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The best things in life are often right under our noses

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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.

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The queen of happiness

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.

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Time to turn on the tap, but it’s not that simple

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.

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Welcome aboard this Air NZ flight

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.

Saturday is Matariki New Year

Gerald McCormack from the Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust on observing the traditional Matariki New Year, which falls today.

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Quiet quest to recoup millions from Chinese firm continues

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.

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Real men do cry and talk

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.

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Age does not matter when God has plans for you, says ordained Reverend

Hard work and sacrifice are the keys to success in any vocation, but commitment to faith and God will give rewards in life that are priceless.

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An amazing journey of recovery and hope

Cool, calm and collected Mata Pera is a feisty warrior who has battled breast cancer.

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Rod Dixon: A Rarotongan at the battle of El Alamein

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.

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Family reunion: A chance to know more

The first William (George) Ellis Family Reunion will take place from November 27–29, giving his descendants a chance to explore their roots.

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Historic visit

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.

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Queen's honour for tireless service to their communities

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.

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Driven to uplift the mana of others

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.

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The Mooring Fish Café hooks 10 years

What started out as a dream has become a 10-year milestone for Mooring Fish Café owners Steven and Jill Kavana.

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Pride in her Cook Islands heritage

Winning speech highlights Amelia Otto’s pride in her Cook Islands and European ancestry.

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The secret is trust

While one steps down the other steps up, but their formula for success as leaders of the nation remains the same – trust and respect those who have your backs and always listen to the people.

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Local chocolate makers laying groundwork for sweet success

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.

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Leading young ones to the light

Tuaine Papatua spent 20 years in Australia working with youth. Four years ago, he returned to Rarotonga to reach out and help young people at home.

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