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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.

Divers aim to move up

The Pacific Divers five-a-side soccer side is fourth on the points table and they are vying for third placing as the competition nears the knockout stage. Despite the eagerness of the Pacific Divers to reach that third spot, they are in contention with the Virgin Ave team currently third and four points ahead of Pacific […]


Computer Man golf tournament sees closely contested event

The Computer Man golf tournament held on April 10 was an extremely close battle for prizes with only two strokes separating the top ten placings. The scorers had to work harder than usual to separate the winners, nearly all on a count back. This tournament was a nett competition, which is often very hard for […]


Golf to assist Aitutaki club house

This Saturday there will be a golf Ambrose fundraising effort at the Rarotonga Golf Club to assist its sister club in Aitutaki to renovate its club house which was damaged earlier this year by Cyclone Pat. Former members of the Aitutaki Golf Club such asf Haimona Brown, Ned Howard, James Herman, Campbell Cecil, Daniel Webb […]


CI taekwon do brings back medals

The Cook Islands Taekwon Do students arrived home last week with an impressive 45 medal haul from the Star Series tournament in Auckland. Here is some of the action from the tournament. 45 medal haul for taekwon do, page 14


Panthers book final date with Eels

The 2010 rugby league grand final this week is going to be a thriller between the Avatiu Eels and the Tupapa Panthers – who booked their final spot by thrashing the Arorangi Bears 42-12 in Saturday’s semi-final. The Panthers premier league grade was just too classy for the Bears and after scoring 22 points just […]


White Puta maintain lead

The White Puta five-a-side soccer team managed to keep the Black Puta at bay until the final whistle with 1-1 draw. An own goal by a White Puta player gave Black Puta the lead in the first half only to have the White Puta level the score seconds later. A fast paced game was played […]


Avatiu hold on for close win

On Saturday the Avatiu Dragonflies’ premier netball side won a nail-biting 43-42 clash against Takuvaine. Here is some of the action photos from the clash. Dragonflies swoop to first win, page 14


To mum with love

Avatea Primary School year six students have spent the week writing stories and poems about their mums. Here are some of the stories from the year six students. My mum Mothers offer the world for her sons and daughters and they are even like the rarest diamond to her. By Dean Archer Year six Toku […]


Pera lifts his way to double silver

Cook Islands weightlifter Sirla Pera lifted his way to two silver medals at the Oceania Junior and Senior Weightlifting Championships in Fiji. Pera and solo female lifter Luisa Peters both won two silver medals each at the championships. Pera lifted a total weight of 236kg (106kg snatch and 130kg clean and jerk) in the men’s […]


Lifters snatch silver in Fiji

Cook Islands weightlifters Luisa Peters and Sirla Pera have both won two silver medals each at the Oceania Junior and Senior Weightlifting Championships in Fiji this week. Peters has won two silver medals in the women’s 69kg division while Pera won his in the men’s 94kg division. Peters lifted in the Oceania women’s 69kg division […]


Town teams face off

This week’s netball competitions sees town teams Takuvaine and Avatiu go head to head and country clubs Titikaveka and Ngatangiia face off. And the advantage of playing in the Telecom Sports Arena, among other things, is that clubs have had the opportunity to suss out their rival teams. Round two of netball gets underway this […]


Teachers on the ball

Rarotonga teachers will gather again at the Takitumu School grounds today for the second session of cricket coaching. Cook Islands Cricket Association held its first cricket coaching session with teachers on Tuesday afternoon with a great turnout of teachers eager to learn more about cricket in order to give their kids the best possible start […]


Putas to clash

Five-a-side soccer teams Black Puta and White Puta both enjoyed wins during the recent set of games running at the CIFA Complex. But it’s the White Puta side that have the clear advantage going into today’s match which kicks off at 5.20pm. With a 4-1 victory in the first round, Black Puta is looking at […]


Cycle race attracts biggest field ever

Tuesday night’s annual TurtlesTees Sportswear round the island cycle race saw the largest field ever enter the event 87 riders lined up with 80 recorded as finishing. Unlike some earlier years, a small breakaway at the beginning did not occur and 20 or so cyclists were still in the lead bunch just a few hundred […]


Lifters face weighty Fiji challenge

Rarotonga junior weightlifters Sirla Pera and solo female lifter Luisa Peters are currently competing at the Oceania Junior and Senior Weightlifting Championships in Suva, Fiji along with 165 lifters from across the region. Peters will lift in the women’s 75kg plus category while Pera will lift in the 94kg category. The lifting duo are in […]


Women gain rugby knowledge

With the first women’s rugby season due to start in June, ‘rugby smart’ training sessions have begun to give players a better understanding of the game. The first rugby smart session was held on Monday afternoon which saw a good turnout of women rugby players and supporters. Women’s rugby organiser Lara Sadaraka says that the […]


Triathletes dissect performance

Local and international triathletes are still dissecting their race performance during Saturday’s Air New Zealand Raro- tonga International Triathlon race. Australian triathlete Josh White had a massive race to win a hat-trick and take out the annual international race for the third year in a row. This year’s race saw the largest field of athletes […]


Tour de Raro ready to roll

The TurtlesTees Tour de Raro cycle race will be held today starting at 4.45pm opposite Goldmine Shop in the town centre. The event is sponsored by TurtlesTees Sportswear and over 50 cyclists have entered this event in the past. Last year 44 cyclists lined up, but more are expected this year with higher numbers of […]


Local girls

Go girls! Local women triathletes (from left) Rangi Apera, Apii Napa, Mona Henderson, Pare Tangata, Tai Ngari and Melanie Wilson gather for a pre-race photo which has become a tradition for the local girls. The local ladies were among the 137 individuals and teams that took part in Saturday’s Air New Zealand Rarotonga International Triathlon […]


White takes triple at tri

It was a hat-trick for previous winner Josh White of New Zealand at Saturday’s 16th Air New Zealand Rarotonga Triathlon. White came home in 2 hours 8 minutes and 22 seconds (2:08:22), becoming the first person to win the event three times. White also clocked up the fastest cycle time of the day. Rarotonga once […]


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