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‘World’s largest family reunion’ ends with joyous closing ceremony

After 10 days of culture, tradition, and kinship, the “world’s largest family reunion” and celebration of indigenous Pacific culture came to an end, with a poignant but low-key closing ceremony in Hawai’i, last night.

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Rarotonga a special place for New Zealand Minister Jones

New Zealand’s Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones’ visits to Rarotonga are not just a break from his political and ministerial duties; they’re also a chance to reconnect with friends.

Charity rugby proceeds donated to Te Vaerua

The Te Vaerua Community Rehabilitation Service is closer to its goal of setting up a rehabilitation centre to cater for the needs of people with disabilities. Yesterday Te Vaerua president Pastor Eliu Eliu was presented with a $1272 cheque from Cook Islands Rugby Union chief executive officer Ben Koteka. The funds were raised during last […]


Masters athletics resume

Masters athletics returns to BCI Stadium today. Cook Islands masters athletes are continuing with their regular track and field meetings at the BCI Stadium as they prepare for the Oceania Champs to be staged in Tahiti in early July. Today’s meeting starts at 5pm and will be the third meeting this year as athletes improve […]


FBI women bulldoze Rama

Evenly contested touch rugby matches were seen on Monday night when the open men and women’s teams took to the field. All but one match ended with just a one point difference in the scores. The FBI women’s team bulldozed their opponents from the Rama northern group team 8-1 in the only one sided match […]


Sea Scouts back in action

The Avarua Harbour Sea Scouts checked out their boat equipment after resuming meetings last Monday following the holiday break. The youngsters rigged one of their sailing craft, checked the safety boat, got into their rope work and were taught the correct way to put on and adjust a lifejacket. They were each given a DVD […]


Potiki Sports back on

BUILDING a strong foundation of skills and techniques for fu¬ture Cook Islands athletes is the aim behind the Potiki Sports programme starting on Satur¬day. The junior sports develop¬ment programme aims to teach children a wide range of sports skills and techniques they can build on as they move into the sport code of their choice. […]


Iron surf eye-opener for twins

A recent holiday to Australia’s Gold Coast saw local twins Cailean (left) and Benjamin Henderson meet the superstars of surf lifesaving. The twins are the sons of Vicki Henderson and grandsons of Maria Henderson of Nikao. The world’s best men and women were assembled at Kurrawa Beach for rounds one and two of the Kellogg’s […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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