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A pro-independence activist in New Caledonia is warning France to immediately halt planned constitution amendments or face "war".


Regulator defends Starlink users

Cook Islands telecommunications regulator head Bernard Hill said regional regulators who are banning the use of Starlink might have an “overinflated view” of their importance.

Businesses contribute

Local businesses are reaching out to cyclone victims, hosting fundraisers, shuttling work teams to Aitutaki and doing whatever they can to help. Yesterday, CITC hosted a sausage sizzle at Foodland that raised $750 for the cyclone relief effort. CITC donated bread, sausages, tomato sauce, and staff to do the cooking. Funds will go toward assembling […]


Power back on

Power is slowly being restored to homes on Aitutaki as substations are being fixed. Aitutaki resident Maki Toko, who was manning the cyclone shelter yesterday, reported that a number of homes had electricity. He said that Aitutaki Power Supply staff were working hard to fix sub stations across the island including the rebuilding of power […]


Tourism largely not affected by cyclone

Management at two of Aitutaki’s major resorts have reported no major fluctuations in bookings and said that the stream of tourists to the cyclone-ravaged island is fairly regular. Pacific Resort Aitutaki and Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa are quickly bouncing back from the disaster with the assistance of local resort staff and Rarotonga support teams. […]


Red Cross takes the lead

Red Cross volunteers, led by Charlie Numanga, were out in numbers on Thursday meeting with households on Aitutaki to gauge their immediate needs. Numanga told Cook Islands News that their main focus was to ensure that people had the basic needs of shelter, food and water. Numanga said they were making sure that people who […]


Power and water top priority

Cabinet appeals for volunteers, seedlings, tents and NZ Hercules Some power in some pockets on Aitutaki has been restored over the past two days. Prime minister Jim Marurai said yesterday that reinstating power is the immediate priority for the island, along with providing a reliable water supply and providing adequate shelter for the residents who […]


Cyclone Pat appeal next week

Aitutakians on Rarotonga are rallying to organise a fundraising appeal to assist with the relief effort on Aitutaki following tropical cyclone Pat. Aitutaki Community secretary Mona Ioane said that a meeting of the executive was held yesterday and it is anticipated that a radiothon, along with food stalls at Te Atukura, will be held on […]


Secretary confident with preparations

Health secretary Tupou Faireka may be out of the country, but this week he kept in close contact with Rarotonga to ensure the ministry would be able to provide emergency and essential health services in the wake of cyclone Pat. Faireka said he was confident that his ministry has the capacity to deal with the […]


Tourists experience cyclone Pat

For Barbara Robertson, the most impressive thing about cyclone Pat was the local Aitutakians’ reaction to the storm that whipped wind and flying bits of roof and tree into a violent whirl. “That’s the worst weather I’ve ever seen but they just push through it,” she said. “The people are almost stoic – they just […]


Cyclone damages sports facility

The facilities at the Vaipae sports ground (pictured) in Aitutaki sustained some structural damage but villagers say it was lucky not to have been completely destroyed. The tennis and netball courts were renovated in 2008 for the Manea Games which was hosted by Aitutaki. The Vaipae hall in the background has sustained major damage to […]


Response team due in Aitutaki

Police commissioner Maara Tetava said they are hoping to make a quick assessment of the situation on Aitutaki before a response team leaves for the island today. Tetava, who assumed the position of national disaster controller, said two officers were onboard one of two Air Rarotonga aircraft which flew to Mauke to shelter from the […]


State of disaster declared

The prime minister Jim Marurai declared a state of disaster in Aitutaki after the island was battered by tropical cyclone Pat. The declaration was made after the PM met yesterday morning with cabinet, the director for Emergency Management Cook Islands and the police commissioner Maara Tetava. A public announcement was made by Marurai on Radio […]


Resort suffers damage

The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa suffered structural damage after tropical cyclone Pat ripped through the island. “We sustained significant damage with the loss of the beach bar and restaurant,” said managing director Tata Crocombe. The wedding pavilion and other buildings were also seriously damaged. Crocombe said the guests and staff were evacuated off Akitua […]


Tamariki Sports day programme a hit

The first day of the ANZ Tamariki Sports programme on Tuesday afternoon was a huge success with around 70 kids aged under 13 taking part. Touch rugby, basketball and athletics lessons were on offer for the kids who thoroughly enjoyed themselves learning new sports skills. While programme coordinator Ake Hosea-Winterflood conducted mini athletics drills, members […]


Sharks game up in the air

The Tupapa-Maraerenga Panthers premier team are still expecting to travel to Aitutaki for their round two rugby league match against the Aitutaki Sharks scheduled for Friday afternoon. The club was still waiting for word from the Sharks club as it was all hands on deck on the island after it sustained wide spread damage following […]


Eels deal to Sharks at Swamp

The Arorangi Bears, Avatiu Eels and Tupapa-Maraerenga Panthers all registered wins in the first round of the club rugby league competition. The Bears were lucky not to be mauled in the doggy’s territory as they edged out the Bulldogs 26-24 in the premier grade match. In fact, it was a clean sweep for the Bears […]


Tamariki Sports today

Kids, grab your sports gear and get mum or dad to drop you off at the BCI stadium for the ANZ Tamariki Sports Programme today. The hour long programme starts at 4pm with G-Dub (George Williams) giving basketball lessons for kids aged 11 to 12, Geoffrey Halston coaching touch rugby to kids 6 to 8 […]


New Panthers' strip for 2010

The Tupapa-Maraerenga Panthers league teams took to the field on Saturday sporting branding new black and white strips. The new club uniforms were blessed on Saturday morning by Reverend Tuaine Ngametua with a number of the clubs leaders giving words of inspiration to the players who gathered for the blessing ceremony. The players were told […]


Bumper day of sports

Provided the sun shines today, it’s going to be a bumper day of sports with a smorgasbord of games on today. Out at the Takitumu Primary School the grand finals of the Turtles Domestic Cricket league will be played out between the Storm Chasers and Royal Heat. The 50 over match gets underway at 12pm. […]


Team tri coming up this month

With two weeks to go until the annual Corporate Team Triathlon Challenge – there’s still plenty of time to do some training. The team’s triathlon challenge will be held on Saturday 20 February from the tri site in Tikioki and will include a 200m swim leg, 8km cycle and a 2km run to be completed […]


Bears play Bulldogs

The Arorangi Bears and Titikaveka Bulldogs kicked off the rugby league season with the under 16 and reserve grade games at Titikaveka last night. Today the premier grade from Arorangi will travel to Titikaveka for the first premier grade match of the week starting at 5pm. Tomorrow, games will be played at Victoria Park in […]


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