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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.

Panthers on comeback trail

Saturday 8: Raemaru Park will play host to today’s round 9 main rugby match of the week between the Arorangi Cowboys and Tupapa. 2008 champions the Panthers have had probably their worst start in ages, losing their first five games of the season, but like any champion team with the return of the old-guard and […]


Older salt manages a rare double

Friday 7: It’s hard enough to win a national sailing title and to win two in the same year is even more difficult. When you are over 60 years of age it would be considered by most to be near impossible. But this month Tony Heays from Avana won a Sunburst National title to add […]


New format for Golden Oldies

Friday 7: Last Friday the brand new Telecom Sports Arena at Nikao provided a great backdrop to the Golden Oldies field of play as 60 odd players and spectators enjoyed what was one of the best games of the season. It seems that the current formula of combining all players into two teams, rather than […]


Tupapa retains U15 trophy

Friday 7: Tupapa have retained the Coca-Cola trophy after a tough battle against Arorangi on Wednesday which they won 12-0. In a 5-minute try scoring burst just before halftime, Tupapa were able to post their winning 12 points. The tries were scored by nuggety hooker John Vano and speedy winger Richard Vainerere – with a […]


Just Play football wraps up

Wednesday 12: Cook Islands Football Association wrapped up a successful Just Play programme, for yet another year, last Saturday. The kids were treated by CIFA officials to sausage sizzles before packing for home. CIFA’s Mii Piri said that this year’s programme has become a great success with numbers increasing every Saturday. Just Play football programme […]


Turts and Kuki do their thing

Wednesday 12: Turts the turtle and Kuki the kukupa met for the first time at the opening of the World Youth Netball Championships on Monday where their antics had the adopt a nation school kids in stitches of laughter. Turts the Onu is the WYNC mascot and represents one of the event’s major sponsors, Turtles […]


Cyclists will race tonight

Wednesday 12: The second Westpac bank sponsored cycle race will be held today starting at 5pm from the Tupapa Health Clinic. Events over the next three weeks are sponsored as part of Westpac’s overall support for multisport events in Rarotonga and in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. The event is a handicapped cycle race from […]


Host broadcast awarded at last

Wednesday 12: A local company has been awarded the tender to be the host broadcaster for next month’s Pacific Mini Games in Rarotonga. The directors of Host Broadcast Unit Ltd were informed yesterday by PMG 2009 sales and marketing director Tui Short. “We let them know by telephone,” says Short, “and the conditions are being […]


Northern Ireland lasses eye top 10

5 August: The Northern Ireland under 21 team is looking for a top 10 finish at this month’s World Youth Netball Championships. But head coach Jackie Portis knows that it will be difficult even though the team was sixth at the last championships in Florida, USA, four years ago. “I think it will be a […]


Boxing on

3 August: Rarotonga boxer Marcus Jack (above left) eyes up opponent Tua Tehei during their bout in Tahiti last week. Jack is one of the four boxers who were invited by the Tahiti boxing association to take part in a competition there. Results have been received for the first fight night in Tahiti. Jack fought […]


Organisors rehearse for WYNC

3 August: The Telecom Sports Arena in Nikao came to life on Saturday morning with netball supporters gathered for a morning of rehearsals. It is after all a proven fact that practise makes perfect. And so it was that the Pacific Mini Games team tried out the new netball court with a very fast paced […]


Fiji magic helps Dragons overcome Tupapa

3 August: Nga-Matavera 14 Tupapa 10, Titikaveka 26 Avatiu 15 Arorangi 24 Takuvaine 21 The Ngatangiia-Matavera Flying Dragons will be toasting their Fijian centres Sailosi Niagi and Usa Mato for two brilliant tries which clinched the game 14-10 against Tupapa. Both tries were similar – starting near halfway with the Fijian flyers hitting the ball […]


Flying Dragons take on Tupapa

1 August: Ngatangiia-Matavera will need to bring their rugby A-game to Tupapa Park today if they are to stop Tupapa from another win on their home ground. Tupapa will be confident after beating Avatiu 18-17 during their catch-up rugby game on Wednesday. But they were lucky that time ran out as Avatiu threatened a last […]


Webb wins golf champs

Friday 31: The final round of the Palm Grove Golf Championship was played out on Saturday and saw the lead change in many divisions. Daniel Webb, playing in the senior men’s division had an indifferent round but his first round 67 was enough to ensure he remained the winner with a total score of 289 […]


Zumba-thon workout for charity

Friday 31: Ditch your workout this Saturday and join the Zumba-thon party at the Top Shape Gym. Zumba instructor Emm Koteka-Wiki in partnership with Top Shape Gym will be holding a Zumba-thon charity master class with proceeds going to the Creative Centre to help adults with disabilities. Emm has been teaching the Zumba fitness class […]


WYNC rehearsal tomorrow

Friday 31: A dress rehearsal for all World Youth Netball Championship volunteers will be held this Saturday at the Telecom Sports Arena in Nikao. Volunteers from ball girls to security guards and even bench officials are being called to the dress rehearsal. The rehearsal is aimed at briefing volunteers on what to expect during the […]


Tupapa back on track

Friday 31: The Tupapa A grade rugby team are back in business after just managing to edge out Avatiu 18-17 during their catch up game on Wednesday at Victoria Park. Tupapa posted the first points through a penalty and soon after the same opportunity arose at the other end of the field for Avatiu. The […]


Road race series continues

Thursday 30: The island’s top two cross country athletes have left to compete for the Cook Islands in the Oceania cross country champs in Christchurch on Saturday. Thomas Henderson and Vanessa Palmer were the winners of the recently-completed cross country series held on Rarotonga recently, which made them eligible to compete in the Oceania event. […]


Mini games host broadcast details due out today

5 August: A decision on who will be offered the tender for host broadcasting at the Pacific Mini Games is expected to be known by today. PMG 2009 organising committee marketing & sponsorship director Tui Short said on Monday that they were still going through the tender process, and the bids were to be in […]


Lionel-Virginia comp hits off today

1 August: Today will see the start of the Lionel-Virginia golf competition at Nikao. This is a match play on handicap knockout event which is always hotly contested. The men will start the competition this week while the vets and the ladies will start later on. The draw has already been made so check the […]


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