HERALD WEEKLY ISSUE 718: 26 May 2014

 

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Herald Issue 650 23 January 2013

Cyclone funds may have been used inappropriately
“The Aitutaki Island Council has no records as to where the $28,000 donated by the Cook Islands Community in Tokoroa went to.Those responsible should be held to account”

Sweet, smart street
Technological advances in intelligent energy storage and distribution are being developed by Sweet Lightning, a tech company founded by entrepreneurs and scientists from Canada, the US, and Australia. Sweet Lightning is a partner with the Murienua Power Association (MPA) on Rarotonga.

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Herald Issue 649 16 January 2013

Cook Islander back at UNESCO in Paris
Cook Islander Kirimoke Drollet is enjoying a well earned holiday back at the family home in Upper Tupapa with her husband Kane Epati and two sons Etua and Kelvin.

Training in solar power systems
Two training sessions on Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems commenced on Wednesday morning at the Parekura Conference Centre next to CITV.

Herman resumes position as CEO of Super Fund
In a statement issued on Tuesday morning to the Herald, the Board of the Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund advised it is pleased to announce that Anne Herman-Fua has resumed her position of Chief Executive Officer.

Seabed Minerals
Alex Herman has been appointed the Legal Officer for the Seabed Minerals Authority, which was established in June last year.

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Herald Issue 648 09 January 2013

Where has the money gone?
Some questions remain unanswered after Cyclone Pat devastated Aitutaki

Amelia Earhart found, finally and at last
“It’s the coldest of cold cases,” Richard Pyle, Associated Press.
“It seems to be the greatest unsolved mystery of the last century.” Jon Thompson.

Where has the money gone?
It is almost 3 years since Cyclone Pat wreaked havoc and devastation on Aitutaki pushing Disaster Management and Recovery efforts to the limit and over time, exposing strengths and weaknesses as to the community and Government’s rapidity and response rate during times of natural disaster.

Coping with daily life in Korea
Cook Islander Mata Rakanui is currently an English Lecturer at Soongsil University in Seoul, South Korea and also a Director of Apple English Recruitment which specializes in recruiting English teachers for positions in South Korea.

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Herald Issue 647 19 December 2012

Potential buyer for Reef meets Minister
The Minister has been keeping updated on the latest events related to the liquidation of Reef Shipping (Reef).

Training prepares locals for career in seabed minerals sector
Cook Islands third year Otago University student, Marino Wichman, has been gaining invaluable paid, work experience with the Seabed Minerals Authority and Ministry of Infrastructure and planning MOIP, while back on summer break in the Cook Islands. Marino is a third year GIS student and finishes next year and hopes in the future to return and work back in the Cook Islands.

Silver Ferns Coach celebrates birthday in Rarotonga
Close family and friends joined NZ Silver Ferns Netball Coach Waimarama Taumaunu and husband George Metuarau in celebrating Wai’s 50th birthday as well as celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary over the weekend.

The Power of One
Cyclone Evan hit three Pacific island nations over the period of five days, changing peoples’ lives forever, one cyclone that grew to category 4 leaving death and destruction behind. Is this what we have to look forward to as climate change brings with it a whole wave of impacts that we must adapt to?

Roitoa and Tuia Family Reunion
Ten family clans of the Raitoa and Tuia family (Kuraia, Turotoenua, Isaia, Raiva, Kauri, Pavai, Kakemaunga, Kaveao and Ngatuakana) have gathered at the Sinai Hall for their 2012 Family Reunion.

Palmerston Island Health Centre
After two years of planning and discussion, the Palmerston Island Health Centre was officially opened on Thursday 13 November 2012.

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Herald Issue 646 12 December 2012

Cook Islands establishes shark sanctuary
In parliament on Wednesday afternoon, Minister for Marine resources, Teina Bishop rose to announce that earlier that morning, Cabinet had decided to bring in regulations to protect the shark in Cook Islands waters.

Bringing the World together to save Planet Earth
MEA is short for Multilateral Environment Agreements, and if your country is a party to an MEA, then it drives some of the work that is carried out on the ground. It’s also one of the reasons why you have a Cook Islands delegation attending international environment meetings each year.

A Martial Arts Odyssey and Tribute
The weekly grind of martial arts training for nine years, long enough to get a Black belt, for most people, is tough – so what does it take to commit to the “way of the Budo”. John Lowry, 18 years old and a member of the Ngatangiia Mormon Church, is to travel overseas to do mission work in the New Year. Inspired by his friends and two of the Lowry household on mission in NZ and Australia, it has been a lifelong preparation for the young man.

Korea and conflict
Mata Rakanui is currently an English Lecturer at Soongsil University in Seoul, South Korea and also a director of Apple English Recruitment which specializes in recruiting English teachers for positions in South Korea. He is of Atiuan descent on his father’s side through the Rakanui family and Mitiaro/Rarotongan on his mother’s side from the Putaura family.

Rising star keeps it simple
The National Netballers of the Cook Islands were on display recently at the inaugural “Netball In Paradise” competition at the Telecom Sports Arena, and a versatile defender representing the National Open side was spotted by selectors as a star in the making.

CISNOC appoints Chef De Mission 2013/16
The process to select CISNOC’s next Chef De Mission for the next 4 years is complete.

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Herald Issue 645 05 December 2012

Indigenous population under threat by growing foreigner numbers
Isn’t it great when Politicians actually ask the right question at the right time! Norman George’s query to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Hon Tom Marsters during Parliament on Wednesdays’ sitting regarding a firm policy on how many foreign workers are allowed in the country is timely.

Hua Nan Fishery donates 100 kilos of fish to Rarotonga Hospital
Hua Nan Fishery (Cook Islands) Company Ltd donated 100 kilo’s of Wahoo to the Rarotonga Hospital on Wednesday morning to help feed all the patients there.

Record purse seine provide $1.2m windfall
The Cook Islands has recorded its highest purse seine catches with 12,000 mtof primarily skipjack tuna caught under the U.S Fishery Treaty during the 2011/12 licensing period.

Nikao ideal for new port
A new purpose built port will enable the Cook Islands to cash in on the coming boom in Pacific cruises

Loss and Damage - vital agenda for the Cook Islands at the UN Climate talks
The Cook Islands are expected to incur, on average, 5 million USD per year in losses due to weather-related events, making the loss and damage agenda a critical issue at the UN climate negotiations.

The first supper
Mata Rakanui lectures English at Soongsil University in Seoul, South Korea and is also a Director of Apple English Recruitment which specializes in recruiting English teachers for positions in South Korea. He is of Atiuan descent on his father’s side through the Rakanui family and Mitiaro/Rarotongan on his mother’s side from the Putaura family.

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Herald Issue 644 28 November 2012

Where’s the water?
Water levels now becoming critical

Carving on
The show goes on despite hiccups

The ties that bind
A Cook Islander is drawn back by ties to family, emotions, Polynesia

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Herald Issue 643 21 November 2012

Time to beef up the Audit Office
It’s high time government got serious about giving the Audit Office the resources and capacity it needs to do its job in a timely fashion.

Cook Islands first Pacific nation to receive assistance from Clinton Foundation
The Cook Islands is set to become the first Pacific nation to receive the services of the Clinton Foundation.

Pawpaw heat treatment trials underway
Nita growers around the island will be pleased to know that the Ministry of Agriculture is currently in preparation to resume the export of pawpaw to the New Zealand Market.

Cook Islands at UN Climate Change negotiations
The Cook Islands will be negotiating a vast range of climate change issues with over 190 parties at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar this month. The Cook Islands will unite with the Alliance of the Small Island States (AOSIS) at the climate conference to help carve a better future for the Pacific.

Second year better
Sally Hosking gives an update on her second year at Uni.

Historic moment for Aitutaki Football
Last Friday 16th November 2012, the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Aitutaki Football Association Headquarters took place in the village of Vaipae on the island of Aitutaki.

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Herald Issue 642 14 November 2012

Many going hungry
Four churches on Rarotonga are sending food parcels to needy families and the elderly.
It’s a sad fact of life that cracks have opened up in our society and some have fallen through them.

Two week study begins for energy experts
A team of renewable energy experts, four from New Zealand (Graham Hendricksen –Team leader and Project manager from OPUS, Shea Brazier-solar power expert, Clayton Brown-from OPUS, Adam Fraser-Environment expert) and one from Melbourne (Jessica-a geotechnical expert) have arrived and for the next two weeks will be looking at potential sites on Rarotonga, Mitiaro and Mangaia where power generation units may be positioned to deliver solar (photovoltaic) or wind power.

Hemi’s story
Last week on CITV News and in the Herald, Hemi Enoka’s former partner Jenny Vaipapa alleged he had acted violently towards her causing injures to her face. Police investigated her case and subsequently no charges were laid against Mr Enoka.
In this issue, Mr Enoka responds to her allegations which he strongly refutes. Mr Enoka gives his version of events which he claims were self inflicted due to her allegedly being drunk and unable to control herself and falling and striking her head against the wooden decking floor.

New fund to benefit the vulnerable
It’s a great day for the Cook Islands,” that’s what NZ High Commissioner John Carter told a large audience on Monday morning, gathered at the rear of Internal Affairs Minister Mark Brown’s office, to witness the launch of the new Social Impact Fund (SIF).

Fisheries workshop underway
Representatives from the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, and Timor-Leste, met at the Rarotongan Beach Resort for the Third Regional ACP Fish II Programme Monitoring Workshop and Monitoring & Evaluation. Present also were representatives of The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Kids get the lowdown on waste at the landfill
A new generation of environmental champions was sparked into action at Avarua Primary School following a visit to the Rarotonga Waste Facility on Friday.

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Herald Issue 641 07 November 2012

Life at ground zero not improving
Last year the Times (issue 422) looked at the difficulties faced by those in small businesses in the “other economy” and the Herald (issue 589) sought the views of ordinary people on what government needed to do to encourage economic growth.

PM opens SOPAC Annual Meeting
The Pacific region is known to be one of the areas of the planet that is most exposed to disaster hazards and now must also cope with more frequent and more intense climate change events. Regular occurrences such as flooding, cyclones and drought are being amplified by the effects of climate change.

PM encourages science-policy links
The Prime Minister Henry Puna opened his official schedule in New Caledonia on Monday night, delivering a keynote address to a prestigious body of international scientists.

No Drop Policy for all domestic violence
Cook Islands Police have seen an increase in reported domestic violence cases however for the Police and women’s counseling centre Punanga Tauturu a large portion of domestic violence still remains unreported.

Seabed Minerals update
Since the formal opening of the Avarua office of the Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Authority (SBMA) on 13 September 2012, the important work of the SBMA has focused on two main priorities.

Vanilla a potential income booster
On Rarotonga, the fledging vanilla growing industry appears to have three distinct levels. Land constraints mean that size is relative with what’s considered a large growing set up to have a 1,000 or more plants, a medium size grower 200-500 plants and a small grower under 100 plants.

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Te Karere
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Herald Issue 640 31 October 2012

Herald Exclusive > Health and safety of Air NZ shift workers under scrutiny
News In Brief.
On 12 June this year, 15 Air NZ Rarotonga Airport Traffic staff (Customer Service Agents-CSA’s) staff wrote to Manager David Bridge to express several grievances over their work conditions namely the lack of adequate periods for rest between rostered shifts, the lack of sufficient rostered days off for rest, overtime payments and annual leave issues.

$300,000 needed to finish Atiu Hostel
The call for more on hands manual help has been made by Aunty Nga Teao-Papatua, member of the Atiu Hostel committee, as the proposed December opening has been brought to a standstill due to the structures uncompleted construction.

Youthline report release
Following the Launch of the Helpline in May this year, Youthline have released their first quarterly report for the period July-September 2012 with details of the means of communication to the Helpline, either via text or phone calls and the kinds of queries that are being discussed.

Punanga Nui extension 2 months from completion
Infrastructure and Planning Minister Hon Heather and Prime Minister Hon Henry Puna on Wednesday morning made an onsite inspection of the Punanga Nui extension to discuss the project’s delayed progress in view of the Hurricane season starting next week.

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Herald Issue 639 24 October 2012

One appeal dismissed, one allowed in historic cases
Cook Islands legal history was made on 18-19 April 2012 when the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London, England heard two cases where the appellants were granted leave to appeal by the Cook Islands Court of Appeal.

Should all Cook Islanders be paid a share of the sea bed mineral revenue?
Considering the enormous wealth the commercialization of our sea bed minerals will generate, should all Cook Islanders be entitled to a share of this revenue, how do we justify this share and how could it be structured and administered?

Cook Islands first to trial guidelines
The Cook Islands is poised to become the first Pacific developing nation to be placed on an international register which links donor countries with countries seeking funding for programmes to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Atiu takes out BCI Business challenge
Enua Manu School in Atiu took out the BCI Business Challenge convincingly as it also won 6 of the 7 categories and the prize for best school along with first placing.

Woman fo the month
Congratulations to our woman of the month known as Aunty Nga or Mama Nga, she has and continues to display qualities that had made her a worthy candidate for the title of Woman of the Month. Her  obligations, especially in her tribal district Pokoinu, in the village of Nikao are above other responsibilities without expecting any returns and she also has high expectations and hopes for her children to follow suit.

MMR Small grant fund
Off the back of the Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) issuing of fishing licenses the marine reserve has received a POBOC fund of $200,000 from the Ministry of Finance and of that will be allocating one fifth towards the small grant funding for local fishers throughout the Cook Islands.

The Tuarea Nui section 40 case
Ross Holmes, Instructing Lawyer for the Appellant, comments on the decision to dismiss as follows

Privy Council case descendants of Utanga and Arerangi Tumu (Appellants) v The descendants of Iopu Tumu (Respondents)
1. By three orders made on 10 November 1905 by the Chief Judge, Colonel Gudgeon, the Appellant’s ancestors were included in the titles to the three lands.

