Weekend

Big Blueprint tivaevae – a blend of old and new

Saturday 8 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

The Big Blueprint tivaevae ta’orei – the patchwork style of tivaevae made from 1-inch squares of fabric sewn onto a solid backing – is one of a kind. Its captivating abstract design is intriguing.

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From Rarotonga to paradise – a trip of a lifetime

Saturday 8 May 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Features, Weekend

Seven hundred and forty nautical miles, or 1460 kilometres, and an estimated 96-hour sea voyage away from Rarotonga lies the island of Penrhyn, also known as Tongareva. With a population of approximately 218 people, and an array of uninhabited motu’s (smaller islands) spread out across its lagoons, Penrhyn continues to remain one of Earth’s best kept secrets. Nobby Clark, fisherman and owner of fishing charter boat Marlin Queen, recounts his recent visit to the Northern Group island.

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Online learning – no noodles needed

Saturday 1 May 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Features, Weekend

Learning can take many forms – visual, verbal, physical or social. Everyone learns differently and whatever your personality, there is something for everyone.

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Passionate performances pay tribute to the arrival of Christianity

Saturday 24 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

The Rarotonga Schools Culture Festival wrapped up on Wednesday night with raving performances from all teams.

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Wings and ‘whirlybirds’ over Mangaia

Saturday 24 April 2021 | Written by Rod Dixon | Published in Features, Weekend

In 1945 the ariki of Mangaia offered New Zealand land for an airstrip. In the same year, the ending of the Second World war released thousands of ex-pilots and surplus aircraft to service remote air-routes around the world. While other countries took advantage, another 30 years would pass before commercial aircraft landed on Mangaia. By Rod Dixon

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Aitutaki experience: An Easter getaway to paradise

Saturday 17 April 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Features, Weekend

Since moving to Rarotonga from New Zealand earlier in the year, journalist Caleb Fotheringham and his schoolteacher wife Jess have been hearing a lot about Aitutaki. During the Easter break they travelled to the Southern Group island to find out what the hype was all about.

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Are Taunga of Araura - 'We invest our Ariki in our traditional procedures'

Saturday 10 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

The investiture of the second Tamatoa Ariki was held last week, just over a month after Taraota Tom was invested with the title on the island of Aitutaki. House of Ariki, the parliamentary body composed of Cook Islands high chiefs, refused to attend both investitures because of the "ongoing dispute over the title". But the sub chiefs backing the newly-crowned Tamatoa Ariki Teao Tangaroa say they will decide the legitimate holder.

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Palmerston remembers Prince Philip's 1971 visit

Saturday 10 April 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Features, Weekend

The people of Palmerston Island took a day off from work yesterday to pay respect to the late Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

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‘I am woman, hear me roar’

Tuesday 30 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Local, National, Weekend

An official parade attended by dignitaries, past police commissioners and police personnel was held yesterday morning to mark the 50th anniversary of women in Cook Islands Police.

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One year inside the Cook Islands Covid-free bubble

Sunday 28 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Features, Weekend

Curiosity, fear, uncertainty, hardship, perseverance, isolation, hope, strength of community – Cook Islands News looks back at 12 months of Covid-19.

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50 years of women in policing

Sunday 28 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Crime, Features, National, Weekend

Fifty years ago, two young women Jane Tauariki Tuavera and Makirua Luka graduated in the Cook Islands Police on March 29th 1971 – they paved the way for women policing in the country.

Crime


Can customs ensure conservation?

Saturday 20 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Environment, Features, National, Weekend

A recent confrontation between a Government MP and a Rarotonga market stall operator over the harvesting of Avake (sea urchin) has revived calls to give traditional conservation practices greater authority by incorporating them into law.

Environment


A woman of many talents

Saturday 20 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

Meeting British royalty – Prince Edward, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, working as a radio announcer/reporter and acting are a few highlights of Tereapii Enua’s inspiring life.

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‘We need to continue to commit to helping build an inclusive world’

Saturday 13 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

International Women’s Day (IWD) began in 1911 and was officially adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 1975. It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. On Monday the local women groups celebrated the event with presentations from six inspirational members who spoke on the theme #ChooseToChallenge.

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More than a job

Saturday 13 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Features, Weekend

Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency’s Moana Voices series on women shaping the future of oceanic fisheries is edited, researched and produced by Lisa Williams.

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‘One of a kind’ Mama Ngai Tupa

Saturday 13 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

The late Ngaingatara Tupa also known as Mama Ngai wore many hats during her lifetime.

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Rarotonga in vogue

Saturday 6 March 2021 | Written by Rod Dixon | Published in Features, Weekend

Cook Islands men returning from overseas have been a source of fashion innovation for almost 200 years. Long before Bluff white boots and gangster wear, Rarotongan sailors helped revolutionise the formless, shapeless world of missionary clothing.

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Travel bubble uncertainty in an already uncertain business

Saturday 6 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, Features, National, Weekend

As government works towards two-way quarantine-free travel with New Zealand by the end of the month, local businesses are getting desperate and many say they can’t survive much longer without tourists. Yet even with a bubble, they face unprecedented challenges in an uncertain environment.

Economy


Mixing science with fun and imagination

Saturday 6 March 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Education, Features, National, Weekend

Former Miss Cook Islands and Miss South Pacific Joyana Finch recently released a book ‘Buzz the Electron’ on Amazon. Just weeks after its release, Finch saw the book rise to number one in the ‘Children’s electricity and electronic’ category on Amazon. It has received a five-star rating.

Education


Christchurch earthquake, ten years on: The trauma, chaos and the compassion

Saturday 27 February 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Features, Memory Lane, Weekend

A decade ago, on February 22, 2011, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch at 12.51pm, causing widespread damage across the city, killing 185 people, in the nation’s fifth-deadliest disaster. Cook Islands News columnist Ruta Mave had just dropped her children at school when the incident happened.

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