That’s a wrap with the Maine Mura awareness raising campaign presentations! ‘Maine Mura’ is an awareness raising initiative discussing the importance of women’s health and reusable feminine hygiene products that our young ladies and women here on Rarotonga can use during their menstrual cycle, writes Te Ipukarea Society.
The pandemic has taught us that money is not the only goal in life; that we can thrive with less; that happiness comes from being together and working together, writes Bishop Paul Donoghue (Catholic Church).
Yesterday, America celebrated Thanksgiving. The occasion has little bearing on the rest of the world (aside from triggering a spike in commercial activity, which of course has global implications), but the meaning behind it is universally relevant and internationally important. Thanksgiving is a day for reflecting, appreciating, and counting blessings – things that we, all […]
A storm is a scary thing. Perhaps the most indisputable evidence of our fragility as humans, natural disaster can render the most well prepared community utterly defenseless. The people of the Cook Islands can appreciate the power of a storm. Any small, vulnerable island nation knows the poignancy of that feeling – that emotional mlange […]
The news of each fresh fire on Rarotonga is piercing, activating emotions like anger and fear and despair, and raising unanswerable questions: Why would a person intentionally burn down a business or a school? Why hasn’t the perpetrator been caught, arrested, punished? When will the destruction end? It’s true that authorities have yet to determine […]
The boy looks like an average teenager – clean-cut, agreeable countenance, dressed in a ribbed black shirt. He turns to face the camera, and he begins to tell his story. “Hi, my name is Sean,” he says, “and when I was 15 years old I set my high school on fire.” And so begins an […]
While celebrations associated with Te Maeva Nui, Constitution Day, and Cook Islands Language Week might seem like exorbitant expenses in a time of economic downturn, I think many of us can agree they’re justified.
In my effort to devote a column to each of the Film Raro productions, I’ve been privileged to watch and write about five outstanding films – films that evoke the sounds and smells of the Cook Islands, highlight the beauty of her people, and peer into sociological holes in her cultural fabric.
What struck me about Dog Save the Queen, before I even had a chance to reflect on the sociological issues it addresses, was the way it artfully incorporated everyday elements of the Cook Islands lifestyle.