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Herald ISsue 638 17 October 2012

Launch of the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
The Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum and Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Hon. Henry Puna M.P. will launch the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security at an interactive event which will bring together Forum member states,

Norman George seeks $2.1 million in damages over cartoon
Local lawyer Norman George is to take court action against Cook Islands News cartoonist Tim Buchanan (Kata), Cook Islands News Editor John Woods and the Cook Islands News seeking damages totaling $2.1 million.

Divas gear up to shake the crowd
Gearing up to set Friday night off at Club Raro in Tupapa with a pop the Divas in Paradise ladies have landed on the Rock and are excited to shake the crowd for the second year since the concerts inception.

Wide ranging discussions in Japan
In Tokyo yesterday I took the opportunity to attend the plenary session of the IMF and WB meeting which featured major speeches by the Managing Director of the IMF, Christine Lagard, the President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim, and the Crown Prince of Japan

Invertebrate Assessment Training
During the month of October the SPC will be assisting the MMR to conduct a sea cucumber stock assessment and invertebrate training program in Aitutaki.

Lost in Space
Have you ever felt that the world of new technology is beyond you? Have you been thrilled to have mastered Facebook only to find that 1. Your kids won’t ‘friend’ you and are appalled at the thought that you could have any access to their thoughts/activities!

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Herald Issue 637 10 October 2012

New helmet law proposed
On Tuesday, the Herald spoke with Minister of Police, Hon. Teariki Heather about the many problems that we as a community are facing each day.

Association meets MFEM over levies
Last week, members of the Cook Islands Restaurant Association Inc, met with Finance Secretary Richard Neves to discuss a number of issues.

Guangdong donates gear and services
On Wednesday morning the visiting medical delegation from the Guangdong province of Southern China gifted 4 boxes of heart and diabetes gear and supplies to Health Minister Nandi Glassie and Ministry of Health Directors.

Contract to underpin quality service and products
On Tuesday 10th, the signing of the Accreditation Contract between the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation and the Tourism Industry Council took place at the Air New Zealand Koru Club Lounge.

Teachers & Coaches gather for course
The development of future footballers is the focal point this week where club coaches and primary school teachers have gathered together at the Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) Academy in Matavera to learn and exchange a new set of coaching skills to pass on to their players at their clubs and schools in a FIFA Grassroots Coaching Course.

Maria Tanner spends 5 Minutes with ... Raewyn Castle
Landing a role working with troubled young Pacific Islanders in New Zealand, in the 2 short years of her placement Raewyn Castle quickly realized that she had bitten off more than she could chew burning her candle at both ends before she decided that she had earned herself a well deserved break taking a sabbatical from the grinding traditions of social work.

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Herald Issue 636 03 October 2012

Health plan to reduce deaths caused by NCDs
On Tuesday the official signing of the WHO (World Health Organization) Cooperation Strategy for the Pacific took place at the office of the Minister for Health, Hon Nandi Glassie, ensuring that the Cook Islands has a stable position in the MCCS (Multi Country Cooperation Society).

Phase II a forward step for women of the Pa Enua
Traveling from the Pa Enua women of the Cook Islands gathered on Tuesday in Rarotonga to participate in the second phase of the Cook Islands National Council of Women 3 day workshop.

Consultants differ over wind power
While Australian based consultants KEMA have recently recommended a renewable energy scenario based primarily around wind power, ( 53% wind power/ 28% solar power/10% Waste to energy -bio-mass) to government for Rarotonga, another energy consultant, Gerhard Zieroth’s recommendation to Te Aponga Uira in 2011 presents a scenario based primarily around solar power.

Vanilla hot on the Cook Islands Market
On Tuesday Minister of Agriculture Hon Nandi Glassie and Tutai Toru a vanilla grower from Atiu displayed two samples of the mature vanilla harvested and dried ready to be released on the market.

Phase II of ADB regional assistance
The Cook Islands Renewable Energy Division of the OPM is currently in phase II of the regional technical assistance scheme that is funded by the Asia Development Bank (ASB).

Expert advice from strong women
On Monday the Herald spoke with former Tourism Corporation CEO Carmel Beattie, who has recently established a new business of which she is Managing Director.

Tauhunu Fishing Club Tournament 29 Sept 2012
Tauhunu Fishing Club is back again hunting those yellow fin Tuna....Despite of the 75% turn up of club members the tournament still continues. One member said that the time and tide was perfect and sure enough lots of tuna were hauled last Saturday 29th of September.

Te `Akauruuru`anga `ia Te Tika Mataiapo
I te pōpōngi Varaire, i tēia `epetoma i topa ake nei, ra 28 o Tepetema, mei te `āpā no te ora nga`uru, kua putuputu mai te kōpū-tangata o Te Tika Mataiapo ki runga rāi i tō rātou marae, ko Te Pou Toru, i Kauare, Tēimurimōtia. no te akauruuru i tō rātou Mataiapo iā Te Tika.

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with ... Carolyn McCraken and John Boyd
The standard of a good woman was once marked as being fitted with the fine domestic qualities of Victorian culture, the ability to care for her household and family were considered crucial cornerstones of her abilities and for a long time this was how she was measured.

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Herald Issue 635 26 September 2012

Pacific Islands achieve milestone with the UN
The Pacific Islands achieved an important milestone in New York this week, affirming and strengthening a special place in the United Nations system of global programmes.

Bishop says no conflicts of interest with the Chinese
Following Cabinet on Tuesday, Minister for Marine Resources Hon Teina Bishop met with media representatives during which he commented and answered questions on a range of issues in the public arena.

Remembering our old people
On December 14 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1st as the International Day of Older Persons.

3 Strategic cooperation documents signed
Following Cabinet on Tuesday, Minister for Marine Resources (MMR), Tourism, Pearl Authority and Education, Hon Teina Bishop held a media conference during which he presented the media with copies of three MOUs (Memorandums of Understanding) signed between the Minister representing government and;
(1)Shanghai Ocean University, China
(2) Shanghai Ocean University and China Southern Fishery (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd
(3)The Government of the Republic of Fiji (Host country).

National Plan of Action for Sharks released for comment
Global concern about the impact of fishing activities on sharks and the decline of some species is reflected in the adoption by 48 countries of National Plans of Action (NPOA-Shark), most recently in the Fiji Islands. The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) has released a draft of its NPOA-Shark and seeking public comment to refine its measures.

Cook Islander standing as Councillor for the Oakleigh Ward and City of Monash
Standing as a candidate for the Oakleigh Ward and City of Monash is Cook Islander Mrs Ngatuaine Hosking. The City of Monash is rich in its diversity and linguistic communities and 49% of its population are migrants.

Decision time for future of renewable energy
In January 2012 Te Aponga Uira released a tender to international companies to complete a series of reports on the Cook Islands including turning waste into energy, storage of renewable energy and economic viability of producing renewable energy by 2020 to “firm up” options the Cook Islands can embark upon to achieve government’s goal of 100% RE by 2020.

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with ... Andrew Duncan
In mid August Andrew Duncan and wife Kathy Cheval embarked upon the adventure of a lifetime as charter passengers aboard a small yacht sailing from Rarotonga to Palmerston Atoll. The trip was to take a leisurely two day sail to the Robinson Crusoe surroundings of Palmerston, before returning the next day to Rarotonga in time to celebrate the couple’s 20th wedding anniversary.

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Herald Issue 634 19 September 2012

Leading a new consultation process with the UN
This week I shall be travelling to the United Nations, fulfilling my first international responsibility as Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, and promoting our interests to the broader organisational community of nations.

One thousand tonne super frozen tuna processing plant for Rarotonga
Marine Resources Minister Hon. Teina Bishop says a tuna processing facility with 1,000 tonne storage capacity will soon be set up at Avatiu port in Rarotonga.

First Lady Puna urges commitment to deliver China pearl grant materials
The First Lady Akaiti Puna has urged all parties involved in a one million dollar grant of pearl farming materials to Manihiki to deliver upon their commitment to the development initiative.

Pacific Police tackle domestic violence
The Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme (PPDVP) is a tripartite agreement between the New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAID), the New Zealand Police (NZPOL) and the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP).

Youth Leaders at Parliament
HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2012: Youth leaders visited the Solomon Islands parliament today for a special tour to learn more about how young people can be involved in political processes.

Minister attends Police Conference
In July 2012, an invitation was extended to the Minister of Police Hon. Teariki Heather (‘the Minister”) to attend the 41st Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (“PICP”) Conference in Honiara, Solomon Islands in August 2012.

Kate’s dress sparks global calls to NZ store
A Pacific clothing label says it will probably need to bring in more staff to cope with the huge demand for its garments after the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing one of its dresses while on tour in the Solomon Islands.

Small yet perfectly formed – life in Rarotonga
How lucky are we to live here in Paradise? Consider the fact that the largest island in our country is only 32km in circumference and you can imagine that from the outside world’s perspective, the thought of living on one of the Cook Islands would start some heart palpitations in big city dwellers.

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Herald Issue 632 05 September 2012

Banking Review report released
At a media conference on Wednesday 5 September Minister of Finance Hon Mark Brown accompanied by his Finance Secretary Richard Neves, released copies to the media of the findings of the Banking Review conducted by former Kiwi Bank CEO Sam Knowles.

Pacific Islands Forum: words of thanks
The staging of the Pacific Forum is our region’s most important and significant event. The Forum is our political organisation where Leaders come together and work through issues and concerns that will determine the lives of all our people – as a region and right down to national level policies.

Cook Islands Government in Bangkok preparing for the 2012 climate change conference
The Cook Islands along with 194 countries have congregated in Bangkok at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) to discuss decisions that will be presented at the next United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference held in Doha, Qatar from the 26 November to 07 December, 2012.

Close ties with China celebrated
Aitutaki, often used as the face of the Cook Islands in tourism promotions, and often described as the jewel of the Pacific, was the centre of attention during the weekend as the Cook Islands and China joined hands to mark 15 years of close relations. Cabinet Ministers, their spouses and officials traveled to Aitutaki with representative from China for the event.

Mark Browns response to Leader of the Opposition’s comments
On Tuesday Finance Minister Hon Mark Brown took the opportunity to reiterate the government’s standing on the Cook Islands largest ever, $60 million tri-lateral water infrastructure project after Leader of the Opposition Wilkie Rasmussen’s public comments.

Conservation International applauds the historic commitments to Ocean Conservation at Pacific Islands Forum
Outcomes of the 43rd Pacific Islands Forum include several of the largest and most unprecedented commitments to the Pacific Oceanscape

China has no strategy for winning the hearts and minds of ordinary Cook Islanders
China needs to re-assess its strategy in relation to fostering good relations with the people of the Cook Islands.

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Herald Issue 631 29 August 2012

Pacific Islands Forum >> “LARGE OCEAN ISLAND STATES - the Pacific Challenge”
News In Brief.
Opening Speech of the 43rd Pacific Islnads Leaders Forum by the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands.

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True Pacific angles in on quality products
Tupuanga coffee coupled with Hot Samoan Boys Chiili sauce have not only got hearts racing but people talking at the rapid pace with which these quality Pacific products have hit the market.

Oscar Temaru visits the `Atu Pare Marae
On Tuesday morning 28 August at 11am, in the village of Kavera in Puaikura, the sound of the conch shell and the beating of the drums echoed through the grounds of Te Marumaru o te Ui Ariki, as the chanting of the warriors welcomed the President of Tahiti Mr Oscar Temaru and his party of representatives from the government of Tahiti Nui.

Cook Islands to be the second Pacific Island nation to establish its maritime boundaries
29th August 2012 – A historic signing of eight maritime treaties during the 43rd Leaders Forum has placed Cook Islands as the second country in the Pacific to delineate its entire maritime borders.

Cuban Ambassador meets scholarship students
Two Cook Islands students, Norman Tangi and Tutai Vakalalabure, will be travelling to Cuba on the medical scholarship fostered between the Cuban government and the Cook Islands Ministry of Health.

Large Ocean Island State- the Challenge for Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR)
Sir Albert Henry, a founding father of the Cook Islands was one of the Pacific visionary leaders that lobbied the United Nations to create the large ocean island state by establishing the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 1982.

From Disaster to Prevention
William (Willie) Mocevakaca Tuivaga has been appointed the Programme Manager for the “Strengthening Resilience in Island Communities (SRIC) project”, the position is a new one based in the Office of the Prime Minister in the Climate Change Cook Islands office. He started on Monday 27 August, 2012. The Herald spoke with Willie about his new job.

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Herald Issue 630 22 August 2012

Cool heads needed to take CISNOC forward
After three deferments, the CISNOC AGM is to finally go ahead on Thursday at the AOG Hall in Takuvaine commencing at 6pm.

High achiever an example to all
New Zealand based Cook Islander Taime Pareanga Samuel QSM is a high achiever and role model for younger Cook Islanders with leadership aspirations.

Workshops bring Pacific journalists up to speed with Forum issues
Prior to every Pacific Forum Leader’s Meeting, journalists from Pacific media organizations are invited to attend workshops conducted by the regional news agency PAC News to bring them up to speed with the issues to be discussed by the Leaders.

First harvest of Moringa leaves
On the 9th of May New Zealand High Commissioner John Carter, BTIB’s CEO Terry Rangi, Minister of Agriculture Hon Nandi Glassie and local grower Danny Mataroa were invited by moringa grower Hugh Graham to plant a moringa tree at Graham’s Tupapa plantation.

Gold for Cook Islands Team at Toque d’Or
A group of top culinary students from the Cook Islands have scooped medals at the Nestlé Toque d’Or competition including gold for Restaurant Service (front of house).

Hearld Exclusice > Aitutaki home owners stonewalled
One Aitutaki man’s lone crusade to persuade government to repair the homes damaged by Cyclone Pat two years ago and which remain in a damaged state to this day, takes a new twist with the publication of his three letters to government concerning the damage.

