Weekend

A day in the life at sea

Saturday 31 July 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, Weekend

It’s a big family to feed and keep happy aboard the New Zealand Royal Navy protector-fleet offshore patrol ship HMZS Wellington which visited Rarotonga this week. Al Williams caught up with some of the crew and had a look around the vessel.

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Pride and prejudice: Lobby group takes leap of faith for LGBTQI community

Friday 23 July 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, Weekend

A Cook Islands lobby group is taking giant steps forward in a combined effort to bring about equality. Al Williams reports.

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The gift of faith - St. Joseph's celebrates 125 years

Friday 16 July 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, Weekend

St Joseph’s Primary School in Avarua celebrated 125 years this week. Al Williams delves into the school archives, talking to former students and teachers who attended celebrations.

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Pushing your limits in paradise

Friday 16 July 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

Riding on the success of last year’s Cook Islands Games, Aitutaki-based Dani Adendorff recognises the potential to maintain that momentum and extend the reach of the growing weightlifting fitness revolution to the Pa Enua. By Melina Etches.

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Collective approach is needed to end domestic violence

Saturday 10 July 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, Weekend

There’s a growing concern about the level of domestic violence on Rarotonga but it will take a multi-agency response and broad community support to address the issue.

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Breaking into a man’s world and flourishing

Friday 2 July 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

Mechanical engineer Vanita Glassie is energetic and unassuming with a polite and gracious demeanour. She is one of the few Cook Islands women who have established a career in the male dominated expert field of engineering.

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Rare Rarotonga monarch research continues

Friday 2 July 2021 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Features, Weekend

The opening of the travel bubble has been good news for the kākerōri birds because it means that one of their most dedicated enthusiasts was able to return to Rarotonga to get stuck into a much overdue, annual bird survey.

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Long standing Airport Authority chief executive calls time

Friday 2 July 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, Weekend

Rarotonga International Airport Authority chief executive Joseph Ngamata is calling it a day after 40 years in the business - 25 of those at the helm.

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Returning home to serve her people

Friday 25 June 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

In the Cook Islands, the continuing battle between families for a suitable candidate to succeed an Ariki title is an ongoing issue that can shred families apart for generations.

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A sweet scent of success

Friday 18 June 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

Lafala Turepu set up Turepu Vanilla with an aim to produce a viable export product. Five years on, she says it was an ambitious and difficult goal but one that is not impossible. By Melina Etches.

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Reliving memories of Mangaia’s boatmen shooting the reef

Friday 11 June 2021 | Written by Rod Dixon | Published in Features, Weekend

Taking cargo over the reef in the outer islands involved extraordinary seamanship. Boats and canoes crossed the edge of the reef on the crest of a chosen wave. But when the sea was rolling from the wrong direction, a crossing could be fraught with danger. By Rod Dixon on Mangaia.

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A family of kayakers

Friday 11 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, Weekend

Cook Islands 2020 Sportswoman of the Year Jane Nicholas was back on Rarotonga this week for a brief break in a busy schedule before the upcoming Olympic Games. Al Williams caught up with Nicholas and her family.

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Cook’s buses get smart

Saturday 5 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, Weekend

The wheels keep turning for the Cook family who have been providing public transport on Rarotonga for more than 30 years. Al Williams caught up with them at their Nikao operation.

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Will deep sea mining destroy what the ocean already provides humanity?

Saturday 29 May 2021 | Written by Gerald McCormack | Published in Features, Weekend

A precautionary approach of two concurrent nodule mines has the potential to provide a major new revenue stream for the Cook Islands of around US$90 million (NZ$124m) per year, writes Gerald McCormack, Natural Heritage Trust.

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Life hasn’t been all rosy but Blake rises above it all

Saturday 29 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

Like the bright colourful trademark ei katu she proudly wears, Rosie Blake – or Aunty Rosie, the former Consul General of the Cook Islands in New Zealand – is cheerful, bubbly and smilingly proud to be a Cook Islander. On a recent visit to Rarotonga she shared her experiences as the Consul General, a post she held from 2013 until October 2020.

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Diving back into business

Saturday 29 May 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, Weekend

It’s been a tough 12 months for local tour operators who are now welcoming back guests. Al Williams reports.

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Pandemic a blessing in disguise

Saturday 22 May 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Features, Weekend

The local wedding industry witnessed the first international wedding in over a year on Thursday afternoon at the Pacific Resort Rarotonga.

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Bubble gives Kiwi journalists a week in paradise

Saturday 22 May 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, Weekend

Kiwi journalists flooded into Rarotonga this week as the Cook Islands travel bubble with New Zealand inflated. They shared their Cook Islands experiences with senior journalist Al Williams.

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Dancing his way to the top

Saturday 15 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

A new male champion was crowned at the senior dance competition while the dazzling Ambushia Mateariki retained the Female Dancer of the Year title at the lively event on Thursday night.

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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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