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Vanuatu opposition files no-confidence motion against PM Sato Kilman

Vanuatu's opposition has filed a motion to call an extra-ordinary session of parliament Monday next week to debate a motion of no confidence against new Prime Minister Sato Kilman, who was elected for the top job.


Possible direct flight from Fiji for Pacific Islands Forum meet

Preparations to host the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting (PIFLM52) in Rarotonga and Aitutaki in November includes a special commercial flight with Fiji Airways.

Super Kings scorched by Royal Heats

Gun national and Royal Heats bowler Davis Teinaki sends a bowl to the Super Kings Mamanu Emile which cracked the youngster’s wicket. “/> The Turtles Domestic Cricket League tournament got off to a quick start on Saturday with the Royal Heats wasting no time in disposing of the Super Kings in the three-team tournament. What […]


Sailors eye Youth Olympics

National youth sailors Aquila Tatira of Aitutaki and Teau McKenzie are pumped and ready for their races this week which could see them head to the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore later this year. Both sailors came off the water yesterday excited with their pre-event performances in a big fleet. “Aquila finished third after sailing […]


Sporty cover for 2010 directory

The golden girl of Cook Islands tennis features on the cover of the new phone directory. Kairangi Vano, who won two gold medals at the Pacific Mini Games in Rarotonga last year, was Telecom Cook Islands’ choice for its phone book in 2010. Telecom Cook Islands would like to thank and acknowledge Cook Islands News […]


Full-on programme for top sailors

The country’s top sailors are well on their way to achieving their goals of winning medals, preferably gold, at the 2011 South Pacific Games in New Caledonia and qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics. The young sailing squad of Junior Charlie, Teau McKenzie, Helema Williams, Taua Elisa and Toka Narayan, will be testing their skills […]


Tutai brings home a bronze medal

A bronze medal, personal best times and valuable track and field experience are the achievements of the six Cook Islands secondary school athletes who competed in New Zealand in December. The athletes took part in the annual New Zealand Secondary Schools track and field championships held in Timaru with Aitutaki thrower Daniel Tutai winning a […]


Athletes prepare for Oceania

The Cook Islands masters athletes will continue with their regular track and field meetings as they prepare for the Oceania Champs to be staged in Tahiti in early July. The athletes will gather for their first meet for 2010 tomorrow, Wednesday, at BCI Stadium from 5pm. The intention is to have these meeting on a […]


Teenager takes out golf Masters

Elmay Viking returned to the scene of her Pacific Mini Games gold medal performance to take out the women’s division of the Cook Islands Golf Masters on Thursday afternoon. The Brisbane-based teenager just edged out another teenager Rotana Howard, who has been based in Auckland for the past two years. In the men’s division, Carl […]


Dead serious at golf fundraiser

The walking dead descended on the Rarotonga Golf Club greens last Friday for a golf Ambrose fundraiser. A total of 28 teams dressed in up in their bloodiest and scariest costumes for the Halloween-themed fundraiser. The fun golf tournament was to raise funds for the Skins Sevens tour to New Zealand in February for the […]


Bridging the chasm

The passing away of a gentleman and career diplomat, Tia Barrett, has come as a shock to those who knew him. As somebody who was fortunate to have met him in Fiji between 1998 and 2001, when he was heading the High Commission in Suva, I always had a desire to reestablish that contact in […]


Tia's career at a glance:

After completing his education – attending Auckland Secondary Teachers’ Training College and gaining a BA from the University of Waikato Barrett held the following positions during his career: • 1970 Lycee La Perouse, Noumea, New Caledonia, Assistant English Teacher • 1971-72 South Pacific Commission, Noumea, New Caledonia, Information Officer • 1973-74 Department of External Affairs, […]


Pacific ambassador mourned

This week several Pacific nations, including the Cook Islands, mourn the loss of Tia Barrett, also known as John Richard Te Rongotoa Barrett, who passed away in Auckland last Sunday at the age of 62. A week after being flown to Auckland on a medical evacuation flight, the NZ High Commissioner to the Cook Islands […]


Sevens team fail to qualify

It’s back to the drawing board for Cook Islands rugby sevens after the national side failed to qualify for the 2009-2010 IRB sevens circuit at the weekend’s qualifier tournament in Tahiti. This is understood to be the first time the Cook Islands won’t feature at the popular Wellington Sevens in February. The Cooks got their […]


Barrett a consummate professional: PM

Prime minister Jim Marurai has sent a letter of condolence to the New Zealand government following the passing of its high commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tia Barrett. While Marurai is currently in Rome attending the World Summit on Food Security, he was described as deeply saddened by the news of Barrett’s passing on Saturday. […]


Karati is club champ

In an article about the Rarotonga Golf Club Championships in Thursday’s Cook Islands News, it was stated that Sonny Karati had been defeated by James Herman in the senior men’s final. In fact the opposite was the case. Sonny Karati won the match and is the new club Champion. This writer wishes to apologise to […]


Record turnout for course

A massive turn out for the Cook Islands Cricket Association’s latest certificate courses has got CICA president Oliver Syme in a rather enthusiastic mood. “Last week 18 umpires went through the CICA Level 1 umpiring course, this is by far the greatest turn out we have had for such a course in several years,” said […]


Mauke laments Tia's passing

The news of Tia’s passing travelled quickly through Mauke and our hearts are heavy as we feel we’ve lost a friend. Although we only met Tia this year, he was just that kind of a man, an instant friend and family member! He put aside airs and graces, came humbly, was discerning, knowledgeable, ready to […]


Wins to Nikao and Tupapa

While the 2008 soccer champions Nikao Sokattak thrashed Arorangi 6-1, Tupapa had a real battle on their hands when they hosted Takuvaine on Saturday. Takuvaine had hoped to cause an upset in Tupapa but it wasn’t to be as the well organised Tupapa side came out on top to take the match 3-1. The team’s […]


Fresh faces at first tri

A number of new faces were seen at the first triathlon meet of the season at Tikioki on Saturday with 16 athletes completing the full course while many chose to cruise at their own pace. There were no surprises in the final results and plenty of encouragement for the newcomers who enjoyed giving triathlon a […]


Thursday tangi

Tia Barrett is lying in State at Turangawaewae Marae, Ngaruawahia, until his funeral on Thursday November 19 (NZT). The order of events on Thursday 7.00am Closing of the casket 9.30am Hakari 11.00am Service 11.45am Depart for Kahotea Marae, Otorohanga, expected arrival time 1.00pm Internment at the Kahotea Cemetery at 2.00pm E te rangatira e Tia, […]


Labour pays its respects to Tia Barrett

The sudden death of respected diplomat Tia Barrett has saddened politicians across Parliament and he will be sorely missed, says Labour’s Maori Affairs spokesperson Parekura Horomia. “Tia was New Zealand’s High Commissioner in the Cook Islands, until his sudden illness brought him home just a week ago. ”He has previously held a range of senior […]


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