Coastal, Domestic and Offshore Fisheries in the Cook Islands
The oceanic fish that migrate through the Cook Islands waters are fished by different fleets that include the coastal artisanal and sports charter fleets, and locally based and offshore longline fishing vessels.

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with... Teuvira Upokotea
Massage for many people evokes the idea of repose and pampering, however there is a vast difference between relaxation and therapeutic massage, and at the forefront of the latter for the Cook Islands therapeutic platform is TeuviraUpokotea, also known as Vira,masseuse therapist of the MatarikiMaoro located at the quaint hut towards the back half of the Punanganui Market.

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Herald Issue 629 15 August 2012

PM holds talks with Mayor over dispute
The Prime Minister Hon. Henry Puna met with the Tongareva Mayor Tini Ford on Tuesday morning to listen to the concerns of those who chose not to travel home at the weekend, and to open the door to constructive discussion. The Prime Minister said ‘side-line critics’ have not understood the circumstances at the time and it was important that he and the Mayor provide leadership on resolving outstanding matters.

Do more to promote the Cook Islands in China say visitors
Wonderful, impressive, beautiful,” are just some of the words used by Chinese Professor, F. Gui PhD, when describing his first visit to Rarotonga.

Conversion to renewable energy at end of a long road
Figures from the 2011 Census reveal that the country faces a daunting task in negotiating the road to 100 per cent conversion to renewable energy by 2020, let alone 50 per cent by 2015

ADB workshop for Internal Affairs staff
The Ministry Internal Affairs in partnership with the Asian Development Bank JFPR Program is running a 3 day monitoring and evaluation workshop this week.

Artisanal and Game Charter Fishery Review
The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR)is implementing a catch database called ARTMAN to collect information from artisanal fishers (i.e. small scale subsistence or commercial fishers) and gamecharter operators.

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Herald Issue 628 08 August 2012

Review of 1997 agreement with China essential
The increased interest from Chinese businesses in seeking investment opportunities in the Cook Islands should prompt government to consider a more robust policy framework for establishing some measure of ensuring our economic stability, sovereignty, sustainability of resources, maintenance of social order, and security of future direction as a nation.

Parties updated on Climate Change issues
On the morning of Thursday 31 July at the National Council of Women headquarters in Takuvaine, some 30 interested parties attended the quarterly meeting of the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Group.

Te Kura Kokiri ...e reka ana au i te tima o Pukapuka e Aitutaki
Mei roto mai i Te Whare Kura o Tauranga Moana i Aotearoa, kua tae mai ki Rarotonga nei, i te ra 29 Tiurai tēta`i pupu tamariki `āpi`i, ko Te Kura Kokiri.

PACMAS training in TV production
Having first cut his teeth in the Fiji media industry at the formidably green age of 18, Fernando Lobendahn returns to the Cook Islands after a lengthy 15 year sabbatical heading the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS) media training programme covering TV production.

Woman of the Month
Congratulations to Mrs Materau Tepou Ford, our woman of the month.

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with ... Sheldon Ramer
The self-confessed “chatter box” Sheldon Ramer, counsellor and Punanga Tauturu worker cordially agreed to meet on what he describes as his “undetermined Mondays” where due to my encouragement majority of the Cook Islands Heralds infamous ‘5 Minutes’ column is conceived, Salsa Café. Without hesitation Ramer’s eyes brighten not only with the sudden and timely injection of caffeine but the chance to talk about the one thing that remains on the tip of both our tongues, our youth.

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Herald Issue 627 01 August 2012

Funding of Aitutaki Project disscussed
Further discussions took place recently regarding the funding of the proposed $15.4 million project to upgrade Aitutaki Port and Marina. (Refer to 2012/2013 Budget Estimates, Book 3, Capital Plan, page 19 for brief outline).

Olympic Report > Cook Islands Aquatic team goes with the flow
Seven years ago in Singapore it was announced that the 2012 Olympic Games would be hosted in London. This in itself made history as the first city to stage a third summer Olympic Games; 1908, 1948 and now.

National Plan of Action for Sharks
The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) is revising its National Plan of Action for Sharks (NPOA-Sharks). This is the key policy document for shark conservation and management in the Cook Islands and compliance with the NPOA is a requirement of the MMR fishing licenses.

Plastic bottles will be recycled!
On the conclusion of Lagoon Day 2012, Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning (MOIP), Donye Numa, is pleased with the feedback on the Rarotonga Waste Management Facility operation , particularly solid waste, received from the survey’s that were filled out.

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Herald Issue 626 25 July 2012

CISNOC Board may be asked to step down over AGM fiasco
IOC threatens to withdraw funding, Treasurer appointed CEO of CISNOC

What is Te Tika?
You may have noticed a buzz about town… Te Tika is coming! So what exactly is Te Tika?
The story starts in 2003 when Dr Graham Matheson, a Cook Islander, asked for the permission of the Koutu Nui to conduct research into Cook Islands Vairakau with Prof Bill Walsh at the University of NSW (UNSW) in Australia.

New Australian High Commissioner visits
On Monday morning at 9.30am, the newly appointed Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand and the Cook Islands, His Excellency, Michael Potts, presented his letter of introduction to Prime Minister Hon Henry Puna at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Reaching out to Cook Islands Sports
Cook Islands community and sporting groups are once again in the running for funding from the Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP).

Olympic team reaches Hong Kong
Team Cook Islands arrived Auckland at 10am yesterday and after a short prayer service spent the day

Unusual experience for passengers from Sydney
A first-hand experience on the Sydney to Rarotonga bound flight

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Herald issue 625 18 July 2012

Few locals show interest in restaurant employment
This may be the height of the tourist season but some restaurant employers are having difficulty in recruiting locals to work as waitresses and kitchen hands and for wages above the minimum wage level of $5 an hour.

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Sir Terepai Maoate’s Samoan connections
Those attending the State funeral for former Prime Minister Sir Terepai Maoate at the National Auditorium on Friday 13 July 2012 may have wondered at the presence of Janet Brown seated on the left of Sir Terepai’s casket.

Woman of the Month.. Mrs Rongomate Preston
Congratulations to our woman of the month Mrs Rongo Mate Preston. Born the second eldest of GerogeTurua and Mata Short’s fourteen children Rongo has many fond memories of growing up in Titikaveka surrounded by the warmth of all her family.

Grow your own potatoes says local expert
No potatoes? Answer: grow your own. That’s what Gordon “Spud” Murray, Tupapa’s noted potato grower, recommends.
Gordon has noted that there are no potatoes in the shops at present but says locals can easily grow their own either from seeds or grown potatoes.

Putting design to the test
A number of University students, including myself, have come home for their mid-year break. Though I’d like to think that I’m on “holiday,” one thing is always on the back of my mind. The one thing that sets students into a heart-throbbing mode in front of the computer screen, on the edge of their seats, eager to find out how well they’ve performed this semester.

Maria Tanner Spends 5 minutes with ... Luisa Peters
In a special celebration to mark the success of ex student and old girl, Luisa Peters, success in cutting the mustard and making the ranks of one of the largest Cook Islands Olympyian squads to leave our shores yet, Nukutere College hosted an assembly of well wishes and encouragement to send the 19 year old Cook Islands weightlifting champion off. With a penchant for travel Peters heads off to London and in a few short days the Cook Islands will patiently await the grand opening of the sporting event of the year.

Herald Issue 624 11 July 2012

Farewell Sir Terepai Maoate
Five years ago the Queen, Her Royal Highness Elizabeth II bestowed upon the then Cook Islands Minister of Finance Sir Terepai Maoate the title of Knight of the British Empire. This is to honour a son of Takitumu and Aitutaki for his services to the people of the Cook Islands particularly in the areas of health and politics

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Passing of a true public servant
Sir Terepai Maoate KBE, who unselfishly devoted his working life to public service, passed away at his home in Turangi late Sunday afternoon, 8 July 2012 with his family at his side.

Buildings surveyed for access by the disabled
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has been surveying buildings on Rarotonga to assess the suitability of access for the disabled to public buildings. The survey is now nearing completion.

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with ... Sylvia Marsters
Stylized by her vivid use of bold and vibrant color and ability to proficiently recreate the life like scenes she draws her very inspiration from, the Auckland based Cook Islands painter Sylvia Marsters is relatively relaxed as she paces the BCA gallery upon the opening of her ‘Island Fever’ exhibition.

Herald Issue 623 04 July 2012

New Zealand continues its support to education in the Cook Islands
For over 25 years the New Zealand Government has provided support to the Cook Islands education sector and today an arrangement for the next three years was confirmed at a small gathering at Ngatipa.

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Report recommends long term funding to manage solid waste
The problem with solid waste is that few of us want to deal with it, thinking it is someone else’s problem and we all look to government to provide waste disposal services and waste collection at our gate without any expectation that we may have to help to pay for that service.

Fisheries Surveillance Mission Accomplished - Operation Tui Moana 12
Fisheries surveillance operation Tui Moana 12 conducted from 12-15th June 2012 has been successfully completed.

Te Peu Kapa Kuki `Airani
Mei te rua `ānere mata`iti i topa ake nei, i te tuātau i tae mai ei teta`i mārama kē ki o tatou nei, i vai ana e mānganui ā tātou peu Māori, te au `ākono`anga tei mātau `ia e to tātou iti-tangata i te rave i roto i ta rātou akateretere`anga e te akano`ono`o`anga no to ratou ora`anga Māori i runga i to rātou `enua tātakita`i.

Herald Issue 622 27 June 2012

Local importers worry over creation of a shipping monopoly
The public announcement by Reef Shipping on 26 June 2012 that it is to enter a vessel MV Southern Reef into service between Auckland, Tahiti and Rarotonga by way of a license issued to Tai Moana

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Chinese deep-sea sub sets new record
China already has the rights to explore parts of the South West Indian Ocean and East Pacific Ocean for sea bed minerals

Mauke boys attend agriculture training course in China
Tereapii (Ine) Vaine Keu and Archie (Piki) Taripo, two Cook Islands agricultural officers from Mauke are attending an agricultural training course from 6 June to 3 July, at Hainan University in China.

Puaikure celebrates Jetty
On Monday morning Puaikura and dignitaries celebrated the official launching of construction to the proposed Arorangi Jetty adjacent to Arorangi Primary School.

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with ... Sarah de Janeiro
“This is going to be different,” laughs de Janeiro, “usually I’m the one asking the questions!” Columnist, writer and face behind howloveis.com, Sarah de Janeiro

Herald Issue 621 20 June 2012

Very humble, yet with wealth, power and influence beyond comprehension
The Chinese owned fishing company “Luen Thai” has received media attention lately due to questions in parliament on Tuesday from Leader of the Opposition Hon Wilkie Rasmussen who referred the taking of shark fins and to the company as “insidious” in nature.

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Renewable energy team heads north
CAT projects is an Australian firm based in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory which specializes in the design of renewable energy systems especially in isolated settlements.

Old seadog learns new tricks
It’s a bright and breezy Tuesday morning and Alberto Bachman, former owner of “Alberto’s Steakhouse” and the trimaran “Hotel California,” is preparing his meticulous mise en place for the nearing rush of lunch.

Woman of the Month
Congratulations to Mrs Ngametua Turepu.

An introduction to: The Four Pillars of Cook ISlands art
The four pillars of Cook ISlands art.

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with ... Utia Makiiti
On a chilly Parisian day during the depths of the heightened ‘clean green’ global revolution that swept not just the eighties, but the world with its influence, the UNESCO committee officially declared Lord Howe Island inscribed to the World Heritage List

Herald Issue 620 13 June 2012

Cyclone Pat renovation policy questioned
Many people living on the island of Aitutaki are still troubled and concerned with the aids funding from NZ Aid for those homes destroyed during cyclone Pat.

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Cook Islands scores a regional first
The StarKist/Cook Islands tuna canning venture is the first of its kind, ground breaking, historic

No stimulus in Budget for significant or accelerated economic growth
The 2012/2013 Budget is at best a “housekeeping” Budget.

Pukapuka community owes $579,000 to NZ IRS
A Cook Islands community in New Zealand that was seen as a trailblazer for “social entrepreneurship” has been forced into liquidation by the NZ Inland Revenue Department.

Kua akangaro poina’ia to tatou Are Pa Metua
Te au mama e te au papa e riro ana tetai au taokotai’anga i te tauturu mai ia ratou na roto i te tuanga o te kai, te apinga ngutuare e te vai atura.

Maria Tanner Spends 5 minutes with Miss Cook Islands Teuira Napa
The lights to the auditorium dim and a restless crowd settle in their seats patiently awaiting the show of the year to commence, backstage nine hearts pound racing with excitement and adrenaline as the countdown in the vie for the Miss Cook Islands title is almost in reach.

Herald Issue 619 06 June 2012

Unfinished business in Aitutaki over Cyclone Pat
Two years down the track from Cyclone Pat which devastated Aitutaki, a significant number of residents are not happy with how the recovery action was handled.

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Treatment of elderly Aitutaki couple a disgrace
Two years after Cyclone Pat devastated Aitutaki, Amuri resident, 63 year old Catherine Marsters and her 68 year old invalid husband are still waiting for someone to finish the repairs on their house.

Aitutaki home removed from repair list
It has been two years since some people in Aitutaki have waited for renovations and recovery of their homes that had been destroyed during Cyclone Pat.

Miss Cook Islands Pageant 2012
Several hours of primping and preening at Marama Salon and a final swim wear wardrobe check the 9 Miss Cook Islands 2012 contestants were just about ready for their beachside glamour shots posing alongside Pure Fiji products

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with ... Stan Wolfgramm
Acclaimed for his ability to capture the spirit of the pacific islands in a series of still frames projected onto screen Stan Wolfgramm the man behind the creative megalomaniac persona himself caught up with the Cook Islands Herald on his recent trip back to the origins of his humble beginnings.

