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Aitutaki bounces back for visitors

Monday 15 February 2010 | Published in Regional

The Aitutaki Tourism Council yesterday issued a media release for worldwide distribution in an effort to preserve tourism and visitor interest following last week’s cyclone. The release sent out by Mike Henry said that in the interest of helping visitors to Aitutaki make informed decisions on their travel to the island, the Tourism Council of […]

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Eels slip past Bears

Monday 15 February 2010 | Published in Regional

The Avatiu Eels lived up to their ‘slippery’ reputation when they managed to slip out of the Arorangi Bears’ grip in the second half of their tense action- packed match on Saturday to run away with the win 34-24. The game was touted to be a big hitting bonanza and the massive crowd of spectators […]

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Matai sports gear makes debut

Monday 15 February 2010 | Published in Regional

After a week of rugby league in their new Matai Sports uniforms, the 2009 club rugby league champions the Tupapa-Maraerenga Panthers report they feel like NRL stars in their new gears. The Panthers club is the first sports team on the island to take advantage of the Fiji-based team wear manufacturer with the Avatiu Eels […]

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Roxz rumble with Warriors at the swamp

Monday 15 February 2010 | Published in Regional

The Avatiu swamp is again the place to be this afternoon for the open men’s and women’s touch rugby competition. The competition continues to produce some excellent touch rugby matches and with impressive defences across the board – the team that works together to move the ball around quickly and stretch their opponent will no […]

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Building codes to be invoked

Monday 15 February 2010 | Published in Regional

Building codes will have to be adhered to when reconstruction of private homes begins on Aitutaki following tropical cyclone Pat. “I think the lesson learnt is that if you are building your house, don’t take any shortcuts,” said minister Wilkie Rasmussen after visiting the island last week. “You have to build your house according to […]

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New cyclone predicted

Monday 15 February 2010 | Published in Regional

Another tropical cyclone is predicted this week. The regional Nadi Weather Office predicts that a new tropical cyclone will form later this week. Director Rajendra Prasad said yesterday that weather conditions between Samoa and the Northern Cook Islands are such that a tropical cyclone is expected to form by Friday and move closer to Fiji. […]

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Tourism largely not affected by cyclone

Saturday 13 February 2010 | Published in Regional

Management at two of Aitutaki’s major resorts have reported no major fluctuations in bookings and said that the stream of tourists to the cyclone-ravaged island is fairly regular. Pacific Resort Aitutaki and Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa are quickly bouncing back from the disaster with the assistance of local resort staff and Rarotonga support teams. […]

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Red Cross takes the lead

Saturday 13 February 2010 | Published in Regional

Red Cross volunteers, led by Charlie Numanga, were out in numbers on Thursday meeting with households on Aitutaki to gauge their immediate needs. Numanga told Cook Islands News that their main focus was to ensure that people had the basic needs of shelter, food and water. Numanga said they were making sure that people who […]

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Power and water top priority

Saturday 13 February 2010 | Published in Regional

Cabinet appeals for volunteers, seedlings, tents and NZ Hercules Some power in some pockets on Aitutaki has been restored over the past two days. Prime minister Jim Marurai said yesterday that reinstating power is the immediate priority for the island, along with providing a reliable water supply and providing adequate shelter for the residents who […]

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$20,000 from Forum for Aitutaki

Saturday 13 February 2010 | Published in Regional

The ministry of foreign affairs and immigration has been busy co-ordinating requests for assistance to rebuild Aitutaki – from regional and international sources, according to secretary Mike Mitchell. “We have been promised $20,000 from the Forum Secretariat immediately – which should defray some of the transport costs. “We have also been encouraged to contact the […]

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Businesses contribute

Saturday 13 February 2010 | Published in Regional

Local businesses are reaching out to cyclone victims, hosting fundraisers, shuttling work teams to Aitutaki and doing whatever they can to help. Yesterday, CITC hosted a sausage sizzle at Foodland that raised $750 for the cyclone relief effort. CITC donated bread, sausages, tomato sauce, and staff to do the cooking. Funds will go toward assembling […]

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Power back on

Saturday 13 February 2010 | Published in Regional

Power is slowly being restored to homes on Aitutaki as substations are being fixed. Aitutaki resident Maki Toko, who was manning the cyclone shelter yesterday, reported that a number of homes had electricity. He said that Aitutaki Power Supply staff were working hard to fix sub stations across the island including the rebuilding of power […]

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Secretary confident with preparations

Friday 12 February 2010 | Published in Regional

Health secretary Tupou Faireka may be out of the country, but this week he kept in close contact with Rarotonga to ensure the ministry would be able to provide emergency and essential health services in the wake of cyclone Pat. Faireka said he was confident that his ministry has the capacity to deal with the […]

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Tourists experience cyclone Pat

Friday 12 February 2010 | Published in Regional

For Barbara Robertson, the most impressive thing about cyclone Pat was the local Aitutakians’ reaction to the storm that whipped wind and flying bits of roof and tree into a violent whirl. “That’s the worst weather I’ve ever seen but they just push through it,” she said. “The people are almost stoic – they just […]

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Cyclone damages sports facility

Friday 12 February 2010 | Published in Regional

The facilities at the Vaipae sports ground (pictured) in Aitutaki sustained some structural damage but villagers say it was lucky not to have been completely destroyed. The tennis and netball courts were renovated in 2008 for the Manea Games which was hosted by Aitutaki. The Vaipae hall in the background has sustained major damage to […]

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Cyclone Pat appeal next week

Friday 12 February 2010 | Published in Regional

Aitutakians on Rarotonga are rallying to organise a fundraising appeal to assist with the relief effort on Aitutaki following tropical cyclone Pat. Aitutaki Community secretary Mona Ioane said that a meeting of the executive was held yesterday and it is anticipated that a radiothon, along with food stalls at Te Atukura, will be held on […]

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Tamariki Sports day programme a hit

Thursday 11 February 2010 | Published in Regional

The first day of the ANZ Tamariki Sports programme on Tuesday afternoon was a huge success with around 70 kids aged under 13 taking part. Touch rugby, basketball and athletics lessons were on offer for the kids who thoroughly enjoyed themselves learning new sports skills. While programme coordinator Ake Hosea-Winterflood conducted mini athletics drills, members […]

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Sharks game up in the air

Thursday 11 February 2010 | Published in Regional

The Tupapa-Maraerenga Panthers premier team are still expecting to travel to Aitutaki for their round two rugby league match against the Aitutaki Sharks scheduled for Friday afternoon. The club was still waiting for word from the Sharks club as it was all hands on deck on the island after it sustained wide spread damage following […]

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Response team due in Aitutaki

Thursday 11 February 2010 | Published in Regional

Police commissioner Maara Tetava said they are hoping to make a quick assessment of the situation on Aitutaki before a response team leaves for the island today. Tetava, who assumed the position of national disaster controller, said two officers were onboard one of two Air Rarotonga aircraft which flew to Mauke to shelter from the […]

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State of disaster declared

Thursday 11 February 2010 | Published in Regional

The prime minister Jim Marurai declared a state of disaster in Aitutaki after the island was battered by tropical cyclone Pat. The declaration was made after the PM met yesterday morning with cabinet, the director for Emergency Management Cook Islands and the police commissioner Maara Tetava. A public announcement was made by Marurai on Radio […]

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