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Tourism, Snorkel Cook Islands clash over turtle tour regulations

Cook Islands Tourism has responded to Snorkel Cook Islands’ claims, stating that the operator’s model does not meet the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreed upon by nine other turtle tour operators.

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New book explores Ma’uke’s connection to the London Missionary Society

Author Moana Moeka’a has launched his fourth book, “Ma’uke Mission 200 Years”, a story about the island’s connection, his father’s homeland, to the London Missionary Society (LMS).

Dance comp tonight

Monday 27: The popular papaa dancer of the year for visitors to the island will be held tonight at the Staircase Restaurant and bar. The event is expected to be a lot of fun and is scheduled to start at 8.30pm with tickets selling at $5. Meanwhile the junior and intermediate dancer of the year […]

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20 sign up to e-waste programme

Monday 27: E-waste Cook Islands and Island Technology Ltd is reaching out to businesses and the community to help recycle and reduce e-waste by launching a programme that collects and recycles computer waste. Already over 20 businesses have signed up for the e-waste programme which collects computer and computer electronic items to be recycled safely. […]

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Operation Exercise 'KURA' Competition

Wednesday 29: 1. Listen to the special weather bulletins 2. Track all tropical cyclone coordinates on the tracking map provided. 3. At the end of the exercise write your full name and contact details on the tracking map and either post your entry to; Emergency Management Cook Islands C/- Office of the Prime Minister Private […]

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Shelf claim major achievement, Commonwealth Secretariat

Monday 27: Following the Cook Islands extension to the continental shelf claim being lodged at the United Nations headquarters in New York just over a week ago, the Commonwealth Secretariat has praised it as a major achievement which should give the country access to areas of the seabed for the benefit of present and future […]

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'Kura' to gauge disaster response

Wednesday 29: Emergency Management Cook Islands is running a National Operational Exercise this week and the exercise is called ‘KURA’ meaning message. According to EMCI director Charles Carlson, this will be an opportunity for all agencies to test their communication and coordination operational capabilities and evaluate how well are they prepared for an emergency or […]

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Rotary donate bus

Saturday 25: It’s been in planning for more than 12 months but Aitutaki will soon be receiving a new bus to transport senior citizens and those with disabilities. A Nissan Urvan worth $33,000 will be shipped to the island thanks to the fundraising and coordinating efforts of the Rotary Club of Rarotonga. Rotary president Mousie […]

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White men can dance!

Wednesday 29: ANZ Bank head of lending Darrin Walsh proved that white men can indeed dance when he retained his Papaa Male Dancer of the year title on Monday night. Walsh was one of six contestants who took to the Staircase Restaurant and Bar stage to showcase their Cook Islands dancing skills in the Papaa […]

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CICC assembly to wrap up

Saturday 25: The Cook Islands Christian Church concluded its biennial meeting at the Avarua CICC yesterday afternoon. General secretary Nga Mataio said the three-day meeting had progressed smoothly with a range of issues being covered, with delegates expressing the need for the CICC to move forward with the times. “There was a sense of wanting […]

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Second flood in six months at USP campus

Wednesday 29: The University of South Pacific campus has been a flood victim twice in six months. Staff were cleaning from 10am yesterday after water from heavy rain seeped into every office and classroom of the Rarotonga campus. University director Rod Dixon says ‘nothing of importance’ was damaged other than several piles of text books. […]

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Youth learn to overcome adversity

Friday 24: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints district president Danny Williams (second from left) with some of the youths at the district conference evening youth assembly at the new Arorangi conference centre last month. The highlight of the weekend (March 21-22) was the formal dedication of the new building by Tahiti mission […]

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Avarua school hit by flooding

Wednesday 29: Avarua School students did not have classes yesterday, instead spending the day cleaning their school of mud, water and debris after heavy rain caused flooding of the area. Principal Gelling Jack said the flooding was the worst the school had ever seen with over a foot of water going through the classrooms. “In […]

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Air NZ talks on departure tax inclusion

Friday 24: Tourism minister Wilkie Rasmussen will head talks with Air New Zealand later this month on incorporating Cook Island’s departure tax into airfares by September. Rasmussen, CI Tourism chief executive John Dean and financial secretary Sholan Ivaiti are set to meet with the airline in New Zealand to complete the arrangement. As of this […]

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WA parliamentary delegation on goodwill tour

Wednesday 29: A delegation from the parliament of Western Australia is due to call on the prime minister Jim Marurai tomorrow. The group includes the president of the Western Australian legislative council, Nick Griffiths, and the speaker of the WA legislative assembly Grant Woodhams, and their respective clerks. Clerk of parliament Nga Valoa said that […]

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USP students asked to support a free Fiji

Friday 24: Former University of the South Pacific graduates are being asked to sign up to a petition supporting free speech in Fiji. Former Cook Islands News reporter and founding member of Pacific Freedom Forum, Lisa Williams-Lahari is calling on USP graduates who have lived in Suva to go to the following link http://www.gopetition.com/online/26992.html to […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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