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The 20th Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC20) concludes today at the National Auditorium, with decisions expected on several key proposals.

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 […]


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 […]


Natural biodiversity check-up underway

Director and researcher of the Cook Islands Natural Heritage Project Gerald McCormack has flown to Aitutaki to carry out an assessment on the biodiversity of the main island and motus. The motus of Aitutaki are known worldwide for their picturesque sandy beaches, bountiful and lush greens, land, seabirds and colourful underwater marine world. The motus […]


Health minister takes team to Aitutaki to assess needs

An assessment of the social service needs of Aitutaki continued yesterday when minister of health and internal affairs, Apii Piho, flew back to the island with a team of officials. His day-long visit coincided with the visit of two other ministers to the island this week — infrastructure minister William ‘Smiley’ Heather (who is due […]


New Aitutaki info bulletin

This Aitutaki public information bulletin was released at 5pm on Thursday 18 February and approved by Aitutaki mayor Tai Herman and the Emergency Management Cook Islands. Drinking water is now available at the Red Cross stationed in Arutanga. Please bring your clean containers. At a meeting with deputy prime minister Robert Wigmore, the DPM endorsed […]


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 […]


Roxz romp over Club Raro Stormers

The Roxz touch rugby prisoner’s team registered their first win in the competition with a 9-3 drubbing of the Club Raro Stormers during the mixed touch tournament on Wednesday. Another surprise win on the day was from the northern group Rama mixed team who toppled the classier Klasix side 6-2 which includes the likes of […]


Dr Joe Williams leads NZ mission to Aitutaki

Former prime minister and president of the Cook Islands Health Network Association in New Zealand, Dr Joe Williams, is leading a small group from NZ on a mission to Aitutaki this week to see how best they can help the cyclone relief efforts. Williams, a born and bred Aitutakian, flew to Rarotonga and on to […]


For 'sister' island

The people of Manihiki will raise cyclone relief funds today for the people of Aitutaki. Mayor Kora Kora says from 12pm to 6pm today the villages of Tukao and Tauhunu will gather at their cyclone centres to sell food, clothing, and other goods to raise funds. A television and radiothon will be held from 7pm […]


Aitutaki schools aim to reopen next week

Schools in Aitutaki are aiming to at least be partially up and running again by next Monday. Education secretary Sharyn Paio says currently director of operations Ina Herrmann and guidance counselor Sarah Milne are in Aitutaki working with principals and teachers, helping support their efforts to get schools operational again. The SDA School has been […]


Bulldogs and Eels play today

The Bulldogs will be aiming to prevent the Eels from slipping in a win at their rugby league face-off at Titikaveka today. The first game today kicks off at 4pm for the under 19s, followed by the reserve grade game. Tomorrow the two teams will face off again from 3.45pm for the Under 13s, Under […]


Airlines extend specials

Air New Zealand and Air Rarotonga are extending the special fares from New Zealand to Aitutaki for those who want to be with family or assist in the cyclone relief effort on the island. The short-life economy class discount fares from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to Aitutaki were launched last Friday for an initial two-week […]


It's corporate tri time

The annual Corporate Team Triathlon Challenge is on again this Saturday. Anyone is welcome to join in a fun team triathlon doing a 200m swim/8km cycle/2km run. This year sees two categories where each team of three can either have each member do the entire course before tagging their next team member, or one team […]


Public information bulletin for Aitutaki

This Aitutaki public information bulletin was approved for release yesterday by mayor Tai Herman and Emergencyh Management Cook Islands: The New Zealand Defence Force has deployed a 12-member engineering detachment to Aitutaki and they have been tasked to assist the Aitutaki Emergency Operations Centre and island administration with immediate response and relief needs The Royal […]


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