Herald Issue 618 30 May 2012

Youthline Launched in the Cook Islands
The shrill voices of hundreds of students filled the TSA stadium on Tuesday morning as numbers of students from Tereora College,

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Why has government become unpopular?
How did a political party which won the 2010 general election with such a healthy majority, become so unpopular so quickly?

Road Renewal Proposed
On Tuesday Minister of Infrastructure and Planning Hon Teariki Heather visited the Avarua town centre to address the serious issue of the safety of the main road.

BEAM Project shines its light
The advancement of women was under the spotlight last Thursday evening as business and professional women converged on Muri Beach Club Hotel last night to hear about the BEAM project (Business Enterprise and Mentorship Project) which is a project to reach out to women as mentors in enterprise.

Arts Council ready to nominate board
For the past 4 months a group of prominent Cook Island artists have been working towards setting up “Konitara Are Ta’aunga” the Cook Islands Arts Council.

Doomsday: 21 December 2012?
Many dire predictions about the end of the world have arisen because of a date mentioned in the ancient Mayan calendar – 21 December 2012 -7 months from now but what do the Maya say? They say their calendar does not predict the destruction of the planet is coming, and the elders are not pleased with the spreading of rumors of misleading information that is creating more fear in people.

Maria Tanner spends 5 Minutes with ... Opera in Paradise
Their delicate voices soaring high above the roar of motorbike engines and clack of chickens musicians Mere Boynton and Deborah Wai Kapohe give me a sneak peek into the lives of two Maori maidens dominating a genre of music that has swooned the coldest of hearts, brought tears to the burliest of men and raised the hardiest of critics off their haunches. Opera, a love both women share has been the catalyst in their lives equally shaping and defining who they are.

Herald Issue 617

Who you gonna call? Grandma
Government has a bold plan to train three grandmothers to install solar panels on all 130 homes on Pukapuka.

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Rattle new Speaker
The Prime Minister, Hon Henry Puna today announced the pending appointment of Mrs Nikki Rattle as the next Speaker of the Cook Islands Parliament.

To tatou reo tupuna kia kore e ngaro
E 15 enua rikiriki i roto nei i te Kuki Airan. Ko teia au enua nei e reo tupuna to ratou i roto i te pito enua ta te au ui tupuna i tamou ana e te vai nei rai tei reira.

Consultations on planned withdrawal of RAMSI’s military component for 2013
The 6th meeting of the Forum Ministerial Standing Committee (FMSC) on the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)

Woman of the Month
Congratulations to our woman of the Month Mrs Ngatuaine Pauline Maoate Kirikava, affectionately known as Pauline. .

Upgrades underway in Muri
Upgraded residential sanitation systems are now going in the ground in the Muri and Avana areas under a programme designed to improve the quality of groundwater flowing into the Muri Lagoon.

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with ... June Baudinet
Cabbies’ crowding the streets, fire engine red double deck buses totting crowds of sightseeing tourist, five days of London was enough for June Baudinet before she decided to jet set away to the Moors of Spain to rendezvous with a friend in Madrid for the next two weeks of eating, living and dancing like a true “Spanish Queen.”

Banana Court café celebrates 20 years
The owners of Club Bana Bistro are celebrating 20 years of operations this week. The Hutchinson family started the popular day time eatery, Blue Note Café, in 1992, and introduced the first espresso coffee machine to the island.

 

Herald Issue 616 16 May 2012

Balanced Budget expected, with small surplus
At the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday morning, Finance Minister Hon Mark Brown revealed to members of the media that a balanced Budget is expected, with a small surplus.

Tahiti government and private sector unite to combat waste
President of Tahiti Nui, His Excellency Oscar Temaru was pleased to note that the Cook Islands Agricultural delegation was keen to learn the way in which waste is managed in his territory.

Minister of Health to share ideas in Geneva and forge new agreements in NZ
The Minister of Health Hon Nandi Glassie will attend the Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting followed by the World Health Assembly in Geneva this month, at which he will discuss with leaders how they are tackling critical issues such as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in their countries.

Report will reveal priorities for improving capability
Hazel Kirkham is the NZAid funded Technical Assistant assisting the Office of the Public Service Commissioner (OPSC) with a capability needs analysis which will hopefully identify gaps in skills and knowledge within the public service and pinpoint the strategies to bring about improvements.

“Itu’s’ Bones” TV Premier
An independent documentary filmed entirely on Aitutaki is set to premier on Cooks Islands TV

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with ... Jolene Bosanquet
A dream conjured during the 70’s as a travel agent and seared into her mind lifetime Te Ipukarea Society member and passionate environmentalist Jolene Bosanquet has successfully knocked the fantasy of one day visiting Lord Howe Island and in doing so believes she’s found paradise on earth.

Mother’s Day
I was planning to wake up at seven in the morning, I swear. Unfortunately, I woke up two hours after my planned time. I was going to give my mum a kiss and a hug and then go back to sleep.

Herald Issue 615 09 May 2012

The End of an Era – A Tribute to Sir Geoffrey Arama Henry KBE
Sir Geoff” as he was affectionately known, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family at his home in Takamoa at 1am on Wednesday morning following a long period of illness. The Cook Islands Herald pays tribute to his family to acknowledge the history, contributions and character of this man to the Cook Islands whose illustrious career over many years can best be described as “colourful, charismatic, visionary, selfish but enduring” as well as being an incredible son of the Cook Islands.

Sir Geoffrey Henry KBEA life of achievements
A life of achievements.

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Spearfishing communities not happy with new rules
Proposed rules limiting the practices of harpooning and spearfishing around the Fish Aggregate Devices (FAD) in Rarotonga have left the harpooning and spearfishing communities unhappy and largely left out of the consultation process in the establishment of the new rules.

China makes giant leap forward in deep sea technology
When Minister for Sea Bed Minerals, Deputy Prime Minister Hon Tom Marsters attended a meeting on Sea Bed Minerals in Korea in June last year

Thank you Smiley Heather
The MP apologizes on behalf of Ruaau Beautification Team

‘Golden Tuna’ latest export venture for government
Government has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tuna product giant, Starkist, to process and assist with the branding of our own “Cook Islands Golden Tuna” canned Tuna product range.

Akaora’anga i te kaope o Atiu
I runga i te enua ko Enuamanu e tupu ana te rakau kaope no tetai roa’anga tuatau

Creating positive support networks for youth
The Child and Family Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Intaff) have been busy with the work of keeping our youth off the streets and engaged in education.

New Moringa venture on Rarotonga
Rarotonga’s first commercial Moringa venture was launched after a short ceremony by Hugh Graham in Tupapa at 9am on Wednesday on land adjacent to Ariana Bungalows.

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with ... Croc Tatau
On the Brink of Distinction.
As a pacific nation our cultural identity is notably marked out by several hallmarks that clearly distinguish us as Cook Islanders, from the tie dyed pareu that wrap our waists to the rito hats woven specifically for the Sundays service, they are forever permanently seared into our minds. But a building resurgence is taking place in a forgotten art form that has for many years now been reserved as specifically Samoan and was originally performed as a nod to our cultural distinction; as the Cook Islands rekindle their love affair with tatau.

Sick!
I knew from the moment I arrived home, I would get the flu

Teenagers can have fun
I hate being stressed. I hate having a million things to do in one day, or in one week and when you try to get everything done, it all starts to clash, and you start getting frustrated and nothing gets done and you then get to that stage where you just want to shoot the world.

Herald Issue 614 02 May 2012

Harnessing Our Oceans for Energy
Research is currently being carried out in the area of renewable energy derived from one of our most valuable resources within the Pacific, the ocean.

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Organic farming taking centre stage in Tahiti
In Tahiti on Thursday, Associate Minister for Agriculture Hon Kiriau Turepu and Secretary for Agriculture Anthony Brown will commence the first day of a full week of meetings on the important topic of organics.

Murienua residents closer to generating their own power
In homes and businesses across the Cook Islands, everybody is talking about money around the dinner table. How do we survive when the cost of living is so high and income levels moderate?

‘ReSpect’ opens at BCA Gallery
The latest and perhaps most talked-about exhibition by artist Nanette Lela’ulu, titled ‘ReSpect’, opened on Tuesday evening at the BCA Gallery.

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with ... Tearoa Tangimatua
Oh my gosh girl, gushes Tearoa, “I never thought I’d do it, but I have and I feel amazing girl, amazing’ the bubbly Texmart sales clerk tells me. Recently returned to Rarotonga for the past 16 months Tearoa Tangimetua has been living in Penrhyn and introduced some minor changes to her lifestyle that have ultimately seen her drop a whooping 91kgs from her petite 5’1” frame.

Movies
OMG. It was my first night out in ages and I was getting real hyped up because it was the world premiere for The Avengers. Did I mention that it was a fundraiser for the AOG Youth Group for their trip overseas?

Dealing with your mistakes
Whether it’s sitting through 45minute lessons in stuffy classrooms, or experiencing life at full force, we all learn things by everything we do. We learn a great deal of things by making mistakes. Like the time I learnt to always pay attention to where I’m going after I walked backwards into a pole.

Herald Issue 613 24 April 2012

Government gauges reaction to proposed departure tax changes
The Government is preparing legislation to make it a requirement of all airlines operating in the Cook Islands to embed Cook Islands departure tax within their ticket prices.

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Heather has full confidence in current leadership
Last Tuesday Hon Teariki Heather Minister for Infrastructure and Planning told listeners to Marariki FM Radio that he fully supported the leadership of the Cook Islands Party under Prime Minister Hon Henry Puna.

Protecting the future of Taro
The staple, taro, will be one of the main crops on display at the upcoming Farmers Market and on Monday, the Ministry of Agriculture announced plans to secure future supplies of this important foodstuff by commencing a breeding programme aimed at seeking out more disease resistant varieties of taro.

China /Cook Islands relations –the way of the future?
Should the Cook Islands embrace China? That appeared to be weighing on the minds of those who attended the public lecture at the USP last week presented by Professor Stewart Firth and Associate Professor Kate Hannan in their presentation

‘CNMI and Cook Islands can learn from each other
The CNMI and the Cook Islands in the South Pacific are thousands of miles apart but they have a lot in common as well as differences that they each can learn from such as further developing their tourism industry and building new ones, to maintaining and expanding their political relationships with much bigger nations.

In a haze of disbelief
Having been my first time there I never probably would have ventured to the tiny isle that only lays a short 45 minute flight north of Rarotonga but thanks to my mother, the catalyst for most of the avoidance in my life, I spent the following days getting fully immersed in the Aitutakian lifestyle.

Maria Tanner Spends 5 minutes with ... Arrun Soma
Visiting One News reporter Arrun Soma on his recent holiday break in Rarotonga dropped into CITV and where we stole away to Salsa Cafe so the self described "softie" could share with me how he broke into the thick skinned world of lights, cameras and action.

First Day Back!
It was the first day of school and I honestly wasn’t ready to return to Tereora College.

Herald Issue 612 18 April 2012

Police reviewing firearms laws
Some 2,000 people in the Cook Islands hold Police permits to own firearms. That’s more than 10 percent of the population. Many of these permit holders own more than one firearm.

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Survey of buildings for access by the disabled
The Ministry of internal Affairs and Cook Islands National Disability Council are currently in the process

Pacific Way film crew arrives
A film crew of three has arrived from Fiji to look into the production of a documentary based on the overall theme of land and marine biodiversity and climate change/climate variability.

Cook Islands attends major sports convention
The 2nd World Olympic Sports Convention held in Moscow Russia saw 171 sports ministers and 204 member NOCs in attendance.
Of particular significance to the Cook Islands was discussion sessions on:

All work in the Labour Division
Helen Maunga, Director of Labour, from the Ministry of Internal Affairs has been very busy over the past few months managing a number of key ministry priorities.

Mapping Arts and Culture in Polynesia
Between the 10-15 April, the Ministry of Culture was pleased to host visiting Pacific Outreach Cordinator for Polynesia, Allan Alo from the USP Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture & Pacific Studies.

Herald Issue 611 11 April 2012

Taiwanese fishing vessel delivers 22,000 litres of fuel to Manihiki
On Easter Monday a Taiwanese fishing vessel delivered 22,000litres of fuel to Manihiki.

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A CRITICAL REVIEW OF THE DECISION IN NGATI MAKEA VS THE COOK ISLANDS CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND THE LAND KNOWN AS TEPUKA SECTION 106C AVARUA- By John M Scott
Having spent the last fifteen years researching and litigating through all Courts the Tumu vs Tumu dispute and in the course of that discovered all relevant Orders from the early 1900s which various Counsel are now taking for granted, I think it fair to say that Tumu vs Tumu, now on its way to the Privy Council, has given me sufficient background to comment and make some reasonably intelligent observations on 390A judgments.

Encouraging Cook Island youth to stay home Finance Minister Brown says diversification from tourism-based economy is the key
With much of the focus of the depopulation issue centering on how to ensure an ageing Cook Island population can return home from overseas with access to their pension payments

Mitiaro Home-stays to launch this month
Hot on the heels of the successful opening of the Tourism Office and Visitors’ Centre in Atiu the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation and the people of the island of Mitiaro will launch the Mitiaro Home-stay product later this month

Herald Issue 610 04 April 2012

Finance Minister upfront, speaks openly on the economy and other issues
On Monday evening Finance Minister Hon Mark Brown fronted up to listeners of Matariki Radio for a 2 hour discussion on the economy.

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Leaving Fiji
Shona Pitt and Bernadette Teremoana recount their experience in leaving a flooded Fiji.

Harriette returns home
H
arriette Kimiora is the newest member of the Central Policy and Planning Office (CPPO) within the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).

Tobacco Law being enforced
The Ministry of Health from now on will be working hard to enforce the new Tobacco Products Control Act.

