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Cook Islands supports the United States of America and Canada’s proposal to ban longliners using shark lines and wire leaders in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean in a bid to save critically endangered shark species.

Pacific netters arrive

The Cook Islands national netball squad players from New Zealand arrived in the country yesterday afternoon for the Pacific Series netball tournament starting on June 3. The Pacific Series between the Cooks, Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea is the qualifier for the netball world cup in Singapore next year. Three days of netball games […]


Daniela grabs triple

New Zealand born Cook Islander Geoff Daniela received the Man of the Match Award for his performance in Friday night’s (Thursday night CI time) NRL game between Wests Tigers and the Warriors in Sydney. Auckland-born Daniela cut loose in the second spell, crossing for a hat-trick of tries in the first 15 minutes after the […]


Dragonflies play Red Divas in pressure match

Due to the regional netball teams arriving this weekend for the Pacific Series netball tournament, the first club premier grade netball match was played last night between the Titikaveka Pearls and Ngatangiia Kokiri. This is so that national players in the Titikaveka team will be able to head into camp before the Pacific Series starts […]


Sports was the winner on the night

Sporting pride was at an all time high on Tuesday night as national sports federations gathered at the Aroa Nui Hall for the national sports awards. Close to 300 guests attended the awards to honour our national athletes. But as Father Loni said in his opening prayer many will run the race, but only one […]


Pick grabs 8th in Noumea

Sportswoman of the year nominee Kelly Pick recently returned from New Caledonia where she was invited to race in the 25th anniversary Noumea international triathlon on May 9. Pick was chosen by the Cook Islands Triathlon Association to represent the Cook Islands at the event. She was thrilled with the opportunity even though the race […]


Kronfeld takes audience on 'rugby journey'

“Never stop listening to learn and be proud of who you are and where you come from” were some of the inspirational words by national sports awards guest speaker Josh Kronfeld. The former All Black’s speech on his ‘rugby journey’ was filled with hilarious reminiscences from his long love affair with rugby had the packed […]


2010 sports awards nominees

Due to a full-on year of sports in 2009 including the Pacific Mini Games national sports federations have gone all out to make sure their athletes’ achievements are recognised. Following is the list of athletes and associations that were in the running for awards at last night’s national sports awards: Sportsman of the year nominations: […]


Tuaiti, Vaile take top sports honours

The country’s top sporting honours of sportsman and sportswoman of the year went to golfer Kirk Tuaiti and golden girl lawn bowler Kanny Vaile at last night’s national sports awards. Tuaiti won two gold medals at the Pacific Mini Games in the men’s individual and team golfing event. Vaile also won two gold medals at […]


Titikaveka continues dominance

The Titikaveka premier grade netball team continues to prove that they are a class above the rest when for the second time this season they outclassed, outmuscled and outplayed the Avatiu dragonflies. Titikaveka hit the ground running on Saturday after a huge 55-34 win against Takuvaine on Friday night. If Avatiu thought that Takuvaine might […]


Kronfeld set to share with the country

National sports award guest speaker and former All Blacks flanker Josh Kronfeld will run drills with Cook Islands Sports Academy students today before sharing some words of wisdom at tonight’s sports awards. Kronfeld along with his wife Bronwyn and 18-month-old son Cassius were hosted to lunch by members of the Cook Islands Rugby Union association […]


Queen's Baton on its Rarotonga journey

It will be all hands on deck today as Rarotonga hosts the Cook Islands’ leg of the Queen’s Baton world relay. The baton arrived on our shores last night to a turou at the Rarotonga airport. The baton is on its way around the island this morning after the relay began at the BCI Stadium […]


Big contest for top 2 awards

Judges charged which determining just which athletes and sports associations receive the top honours at this year’s national sports awards have had a tough time making their decisions. There is a high calibre list of nominees for this year’s main awards with all sports codes recognising the achievements of their athletes over the 2009 sporting […]


Cross country series starts

Don’t let the dust settle on your shoes the cross country running series is starting today. There will be six races in the cross country series which is a build up to the Round Rarotonga Road Race week starting on July 15. The cross country series will wrap up on June 24 with the national […]


Sports awards tickets go fast

With this year’s sports awards one of the largest in its history, tickets for the event are selling fast. There were suggestions that there may not be enough tickets for sports codes to be able to take their teams to the awards because of an excess number of VIP guests. However, Cook Islands Sports and […]


CIFA gets new admin building

Funds were approved last month by international soccer body FIFA for the Cook Islands Football Association to construct a new administration building and gym facilities. A signing ceremony was held with FIFA’s Glen Turner, CIFA’s president Lee Harmon and local suppliers to seal the deal. This is CIFA’s fourth ‘goal project’, initiated by FIFA about […]


Raro prepares for Queen's Baton

Preparations for the arrival of the Queen’s Baton for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games are well on the way. The baton will arrive late on Friday, May 21 and a traditional Cook Islands turou on the tarmac is being planned. The baton is currently on a relay around the world prior to the beginning of […]


Triple treat!

Avatiu Eels rugby league supporters and players will be singing ‘we are the champions’ for a long time to come after winning the 2010 rugby league championships 28-16 against defending champions the Tupapa Panthers at the weekend. Not only did the premier grade win the coveted trophy, they earned bragging rights to sing whatever they […]


Passionate lower grade grand finals

While the highlight of the rugby league grand finals was the premier grade clash between the Eels and the Panthers – it was the junior grades that really created that ‘grand finals’ atmosphere. First up at the grand finals was the baby Panthers versus the Baby Bears. The Bears looked liked they would take the […]


Sports awards attract huge interest

The Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee have been inundated with nominations for this year’s sports awards to be held on Tuesday, May 25. CISNOC sports manager Robert Graham says that in the 12 years he has worked for the national sports body he has never seen such a huge response to the call […]


Air New Zealand Anzac tourney over 2 days

With Anzac Day falling on a Sunday this year, the Air New Zealand Anzac golf tournament was extended to be played over two Saturdays. This was only fitting for such a prestigious tournament. On the first Saturday, April 24, Vengi Hagai played a blistering game to come in with a +11 for this bogey competition. […]


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