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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.

Agriculture project aims to supply local market

Food production for the local market will be the focus of government’s new $3.5 million project to stimulate the growth of the agriculture industry in the southern group islands. The new 30-page strategy document for revitalising the industry was launched yesterday with the project to kick off in the new year. “There are a handful […]

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Thrips digging in on Rarotonga

Fig trees in Muri, Nikao and Arorangi were found to be heavily infested with Rarotonga’s latest pest, the Cuban laurel thrip. Discovered in this month by entomologist Dr Maja Poeschko, thrips literally caught the attention of Rarotonga residents — hitting unsuspecting motorcyclists in the eye. Poeschko said being hit in the eye by a thrip […]

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Aitutaki landlines affected

Telecom Cook Islands said yesterday that customers were experiencing problems with landline calls in and out of Aitutaki. Calls could not be made to Aitutaki late yesterday afternoon. Other services such as mobile – including texting – and internet were not affected. TCI said that technicians began flying replacement equipment over and were working at […]

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Mervin director welcomes reform

Cabinet agreeing to free up the telecommunications industry is the best decision this government has made says Mervin Communications director William Framhein. Responding to prime minister and minister for telecommunications Jim Marurai’s press release published in Cook Islands News on Saturday, Framhein says all government has to do now is make it happen – in […]

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Te Au O Tonga to be left in Aitutaki

A youth training programme will be carried on Aitutaki next month for those interested in sailing on the Cook Islands Voyaging Society’s double-hulled vaka. Re-elected president Ian Karika says following the CIVS annual general meeting last month, it was decided that the vaka Te Au O Tonga will come under the care of its Aitutaki-based […]

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Scrub fire in Matavera prompts warning

People are being asked to be careful when burning fires out in the open after airport fire rescue personnel had to put out a scrub fire in Matavera yesterday afternoon. It is understood that a planter was trying to get rid of wasp nest on a vacant piece of land right next to the back […]

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Guides' annual general meet tomorrow

The Girl Guides Association of Cook Islands will hold its annual general meeting tomorrow, Thursday, at the Sinai hall. Assistant chief commissioner Ngara Katuke hopes that the AGM will result in the election of a new board that will help lead the organisation forward. The Girl Guides executive has been working on restructuring the organisation […]

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Small island nations plead for survival: PM

Small Islands Developing States are pleading for their very survival and they don’t want this critical plea to go unheeded warned prime minister Jim Marurai at the World Food Security Summit in Rome yesterday. “2009 may well be recorded in the UN’s history books as: ‘The Year of Unheeded Pleas’. We hope not. Because never […]

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Nganu undergoes surgery

Pokoina Nganu with minister Ngamau Munokoa (right) and Creative Centre staff member, Gail Kimiangatau before departing for Auckland for an eye operation. Nganu is recovering well following successful eye surgery last week, to preserve his remaining sight. Creative Centre manager Bob Kimiangatau says Nganu is expected to spend another three weeks in recovery. Nganu travelled […]

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Prison escapee charged with burglaries

Three burglaries and four thefts were reported to police from the week to Sunday. A tray of beer was stolen from the Sunhaven office in Arorangi on Sunday, November 8. Clothes and food was taken from a Pokoinu residence the following day. Police have charged prison escapee Teremoana Saddler for both burglaries. He is due […]

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Barrett, a diplomat extraordinaire: CIP

“That is what His Excellency (New Zealand high commissioner) Tia Barrett was – a diplomat extraordinaire,” says opposition leader Tom Marsters. Marsters says Barrett, who passed away in Auckland last Saturday, equalled the very best of all the former high commissioners. “Despite the shortness of his term I believe that he is the most popular, […]

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Helicopter scenic flight operation proposed

A new helicopter operation has been proposed for Rarotonga. The application for a licence to operate a Hughes 369D chopper from Heliraro Ltd’s partners Brian and Jacque McBride and local couple Kevin and Tina Iro is being considered by the ministry of transport. According to the brief four-page application, the proposed service will offer scenic […]

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Next land workshop at Muri tonight

Justice secretary Mark Short is happy with public reaction to the first land court community workshop at Titikaveka on Monday. “I am pleased with the interest this community initiative has generated,” said Short after 94 people turned up to the workshop. Minister Kete Ioane opened the workshop and he encouraged the ministry of justice to […]

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Barrett a good friend to many, DPM

Minister of foreign affairs and acting prime minister Sir Terepai Maoate has sent his condolences to the New Zealand government following the passing of high commissioner Tia Barrett. Sir Terepai says the diplomat was a committed ambassador who was highly respected in the Cooks and through the Pacific Islands. “In the short time that my […]

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New commissioner says FSC in good shape

The new head of the financial supervisory commission (FSC), John Hobbs, wants to continue the work carried out by his predecessor. Hobbs, who arrived in the country less than two weeks ago, will replace Lorraine Allan who has been commissioner for just over three years. Hobbs has been with the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority in […]

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Mass planned for Barrett

The Avarua Catholic Parish are planning to hold a memorial mass at the Cathedral for New Zealand high commissioner Tia Barrett this week. While officials are still considering a public service for Barrett, who passed away in Auckland’s Middlemore hospital on Saturday, the Catholic church is looking to hold a mass this Saturday. Bishop Stuart […]

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PM to address summit

The World Summit on Food Security 2009 was billed as a drastic measure to mobilise enough resources to aid the more than one billion starving people around the world. But yesterday’s opening of the landmark event in Rome kicked off with a strong attack on the flagging political will that is needed to take effective […]

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Competition will spur innovation, Chamber

The Chamber of Commerce is pleased that telecommunications will – at last – be open to competition, and that all parties, including Telecom Cook Islands, are now working constructively towards that goal. “Competition will promote new technology, improved pricing, and a greater focus on quality of service, reliability and customer support,” says the chamber. The […]

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Justice review needs put to cabinet

A draft report was submitted to cabinet recently covering all issues in the ministry of justice that need to be urgently addressed. These include the Arorangi prison, training, remuneration packages, staff shortages, office structure, administration and information communication and technology. “I am now working through each of the divisions to come up with a strategy […]

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Kids on weather watch at HQ

Avatea school kids visited police headquarters last week to gain a better understanding about the weather. Having stopped at the Metrological Service office earlier during the day, the year 5 students listened to a presentation by William Tuivaga of Emergency Management Cook Islands. The EMCI office is based at the police station. Tuivaga showed photos […]

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