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Cook Islands bolster Solomon Islands’ biosecurity measures

Cook Islands biosecurity officers are in Honiara, Solomon Islands, to provide much-needed reinforcement to the local team due to a significant surge in arrivals for the Pacific Games.


PM Brown briefs Solomon Islands counterpart on Pacific Islands Forum outcomes

Prime Minister Mark Brown paid a courtesy call on Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare during his visit to Honiara to witness the Pacific Games.

Tamariki Sports popular with all ages

Fun, exercise and valuable sports skills are what kids learn at the ANZ Tamariki Sports programme which continues today. Last Tuesday more than 130 kids took part in the programme . Basketball, touch rugby and athletics are the three main activities for the older kids. Coordinator Ake Hosea-Winterflood has just developed a new programme for […]


First timers enjoy tri

Great performances were seen at the weekend’s Corporate Team Triathlon Challenge – especially from new and first time triathletes. While the experienced trio of Steve Whitta, Jennie George and Greg Gustafson of team Seafari Ducks cleaned up the multi-discipline event in a time of 1.22.57, there were a number of competitors who could as easily […]


Schools resume as Aitutaki recovers

The Aitutaki Cyclone Emergency Operations Centre yesterday issued this update on the relief effort: Updates • Schools are expected to begin classes this week. • Red Cross continues with relief distribution. • UNDAC Team departs Aitutaki for Rarotonga. • Community Meetings held in light of new Tropical Depressions. • Ship arrives with relief supplies and […]


Aitutaki kids get school-in-a-box

Students from Aitutaki’s four schools will receive the innovative ‘School-in-a-Box’ provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund as they begin classes again this week. About $5000 worth of school resources are contained in the kits which have become part of the UNICEF standard response in emergencies. They are used in many back-to-school operations around the […]


Costs assessed

Rebuilding homes for families on Aitutaki has now become the priority on the island which was struck by cyclone Pat two weeks ago. Over the past week, tents and temporary housing were provided for those families who were left without a home after the cyclone. Initial building damage assessments have provided valuable information for the […]


Health minister pleased with initial recovery in Aitutaki

Health minister Apii Piho believes most Aitutaki people are getting through the trauma caused by Cyclone Pat as they see recovery efforts move more swiftly. “They are seeing things happening and there’s a big difference to the place. The cleanliness there speaks for itself. The first day it was like a maze to get down […]


Michigan Motors digs deep for appeal

Like many businesses on the island, Michigan Motors staff dug deep to help the Aitutaki cyclone relief efforts. Staff at the Taputapuatea based company collected together $175 for the radio-thon last week and yesterday the company donated $2500 to the Aitutaki Cyclone Appeal committee. Michigan Motors general manager Mona Rakei handed over the donation to […]


Tri fun in the sun

A gloriously hot day made for a fantastic Corporate Team Triathlon on Saturday with 29 teams taking part in the annual race. Teams tackled a slightly choppy Tikioki lagoon for the 200m swim before battling the searing heat in the 8km cycle and 2km run leg. Among the racers were a number of young athletes […]


Tough at the top

Close rugby league matches were seen at the weekend with the Sea Eagles, Panthers and Eels premier grades all registering wins. On Friday night the Bulldogs hosted the Eels to what the Eels probably thought would be an easy game but after a taste of what the Doggies had to offer in terms of big […]


FBI lead women, Vikings the men

The FBI women’s touch team and Vikings men’s team are currently leading in the open touch rugby competition. FBI, who are on a total of 8 points, will take on current second placed team the TSL Rookies who are sitting on 7 points. The Vikings men’s side have been the stand out team in the […]


30 teams in tri

Close to 30 triathlon teams are expected to compete in today’s Corporate Team Triathlon Challenge. The annual event is always well attended and full of fun as supporters and rivals spur on their team mates or try to distract them from the job at hand. And with two categories in this year’s events – it’s […]


Relief really appreciated

“Aitutaki residents are so appreciative of the relief effort,” says Niki Rattle, secretary general of Cook Islands Red Cross, who is currently staying on the island. “After all that has happened, it is fantastic to see people smiling. Having accommodation that is secure from the rain has really helped to alleviate some of the stress […]


Relief funds grow

Minister in charge of the national cyclone relief for Aitutaki, Wilkie Rasmussen, says pledges of relief funds from other countries and organisations are beginning to grow rapidly. Already around $8 million in NZAID funds which have been allocated but not yet spent on other projects may be diverted to the reconstruction efforts. Rasmussen says NZ […]


Radio-thon raises $70,000

Rarotonga’s radio waves were buzzing yesterday with pledges of cash donations, bids for items on auction and calls of support raising about $70,000 for the Aitutaki Cyclone Appeal. The three commercial radio stations on Rarotonga – Radio Cook Islands, 88FM and Matariki FM – dedicated yesterday to raising funds to help the people of Aitutaki. […]


Aitutaki response 'fantastic'

‘Operation Cook Islands Assist’ has been a big success so far. “The reception we received when we flew into Aitutaki has been fantastic,” says Squadron Leader Kaveriri Tamariki, the senior officer for the New Zealand Defence Force operation. “It was surprising when you consider the amount of damage and destruction caused by the cyclone. There […]


Buildings assessed

The initial cyclone Pat assessment report on building damages on the island of Aitutaki has helped authorities identify the families in most need of emergency housing equipment including tarpaulins and tents. The initial building damage survey was conducted by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning, Red Cross, Telecom Cook Islands and Public Health and results […]


Red Cross pleased with support

“Red Cross teams are making a real difference on the ground in Aitutaki,” says Patrick Arioka, a board member for the Cook Islands Red Cross, who has recently returned from the island. Red Cross teams, including branch members, staff, youth educators and volunteers, are working alongside the residents of Aitutaki and others on the relief […]


Rotary sends emergency response kits to Aitutaki

Rotary New Zealand’s world community services has donated 50 emergency response kits worth $30,000 towards the Aitutaki cyclone relief efforts. Rarotonga Rotary club president Mike Pynenburg says the 22 kilogramme kits contain a multitude of useful items. These include kitchen and household items, blankets, two sets of clothing for a whole family, tools (shovel, hammer, […]


Mufti money for Aitutaki

Avatea School donated its mufti day money – $405 from the students and teachers – to the Aitutaki Cyclone Appeal yesterday. On mufti days students are asked to contribute at least 50 cents which usually goes towards school activities. Principal Nga Charlie says the teachers at the school agreed that the school would give towards […]


Sharks bite back

The Sharks are returning to the island – the Aitutaki Sharks league team that is. After cyclone Pat struck the island last Tuesday, there was talk that the only outer island team may have to pull out of the domestic league competition due to the level of damage on the island. But the Sharks are […]


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