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‘World’s largest family reunion’ ends with joyous closing ceremony

After 10 days of culture, tradition, and kinship, the “world’s largest family reunion” and celebration of indigenous Pacific culture came to an end, with a poignant but low-key closing ceremony in Hawai’i, last night.

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Rarotonga a special place for New Zealand Minister Jones

New Zealand’s Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones’ visits to Rarotonga are not just a break from his political and ministerial duties; they’re also a chance to reconnect with friends.

Slow start at Golden Oldies

Friday’s golden oldies rugby match at Muri got off to a slow start at 4.50pm with Arthur Emile taking charge of the whistle just as another bunch of townies arrived by bus after the game had started. Our players of the day with the ‘Go’ spirit were Robert of the Sharks, Stephen from Happy Feet […]


Tennis off to ace start

The East Asia Pacific tennis tournament got off to a great start yesterday with competitors from the Cook Islands, Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga taking to the courts for the first day of competition. The tournament was declared open by Cabinet Minister Wilkie Rasmussen before the competition got going. The under 12 boys headed up […]


18 Optimists blessed for training

Sponsors input recognised with nu cracking ceremony Junior sailors raced around Muri lagoon on Saturday before their fibreglass Optimist yachts were lined on the beach for the official blessing of the refurbished craft. The Rarotonga Sailing Club invited their sponsors for the event where they were told by club vice president Peter Heays that their […]



Test and trial for under 19s

The Titikaveka Pearls – the classiest and best netball team on Rarotonga – celebrate yet another championship title for their club. “/> The Cook Islands Rugby Union will be holding trials tomorrow (Tuesday July 6) at the BCI Stadium at Tereora for under 19 rugby players. The trials will start with initial strength and conditioning […]


Titikakeka Pearls reign supreme

The Titikaveka Pearls are undoubtedly the island’s greatest netball club. The Pearls premier grade hardly broke a sweat in their 60-40 drubbing of the Avatiu Dragonflies in the 2010 season grand finals on Saturday. After the game – the Pearls inspirational leader Luciana Matenga confessed to be nervous before the game – even more nervous […]


Ace swimmers will be back for 2011 tri

Craig Stewart and Natalie Bernard ran a week-long swim school. “/> With the close of the swim school, Craig Stewart revealed that he will definitely be back to Rarotonga for next year’s international triathlon. Stewart and his partner Natalie Bernard have been on the island for a week running their swim school. “I have unfinished […]


Eels slip past Cowboys

An 80th minute Arorangi Cowboys try wasn’t enough to reign in the Avatiu Eels who had done the hard work early on in the main rugby match on Saturday to win 20-18. The final Cowboys try by left winger Sami Rokocoko in the corner was unable to be converted by the Cowboys sharpshooter David Wichman […]


Samoa's tennis stars ready for action

Samoa’s junior tennis squad (from left) Yvonne Carruthers (coach), Simnona Reupena, Loloma Ripley, Jonathan Toelupe, Harley Cronin, Lars Cronin, Ethan Samau, Isabella Carruthers, Mishaela Bonin and Anastasia Tapusoa are pumped and ready for the start of the East Asia Pacific tournament today. Samoa, Tonga, American Samoa and Cook Islands junior tennis stars will contest the […]


Rugby heavyweights meet today

Today’s week two CITC ‘main match’ will feature the heavyweight clash between arch rivals the Avatiu Eels and Arorangi Cowboys to be played at the Avatiu swamp. The Eels will be in confident mode after last weekend’s round one demolition of the Tupapa Panthers – the Eels winning this match 44-7. The Cowboys on the […]


Sports for NCEA credits

Titikaveka College students have been taking charge of the PE days at school as part of their NCEA assessments. Year 11 physical education students have spent this term studying an inter-personal skills unit with emphasis on communication. Every Friday the school spends the afternoon playing sports organised by the year 11 students. Yesterday sports included […]


U13 clash opens rugby weekend

Country rugby teams will head to town for week two of the CITC Rarotonga club rugby season starting with the under 13 clash between Tupapa-Maraerenga and Titikaveka. This match will be played at the Tupapa field as the club hosts their country brothers from Titikaveka. The under 13 match will be followed by the Senior […]


Tennis players prepare for tourney

Rarotonga tennis players are fine-tuning their skills ahead of next week’s International Tennis Federation Junior East Pacific Tournament. Local players have been taking part in the ANZ tennis stars tournament over the past three weeks to get in as much competition time ahead of the tournament. Up to 50 tennis players from host nation Cook […]


Rugby action comes to town

Week two of the CITC Rarotonga Club 15s will see all games being played at town venues Tupapa will host Titikaveka, Takuvaine host Ngatangiia while Arorangi will travel to the swamp to face Avatiu. Although the focus will be on the Senior A games, there will also be some interesting match-ups in the various age […]


Herman, Kenning triumph in Palm Grove tournament

The final round of the Palm Grove Golf Tournament last Saturday saw most of the second round leaders maintain their positions, but there were some good fight-backs during the day. In the senior men’s division, James Herman (212) extended his lead with the round of the day of 70 off the stick and win first […]


Cross-country wraps up

Nearly everyone turned up for the final race of the cross-country series last Thursday maybe because of the barbecue afterwards. Or perhaps it was because they had to, in order to get their final standings for the series, not to mention, you can’t win if you don’t do the last one. Everyone did very well, […]


Utanga paddles after his dream

They reckon it takes 60,000km of slog to make a world-class kayaker, so young Cook Islander Josh Utanga has been doing some serious catching up. Every morning before training on the Gold Coast, the former Otumoetai (Tauranga, NZ) surf lifesaver paddles just over 2km from his home on the canal system to get to the […]


Taekwon do team to leave today

A team of local taekwon do students leave today for New Zealand to compete in the fifth annual Oceania Taekwon Do Tournament this weekend. Coach Upoko Poko and manager Poko Rongo will accompany them to the Wellington tournament. Two of the students – Ben Maaka and Tangi Akama – will also be celebrating birthdays during […]


Top time at Golden Oldies

Apii Rutaki has never seen the likes of a good Golden Oldies rugby game like the one played there this past Friday. It started on time and had 4×20 minute quarters and was attended by at least 70 players and even more spectators, cars and utes lining the main road – even a bus so […]


'Kids in boats' learn the ropes

After weeks of learning the ropes, 12 new sailors received participation certificates for successfully completing the ‘Kids and Boats’ sailing course. On Saturday the young team gathered at the sailing club to show off their new sailing skills in the Optimist class. And judging by the wide grins on the faces of the new sailors […]


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