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Tereora College’s Anau Ikurangi wins secondary schools Tangi Ka’ara competition

The powerful rhythms of the tangi ka’ara traditional drums reverberated through Te Are Karioi as college students across Rarotonga showcased their mastery of drumming techniques, thrilling the audience on Friday night.

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Trades centre gears up for year

The trades training centre (department of national human resources development) in Arorangi is due to have an orientation for students in the first week of February. Night classes are due to start in February with dates and times to be confirmed by the end of this month. These classes are as follows: (1) National Certificate […]

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Watch out for the bus and be safe

Buses will be running as usual this school term, and riders and road users alike should make sure to exercise care on and around the school bus. Kevin Cook of Cook’s Passenger Transport reminds students not to cross the road in front of the bus. He asks parents to cooperate by waiting for their children […]

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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 […]

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New principals appointed around the country

The 2010 school year is set to get off to a smooth start with newly appointed teachers and principals ready to start work on Monday. There has been some reshuffling of teachers and positions within Cook Islands schools. Students at the country’s national college, Tereora College, have already know what to expect from their principal […]

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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 […]

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Teachers union aims to grow

School teachers are currently holding a four-day workshop to discuss how to strengthen their union. Around 20 members of the Cook Islands Teachers’ Institute (CITI) were based this week at the teachers’ building behind Telecom Stadium Arena. Leading the workshop were Council of Pacific Education (COPE) secretary-general Govind Singh and former secretary general Krsihna Datt. […]

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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 […]

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MPs to see reform proposal next week

Prime minister Jim Marurai’s plan for MPs to see the new 12-point political reform proposal is now likely to take place early next week. Marurai had hoped to have the two political parties briefed on the proposal this week after cabinet gave it a thumbs up. He is calling for all MPs to support the […]

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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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19 by-elections?

Dear Editor, The Gang of 19 led by CIP’s Henry Puna is calling for elections. Why do they bother the prime minister and cabinet with this matter when they can have their elections if they want? It’s simple, Henry. All 19 MPs can resign from parliament immediately thereby forcing 19 by-elections. Of course, the remaining […]

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Optimism abounds for education in 2010

Schools in the Cook Islands re-open on Monday January 25, 2010. All students are expected to be back at school from Day One although in the case of secondary schools, some may have a staggered start with different year levels attending on different days initially. A late start puts students on the back foot from […]

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Wigmore defends seabed job ad

Dear Editor, With regard to the position of Commissioner of the Seabed Minerals Authority, I believe that we have to walk before we run. The Cook Islands have no mining activity and there won’t be any for several years. However, opportunities can exist for interested companies to apply for an Exploration Licence once the required […]

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Dishes donated for prisoners

Prisoners will now have the luxury of eating off plates thanks to the generosity of a couple visiting from Tahiti. Rafeo and Rahiti Tehiva donated 50 plastic mugs, bowls and plates to Arorangi prison yesterday. When visiting the correctional facility on Sunday, they noticed the inmates were relegated to eating and drinking from ice cream […]

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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 […]

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