Memory Lane

Karioi – the pleasure months

Saturday 2 December 2023 | Written by Rod Dixon | Published in Features, Memory Lane

There was a time when Cook Islanders lived and worked in closer harmony with the seasons and enjoyed significantly more leisure time. Summer holidays lasted several months during which young people dedicated themselves to pleasure. By Rod Dixon.

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Wheel of Fortune?: The‘revolutionary’ invention that was born on Rarotonga

Saturday 9 September 2023 | Written by Rod Dixon | Published in Art, Features, Memory Lane

For two decades Rarotonga was home to the inventor Henri Rey who partnered with local resident William McBirney to form the Rey Wheel Company of Detroit, Michigan. Story by Rod Dixon and Allan Tuara.

Art


Christianity lands on Mangaia

Saturday 5 August 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Art, Church Talk, Features, In Depth, Memory Lane, Weekend

Historian and author Howard Henry has been fascinated by the birth of Christianity in the Cook Islands for many years. In a weekly series, Henry chronicles the arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands and its role in building the nation. In this article, he talks about the arrival of Christianity on Mangaia.

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Thomas Wynne: Meitaki ranuinui e kia manuia

Saturday 8 July 2023 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Features, Memory Lane, Weekend

“Just as the sea is an open and ever flowing reality, so should our oceanic identity transcend all forms of insularity, to become one that is openly searching, inventive, and welcoming.”

Features


Rediscovering ancestral roots

Saturday 3 June 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, Memory Lane

A Mangaia family has made new connections across thousands of kilometres of ocean through the magic of DNA, oral histories and historical records. On Rarotonga, Geoff Halston shares details of a reunion and emotional ties which now connect them.

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Alf – a man who fell in love

Friday 2 June 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Features, Memory Lane

When the late Alfred George Manu first came to Rarotonga 22 years ago, he didn’t expect to fall in love. The original plan was to fulfill his rugby league contract as an outstanding premier player, get a few casual jobs and go where the southerly trade winds would take him. But Alf fell in love.

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Raro welcomes the troops, 1919

Saturday 6 May 2023 | Written by Rod Dixon | Published in Features, Memory Lane, Weekend

Cook Islanders returned from the first world war as changed men, but they still knew how to party, as these century old photos show, writes Rod Dixon.

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Cook Islands pays tribute to fallen soldiers at Anzac Day Dawn Service

Wednesday 26 April 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Features, Local, Memory Lane, National, Weekend

Sixty-nine-year-old Remuera Rangi was among a large number of ex-servicemen who attended the 108th Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Cenotaph at the Ministry of Justice headquarters early yesterday.

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Neil Dearlove – ‘A dreamer, a motivator, an adventurer’

Saturday 15 April 2023 | Written by John Woods | Published in Features, Memory Lane

Writing with deep sadness and heartfelt sympathy for the Dearlove family, Cook Islands News journalist and publisher John Woods penned this obituary for his friend and former neighbour Neil Dearlove, the well known café operator and coffee roaster who died this week and was buried at sea on Thursday.

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‘Persevere always’: Tribute to Reverend Oirua Rasmussen

Thursday 13 April 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Memory Lane

Reverend Oirua Rasmussen was man of the cloth – a Minister who provided spiritual leadership and enlightenment to members of the Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) Ekalesia for over 25 years. He passed away last month on March 29, aged 60.

Features


How Mangaians helped rescue Raro’s economy

Saturday 18 February 2023 | Written by Rod Dixon | Published in Features, In Depth, Memory Lane

At the beginning of the twentieth century migrants rescued Rarotonga’s population and economy, then in apparently ‘terminal’ decline. Within a few decades these migrants had become established Rarotongan families, traditional landowners and custodians of the culture. Is a similar process currently underway?

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Telling it like it is –Framhein’s 90-year journey

Saturday 11 February 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, In Depth, Memory Lane

Sharp, witty, wizened and well groomed, 90-year-old Apai Raropua Mataiapo Tutara Tekeu Emil Framhein still tells it like it is, good naturedly with no filter. Affectionately known as Apai or Papa Keu, Framhein shares some of his life’s journey with Cook Islands News senior journalist Melina Etches.

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A leader, mentor and respected man with many talents: leaving a lasting legacy

Saturday 21 January 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Memory Lane

Uirangi Mataiapo Rei Jack Enoka (OBE) was a respectable leader – a traditional leader, a former politician and Leader of the House, and a man with many skills including a grower, a businessman, a Boys Brigade brass band master and a boxing representative.

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‘She was the glue that kept our family together’

Thursday 5 January 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Memory Lane, Weekend

E puera tiare kua takupe, Ki te ara tiroa o Takitumu, E tiare Maori kakara.

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A year of ‘marked progress’

Saturday 31 December 2022 | Written by Cameron Scott | Published in Features, Memory Lane

A memorandum presented to the Houses of the General Assembly in New Zealand by the Minister for the Cook Islands, Maui Pomare (he had yet to receive his knighthood), gives a fascinating insight into life on Rarotonga back in 1923. A trained doctor, Pomare presented the report following his first visit to the Cook Islands for almost five years, noting the changes that had taken place since his earlier visit.

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Reiner’s declaration of love for Raro

Saturday 19 November 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, In Depth, Memory Lane

Reiner Gatermann’s love for Rarotonga has brought him back to the island an incredible 21 times. He chats with senior journalist Melina Etches.

Features


‘We will remember them’: Armistice service for fallen Cook Islands WWI heroes

Friday 11 November 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Features, Local, Memory Lane, National

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month – we will remember them. Today is Armistice Day which marks the agreement to end World War I with peace negotiations that began at 11am on 11 November 1918.

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Remembering Cyclone Martin: ‘Many took that flight and never came back’

Saturday 5 November 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Features, Local, Memory Lane, Outer Islands

It was a cyclone like no other, and its impact is still felt by those who lived through it. Rebecca Hosking-Ellis talks to Cook Islands News senior journalist Matthew Littlewood about her memories of Cyclone Martin and the toll it took on the Manihiki community.

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‘We are resilient’

Tuesday 1 November 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, Memory Lane

On November 1, 1997, Cyclone Martin struck the island atoll of Manihiki with waves higher than the highest coconut tree, claiming 19 lives. Today marks the 25-year anniversary of the destructive cyclone – the most catastrophic storm to hit the Cook Islands. Anna and Willie Katoa and their daughter Katarina are some of the survivors. Ana was five months pregnant when the waves struck, tragically they lost their seven-year-old daughter Maureen (older Maureen) who was presumed drowned. ‘Resilience’ is the word that springs to Anna’s mind when she emotionally recollects the surreal fight for survival during their three days at sea from the devastation of Cyclone Martin.

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Remembering Cyclone Martin: ‘It still makes me cry today’

Saturday 22 October 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Features, Memory Lane

Cyclone Martin was one of the most devastating events in the Cook Islands history, but nearly 25 years on, Niki Rattle remembers the resilience of the Manihiki community. The former secretary of the Cook Islands Red Cross and current Cook Islands Ombudsman talks to Matthew Littlewood about the event.

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