Maria Tanner Spends 5 minutes with ... Daryl Thornburn
“Well, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs first,” rationalizes Daryl Thornburn a well qualified and experienced geologist originally from New Zealand who is currently in the Cook Islands occupying the new appointed role of Natural Resource Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Tom Marsters.

Wack Night Out
It was a special Saturday last week, as I was going to attend a birthday (I should mention that this is my first official outing since the beginning of the year.

Herald Issue 609 28 March 2012

Proposed amendments to the Judicature Act - Political suicide?
The Cook Islands Party (CIP) came into power in November 2010 with a healthy majority and rather than using that advantage strategically, it seems hell bent on putting a noose around its neck and committing political suicide.

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Woman of the Month
Congratulations to our woman of the month, Mrs Ruta Hosking-Tane

Prospectus to attract overseas investors
The Business Trade Investment Board (BTIB) is adopting a more proactive approach to attracting foreign investment in the Cook Islands by promoting a prospectus on behalf of local businesses seeking investors.

Research and language preservation on agenda for visiting Professor
Professor Tania Ka’ai from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is back in the Cook Islands preparing the future researchers of the Cook Islands.

The new goldfields
Friday 23rd March 2012 – A stock assessment carried by the French Space Agency (CSL) for the Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) has estimated 190,000 tonnes of skipjack tuna in Cook Islands waters.

Oceanography and skipjack dynamics in the Cook Islands
Over the past five years, the total catch of the four main species of tuna from the Western Central Pacific ocean (WCPO) has increased

Bringing home the love
Music speaks a universal language and using it as a constructive tool to reach the hearts and minds of our Cook Islands youth

More than 30 groups signed up for Earth Hour 2012
Earth Hour is scheduled for this weekend, Friday 30th March with a lunch-time switch off from 12 to 1pm.

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with ... Cherith Vaha'akolo
The current climate of our Cook Islands youth is as volatile as the very Pacific Rim that we border and judging from the number of forums and discussions we’re a bit of a hot topic that slides up and down on the Richter scale of our society.

Lunching out
It was a beautiful, glorious Saturday (if you can call rainy and windy weather beautiful. Lolz) and I was thanking my lucky stars that I wasn’t going to Staircase.

Herald Issue 608 21 March 2012

Terms of one China Policy document should be reviewed
With the recent increased economic related activity between China and the Cook Islands and the likelihood of further business developments between China and the private sector, a review of the terms of the One China Policy Communiqué promulgated nearly 15 years ago is warranted.

Pacific Media Assistance Scheme Seeks Innovation
Francis Herman, a native of Rotuma Island, is the Program Manager for the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (Pacmas)

Successful NZ visit by PM
Superannuation portability, the return of young people back to the Cook Islands and building unity amongst Cook Island communities in the South Island - were some of the key topics of discussion with Prime Minister Hon Henry Puna when he visited New Zealand last week.

Rerekura Teaurere New Climate Change Coordinator
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has announced the appointment of the Climate Change Coordinator within the Climate Change Division. Rerekura Teaurere, who hails from Penrhyn Island, has taken on the role working closely with Director of Climate Change, Ana Tiraa, and Teaurere says she is enjoying the role so far.

First impressions of NCEA
Last year, I had a vague impression that Form Five was going to be a piece of cake.

Maria Tanner spends 5mins with Vaka Ngakau Toa
There is a fine art to mounting and dismounting an outrigger canoe properly, clearly I missed that part of the tutorial as I bailed into the shallows of the water, rather ungraciously I was reminded, in front of a number of curious bystanders who like me had wondered to Muri beach on Saturday afternoon to check out the open fun day of the Vaka Ngakau Toa outrigger canoe club

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Herald Issue 607 14 March 2012

Youth Forum 2012 - Successful first step in supporting youth to choose life
Organisers of the Youth Forum held on Rarotonga today have described the event as a resounding success with the participation of more than 140 young people sharing their ideas and discussing solutions that support youth facing the challenges and difficulties of life.

Respect, honour and care for our elderly
Cook Islands culture places great importance on respect for elders within the community. However the reality of today’s faster-paced society has meant that the respect and care for our elders is disappearing in some cases and has become an issue the community as a whole needs to address.

Youth Forum giving the young people a voice
Students from all over the island and a lucky 26 from the outer islands joined together to hold the first Youth Forum at the Youth with a Mission base in Vaimaanga on Tuesday.

Date’s relief effort tribute
One year after a massive quake-induced tsunami devastated north-eastern Japan, a Cook Islands resident has discovered first-hand just how difficult the road has been for the Japanese to travel back to normalcy.

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Maria Tanner spends 5mins with Dr Des Duthie
The bell peals marking interval and I pace the steps of Tereora College waiting for Dr Des, and to a lesser extent an onslaught of students relieved of their classroom confinements.

Herald Issue 606 07 March 2012

Supplementary Budget 2011/2012
Parliament sat for its first session of 2012 on Monday 20 February and the Minister of Finance Hon. Mark Brown addressed the house on the Supplementary Budget for 2011/2012.

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What was the proper figure budgeted for Air NZ?
Just how much did government budget for the Air NZ Sydney and LA flights subsidy? One report on 1 December 2010 says it was $10 million while another report on 17 February 2011 says it was $8 million. Even previous budget documents are not all that clear.

Cook Islanders - Our Most Valuable Marine Resource
It goes without saying that our people are our most important resource and the Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) is adopting that mantra

Northern Group feedback on Social Welfare benefits
Consultations for the ADB Social Welfare Report started in the Northern Group November 2011.

A Cook Islander on ice
Dana Wichman writes from Antarctica

Gateway hairdressing course piloted
Bringing 27 years of experience to the classroom hair stylist and tutor Kim Davis of Pacific Village salon in Muri has introduced an in house Gateway course that began on Monday.

Maria Tanner spends 5 mninutes with .... Alanna Smith
Every night we meet, usually around 8 o’clock and only for the briefest of moments but for the past year Alanna Smith has been turning up on our TV screens and we have been tuning in to hear what the young CITV Sports reporter has in store for our daily fix of sports news.

The Biggest Loser
It was up to us to make a difference this year. Our group, which consisted of Mami, Michael, Nadia and I, were determined that this year, we would all look like fashion models, fit for the catwalk. We had made the drastic decision to lose some of the extra pounds.

Herald Issue 605 29 February 2012

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Fishing Association Achieves 60% of Strategic Targets Over 2011
The Cook Islands Fishing Association (CIF) held its annual general meeting on Tuesday evening, and Don Beer has been elected as the new president of the association.

Project will help countries adapt to impacts of climate change
Vaine Wichman has been recruited to coordinate the USP -European Union Global Climate Change Alliance (USP-EU GCCA) project in the Cook Islands. She explains what the project is about and her role.

Safeguarding our traditional knowledge
Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) may appear to be an unfamiliar term, but in fact encompasses cultural traditions and practices familiar to all within the community

Aussie visitor promotes the Cook Islands
Visiting our shores this week is Dennis Rowe and his family from Sydney, Australia.

Herald Issue 604 22 February 2012

Supplementary Budget 2011/2012
Parliament sat for its first session of 2012 on Monday 20 February and the Minister of Finance Hon. Mark Brown addressed the house on the Supplementary Budget for 2011/2012.

News Briefs
News In Brief

What was the proper figure budgeted for Air NZ?
Just how much did government budget for the Air NZ Sydney and LA flights subsidy? One report on 1 December 2010 says it was $10 million while another report on 17 February 2011 says it was $8 million. Even previous budget documents are not all that clear.

Cook Islanders - Our Most Valuable Marine Resource
It goes without saying that our people are our most important resource and the Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) is adopting that mantra

Northern Group feedback on Social Welfare benefits
Consultations for the ADB Social Welfare Report started in the Northern Group November 2011.

A Cook Islander on ice
Dana Wichman writes from Antarctica

Gateway hairdressing course piloted
Bringing 27 years of experience to the classroom hair stylist and tutor Kim Davis of Pacific Village salon in Muri has introduced an in house Gateway course that began on Monday.

Maria Tanner spends 5 mninutes with .... Alanna Smith
Every night we meet, usually around 8 o’clock and only for the briefest of moments but for the past year Alanna Smith has been turning up on our TV screens and we have been tuning in to hear what the young CITV Sports reporter has in store for our daily fix of sports news.

The Biggest Loser
It was up to us to make a difference this year. Our group, which consisted of Mami, Michael, Nadia and I, were determined that this year, we would all look like fashion models, fit for the catwalk. We had made the drastic decision to lose some of the extra pounds.

Herald Isue 603 15 February 2012

Is there a Budget deficit?
Why won’t government confirm whether or not there is a Budget deficit and how big it is?

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Good outcome for CITV at film festival in Tahiti
At the festival, CITV productions were snapped up by Pacific broadcasters

The green revolution
Titikaveka grower Teariki Matenga talks about the potential returns from vanilla

Japanese Writers Explore the Cook Islands
Two Japanese media practitioners have been visiting Cook Island shores for the last few weeks, to feature the Cook Islands in two high-end Japanese magazines

Tourism Corp and Te Papa team up to promote weddings
Our fifteen islands that make up the Cook Islands are widely recognised as one of the most romantic destinations in the Pacific. Unrivalled for our fresh pure air, cool calm lagoons, idyllic climate and our warm welcoming smiles the Cooks are the perfect place for romance.

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with ... Pouarii Tanner
It’s fascinating to me how a conversation with someone can influence our day, good or bad. Often my ears perk at bits and bobs of any conversation that ignite my interest and “beauty with brains” is how our Cook Islands women were recently depicted to me.

Zumba!
It was a Friday afternoon. My friends and I were in a buzz because we all had planned to go to Zumba at the Tupapa Maraerenga Centre.

Herald Issue 602 08 February 2012

First of Christchurch Heroes Honoured
The first group of eight Christchurch “Heroes” have arrived in Rarotonga. In 2011, following the devastating Christchurch earthquakes that took place over the 2010/2011 period, the Cook Islands government offered the Mayor of Christchurch, Bob Parker, the chance to show gratitude to 50 people who showed heroism over and above the call of duty during the tragedy that struck Christchurch.

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Youth – a forgotten generation
The deaths of 2 young Cook Islands youth recently through suicide, has prompted mixed reactions and responses from the general public including politicians to parents and arm chair commentators airing their views regarding this very sensitive and emotional issue.

Electrical workers taking care of interests
With so many changes expected to the electrical industry over the next few years as Government sets out to achieve its renewable energy targets, the formation of the Cook Islands Electrical Workers Association has come at an opportune time.

What Women Want...
Ever wondered what women really want? Elizabeth Jamieson, owner and manager of the newly opened lingerie store in Rarotonga, ‘Knickers in a Twist’, may have a fair idea.

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with ... Junior Nanai
In his youth he was known to never be without a pen and paper however nowadays Media Design School student and 3D animation scribe Junior Nanai uses the world as his canvas and he, is the creator

Taste of Cooks goes to Coco Putt
In this episode, presenter of A Taste of Cooks, Shona Pitt, visits a local chef, Tokerau Turia, more commonly known as ‘Tooks.’

The Real Deal of School
If catching the bus while you’re in Form 5 wasn’t bad enough, then get a growling on the first official day of school is probably a step up from that.

Herald Issue 601 01 February 2012

Development Partners Roundtable 2012
Following is an edited excerpt of the opening address made by Hon. Minister Mark Brown, chair of the Development Partners Round Table 2012

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Development Partners Roundtable 2012
The Development Partners Roundtable took place on Tuesday at the Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa, following a networking event on the previous evening for all invited participants and observers

Renewable energy project: Phase 2 begins
We got the energy efficient light bulbs in phase 1, now under phase 2 of the Asia Development Bank’s renewable energy programme, we begin a three year quest to implement a significant energy saving project.

Talks set positive tone
On Monday the Cook Islands Government concluded a series of bilateral discussions with its development partners stating the talks had set a very positive tone for Tuesday’s Round Table Meeting.

PM welcomes donor partners
The following is the full text of PM Hon Henry Puna’s speech of welcome to delegates attending the bilateral discussions on Monday

EU increase funding for Pukapuka cyclone centre
A signing ceremony took place on Monday between the Cook Islands Government and the European Union for funding of an additional 600,000 Euros towards Pukapuka cyclone Management Centre project.

Taste of Cooks: Jam making
In this episode, Shona Pitt visits the home of Dora Evans nee (Jonassen), who is a resident of Puaikura. Dora specializes in making jams and marmalades, which she sells at the Punanga Nui Market. Dora has a wide variety of fruit growing in her garden and it is these fruits she uses to make her jams.

Maria Tanner spends 5 minutes with ... Miriama Eliu
Far be it from me to cross someone who actually enjoys a good argument, although I have been known to go there, in the past, but for recent graduate Miriama Eliu that’s one person that I don’t want to meet down a dark alley, let alone a court of justice, however sit down and shot it with her for five minutes, gladly.

Pain - part 2
Ainslie graduated from the New Zealand School of Physiotherapy in 1974 and has been a Member of the New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists (NZSP now called Physiotherapy NZ) since 1975. She completed a Diploma of Educational Studies in 1980 and an Advance Diploma Physiotherapy specialising in paediatrics in 1990. She has been an associate member and later a Member of the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy since 1990. She has also served on the College Board and various NZSP branch committies over the years. Currently she is a Member of the NZ College of Physiotherapists with Advanced Practitioner status in Paediatrics, a Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand and also a member of the neurology and paediatric special interest groups. And holds a current NZ Annual Practising Certificate.

A new challenge for Harriet
Last Monday CITV Local News Reporter Harriet Tuara was informed by the National Human Recourses Department (NRHD) that she had been granted a Scholarship to study in New Zealand along with six others.

