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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.

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 […]


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 to […]


Education ministry loses resources in flash flood

Wednesday 29: Water and mud from the heavy early morning downpour yesterday swept through the ministry of education based at the Aitutaki Hostel. Education secretary John Herrmann expressed anger and disappointment at the damage, saying flooding of the area is an ongoing drainage problem. The ministry has suffered damage and loss affecting their computers and […]


Praise for government progress on seabed legislation

Friday 24: Marine biologist Tap Pryor says he is impressed with government’s progress towards well-managed exploitation of the resource. Pryor presented his submission on the Seabed Minerals Bill to the parliamentary select committee on Wednesday. Pryor has lived and worked in Rarotonga since 1989, first joining the office of the prime minister as special projects […]


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 […]


Sign classes for trip to Samoa

Wednesday 22: To raise funds for an upcoming trip to Samoa, five deaf adults with the help of the Disability Action Team are currently holding sign language classes every Thursday evening from the DAT offices in Kiikii. The hour-long classes started last week and will continue for six weeks at just $5 per class. DAT […]


Triad prices up

Friday 17: The maximum retail petrol price for Triad Pacific fuel is set to go up seven cents to $2.14 a litre as of Monday. The price tribunal issued a new price order for Triad fuel yesterday. This is the first rise in prices for Triad fuel since the company began its campaign against government’s […]


TIS encourages public to have its say on bill

Wednesday 22: Local environmental group, Te Ipukarea Society, is urging the public to make their opinion known on the Seabed Minerals Bill by contacting the Parliamentary select committee today as they only have until Friday to make submissions on it. “Whether through lack of awareness or lack of belief in the project to collect millions […]


Red Cross prepares for next two years

Thursday 16: The recent Cook Islands Red Cross biennial general assembly 2009 was a very rewarding time for all, says secretary general Niki Rattle. With the theme for the week being ‘HIV and Governance’, Rattle says a lot was covered during the first three days. For the 10 branches, and the national office, Rattle says […]


Ziona celebrates birthday and re-dedication

Tuesday 21: Arorangi Cook Islands Christian Church secretary Okirua Teokoitu described work carried out on the 160-year-old church as “a job well done” and “professionally accomplished”. In his address during the re-dedication service for the Ziona church, Teokoitu said this work was done with willing hearts from the ekalesia, community and private sector, and God’s […]


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