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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.

30 crews in corporate sprints

A record number oe vaka crews have registered for this weekend’s annual Corporate Oe Vaka sprints in Muri. Thirty teams of 11 paddlers from businesses all over the island will battle it out on the Muri lagoon on for oe vaka supremacy. The team to beat this year is the Raro Roofing crew who took […]


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 […]


Youth beats experience

Youth won over experience on the touch field when the open men’s and women’s touch rugby grand finals were played at the Swamp on Monday night. The youthful TSL Rookies team, sprinkled with a couple of national players, were crowned the queens of women’s touch rugby when they outran the Bounty Hunters team of experienced […]


Avarua on a roll

Avarua Primary School pupils continue to show why they were the 2009 schools soccer champions after the boys and girls teams won their games on Wednesday. Newcomers the Titikaveka-Papaaroa girls surprised the Avarua girls by scoring in the opening five minutes but the defending champs proved too strong for Titikaveka-Papaaroa winning 5-1. There were no […]


Swim coach impressed with local skills

Faster swim times should be seen from local triathletes over the next few weeks after a group of around 40 locals, mostly triathlon athletes, took advantage of swimming lessons by renowned Kiwi swim coach Mark Saunders. Saunders, who has just sold his swimming school and overseeing the construction of a new one in Silverdale, North […]


Kids in Boats proves popular

The ‘Kids in Boats’ learn to sail programme is proving to be very popular with around 20 youngsters ranging in ages from 7years – 13, turning up for Saturday morning lessons. The Rarotonga Sailing Club is always keen to teach more kids (and adults) what sailing is all about. The club’s Peter Heays, along with […]


Swim meet an eye opener for local team

The Cook Islands Aquatic Federation’s (CIAF) four-member swim team rubbed shoulders with some of the world’s best swimmers when they attended the Lique Caledonienne de Nationals meet in mid-February. The event at the new Olympic-size pool in New Caledonia attracted teams from Fiji, Tahiti, New Caledonia and the top 8 clubs from France, competing for […]


Eels strangle Bears at the swamp

Eels 20 vs Bears 15 Sea Eagles 20 vs Bulldogs 2 Panthers 24 vs Sharks 20 The Avatiu Eels premier league team had their supporters on the edge of their seats as they defended attacks after attacks from the Arorangi Bears to edge out and win the match 20-15. The match, played at the Avatiu […]


Josh Kronfield guest for national sports awards

Former All Blacks flanker and reality television ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant Josh Kronfield is guest speaker at this year’s national sports awards in May. This year’s national sports awards will be hosted by Vaka Puaikura at the Aroa Nui hall on Tuesday May 25. Forms have been sent out to all national federations to […]


Canadian visitors to play U16 rugby games

Canadian Lions Rugby Club arrives into Rarotonga next weekend to play four under 16 matches against our local boys. The local under 16 teams will be combined regional teams namely Tupapa-Avatiu, Arorangi-Takuvaine and Ngatangiia-Titikaveka. Cook Islands Rugby Union chief executive officer Ben Koteka explains that the combination teams is an attempt by CIRU to develop […]


Muri cruising

National sailor Taua Eliza spent the weekend cruising Muri lagoon in an optimist boat and helping green sailors learn the ropes. Eliza has recently returned home after nearly three months away racing in regattas across Australia and New Zealand. He capped off his summer sailing programme by taking out the Auckland Laser Championships. And what […]


Eels and Bears clash today

The Arorangi Bears will have their claws out today when they face the Avatiu Eels after a near clean sweep of Tupapa last week. The Bears league club just missed out on the clean sweep with just a loss in the Under 13 grade. No doubt they will want a better result today, but they […]


Air New Zealand launches Aitutaki '$1' fare

Air New Zealand will run a ‘$1 airfare’ campaign next week to assist Aitutaki’s recovery following Cyclone Pat. According to CI Tourism NZ manager Chris Ingram, NZ residents booking Rarotonga holidays between March 21-29 can also purchase a flight to Aitutaki for $1. “I know it sounds insane but it is completely true, you can […]


Aitutaki appeal ends with $200k

The Aitutaki Cyclone Appeal (ACA) committee has closed its books after a spectacularly successful month of fundraising. At Thursday night’s meeting, the committee reported that it had raised $201,000 to date. They have written off $6000 pledged during last month’s radiothon, as callers who made the pledges never delivered. Secretary Florence Syme-Buchanan said that all […]


Team Cook Islands prepare for Delhi

Team Cook Islands preparations for the Delhi Commonwealth Games kicked into gear this week with the announcement of the sporting codes that have qualified to take part in the games in October. The six codes are boxing, lawn bowls, athletics, netball, tennis and weightlifting. Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee president Sir Geoffrey Henry […]


Sea Eagles meet Bulldogs today

Avatiu Eels and Arorangi Bears will meet in the swamp this Saturday, in the main game for this week’s rugby league match. But before that game, the Ngatangiia-Matavera Sea Eagles will host the Titikaveka Bulldogs today with the Under 19 and Reserve Grade matches played out at Ngatangiia field. The Under 16 grade and Premier […]


Marsters re-elected to athletics president

Continuing the development of junior athletes and building the capacity of local coaches is the aim of newly re-elected Athletics Cook Islands president Ina Marsters. Marsters is looking forward to serving a third year as president after first being elected to the post in 2007. She returned to the post of president in 2009. Marsters […]


Let Aitutaki decide, says MP

The Aitutaki people who lost their homes in Cyclone Pat should decide how they rebuild, says Arutanga/Reureu/Nikaupara Member of Parliament Teina Bishop. He says he understood where mayor Tai Herman was coming from when he declared the island council rejects the Habitat For Humanity NZ offer to build $18,000 kitset Lockwood homes for Aitutaki. “I […]


YWAM volleyball for family fun

Creating a healthy, family fun event was the main reason behind Saturday’s volleyball competition hosted and held at the Youth With A Mission grounds in Vaimaanga. A total of nine mixed volleyball teams signed up for the one-day tournament which was dominated by the Pukapuka and Fiji communities who were out in force with the […]


Funds to be discussed

The Aitutaki Cyclone Appeal Committee has yet to decide how to distribute the $180,000 it has raised since Cyclone Pat hit Aitutaki over a month ago. Secretary Florence Syme-Buchanan said that ACA still has to reconcile the funds it’s collected locally and from overseas fundraising initiatives. She also said that not all overseas fundraisers have […]


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