Finishing unfinished business with Kristina Kauvai
Sione’s 2 Unfinished Business, the highly anticipated answer to Oscar Kightleys 2006 New Zealand based film Sione’s Wedding, featured some of our very own talent Kristina Kauvai and Joyanne Meyer as ‘angels’ that saw them working alongside accomplished actors Robbie Magasiva, Dave Fane and Teuila Blakely in New Zealand. The Cook Islands Herald caught up with Kristina Kauvai to get the backstage scoop about working on the film set.

Jellyfish are back and stinging
On Saturday afternoon 28th of January at 3pm Louisa Rani went to the social centre at Nikao for a swim and minutes later, she was being rushed to hospital.

Aitutaki Conservation Trust
Trina Armstrong, one of the Trustees of the Aitutaki Conservation Trust, advised the Herald last week that the photos above are from the Vaitau Primary School Edible Garden project, that the Trust helped to fund. The Ministry of Agriculture and Aitutaki Island Council also helped out with this project as well as the Teachers and families of the Vaitau Primary School. It was very much a ‘team‘ effort. Trina said the photos were taken in the early stages of the garden development, but it was still a very exciting time for the kids!

Herald Issue 600 25 January 2012

MMR and BTIB work together to support Manihiki pearl farmers
On Tuesday afternoon the Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) held a meeting in conjunction with the Business Trade and Investment Board (BTIB ) for Manihiki pearl farmers. The meeting was a follow-up to the recent approval of New Zealand Aid (NZ Aid) funds as part of the Tripartite Arrangement for Cook Islands Pearl Industry Revitalisation 2011-2014. Pearl farmers in Manihiki can now begin the process of applying for loans under the scheme and the purpose of the meeting was to begin educating those interested parties in the loans eligibility and application process.

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Review does not identify job losses
The Cook Islands is entering a critical phase of its history.
Critical because so many major events are occurring and need to be dealt with, prepared for or safely negotiated.

Korean Government gifts motor vehicles and computer to the Cook Islands Government
The Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the Honourable Tom Marsters, is pleased to announce that the Government of the Republic of Korea has gifted the Cook Islands Government 3 motor vehicles and 16 desktop computers.

Expecting the recession, be prepared
It’s been all over the news these past few days. The monetary problems in Europe plaguing the Euro currency of the European Union, is spreading and in time a recession is expected to affect Australia.

MMR to Boost its Artisanal Fishing Data Collection Program
Rakahanga based Fisheries Officer TuteruTaripo reported a whopping total of 86 tuna,which were caught by 4 boats on Monday(23rd January2012).Unfortunately artisanal catches like these often go unrecorded but the Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) intends to improveon this situation.

Taste of Cooks: Health wise
In Monday’s episode of a Taste of Cooks on CITV, presenter, Shona Pitt, paid the Ministry of Health a visit and learnt from Karen Tairea, a nutritionist with Public Health some frightening facts that threaten the well-being of our people.

Pain - part 1
Ainslie graduated from the New Zealand School of Physiotherapy in 1974 and has been a Member of the New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists (NZSP now called Physiotherapy NZ) since 1975. She completed a Diploma of Educational Studies in 1980 and an Advance Diploma Physiotherapy specialising in paediatrics in 1990. She has been an associate member and later a Member of the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy since 1990. She has also served on the College Board and various NZSP branch committies over the years. Currently she is a Member of the NZ College of Physiotherapists with Advanced Practitioner status in Paediatrics, a Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand and also a member of the neurology and paediatric special interest groups. And holds a current NZ Annual Practising Certificate.

Maria Tanner Spends 5 Minutes With ... Catherine Lee
In the background, the sounds of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s going on’ drown out all the other chit chatter and for a moment it’s just me, Catherine, and Marvin catching the Muri sunset discussing the complex dimensions of children’s brain functions. Did you know that the human brain weighs on average 1.4kgs?

Herald Issue 599 18 January 2012

Cook Islands Promoted on Popular Japanese Radio Station
Nana Hirata has been working hard behind the scenes to promote the Cook Islands in her homeland of Japan

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ADB Public Sector Review: Merging Environment, Energy and Climate Change
One of the most interesting proposed ministries in the ADB Public Sector Review is the Environment, Energy and Climate Change sector.

Chance of extended term lost by CIP?
Has the Cook Islands Party (CIP) government blown its chances of calling and winning a snap election?

Woman of the Month
Congratulations to our Woman of the Month for January 2012 Mrs Rima David. Mrs David began her life born on the 12 Feb 1941 in Avarua Rarotonga, and married to the late Ngatipuna David on the 3 Oct 1959 at the Titikaveka CICC Church by the Reverend Pure Au Akarauanga, together Mrs Rima and Ngatipuna David had six children, one daughter and five sons, however their extensive family also consisted of Mrs David mothering many feeding children.

Uirangi Bishop bids farewell
It is time to say farewell to the Cook Islands’ golden girl of dancing, Miss Uirangi Bishop. Bishop flies out Wednesday night for Melbourne, Australia, to join one of her sisters, Teerui Bryant, who already resides there. Bishop says she has always wanted to go to Melbourne, but has decided to make the move now as she is ready for a change in life. She commented, “I just want to go out there and experience a little bit more.”

Maria Tanner Spends 5 Minutes with ... Peter Morgan
‘Great musician, great singer, spectacular person’ is how his website describes the well accomplished musician and performer that is Peter Morgan, although after sitting down and shooting it for five minutes with Morgan, whom I find out has a fondness for soul and jazz, I think they‘ve left out one important attribute. Crazy.

Safe Lifting Techniques
Ainslie graduated from the New Zealand School of Physiotherapy in 1974 and has been a Member of the New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists (NZSP now called Physiotherapy NZ) since 1975. She completed a Diploma of Educational Studies in 1980 and an Advance Diploma Physiotherapy specialising in paediatrics in 1990. She has been an associate member and later a Member of the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy since 1990. She has also served on the College Board and various NZSP branch committies over the years. Currently she is a Member of the NZ College of Physiotherapists with Advanced Practitioner status in Paediatrics, a Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand and also a member of the neurology and paediatric special interest groups. And holds a current NZ Annual Practising Certificate.

Taste of Cooks Goes Fruity
Monday night saw the resumption of CITV’s popular cooking series, A Taste of Cooks. Presented by Shona Pitt and filmed and edited by Julie Taripo-Shedden, the series has gained the attention of many locals and foreigners alike, has promoted our local dishes, vegetables and fruit, which our people seem to take for granted.

Herald Issue 598 11 January 2012

Public sector review: Health and Social Services
Health and Social Services will be a newly merged ministry, under the government structure proposed in the ADB Public Sector review a copy of which was recently released to the Herald by the Office of the leader of the Opposition in the public interest

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More domestic violence cases reported
Women have now got the confidence to stand up for themselves and speak out against domestic violence.” Say’s Police Officer Rebecca Ellis.

A heart for the community
Alfred Ngaro, the first Cook Islander to enter the NZ Parliament, as a list MP for the National Party Government tells the Herald’s Ngariki Ngatae how he plans to tackle the issues affecting our people in NZ

Reporting on Convention on the Rights of the Child
Later this month, the Cook Islands Government, through the Ministry of Internal Affairs, will be making its first ever appearance before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child since acceding to the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1997

Update on Infrastructure projects in the Pa Enua
Water, waste and sanitation remain top priority for Government and the Pa Enua are no exception, says the Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning acting Secretary, Donye Numa.

Tsunami prices sinking the Cook Islands?
Rarotonga sinking under the weight of ridiculously high prices? Why are things so expensive on Rarotonga? And why are the wages still low?

Maria Tanner Spends 5 Minutes with .... Nikki Siulepa
"
The biggest thing for me is that I tried to make things happen at the very beginning,” explains Nikki Siulepa of her testing film making career to date, “I put all the eggs in one basket and it just didn’t happen.”

Understanding Low Back Pain
About 80% of people who have low back pain as a result of an injury will be fully pain free within about 6-8 weeks without any form of treatment. However many people have repeated episodes of pain getting closer and closer together and taking longer to resolve.

Work Experience
This is how the beginning of each morning goes: I wake up. I look at the clock and wonder “OMG. Is that the freakin’ time?!” I rush out of bed and hit my head on the wall in the process. I do some minor swearing.

Herald Issue 597 05 January 2012

Mix of Education, Sport and Culture will strengthen ‘Lifelong Learning’
The ADB Public Sector Review report has identified the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport as one of its four priority sectors for first stage of the public sector change programme.

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Cook Islands delegates attend Big Oceans Network conference
The count is on for the declaration of the establishment of the Cook Islands Marine Park at the Pacific Forum Leaders conference to be held in Rarotonga in August 2012.

Is 21 December 2012 the day the World ends?
As we get closer to 21 December 2012, predictions are surfacing about what is likely to happen.

Cook Islands Sandalwood
Santalum Insulare, more commonly known as ‘Polynesian Sandalwood’ or A’i/Maramia to the locals of Mitiaro, was brought to the island at the request of a persistent Rarotongan resident.

Weightlifters end year with creditable rankings
Cook Islands weightlifters, Sam Pera Jnr, Sirla Pera and Louisa Peters all performed well at the South Pacific Games in Noumea

Maria Tanner Spends 5 Minutes with .... Jordina Katu
This week The Cook Islands Herald spent five minutes getting cozy with the basketball all star Jordina Katu, who is currently here in Rarotonga for the Vano family reunion.

Te Kou Boogie Boarding Youth Club Gifted New Boards
Cook Islander ‘Sugar’ Kane Amoa is implementing ways to busy our youth.

Herald Issue 596 29 December

Public sector review report released by Opposition Office
Greater empowerment and autonomy for the Mayor and Island councils in the Pa Enua is just one of the recommendations in the ADB Consultant’s report on the Public Sector Performance Review a copy of which was made available to the Herald this week by the Office of the Leader of the Opposition.

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Samoa and the new sequence of days in 2012
Samoa’s shift to the west to align with days in New Zealand and Australia next week will also see a change in the sequence of days of the week according to the new calendar being adopted by the Seventh-day Adventist church in Samoa

Teen drowns at Wigmore’s Waterfall
Following the tragic death on Wednesday of a teenager at Wigmore’s Waterfall, Police are warning the public not to swim in creeks or streams during this period of heavy rainfall as the fast moving water and strong currents pose a serious danger.

Media Conference adopts key declaration to promote broadcasting
The Pacific Media Partnership has adopted a key declaration calling on the governments, international organisations and all stakeholders to assist and empower the broadcasters in the Pacific region to help them carry out their mandate of providing information, education and entertainment through their services to audiences.

Rough seas, wind, rain but no cyclone
Winds and heavy rain of almost storm force affected Rarotonga early Wednesday morning causing surface flooding and blowing over trees with especially banana trees suffering worst.

Cook Islands Memories
Last week, CITV began screening a four part look back at an earlier period of our history under the title of “Cook Islands Memories.”

Mita reacts to DPM Office reaction
The New Zealand based activist Bruce Mita who has mounted a crusade to educate the Ui Ariki as to their indigenous rights, has reacted calmly but firmly to a move by the office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Maria Tanner Spends 5 Minutes with ... Tracey Berg
Sitting and talking insurance wouldn’t strike most people as the best conversation ice breaker but after chatting with the charismatic Tracey Berg...

Herald Issue 595 21 December

CISNOC Board Members not resigning
In light of CISNOC’s meeting on Monday night to present members with an accurate report of its current financial position, current president Sir Geoffrey Henry has revealed that the current board members of CISNOC “will not be resigning”. The financial statement, which was released on Wednesday is a result of approximately two months work conducted by CISNOC treasurer, Dan O’Brien.

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PM’s final address of 2011
The Prime Minister Hon. Henry Puna held his final press conference of 2011. Hon. Mark Brown was also in attendance

Application for injunction against Captain Tama declined
An injunction to stop the use of Koromiri Motu by Captain Tama’s Lagoon Cruises was rejected in court on Monday. Elizabeth and Rakei Tamati filed the application to represent the interests of landowners of the sections in question, Koromiri Island 3J and 3K, Ngatangiia.

Exporting Pawpaws and Limes to New Zealand in 2012
The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) expect exports of Cook Islands pawpaws to New Zealand to commence within the first half of 2012.

Cook Islands Observer Programme achieves 750 Days in Nine Months
Since April 2011 the Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) fisheries observers have spent 750 days on board fishing vessels operating in the Cook Islands waters, recording catches. This is a record number of observing trips for the region.

Lowering of the credit rating-reading between the lines
The recent lowering of our sovereign long term credit rating by international credit rating company Standard & Poors, (S&P) was expected.

Exhibition in honor of Pa Ariki
On Tuesday, the Herald visited the exhibition at the National Museum, where various photographs and a portrait painting of Pa Tapaeru Teariki Upoko-Tini Marie (Pa Ariki) are on show.

Maria Tanner Spends 5 Minutes with ... Marama Papau
“The first time I saw myself on TV I thought Oh I’m never gona wear that top again,” laughs Marama Papau, reporter and director of Tangata Pasifika.

Herald Issue 594 14 December

Claim of ‘victimisation’ against Police Commissioner
In a court hearing last week, Police Sergeant Rangiua Tereneti Henry was acquitted of charges relating to forgery

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DNA evidence successfully fought in assault trial
A four-day trial ending on Tuesday 14 December brought by the Police against Iorama Ngataua, has gone in favour of the defence, despite DNA profiling being used by prosecution as key evidence against the accused

Foundation for Prostate Cancer awareness a welcome development
The Cook Islands may soon have its own Prostate Cancer Foundation thanks to groundwork being carried out by Doctor and former Minister for Health and Prime Minister, Sir Terepai Maoate.

