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The day ‘the Don’ and ‘Phar Lap’ visited Rarotonga

Saturday 12 December 2020 | Written by Rod Dixon | Published in Features, Memory Lane

Zane Grey “the father of the American cowboy novel’ was one of the many celebrities who visited Rarotonga on the Union Steamship Company’s trans-Pacific liner service. Others included the English novelist D.H. Lawrence, the composer Percy Grainger, several All Blacks squads, the Australian cricket legend Don Bradman, the actor Peter Lawford, the 1932 New Zealand Olympic Team, and the great New Zealand-born Australian racehorse Phar Lap.

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The Flying Nicholas Brothers of Ruatonga: Pt 2

Saturday 21 November 2020 | Written by Rod Dixon | Published in Features, Memory Lane

This second of two articles, concludes the story of two courageous brothers from Ruatonga, Tatio and Marama Nicholas, who flew with Bomber Command and the Royal New Zealand Air Force in the Second World War. By Rod Dixon.

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The flying Nicholas brothers of Ruatonga

Saturday 14 November 2020 | Written by Supplied | Published in Features, Memory Lane

Tuaine Kaitara Nicholas of Ruatonga and his wife Ngatuaine had four boys and three girls. Three of the boys enlisted in the Air Force in WWII and a fourth was directed by his brothers to the Army. In the first of two articles, Rod Dixon tells the story of two of the courageous Nicholas brothers, Tatio and Marama.

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‘Cook Islanders have served bravely and with distinction’

Thursday 12 November 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Features, Memory Lane, Weekend

Local war veterans were remembered at the 102nd Armistice Day commemoration in Rarotonga on Wednesday November 11 - the day when an armistice was signed to end the Great War.

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Jim Marurai: The unexpected prime minister

Saturday 7 November 2020 | Written by Supplied | Published in Features, Memory Lane

Former Cook Islands prime minister Jim Marurai passed away peacefully at the age of 73, in his Ivirua home on the southern island of Mangaia, where he was born and raised. Veteran journalist Florence Syme-Buchanan pens a poignant tribute to the former leader.

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Rarotonga doctor was unsung hero of NZ’s worst bus crash

Saturday 31 October 2020 | Written by Supplied | Published in Memory Lane

Last week, Cook Islands News told the story of Dr James Maoate Rennie, a Ngatangiia -born doctor who served as a medic with the Eighth Army in North Africa. After the story was published, Cook Islands News was contacted by Dr. Rennie’s son Bill, who lives in Titikaveka.

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Apii Avarua's oldest pupil looks back

Saturday 10 September 2016 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Features, Local, Memory Lane

AS APII Avarua counts down to its centennial celebration, bonfires and the flying of the British flag, the Union Jack is what the oldest surviving student of Apii Avarua recalls the most from her school days.

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