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Team Cook Islands ready for fruit-carrying race at Traditional Games in Tahiti

The Cook Islands Tu’aro Mā’ohi Traditional Games representatives in Tahiti are geared up for their first competition today in the timau ra’au (fruit carrier race).

Social netters turn up the heat at tourney

Social netball competition enters into round six tonight before the finals next week, followed by the wrap up party and prize giving. If the social netball competition gets any hotter – the Telecom Sports Arena is sure to turn into a sauna! But before the partying gets underway – some tough games are going to […]


Govt expects more NZ aid for Aitutaki

Finance Minister Wilkie Rasmussen believes New Zealand government will contribute more to the cyclone recovery plan for Aitutaki on top of the $5.5 million package it announced last week. The minister, who is also the recovery coordinator for the $9.46 million recovery plan, says the package NZ has provided so far falls short of what […]


Swedes send 300kg clothing

When Roxy Bifrare rang her mum in Switzerland the night before Cyclone Pat hit Aitutaki, she warned her that “something bad was coming” and she wasn’t sure she’d be able to ring the next day. That night, Bifrare and her partner Allister Webb evacuated just before Cyclone Pat ripped their home to shreds, and blew […]


62 points a record

The Avatiu Eels posted the highest score of the domestic rugby league season so far after thrashing the Titikaveka Bulldogs 62-16 on Friday at the Swamp. The Eels ranks were boosted with a number of returning players including ‘tricky dicky’ winger Kunta Tom who posted the first try of the game less than five minutes […]


Masters build up to Oceania champs

Cook Islands masters athletes will continue with their regular track and field meetings at the BCI Stadium on Wednesday afternoons from 5 o’clock. This with Hash House Harriers on Mondays is part of their preparation for the Oceania Masters Athletics Champs to be staged in Tahiti in early July. At the last meeting held on […]


Record turnout for annual women's tri

The 5th Annual Island Car & Bike Hire Women’s Triathlon held on Saturday was a resounding success with record numbers. Each year this event has grown and it is pleasing to see so many women taking part in the sport of triathlon, which is the reason behind having a women’s triathlon – to promote women […]


$5.5m from NZ

New Zealand yesterday announced a $5.5 million reconstruction package for Aitutaki. NZ foreign minister Murray McCully issued a statement yesterday saying the package was a substantial contribution to the Cook Islands government recovery and reconstruction plan. But the contribution falls short of finance minister Wilkie Rasmussen’s estimation that NZ would provide an $8-10 million aid […]


Taua wins Auckland champs

Manihiki boys cap off training campaign with first and sixth places in Auckland Manihiki born sailor Taua Eliza capped off three months of big fleet racing and training by winning the recent Auckland Laser Championships. Fellow Manihikian and sailing team mate Junior Charlie also performed well and finished in sixth place in the regatta. The […]


Outrigger canoeing sprints start today

The first sprint races of the Cook Islands Canoeing Association season will be held today on Muri lagoon. Registrations for today’s races will start at 12.30pm followed by the first race at 1pm. Everyone is welcome to Muri beach to watch the start of the oe vaka sprint series with heaps of family fun on […]


Airport Jets win business golf

The Airport Jets golf team led by captain Henry Royle Henry reigned supreme over others to take out the title of Business House Champions for this year. The other four major place getters were: 2nd Pitt Media Group, 3rd Klassic Pearls, 4th TJ Browne, and 5th Island Air Express. The business house golf tournament was […]


Women's tri on today

The annual Rarotonga Women’s Triathlon will be held today at 3pm at the triathlon section in Tikioki. A large group of women are expected to turn out for today’s event and will be challenging themselves over the 400m swim, 16km bike ride and 4km run course. The event, once again sponsored by Island Car & […]


What did Aitutaki residents think of the recovery plan?

Vaipae councillor Temanu Unuka “This is what the people have been waiting for. We should build block houses for the new homes.” Island secretary Sabati Solomona “It is a very good plan. We appreciate what government has come up with. Assistance will now be going to the needy and the recovery of the economy. It […]


NZ firms up commitment to Aitutaki recovery plan

New Zealand has confirmed up to $1.2 million more in support towards the $9.46 million Aitutaki cyclone recovery plan. The NZ government has yet to publicly announce its aid toward the recovery project, but in a letter from the acting New Zealand High Commissioner, Nicola Ngawati, to minister of finance and recovery coordinator Wilkie Rasmussen, […]


Avarua cleans up volleyball

After two days of volleyball, Avarua Primary School students had the biggest smiles. That’s because the school took out all three categories in the girls competition and the A and C grades in the boys competition. The school’s biggest rival was once again Avatea school who hosted this year’s inter-primary school volleyball competition. Avatea ‘ […]


Recovery plan for Aitutaki to manage disaster risk

Government hopes to spend over half a million dollars on improving Aitutaki’s disaster awareness following Cyclone Pat’s destruction last month. As part of the $9.46 million cyclone recovery plan announced last week, a strategy has been put together to help the island better manage its disaster risk. The recovery needs assessment showed that communities want […]


Tiraa dashes off to Qatar

Twenty-five-year-old Aitutaki sprinter Tiraa Arere is on his way to Doha, the capital city of the state of Qatar in the Persian Gulf, for the World Indoor Athletics Championships. And while people have been joking with him to hunt down terrorist Osama Bin-Laden – Tiraa would rather return home with a medal. Tiraa’s journey from […]


Primary schools to battle it out for round cup

The Cook Islands Football Association will be holding its Rarotonga Primary School Round Cup Soccer Tournament for forms 1 and 2 students starting this Friday at the CIFA complex in Matavera. The primary school round cup is played after school at the CIFA complex over a period of five weeks. CIFA’s technical development manager Jimmy […]


Doggies and Eels up first

The Titikaveka Bulldogs and Avatiu Eels will kick start round two of the league competition with two games scheduled for today. The under 19 squads from the two clubs will take to the Avatiu field first today with their match starting at 4.15pm followed by the senior reserve grade match at 5.15pm. The remaining grades […]


School volleyball continues

The inter-primary schools boys volleyball competition will be played out today at the Avatea Primary School grounds in Nikao. Yesterday it was about the girls as female students from Rarotonga schools gathered in Nikao for their competition. Today’s volleyball games start at 9am and all parents and the community at large are invited to come […]


Vikings and Rama score big wins

The Vikings and Rama touch rugby men’s teams had the best day on the field on Monday night when both hit double figure scores. The Vikings faced the Roxz prison team and despite their best efforts the Roxz just couldn’t stop the rampaging Vikings who easily won the match 13-2. But credit to the Roxz […]


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