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11 November 2022



Solomon Islands PM retains seat, vote counting continues

Solomon Islands’ pro-China Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has retained his seat in the national election, according to local media reports, but it will take days to know if his party has won enough support to form the next government.


MP Utikere: A privilege to serve his community

The visiting New Zealand Parliamentary delegation includes a Cook Islander who is making his first ‘official’ visit to his homeland.

Get out and work those hearts

Get your hearts pumping at this afternoons gold coin ‘Walk the Talk’ event at the Punanga Nui Markets to mark the start of the Week of Health. This afternoon’s walk has been organised by the Women in Sports Commission which also seconds as awareness campaign for the up and coming walking Vaevae Challenge by the […]


Twenty sign up for Tin Man

Around 20 individuals and the same number of teams are expected to take part in this Saturday’s annual Tin Man Triathlon. The local Tin Man triathlon is a lead up to the big one – the Air New Zealand Rarotonga International Triathlon scheduled for May 1. This Saturday’s Tin Man will start at 2pm from […]


Aitutaki turns out in force for volleyball

The CI News Easter volleyball tournament on Aitutaki attracted 49 teams and drew out the whole island on Easter Monday for the return of the annual volleyball competition. Fantastic battles were seen all day in the open men, open women, under 16 and under 13 categories. The day of action packed volleyball ended with the […]


'Secret' first home under way

A badly kept secret spread around Aitutaki over Easter that builders and government workers have been working on a prototype of the low-cost house for families who lost their homes in Cyclone Pat. A Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning team has had three days and nights to start and finish the $35,000 package home. Not […]


Murray McCully visit to focus on Aitutaki recovery

NZ foreign affairs minister Murray McCully is still set to visit the Cooks this week, despite the last-minute postponement of the joint ministerial forum. McCully is due to arrive early today and return to New Zealand on Thursday evening. Preparations are being made for McCully, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs Robert Wigmore […]


Aitutaki volleyball back to stay

The comeback of Aitutaki’s annual Easter volleyball tournament drew out the whole island and lifted spirits of hundreds of men, women and children yesterday. It was just the tonic the island’s citizens needed after the thrashing and setback caused by Cyclone Pat. It was the first time the Easter Monday event has been staged in […]


Bears hold Sharks to draw

The Arorangi Bears were lucky not to be mauled by the Aitutaki Sharks when they visited the island last week for their premier grade league clash. The Sharks and Bears battled it out at the Vaipae sports field but neither team could get the upper hand with the game ending in a 24-24 draw. Meanwhile, […]


Golden Oldies enjoy a great day

The Nikao field rumbled with laughter on Saturday as the Mongoose Golden Oldies club hosted the Glamour boys to an afternoon of 20-twenty cricket. The tournament was also in honour of Colin Munokoa, a cricket lover, who died two weeks ago. The Mongoose members were out in force for the tournament and had to lend […]


Easter volleyball relief on Aitutaki

About 50 volleyball teams will take part in Aitutaki’s Cook Islands News Easter Volleyball Tournament on Easter Monday. The big community sports day at Araura College is a Cyclone Pat Recovery Project sponsored by Cook Islands News. It includes cash prizes of more than $2000, a set of trophies for the six age groups, plus […]


Young Lions bow to Tupapa-Avatiu

The combined Tupapa-Avatiu under 16 rugby union team proved too strong for the visiting Canadian team the Foothill Lions team who went down 53-0 to the local side. But it was the Lions club that stole the crowd’s attention at the start of the game with an almighty Canadian style haka. On the playing field, […]


Nelson $10,000 for Aitutaki

A Nelson family whose relatives were affected by Cyclone Pat last month felt the pull to contribute in whatever way they could, and ended up raising over $10,000 for Aitutaki. Rowan Strickland said he managed to raise $3500 at his workplace – donations from concerned colleagues. His daughters, Renee McCall and Jenelle Strickland, organised a […]


Triathletes on course

A duathlon will be held today in Nikao to cater for the huge demand from athletes preparing for local Tin Man Triathlon and the Air New Zealand Rarotonga International Triathlon events. Today’s duathlon will start at 5.15pm with two courses on offer. There will be a short course option of a 2km run, 8km cycle […]


$1 airfares boost Aitutaki tourism

Cook Islands Tourism’s latest campaign to attract visitors back to Aitutaki following Cyclone Pat has been a resounding success, selling out in a matter of days, says NZ manager Chris Ingram. In conjunction with Air New Zealand and Air Rarotonga, CI Tourism negotiated flights from Rarotonga to Aitutaki for $1 each way, subject to booking […]


Panthers topple Eels in close game

Tupapa Panthers supporters were ecstatic after their premier league team defeated the Avatiu Eels 20-18 in their own territory on Saturday. It was the first time the two teams faced each other this season after their first round game was cancelled by the tsunami. The Panthers were out to win from the get go and […]


'Party paddling' proposed

Saturday’s corporate oe vaka sprint races were so successful that there have been a few suggestions to hold the canoeing association fundraiser at least three times a year. And because of the massive fun atmosphere that surrounds the races – one oe vaka fan suggested that the event be called ‘party paddling’. While everyone was […]


Henderson says to 'hold out a bit longer' for aid distribution

Aid Management division manager Garth Henderson has been working closely with the Aitutaki Cyclone Appeal Committee to determine the most effective way of distributing aid money to those affected by Cyclone Pat. Henderson’s experience in aid management and his involvement with the government’s recovery project makes him the ideal candidate for the job of adviser […]


Canadian team here for rugby

The first rugby union match of the season will be played today between a local combined Avatiu and Tupapa under 16 team and the touring Foothill Lions club from Canada. The visiting team is the first to tour the island and despite travelling for over 24 hours to reach Rarotonga – the young men and […]


Repairs underway

Work on reroofing and fixing homes on Aitutaki, damaged by Cyclone Pat last month, started last week with homes listed as category 1 and 2 (minimal damage) the first to be fixed. Aitutaki island mayor Tai Herman reports that there are three teams of workers on the island carrying out reroofing and building work. He […]


Sharks back to play Bulldogs

The Aitutaki Sharks are back on the rock and today they take on the Titikaveka Bulldogs in Titikaveka. The Sharks have already proved their worth in the local league competition with some excellent close games. But the side has strug- gled to maintain early leads, letting wins slip through their fingers. Last weekend the Sharks […]


Sprints take a break for corporate day

With oe vaka clubs still recruiting new members, low numbers were seen at Muri last Saturday for round two of the oe vaka sprint series. However, junior paddler numbers are growing with new faces turning out for the day’s sprints. The day was hosted by Ngakau Toa Vaka club who took the opportunity to give […]


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