Dynamic performance by Brown at Trinidad conference
Hon Minister Mark Brown and Charles Carlson Director of Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI) returned to Rarotonga on Monday morning after attending the 6th Annual Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management held in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Strong reaction by government over claims to ownership of minerals
Bruce Mita, a New Zealand Maori from Tokoroa, who has in recent years become involved in issues involving sovereignty and the traditional rights of the Ui Ariki, has again drawn stern criticism from government.

The healing powers of Max
Sally Wichman’s ulcerous lower right leg has healed. Husband Tom attributes the healing to God. He explains it this way, God gave a person the brains to produce a remedy which healed Sally.

Uniting to overcome domestic violence
The Red Cross and Rotaianga are joining forces to reduce domestic violence

Little Polynesian showcase something real polynesian on final day of KOCI forum
Pioneers within the tourism industry The Little Polynesian Resort have been paving the path of travelers to the Cook Islands for years setting the precedence of hospitality and service management in the Cook Islands and Friday morning’s familiarization event which hosted 50 international guest of the Kia Orana Cook Islands forum industry was no different.

Maria Tanner Spends 5 minutes with ... Family in Trust
Hitting the sound waves with the highly infectious beats of ‘move your body’ and scoring some huge air time with songs like ‘E Manea’, the Atiuan all boy band Family in Trust visiting from Australia are currently in the Cook Islands crossing off a massive tour line up with gigs right across Rarotonga, and the Cook Islands Herald was there backstage to see if what goes on tour, really stays on tour.

Herald Issue 593 7 December

Bigger and better ‘Kia Orana Cook Islands’ for 2011
The Kia Orana Cook Islands 2011 tourism forum opened today at the Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa. Over 70 wholesalers and key industry figures were in attendance.

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New global partnership with Africa
Promoting mutual accountability: Cooperation between Africa and the Pacific

Honorary Advisers appointed
Hon Teina Bishop Minister of Tourism, Marine Resources and Education is pleased to announce the appointment of 2 Honorary Advisers to Asia and China following his recent trip to China.

Making reforms happen
Minister Brown’s Speech on Effective Institutions and Policies presented at Busan Korea on 1 Dec.

Woman of the Month
Congratulations to Woman of the Month nominee Mrs Mereani Tangata, who throughout her years has played an active role within the community and within the schools of the Cook Islands.

‘I, George Nepia’ Claims Four Awards
Cook Islander Miria Rei George and her partner Hone Kouka are celebrating success. Their production, ‘I, George Nepia’, has won a total of four awards at the esteemed Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2011.

Buildings to be accessible to the disabled
The Cook Islands government has endorsed its report on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to be presented to the United Nations as part of its obligation since its ratification on 8 May 2009.

Only the beginning
A Black Belt does not come easily in the world of Martial Arts. For Tereora College 7th former Tania Apera, her quest for Black has been a seven year journey of hard work, perseverance and dedication.

Family in Trust Rarotonga Tour
Arriving on the Rock early Saturday morning directly from Sydney is a 15 member performing group, called the ‘Family in Trust.’

First-Time Principals Programme Graduates
The Ministry of Education held a special graduation ceremony on Monday for four Cook Island school principals.

Maria Tanner Spends 5 Minutes with ... Brooke Miller
As the pressure of the years final exams start to ease
off and the ‘summer break’ holiday mode starts to kick in schools and students across Rarotonga have been celebrating their annual prize giving event to commemorate students in their academic efforts throughout the year.

Herald Issue 592 30 November

Water supply improvement project on Rarotonga
Representatives from the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) were recently on Rarotonga to provide engineering and technical assistance to the Ministry of Infrastructure & Planning (MOIP) in the water sector.

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Reporting to the UN on persons with disabilities
The Cook Islands government has endorsed its report on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to be presented to the United Nations as part of its obligation since its ratification on 8 May 2009.

Uncertainty about the future funding of HIV in the Pacific: PIAF CEO
Funding for the HIV response in the Pacific region may reach zero before the island states can achieve UNAIDS’s goal of “Getting to Zero” by 2015.

Marking World Aids Day
O
n the 1st of December the Cook Islands will be marking World Aids Day.

By boat for the birds
When Ian Karika and Joe Briden (of NES) set sail north to conduct a survey of birds in the northern group, they did not count on the engine of their chartered fishing vessel ceasing up on arrival at Penrhyn, just the second stop on their survey.

Maria Tanner Spends 5 Minutes with .... Josh Baker
This week we caught up with media guru and horror film fanatic Josh Baker, the latest addition to the Pitt Media Group.

Herald Issue 591 23 November

Review report recommends just 8 government Ministries
Right now, over 16 percent of the country’s workers hold a government job.i f government implements the recommendations of the PSC review just completed, it will see the biggest changes to the public service as we know it, since 1996.

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Woman of The Month
Cngratulations to our Woman of the Month Mrs Mii Quarter.

14 year old document set to produce economic results
It has been 14 years since then Cook Islands High Commissioner to NZ, Iaveta Short, on behalf of the Cook Islands government, signed the One China Policy document with China.

Climate change documentary screening preludes COP17
The latest UN Climate Change Conference (COP17) is set to kick off next week on Monday 28 November and will see many Cook Island delegates travelling to take part in the high level negotiations.

Marine Water Quality and Public Health Issues
The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) is the lead government agency for monitoring the quality of our marine waters. Since 2005, the MMR has been regularly monitoring water samples collected in the lagoon and streams. In Rarotonga

Exhibition honours Oe Vaka once again
The Art Studio has once again turned it on for the annual Vaka Eiva festival of paddling. This year’s ‘Oe Vaka’ exhibition is the sixth edition of the annual event.

A Memorable Year
Cook Islands scholar Sally Hosking looks back on her first year of Architecture at Auckland University.

Workshop for Creative Writers
Wednesday marks the first day of a two-day creative writing workshop hosted by USP.

Herald Issue 590 16 November

Winnie Laban visits the Cook Islands
Former Labour MP and Minister of Pacific Island Affairs for New Zealand, Associate Professor Hon. Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, is visiting the Cook Islands in her current role as Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) for Victoria University of Wellington

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Tourism, it’s growing, maturing, developing
It’s a sign the industry is maturing.” This was the view of Tourist Corporation’s senior Marketing personnel Karla Eggelton and Metua Vaiimene following last Friday evening’s Air NZ Tourism Awards event.

Cabinet approval for one million dollar China grant for pearl farming equipment
Tuesday 15 November – Minister of Marine Resources and Pearls the Hon Teina Bishop has received the support of Cabinet to utilise one million dollars from the Chinese grant funds to purchase floats and ropes to stimulate pearl production in Manihiki.

Cook Islands sourced tuna to be processed and labelled by Taiwan cannery
Taiwan – Minister of Marine Resources Teina Bishop has come away from a visit to Taiwan with an agreement by Yuh Yow fishing company to process some of the Cook Islands albacore through their Taiwan based cannery as Cook Islands Golden Tuna label.

BCA show marks 10 years of contemporary art development
On Tuesday evening, Minister for Tourism and Education, Hon Teina Bishop was invited by the Beachcomber Contemporary Art (BCA) Gallery to open the group show “Metamorphis” marking 10 years of the development of contemporary art in the Cook Islands. It was also the Beachcomber’s 63rd art project.

1 in 10 Cook Islanders Gripped by Diabetes
Monday 14 November marked international Diabetes day and to raise awareness in the Cook Islands

Maria Tanner spends 5 Minutes with .... Kylie Herman
At times I envy people who revel in delight telling me about the ways they spend their 9 to 5. All too often I have seen enthusiasm and excitement light their eyes...

The Other Side of Paradise
Talented group “The Other Side of Paradise” stopped by the Cook Islands Herald on Tuesday to give us a sneak preview of their much anticipated performance this Friday.

Thursday’s Fight Night cancelled, International reps named
The big Fight Night set for Thursday at the Tupapa Youth Centre has been cancelled.

Herald Issue 589 10 November

Danger posed by climate change, alarming
At a speech in Noumea, Prime Minister Hon Henry Puna told delegates the danger imposed by climate change on the Cook Islands was alarming.

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Vote fails, Board stays, for now…
And it is always a privilege, whether you like it or not, to witness first hand, the mastery of an experienced statesman at work-Sir Geoffrey Henry Former Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and now Speaker of the House.

Building awareness about deep sea mining
After taking over my role as Minister for Minerals and Natural Resources, there still remained a lack of good DSM information in the community, at all levels, on what the previous government had done and this government intends to do in the DSM sector now and in the future.

Renewable Energy - Solar Panels. Are they “Set and Forget”?
A
ll around the island we are seeing solar panels on roofs, generating electricity for the occupants. With no moving parts, they look as if they’ll need no attention for years.

Economy not moving, locals look to government intervention
Everyone has a view on the economy and how it’s performing.
Government’s quarterly financial report for the quarter ending September 2011 which was released last week by the Minister for Finance Hon Mark Brown may be a snapshot of government performance but it does not accurately reflect how society itself is coping in the current economy.

National men’s paddling squad counting down
As Vaka Eiva draws near, visit Avarua Wharf on any afternoon and you will see the different crews hitting the ocean for training

Eyes of Rarotonga
Eyes of Rarotonga” is the latest addition to the retail complex at CITC.

Herald Issue 588 2 November

Towards greater transparency
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) today announced the release of the first quarterly financial report of the Cook Islands government.

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Giving locals a chance
The draft Investment Code proposes a better future for locals in the face of foreign investors.

A bio gas expert heading this way
Austrian biomass expert Dr Richard Zweiller is visiting Atiu and Rarotonga this week to assess the potential to produce biomass energy to meet the electricity needs of both islands.

The Silk Road of Rarotonga
Saturday afternoon saw lovers of art, textile and colour visit the Silk Road – in Arorangi that is! ‘Silk Road’ is an exhibition currently showing at local gallery

Gosselin sisters new summer sound
With a formidable 20 years of experience collectively, and 30 solo and collaborative projects between them, the Gosselin sisters are no strangers to the music industry. But this summer Melissa, Engara and Marion Gosselin plan to release their first ever album together.

Harbour safety during cyclones
It is important during a cyclone that owners of marine vessels in the harbour are acutely aware of emergency procedures as determined by the Ports Authority and harbour master, prior to the actual event happening.

Wordsmith Harawira visits Rarotonga
Tihei Harawira, son of controversial political figure Hone Harawira, is a freestyler (an MC who raps improvised verses whilst still maintaining poetic and rhythmic flow) and photographer whose experiences have helped to shape him into a talented and colourful character.

Remedial massage with Teuvira Upokotea
Therapeutic or relaxation are some of the words most commonly associated with massage, remedial is something different altogether.

Herald Issue 587 27 October

HERALD EXCLUSIVE: Minister’s trip to strengthen bi-lateral relations with China
Acting Minister of Marine Resources Teariki Heather has confirmed that Minister Bishop’s visit to China is all part of the Cook Islands Governments approach to maintaining and strengthening its bi-lateral relationship with the People’s Republic of China PRC following the Prime Ministers own recent successful visit in September.

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Workshop to prepare for cyclone season
Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI) under the Office of the Prime Minister is hosting a Disaster Management Workshop for national ministries, department, agencies, Red Cross personnel, outer island representatives and community disaster risk management (DRM) committee members this week in Rarotonga

Prepare for cyclone season Minisrty of Infrastructure and Planning
Cyclone is approaching with November to April the official cyclone season in the Cook Islands. The message from the disaster management team of EMCI, Airport Authority, Outer Islands Adminstrations, Met Office, MOH, MOIP, Police and Red Cross is: “Be prepared and preparations should start now”.

5 Minutes With..... Ladi6
It probably helps that I have one floating around In my bag at all times and after getting chatty with Ladi6 I thought it only appropriate.....

A step in the right direction
Behind the scenes the Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) has been busy working closely with the Manihiki Island Council to reissue pearl farm permits. Resident MMR biologist Georgia Langdon has been meeting one on one with pearl farmers to renegotiate lagoon farming boundaries draft farm permits for the Island Council to approve.

Puaikura Aronga Mana sign Jetty MOU
On Tuesday the 25th of October a memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Aronga Mana of Puaikura and the government regarding the proposed Jetty to be built near Arorangi Primary School for cruise ships.

Ura Shares her Story
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and one inspirational Cook Islander, Ura Tangaroa, is sharing her story with the people of the Cook Islands.

A Foundation for awareness
Behind many of the advances we have seen in this country with awareness, screening and diagnosis of breast cancer, is the Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation (CIBCF).

Pearl Authority Anticipates Mini-Auction Success
The sales resulting from this week’s ‘pearl mini- auction’, run by the Cook Islands Pearl Authority, should give an indication as to the success of the Pearl Authority’s scheme, the Pearl Exchange.

Herald Issue 586 19 October 2011

When there are other names
A young Cook Islands woman, born in Omoka, Penrhyn arrived from Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday evening to be told at the airport by Immigration staff her passport should have been stamped with a stamp saying she is a Cook Islander.

Pearl Authority consults with Fonterra director
With New Zealand Aid injecting approximately $3million into the Pearl Authority over the next three years, New Zealand High commissioner to the Cook Islands John Carter, in partnership with the Cook Islands Pearl Authority, invited Greg Gent to come and advise the Cook Islands Pearl Authority on the best plan going forward to utilise the funds effectively.

Cook Islanders attend meeting in Korea
Cook Islanders Louisa Karika, Tavake Manuel-Karika and Nanette Woonton are among a number of Pacific island delegates are currently in Changwon, Korea to attend the high level segment of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

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New playground at Avatea School
On Tuesday morning Avatea School celebrated the opening of their newly constructed playground.

Ensuring safety in shipping
The following is the keynote address by the Minister for Transpor Hon Tom Marsters at the opening of the National Workshop on the implementation of the voluntary IMO members state audit scheme (VIMSAS) held from 10-14 Oct.

