, when the meeting moves to […]


Millennium bypasses Raro

Friday 17: The Celebrity Cruises’ Millennium liner with 1997 passengers and 900 crew members is the fifth to cancel its shore visit to Rarotonga this year. The Millennium cancelled the visit due to bad weather conditions says Destination Management Cook Islands. Only three of the eight cruise liners that had planned shore visits to Rarotonga […]


Info evening about Hawaii's Brigham Young University

Saturday 11: An information evening for those thinking about attending Brigham Young University in Hawaii will be held tomorrow. A graduate in information technology, William Numanga, says the evening will be for prospective students, those who may not have fully completed their studies, and former graduates from BYU. Numanga says numbers from the Cook Islands […]


Business as usual for public health

Saturday 11: While there have been some calls for the Tobacco Control Act 2007 to be reviewed, public health staff are gearing up for when the legislation takes full effect on June 1. Health promotion manager Edwina Tangaroa says that ongoing awareness will continue, with visits to workplaces on Rarotonga in the coming weeks, on […]


Protect teeth

Thursday 9: Injuries on the sports fields can be prevented by mouthguards. This is one of the messages Dental Services is promoting during the current Dental Health Week. Wearing a mouthguard is a must when playing contact sports Dental Services actually make mouthguards at the clinic in Tupapa. “Wearing a mouthguard helps to protect the […]


NZ Tepaki Group in liquidation

Thursday 9: Two New Zealand companies associated with property developer Tim Tepaki were put into liquidation for tax debts last week. Wellington’s Dominion Post reported last Saturday that Tepaki Group Ltd and Tim Holdings Ltd were not represented when Inland Revenue’s case against them were called in the Wellington High Court last week. Liquidation orders […]


PFL's new 'Forum Avarua'

Thursday 9: Pacific Forum Line has announced that it has secured its new vessel, the Forum Avarua. Forum Avarua is fully container-fitted for over 160 TEU (20 foot containers) of which 18 are reefer slots. She has two cranes each at 35 tonnes and is strengthened for heavy lifts. At this stage the Forum Avarua […]


Meningitis info

Thursday 9: Meningococcal (meningitis) disease symptoms may include a high fever, headache, vomiting or refusal of feeds, sleepiness, a stiff neck and dislike of bright lights, joint and muscle pains and a rash. It causes meningitis (an infection of the brain membranes). Meningococcal disease is most common in children under the age of five years, […]


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