The internet has brought the world closer together. If you want to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Statue of Liberty in New York, Google will show you the way in a matter of seconds. However, nothing compares to going to a place for the very first time and feeling, smelling, hearing and tasting everything around you as Katrina Tanirau found out in Nga Pu Toru (Atiu, Mitiaro and Mauke) and Mangaia.
At 92, Te Maeu O Te Rangi Teikamata Ariki Mii O’Bryan is the oldest and one of the longest reigning royals in the Cook Islands. Mama Mii hesitantly accepted the title in 1985 but has grown into the role, doing her best for the people. Losirene Lacanivalu met the island’s queen on her first-ever visit to Mitiaro.
It has been a bumpy ride, but work on Rarotonga’s revamped water system is nearing an end. From the outset, elected leaders were committed to delivering potable water to residents. Cleaner water is now coming through the taps, but it’s not up to international drinking standards yet. Te Mato Vai project manager Peter Free is committed to seeing the ultimate goal become a reality. Emmanuel Samoglou reports.
For Addrienne Hosking-Tinirau it’s still sinking in that she will soon take over as the Air New Zealand country manager in Rarotonga – the first woman of Cook Islands descent to hold the position. By Katrina Tanirau.
For nearly two years, Government has been trying to recoup $13 million from a Chinese firm, which is alleged to have carried out shoddy work on the nation’s largest-ever infrastructure project. Its fight continues with no sign of a resolution in sight.
A serious health scare brought Ngatangiia MP Tamaiva Tuavera to his knees. Melina Etches sat down with Tuavera, who openly shared his story in the hope that other men will do the same especially during the month of November.
Ngatangi'ia born Dr. James Maoate Rennie served with the British Army in North Africa, was captured by the Germans, and eventually freed by British forces before taking part in the decisive Battle of El Alamein. Here's his story.
Last week the Cook Islands Girl Guides celebrated their 92nd anniversary. Eighty-five years ago, they were visited in Rarotonga by the founder and Chief Guide of the movement, Lady Baden Powell, together with the founder of the Scout movement, Lord Baden-Powell. Factionalism in the European community meant there was no functioning troop of Scouts to welcome the visitors.
One of the highest honours to be bestowed on any person from a Commonwealth nation is a Queen’s Service Medal. This year, four well-known Cook Islanders were recognised for their tireless service to their communities, their professions, churches and their country.
New Zealand High Commissioner to Cook Islands Her Excellency Tui Dewes says the pursuit of making a difference, integrity and operating at the highest standards possible are vital attributes in her work as a diplomat.
Local cacao growers and chocolate manufacturers Tairiterangi Rangatira Tupe Short and Framhein Koteka are laying the seeds for what they hope will be a viable industry. Emmanuel Samoglou finds out more.