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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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Ambrose will help fund urban studies trip

Thursday 2: Spaces for the Tereora College golf Ambrose fundraiser this Friday at the Rarotonga Golf Club in Nikao are filling up fast with over 20 teams registered so far. Tereora College’s year 12 and 13 geography class is fundraising for a trip to New Zealand. Class teacher Mona Herman says that the trip to […]


Who will win the awards?

Thursday 2: Outstanding sports men and women during the 2008 sporting year will be honoured this evening at the annual Cook Islands sports awards. This year’s awards will be hosted by the Vaka Te Au O Tonga and will be held at the Rarotonga Golf Club in Nikao starting at 6.30pm. There are four award […]


6 Sports on today

Wednesday 8: Cook Islands Games oe vaka, sailing and athletics competitions will begin today – making it six codes in competition today. Golf and lawn bowls continue their games and basketballers will be playing out their finals at the National Auditorium. The oe vaka competition will be held from the Avarua harbour with races starting […]


Medals guaranteed

Wednesday 8: With just three teams making an appearance for Monday’s Cook Islands Games league nines competition, they were all guaranteed a medal at the end. Puaikura, Te Au O Tonga and Vaka Takitumu played two games each on Monday to determine which colour medal they would walk away at the end of the tourney. […]


Women's boxing debut

Wednesday 8: Women’s boxing will make its Cook Islands Games debut night tomorrow. Twelve female boxers are included in the exciting line-up of 16 bouts which have been organised for the fight night. The programme includes junior and exhibition matches. The fight night will be held at the Banana Court with the first bout to […]


Tennis ace off to Davis Cup in Syria

Tuesday 7: Brett Baudinet (above) heads off to Syria this week as a member of the Pacific Oceania Davis Cup tennis team. Baudinet, who has been in the Pacific team since 2000, says they have high hopes of progressing beyond the Asia/Oceania group three at the tournament. “We’re hoping that we can move up to […]


Maukeans fancy their golfing

Tuesday 7: While golfers took to the green for the first day of the Cook Islands Games golf tournament yesterday, team Mauke have already stood out as the team to watch. Up to 50 golfers are expected to take part in the golf which began yesterday and will end this Thursday with a medal ceremony. […]


The medal count begins

Tuesday 7: After the Cook Islands Games touch rugby and triathlon competition on Saturday, Vaka Puaikura and Te Au O Tonga are tied on the medal table with two gold medals each. Vaka Puaikura’s first gold medal was thanks to their men’s touch team who beat Te Au O Tonga. The team second gold medal […]


Taekwon do students graduate with colours

Monday 6: Cook Islands taekwon do students completed their student grading on Saturday March 21 at the Nikao CICC Hall. It was a day to remember for the 38 students who took part in the grading and achieved great successes in the form of being promoted to their new coloured belts. There were also two […]


One win at Adelaide Sevens

Monday 6: The Cook Islands national sevens squad began their Adelaide Sevens campaign in promising style. The team faced South Africa in their first pool D match and despite losing 28-7, there were some outstanding plays by the team. In particular, sprightly winger Jamal Brogan with his explosive style of play put the Cooks in […]


Schools rip into rugby gear

Wednesday 1: All Rarotonga primary schools will rip into rugby soon thanks to the donation of ‘ripper rugby’ gear to all schools presented to school principals by Cook Islands Rugby Union chief executive officer Ben Koteka. The ripper rugby gear including ripper tags, belts, rugby balls and kicking tees have been provided, courtesy of the […]


Coaches here to train athletes

Tuesday 31: The first three Chinese sports coaches and their interpreter arrived on the island at the weekend to help local athletes prepare for the September Pacific Mini Games. The three coaches are Dong Xuezhi of the Beijing Sport University, Li Shengyue of Qinghai Province and female coach and Chinese national hammer thrower Qiao Weiming. […]


CI Games programme set

Tuesday 31: Cook Islands Games competition managers met yesterday to finalise the competition schedule for the week-long games that start with an opening ceremony on Friday April 3 at Te Atukura Grounds. Minor changes have been made to a number of the 19 codes’ venues and competition days while the plans for the opening and […]


76-34 thrashing by Titikaveka

Monday 30: The Titikaveka netball premiers have continued their unbeaten run, after accounting for neighbours Ngatangiia/Matavera 76-34 at Muri on Saturday. Despite the rain on Saturday, games were still played in round seven of the Rarotonga netball competition. In other premier matches Tupapa held on to its second position on the premier table after defeating […]


Eels escape Shark attack

Monday 30: Narrow 26-24 win by Eels, Bears beat Bulldogs 20-10 It was a thrilling premier rugby league game last Friday between the Avatiu/Nikao Eels and the Aitutaki Sharks as the Eels just managed to escape the Shark attack, winning 26-24. In the end it came down to kicking conversions which let the Eels off […]


48 women a record field in women's tri

Monday 30: Saturday’s 4th annual Women’s Triathlon, again sponsored by Island Car & Bike Hire, was a resounding success with a record field of 48 women taking part, and a majority tackling the 400m swim, 16km bike and 4km run individually. The weather threatened to dampen the afternoon with thunderous showers in the morning, but […]


Tui Short enlisted to help with games

Saturday 28 March: An old hand with proven organisational skills was recruited this week to the Pacific Mini Games organising team. ‘Tui’ Ngariki Short was the leading administrator as games organiser in 1985 and with his wife Cecilia he has jumped on board again to be part of the “wonderful Cook Islands experience”. “It’s very […]


Cooks drawn with Australia in WYNC

Friday 27 March: The Cooks have been drawn in pool B with Australia, at this year’s World Youth Netball Championships in Rarotonga. Other teams in pool B are Malaysia, Wales and Vanuatu. For the August 11-21 championships, the unseeded Barbados, and Trinidad & Tobago will contest pool A with defending champions New Zealand, Northern Ireland, […]


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