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Wednesday 30 May 2012 | Published in Regional


Rarotonga rugby scholarship students Jag Love (far left) and Daniel Mato (centre) are making headlines in their adopted home of Rangiora just outside Christchurch.

The two young men recently featured in the Northern Outlook paper as the first two Cook Islands students to take up the development scholarship at Rangiora High School.

As well as spending time in the classroom and on the rugby field, Mato is also getting work experience at Brook Engineering and completed a rugby umpiring course during the school holidays.

The special relationship developed by the school and the Cook Islands people has resulted in the donation of a prize package to be auctioned at a fundraising event this coming weekend.

It includes a week’s accommodation for two at Muri Beach Lodge as well as airfares to Rarotonga.

As the first Cook Islands students to receive the scholarship, the young men are fully aware of the responsibility they carry and so far they have both settled into school life proudly flying the Cook Islands flag.