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Team Cook Islands ready for fruit-carrying race at Traditional Games in Tahiti

The Cook Islands Tu’aro Mā’ohi Traditional Games representatives in Tahiti are geared up for their first competition today in the timau ra’au (fruit carrier race).

Maori Party farewells distinguished ambassador

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is greatly saddened by the death of Ngati Maniapoto and Waikato man, Tia Barrett. “Tia was a distinguished ambassador for our nation,” Turia said. “Less than a month ago, I was hosted by Tia during the Pacific Disability Ministers meeting in Rarotonga. “It was immediately obvious that Tia was greatly […]


New fleet ready

While government decides what it will do with the 28 locally designed and built Tai-Mana outrigger canoes – they will still be used for the Vaka Eiva Festival starting on Friday November 20. Cabinet was this week due to discuss the ownership of sports equipment purchased for the Pacific Mini Games including the new fleet […]


Showdown at Muri

With Muri and Arorangi cricket clubs on equal points and set to face one another in the last game of the Rarotonga Round Robin Championship today – the match will effectively be a final as the winner will be champions. It’s a game too close to call as Muri’s consistent form and Arorangi shifting things […]


Avarua make it 3 in a row

Avarua Primary School took out the Prince of Wales athletics trophy yesterday for the third year in a row. The school amassed a whopping 995 points from the full day of athletics at the BCI Stadium. Arch rivals Avatea had to settle for second place on 846 points while this year’s host school St Joseph’s […]


Title race intensifies

The shortened football season has intensified the race for this year’s Edgewater Senior Men’s Round Cup. Because of fewer games there is less room for error, and when title contenders Nikao and Tupapa take on Arorangi and Takuvaine respectively, in today’s fixtures, both can ill afford to drop any points. Nikao Sokattak have yet to […]


Reform questions mainly ignored

The response to a political reform survey from the country’s 24 MPs was not unexpected. The issue of political reform was raised recently by the economic taskforce headed by businessman Tata Crocombe, and it has been taken up by businesswoman Teina Mackenzie who has turned it into a petition. Only four MPs – prime minister […]


816 paddlers, 100 crews

With 100 crews and 816 paddlers registered for the 2009 Vaka Eiva Festival – new racing categories and awards feature in this year’s programme scheduled to start next Friday November 20. This year, open mixed and senior masters crews will be as prominent as the open men’s and women’s teams in the main race, the […]


What do our politicians think?

1) What does political reform mean to you? 2) The economic task force has recommended that there be (a) 19 seats in parliament (10 natial-based seats plus nine constituency seats where the MP is mayor/in charge of local government); (b) that the prime minister be elected by the country; (c) that the PM appoints his […]


Good start in Tahiti

The Cook Islands national rugby sevens team got their 2010 IRB sevens circuit qualifying campaign off to a fantastic start winning their first two matches on day one of the Oceania FORU men’s sevens tournament in Tahiti. The Cook Islands team faced Vanuatu in their first match of the tournament on Thursday. With Koiatu Koiatu […]


Last big test for local paddlers

The Ngakau Toa open men’s oe vaka crew is well on their way to retaining the Vaka Eiva Pacific Cup after registering a great win at last weekend’s round Rarotonga changes race. It was the last race of the national oe vaka calendar with crews challenged by a range of conditions around the island. Paddlers […]


Another mini tourney

The ANZ mini tennis stars tournament will continue this Saturday at the national tennis centre in Nikao. Last weekend mini tennis players aged 7 and 8 were the centre of attention when they took to the courts for their mini tournament. Fourteen competitors battled it out with Joshua Williams the eventual winner after an exciting […]


Junior rugby gets the bucks

Over $2000 was raised from last week’s charity luncheon and auction with Eric Rush. Four items were auctioned off during the dinner including a signed 1996 All Blacks jersey that sold for $660, a 2009 signed All Blacks jersey that sold for $500, a Robby Deans signed ball that went under the hammer for $20 […]


Big athletics day for kids

Stepping out in unison will be the first challenge for primary school students at today’s Prince of Wales inter primary schools athletics competition. The annual meet is being hosted by St Joseph’s Primary School and will be held at the BCI Stadium. Before any running or jumping though, students from the 10 schools taking part […]


Titikaveka host Matavera today

The Titikaveka soccer club will host Matavera today with the under 13 grade teams from the two clubs going head to head at 4.20pm. This match will be followed by the under 16 boys match at 5.10. The premier men’s grade clash between the two clubs will be held tomorrow at Titikaveka at 4.40pm. The […]


Reps do well at golf champs

The Rarotonga Golf Club championships took a two week break while many of the golfers flew over for the Aitutaki open, with the finals held last Saturday. After the lack of recent rains, the course was very dry and many competitors struggled to cope with the ‘extra run’, the very fast greens and challenging pin […]


Umpiring course begins tonight

The Cook Islands Cricket Association will be running cricket umpiring courses tonight and tomorrow at the CISNOC office in Taputapuatea. CICA general manager Alister Stevic is enthusiastic about the opportunities that exist for local umpires. “With the International Cricket Council making significant investment into global cricket there has never been more opportunities for aspiring umpires […]


New uniforms for athletics hosts

When St Joseph’s primary school hosts tomorrow’s primary schools athletics competition – the students will be sporting brand new uniforms. This week the school received their new sports uniforms which were blessed by Bishop Stuart O’Connell. The uniforms were sponsored by the Tauae Shop and the Tupa family. The Tupa family have a long association […]


Muri on top, Avatiu still at bottom

Each without a win this season, Turamatuitui Tupapa and Avatiu-Nikao met in the bottom of the table cricket clash last weekend. Avatiu-Nikao skipper Shane Thompson elected to put the Turamatuitui team out to field in the heat. Hoping his team could get off to a good start through opening pair Mata and Trevor. However this […]


Avatiu bounce back

Monday 24: Avatiu 17, Ngatangiia 15 – Arorangi 22, Takuvaine 15 This Saturday’s rugby grand finals showdown will be between old rivals the Arorangi Cowboys and the Avatiu Eels. The two teams emerged victorious after the weekend’s semi finals matches. Out at Muri, the Ngatangiia-Matavera Flying Dragons were on fire in the first half to […]


It's elimination time

SATURDAY 22: The winners of today’s semi final rugby matches will earn a spot in the grand finals and with two semi finals venues there’s sure to be plenty of action on the field this weekend. At Raemaru Park the Arorangi Cowboys will take on the Takuvaine Warriors. 2009 surprise package Takuvaine will not be […]


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