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The late Green Party MP Fa'anānā Efeso Collins has been remembered by his widow as an "extraordinary man" at a service in South Auckland.

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NZ Minister sets ‘long-term’ house price target of 3 to 5 times household incomes

The new housing minister has set a target of having homes costing just three to five times household incomes - well below what they are now in most of New Zealand.

Zumba with Nora

The Zumba fitness craze on Rarotonga is growing every day as locals salsa and samba their bodies into shape. Because of this growth, local fitness instructor Nora Iakoba is holding a Zumba fundraiser today to help her complete a Zumba instructors workshop in New Zealand next month. Iakoba says that she’s been a fitness instructor […]

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Parliamentary payout

New Zealand and Cook Islands parliamentarians put their bodies on the line in a thrilling rugby match in November to raise funds for a local community group. Next week a cheque of $1272 will be handed over to Te Vaerua Community Rehabilitation Service which was the community group of choice to receive the funds from […]

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Nisha stops sports

Cyclone Nisha forced the cancellation of a few sports events yesterday while games planned for today and tomorrow up in the air. The finals of the women’s cricket competition, which were meant to be held yesterday in Matavera and Arorangi, have been postponed until next Thursday at the same venues starting at the same time. […]

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Koiatu keen to return to Suva sevens

Cook Islander Koiatu Koiatu will return to next year’s Suva International Sevens tournament if the Western Force gets another invite to take part in the rugby festival. It was the first time for Koiatu to be in Fiji and it is an experience he will miss when he returns to Australia. Speaking to SunSports, KK […]

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Sailors at New Zealand nationals

Cook Islands national sailors have now arrived in Timaru for the New Zealand nationals with plenty of sunshine and breeze making for good sailing. The team came down to Christchurch straight from the Adelaide competition and spent a week racing with other young sailors at the Christchurch Yacht Club. They raced with them on Sunday […]

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Cooks place second at champs

On the third and final match day of the Oceania under 20 Women’s Football Championship the Cook Islands team defeated American Samoa by 4-0. The Cooks who were in control of the match from the first whistle went on to score three un-answered goals in the first half through their powerful left-foot striker Regina Mustonen. […]

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NZ too strong for CI

In the second match of the Oceania Under 20 Women’s Championship Qualifiers, the New Zealand team proved too strong for the Cook Islands. The Cooks created a number of goal scoring opportunities in the opening period and it took New Zealand 39 minutes to score their first goal through Elise Mamanu – who herself is […]

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Brilliant big win

The Storm Chasers have earned their place in next week’s Turtles Domestic Cricket League finals after a brilliant win against the Super Kings at the weekend. The Storm Chasers won what was later dubbed a ‘match winning toss’ to put the Super Kings out under the blazing sun to sweat it out in the field. […]

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Do or die for the Storm Chasers or Super Kings

Today’s Turtles Domestic Cricket League match is crunch time for the two teams facing off. After losing a game each against Royal Heat, the Storm Chasers and Super Kings will be giving all they have on the field as the winning team will progress through to the final. On paper, both teams are evenly matched […]

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Stats comparable to last year's

Recent statistics reveal that the total population of the Cook Islands is decreasing, though numbers of births, deaths and marriages are comparable to those from the previous year. The Office of Statistics estimates that the total population for the September quarter of 2009 was around 23,600, reflecting a 4.9% increase from the previous quarter. However, […]

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Cooks draw with Tonga

The Cook Islands under 20 women’s soccer team faced New Zealand yesterday with a draw against Tonga under their belt. The team, currently competing in the Oceania Under 20 Women’s Championship Qualifer in Auckland, matched Tonga in skills and fitness. Both teams created a number of goal scoring opportunities with the Cook Islands scoring first […]

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25 boys sign up for sports

Twenty-five boys have signed up to the Cook Islands Sports Academy when classes start up next month. With CISA now being accredited to teach level 3 units for the National Certificate in Sport, manager/tutor Kevin Iro says a few boys have returned from last year’s intake. Iro says the long term objective is to be […]

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Big field gathers for Hugh Henry tourney

Although the official Rarotonga golf season has not yet started, one of the most popular golf tournaments is due to be held this Saturday. This is the Hugh Henry Memorial Golf Tournament. The Henry family have sponsored this tournament for many years now and it always draws a large field of entrants. The draw for […]

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What's in a name?

A sports-related debate, which is expected to stir up feelings, will be at the centre of a community meeting in Nikao this evening. In early December, a series of notices ran in Cook Islands News, saying that 13 codes from Teotue to Pokoinu have been registered and affiliated under the umbrella of the Avatiu Sports […]

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Turangi, Avatiu-Nikao push ahead in women's comp

The Avatiu-Nikao women’s cricket club and the Turangi women’s team are currently leading in the women’s cricket competition. Coming off a win against Muri last week, Turangi again showed promise against their match up with Air Raro Matavera. Batting first, Air Raro Matavera got off to a good start through the mother-daughter combination of Patsy […]

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Fiji sevens gearing up

Fiji is gearing up for the biggest sevens tournament the rugby-mad country has seen in over 10 years. Starting today (Fiji time), 16 teams will battle it out in the Digicel Suva International Sevens tournament with teams from Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Samoa and even a team from Malaysia. While there’s no […]

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New gear for kids

Rarotonga primary school students are going to get another healthy dose of cricket this year with $7000 worth of gear now on the island ready for the start of the school year and the ANZ in schools cricket programme. The gear, sponsored by the ANZ Bank, includes 60 plastic bats, 80 rubber balls, 80 sets […]

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Enduro tri for new year's start

New and familiar faces were seen at the weekend’s Enduro triathlon in Tikioki with a total of 21 athletes turning out to compete in a number of course distances. Athletes were greeted by a choppy lagoon in the swim leg and overcast and windy conditions in the run and cycle. The main race of the […]

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Tupou picked as Oceania ref

Local soccer player and referee Tupou Patia has been selected to officiate at the under 20 women’s soccer tournament in New Zealand this month – the first Cook Islands woman to officiate at an international tournament. Excellent fitness levels were a major factor in her selection as an official at the Oceania Football Confederation under […]

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Junior tennis tourney a big hit

The junior tennis programme wrapped on Saturday with a mini tennis tournament for the 40-plus kids that took part in the week-long programme. The under five year olds showed off their improved tennis skills with a mini ‘prisoner’ competition. Tennis coach Malcolm Kajer explained that the prisoner game is a skills developing task which promotes […]

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