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Kora showcases local gems at Airport Market Days event

Friday 26 January 2024 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Entertainment, Features

Tiare Kora, who takes care of her family’s “Kora Pearls” booth, is one of the 24 vendors at the Airport Market Days.

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Boiler Room heats up Raro

Wednesday 24 January 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Entertainment, Features

Boiler Room rocked Rarotonga on Saturday night with a capacity crowd taking over the beachside venue of 21.3 Vaianas - playing to a potential viewership of 4 million online, the sights, sounds and vibes of the Cook Islands were on proud display through online cameras capturing the action.

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Miss Cook Islands Association seeks young women for 2024 programme

Tuesday 23 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Entertainment, Features

Miss Cook Islands Association (MCIA) is calling on Cook Islands women aged 18-27 to join their personal development programme.

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Past meets present at Johnson’s Photographic Studio exhibition

Saturday 20 January 2024 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Art, Entertainment, Features, Memory Lane, Weekend

The ‘Glimpse of the Past’ exhibition at the National Archives showcasing Johnson’s Photographic Studio images from the Cook Islands in the 1960s to 80s, sparks nostalgic memories for viewers.

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Indigenous DJs give back to Rarotonga community before Boiler Room party

Saturday 20 January 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Entertainment, Features

Boiler Room Rarotonga kicks off today at 3pm to a full-capacity crowd at Vaianas Bistro and Bar, but yesterday the DJs gave back to the Rarotonga community through their workshop at The Edgewater Resort.

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Cook Islands to miss Pacific Islands pageant again

Friday 19 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Entertainment, Features, Weekend

Cook Islands will miss the Pacific Islands pageant contest for the second consecutive year after pulling out of the 2024 event to be held in Nauru next month.

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Global beats land in Rarotonga

Wednesday 17 January 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Entertainment, Features

An internationally renowned electronic music event is coming to town. Connecting club culture to the wider world, on screen and through parties, film and video, the London based music broadcaster and club promoter Boiler Room has set their sights on the Pacific, kicking off with a series of events this weekend in Rarotonga.

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Cook Islands prepares for Festival of Pacific Arts 2024 with 100-strong delegation

Friday 12 January 2024 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Art, Culture, Entertainment, Features, National

Cultural experts Mark Short and his partner Jane Rubena will be leading the Cook Islands Performing Dance Troupe to the world’s largest celebration of indigenous Pacific Islanders at the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) which will convene in Honolulu, Hawaii, from June 6 to 16 this year.

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Lights, camera, action! Young Cook Islanders craft TV show at creative camp

Thursday 11 January 2024 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Entertainment, Entertainment, Features, Local, National

Eighteen youth from the ages of eight through to 16 have booked into an intensive three-day camp for performing arts, dance and film television production at the Pa Ariki Palace in Ngatangiia.

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Local musical festival for Niue

Wednesday 10 January 2024 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Entertainment, Features

The Niuean Cook Islands Community & Friends Inc. are gearing for an extravagant Live Local Music Festival tomorrow night Thursday 11 January, at 6pm at the Ngatangiia Matavera Clubhouse in Muri.

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Piho’s turtle photo captures nature prize at Tokyo International Foto Awards

Tuesday 9 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Entertainment, Environment, Features, Local, National

Cook Islands photographer Charlotte Piho has reached another peak in her career, capturing first place in the Tokyo International Foto Awards 2023 for the Nature-Underwater category.

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Social media superstar Nix Adams rings in the new year in Rarotonga

Saturday 6 January 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Entertainment, Features

Renowned social media influencer Nix Adams enjoyed a relaxing Cook Islands holiday, focusing on self-care and fitness, while also revealing she got divorced.

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From farm to fashion: Ama creates island style clothing brand

Friday 5 January 2024 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Entertainment, Features, Go Local, Hot on the Rock

Rarotonga’s vibrant calendar of special events demands stylish, comfortable island attire for both men and women. A new fashion brand has launched, offering residents a fresh option for these occasions. Melina Etches reports.

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Cook Islanders celebrated for service in NZ New Year Honours

Thursday 4 January 2024 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Entertainment, Features, Weekend

A community worker, educationalist, and journalist are among the Cook Islanders who have been recognised in the New Zealand New Year Honours list 2024.

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Dreaver’s decades of impact : Pacific journalist honoured in New Year awards

Saturday 30 December 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Entertainment, Entertainment, Features, Local, National

TVNZ’s Pacific correspondent and former Cook Islands News journalist Barbara Dreaver talks to Pacific Media Network’s Khalia Strong on three decades reporting on Pacific issues, and making her parents proud.

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Motone Productions ends year with stunning Tiki Taane concert and collaborative spirit

Wednesday 27 December 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Entertainment, Features

Motone Productions wrapped up their last concert for the year with Aotearoa New Zealand artist Tiki Taane’s “epic” show featuring stunning musicians and DJs at Trios Bar on December 15.

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Prominent broadcaster Tairea dies aged 49

Wednesday 27 December 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Entertainment, Features

Prominent Cook Islands broadcaster — labelled by many the “Voice of the Cook Islands” — Bernard (Bernice) Tairea has died aged 49.

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‘Peace and love to all’: Santa prepares for tropical Christmas in the Cooks

Saturday 23 December 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Art, Entertainment, Features

Santa is busy preparing for a long night on December 24 and has a message for Cook Islands kids.

Art


C+ to cinematic success

Saturday 16 December 2023 | Written by Joanne Holden | Published in Entertainment, Features

From a C+ on the only film paper he sat in university to writing and directing shorts and feature films, Hamish Bennett says developing a “unique voice” is the key to standing out in the entertainment industry. Joanne Holden reports.

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Big turnout for festive park event

Saturday 16 December 2023 | Written by Joanne Holden | Published in Entertainment, Features

Rarotonga’s annual Christmas in the Park has enjoyed its “best turnout” in years with more than 2000 people coming together for an evening of festive cheer. Joanne Holden reports.

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