Autism awareness and education
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is not widely known about here in the Cook Islands, however many Cook Islanders deal with it on a daily basis, with approximately 18 children who have been diagnosed with autism living in Rarotonga, and many more undiagnosed cases both on Rarotonga and in the outer islands, according to secretary for Autism Cook Islands, Gloria Rarere. Autism Cook Islands is a community-based organisation formed to provide support for families living with family members who have been diagnosed with autism. Rarere described the organisation as “mainly a support group for parents, but if we need to assist people out there in the community who don’t understand how to work with a child with autism, we go out and provide some assistance with that.”

5th World Summit on Arts and Culture – Creative Intersections and the Global Movement to Preserve and Promote Arts and Culture
The 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture was hosted earlier this month between 3 – 6 October at the Melbourne Exhibition Convention Centre. Addressing the theme of “Creative Intersections”, the 3-4 day summit brought together cultural leaders, experts and practitioners from the arts, culture, education, health and business sectors from around the world.

Aitutaki cyclone reconstruction officially completed as of October 2011
The final phase of the Aitutaki cyclone reconstruction programme was finalized as of 14 October 2011 and the epic road to recovery from Cyclone Pat in February 2010 is now complete.

Herald Issue 585 12 October 2011

Government maintains silence on commitment to Polynesian Union
On the eve of the Pacific Leaders Forum meeting in Auckland, NZ, the Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi invited the leaders of Polynesian nations (Cook Islands, Niue, Tuvalu, Tonga, Samoa) to a private meeting at the City Life Hotel to discuss the forming of a Polynesian group.

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From their reef to our table
Sam has a plan to trap reef fish in the northern group for the table of fish lovers in Rarotonga.

Busy November for renewable projects
Te Aponga Uira will pick up the pace in the progression toward renewable energy objectives next month with three separate programmes entering key phases of development. As such, November is shaping up to be busy month of scheduled planning and implementation.

Ministry mobilises to address drought in the North
While several Pacific Island countries continue to receive international aid and assistance as a result of the latest La Niña weather pattern causing severe drought, the northern group of the Cook Islands continues to struggle with their own water shortage issues.

Community meeting to hear about WATSAN pilot scheme
The community meeting hosted by the Muri Environment Care group attracted about 40 people to hear more about the recently launched Waste, Waste Management Initiative (WMI) funded by New Zealand and Australia. The programme is run by the Water and Sanitation Unit known as WATSAN under the auspices of Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning The scheme also incorporates the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) project funded by Global Environment Fund (GEF) and European Union which funded a study to determine the extent of the problem in the area.

Large legislative drafting programme underway
Prime Minister Hon Henry Puna said today that Government had a large legislative drafting programme underway with the assistance of Australia’s Attorney General’s Pacific Unit and the New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Pacific Desk.

Mire Tama includes young males
This year the Cook Islands National Auditorium will not be hosting the Miss Tiare pageant but instead a new gender mixed pageant, which is a “Youth Talent and Personal Development Quest” the “Mire Tama”. The Herald talked to Ministry for Cultural Development Secretary Sonny Williams about the new competition hitting the rock on Thursday the 13th of October.

Herald Issue 584 05 October 2011

Time to make a stand against Japanese whaling
When in Tokyo once, Nan Hauser asked a Japanese woman why Japan killed whales. The woman replied, “Life is about suffering so why should we worry about the whales suffering when we suffer all the time.”

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Power to the people
A bold proposal for an alternative source of energy is put to the people of Murienua

Learning more about the dangers of Mercury
On the 26th of September, the National Environment Service Director, Vaioti Tupa, represented the Cook Islands at a three day forum in Japan as part of a negotiation group in the Asia Pacific Region on the chemical mercury.

Where are the fish?
In his keynote address at the opening of the international workshop on Climate and Oceanic Fisheries at the Edgewater Resort & Spa on Monday, DPM Hon Tom Marsters told delegates the absence of fish was a sad and disturbing reality, a local disaster.

WATSAN Moving Ahead with Muri Sanitation Upgrade
This week, Muri and Avana residents in Ngatangiia have been receiving hand delivered letters from the Water, Waste and Sanitation (WATSAN) Unit of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning and The Ministry of Health regarding site inspections that are set to commence this Thursday, 6th of October.

Te Aponga Uira Clarifies Netmetering
The “news” item that headlined in Saturday’s, 1 October 2011, Cook Islands News paper, has so many inaccuracies that a point-by-point rebuttal seems pointless.

Our answer to the Olympics
The Manea Games is the country’s answer to the Olympics, which is an 11-day festival of sport. The games have been running every four years and its island against island.

Couch. Pause. Engage.
Jessie and Madeilene Sword talk to the Cook Islands Herald about their journey with the Round Raro Race.

Herald Issue 583 28 September 2011

We want your input
The annual budget of any Government demonstrates how it will translate its policy goals into action. A final budget is the result of contributions made by many people and organisations with the ultimate aim of maximising what can be achieved from a finite pool of resources.

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Looking into the future
Where we want to be as a nation by 2020

Public input into Budget breaks new ground
In October, the public will get a chance to comment on the draft Budget for 2012-2013.

First family in medicine
If all the three Noovao children who followed their father into medicine returned home to Rarotonga, the Cook Islands would be blessed not just with three surgical specialists, but six. That’s because the Noovao children all married, yes, Doctors who are specialists in their surgical fields.

A tireless dedication
Dr Noovao steps down and sideways into private practice

Helping others to kick the smoking habit
On Monday the week long Smoking Cessation workshop began at the Parekura Conference Centre facilitated by NZ Heart Foundation worker Brenda Jovis and Cook Island Public Health Heart Promotion worker Maena Kaere.

Ana Tiraa to head new Climate Change Office
The person who will head the new Climate Change division with the Office of the Prime Minister has been identified as Ana Tiraa

Huge disappointment at cancellation of test match
At the Prime Minister’s luncheon reception on Wednesday for the Rugby League players who came for the big, highly anticipated match up between the NZ Kiwi league team and a Kuki team scheduled for 6 October, Kevin Iro announced his enormous disappointment at the cancellation of the “Test match.”

Cook Islands TCU opens
On Wednesday the 28th of September, the Cook Islands National Police Department opened up their first Transnational Crime Unit Department Office.

Herald Issue 582 21 September 2011

Travel abuse complaint gets broadened to include spouses
The Pitt Media Group’s complaint over the abusive travel overseas by Cabinet Ministers has been broadened, says Director Trevor Pitt. The complaint now seeks review of the entire previous financial year’s spending, and the provisions under the Civil List Act 2005 and Remuneration Tribunal Order 2009.

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Visit by Pacific Forum Line Commercial Manager
The Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Tom Marsters, as Transport Minister, met recently with regional shipping company, PACIFIC FORUM LINE (PFL), Commercial Manager, Mr. John Pearson.

Helping our Pacific neighbours
Local consultant Chris Manu is better known as Vice President of the local Amateur Boxing Association and for being the key driver behind the successful and popular monthly boxing events at the Tupapa Youth centre.

Upgrade has a woman’s touch
Katie Sherning is a young civil engineer from Beca Construction in Auckland, New Zealand.

Forbidden City
Wonder why’ a most popular tourist attraction in the entire world’ would be called the ‘Forbidden City’?

Government dragging its feet on top appointments
Government is keeping its mouth shut over the appointment of a Director of Audit despite open talk of the three-person shortlist that’s gone to Cabinet.

Herald Issue 581 14 September 2011

Rattle to Chair International Red Cross Conference
Niki Rattle, Secretary of The Red Cross Cook Islands is heading over to the Federation office in Geneva this Thursday to prepare herself for their biggest meeting this November, The International Conference of The Red Cross Red Crescent which is held every 4 years.

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PM briefing on Forum outcomes
Following Cabinet on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Hon Henry Puna briefed the media on a number of issues including the outcomes from the Pacific Leaders Forum in Auckland which were relevant to the Cook Islands and the now publicly sensitive issue of Minister’s travel and the costs of that travel.

Positive outcomes for Cook Islands at Pacific Leaders Forum
On Tuesday the Prime Minister, Hon Henry Puna released the following information on the outcomes from the Pacific Leaders Forum held in Auckland last week.

Report Back on Marine Resources Bilateral Meetings at Pacific Islands Forum
The Cook Islands delegation led by Hon Minister Bishop met with the Spanish Ambassador to Australia and the Spanish Ambassador to New Zealand at the recent Pacific Islands Forum held in New Zealand.

Pacific NCD crisis
An epidemic of chronic lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart failure and cancer is undermining economic development and has placed the region in ‘an NCD crisis’, Pacific Islands Forum leaders have declared.

Government slack in responding to media concerns over travel
The Government has failed to respond to media concerns over the level of overseas trips and costs of travel to the taxpayers despite the holding of a “special meeting” of the Cabinet today to discuss the subject.

Herald Issue 580 07 September 2011

PM endorses ocean conservation
The following is the text for Prime Minister Henry Puna’s speech at the Pacific Oceanscape event to be held in Auckland on Wednesday evening

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PM speech blunders?
Prime Minister Hon Henry Puna may have unintentionally made several questionable statements in the speech given in Auckland at the Pacific Islands Investment Summit panel discussion on Energy at 1.40pm, on Tuesday 6 September 2011.

NGO at the Forum
The Cook Islands Government may be the only delegation at the Forum that has NGO representative on their delegation.

Encouraging investment growth at the Pacific Summit
Whilst showcasing opportunities in the Cook Islands, Prime Minister Hon Henry Puna said an investment summit at the Pacific Islands Forum provided a timely reminder to stay focused on addressing issues that affect business and investment growth particularly in relation to the key economic drivers - tourism, fisheries and energy.

NES and Tereora College working together to spread awareness on invasive species
RAROTONGA, SEPTEMBER 5, 2011: The National Environment Service (NES), in conjunction with Tereora College Vocation students will be carry out awareness raising activities in Ruaau, Arorangi from the 6-8 September 2011. The programme is an initiative between the Biodiversity Conservation Unit of NES and the college. The programme aims to raise the profile of invasive species in the community and identify the roles the community can play in controlling invasive species. This programme will complement eradication efforts currently underway on Mauke.

Pacific lacks baseline data on gender impacts of climate change
The lack of baseline data on the gender impacts of climate change and greater need for donor coordination in the region are two of the many gap issues identified in a recent planning workshop on gender and climate change held in Bangkok late last month.

Herald Issue 579 31 August 2011

Minister Brown to speak at special session on Pacific Leadership
Monday 5 September Finance Minister Hon Mark Brown will be a speaker at the session organized by the “Lowy Institute for International Policy” based in Sydney.

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Closing the gaps
Pacific Trade and Fisheries Ministers seek flexibility in closing the gaps between their aspirations for access to European markets and Europe’s gatekeepers.

18 head for Pacific Leaders Forum
Cook Islands participation at the Pacific Islands Leaders Forum. An important national undertaking.

Our tuna for ourselves
Minister Bishop promotes potential of Tuna production for export & local consumption

How government lost $1.2million
As if to illustrate that leakage does not only occur with water pipes, a report tabled in parliament (Paper No 31) at the last session, by the Minister for the Audit Office states that poor decisions by senior public servants resulted in a loss of taxation revenue to government of more than $1.244 million from 2006 to 2009.

Running risksZumba training hits the Cook Islands for the first time
For the first time, a Zumba® Fitness Basic 1 Instructor Training session will take place in the Cook Islands on Saturday September 17 providing the first locally-based opportunity to become a licensed Zumba® Instructor.

Police Chiefs meet
The 40th Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP) Annual Conference was held in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) from 23 - 25 August 2011. The conference brought together Police Chiefs from around the Pacific to discuss strategies that will ensure technologies, training standards, policing and support projects are focused and prioritised to provide safer and more secure environments for the communities in the Pacific.

Herald Issue 578 24 August 2011

Audit Office investigations
The Audit Office has completed 2 special review reports and these will be presented and tabled by the Minister of PERCA and the Audit Office, Hon Mark Brown to Parliament.

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Agenda set for 2011 Pacific Leaders Forum
The Cook Islands Government will discuss progress on its strategic renewable energy policy at the Pacific Leaders Forum being held next week from 6-9 September in Auckland New Zealand

Trip may herald closer ties with Tahiti
The recent trip to Tahiti by Cook Islands growers to study developments by Tahitians in agriculture had its beginnings some two years ago when some local growers asked about going to Tahiti as a potential place to see what they were doing due to the similarity in climate

Oe Vaka community farewells South Pacific Games squad
Sunday morning saw the Cook Islands South Pacific Games canoeing squad join the entire team Cook Islands South Pacific Games contingent to attend a special church service hosted by the Avarua Assembly of God church

Cabinet approves purchase of four new replacement electricity generators for Manihiki
Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to purchase four replacement electricity generators for Manihiki citing decisions made last year by the previous Government and Manihiki Island’s administration as costly and irresponsible.

Herald Issue 577 17 August 2011

Cook Islands and the Netherlands establish Diplomatic Relations
The Cook Islands and the Kingdom of the Netherlands this month established diplomatic relations through an exchange of notes by the respective Foreign Ministries.

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Fact information sheet - 15% withholding tax in interest
As from 1 September 2011 a withholding tax of 15 per cent will be imposed on interest paid by the Banks.

Manihiki lagoon murky for last two months
For the past two months the lagoon in Manihiki has been murky and it’s got major black pearl farmer Rangi Mitaera-Johnson and her husband Matai worried.

China a concern for our black pearl industry
The man heading the Cook Islands Pearl Authority-CIPA-George Ellis says our back pearl producers have good reason to be concerned at the progress being made by China with production of their black pearls.

Scenes from the Koutu Nui 2011 AGM
Newly elected Maine Akaterau of the Koutu Nui, Turi Mataiapo Maria Henderson caused quite a sensation at the AGM as the first ever outer islands member to become president.

Recruitment drive - Reo Karangaranga e Reo Kapikianga mei te Ipukarea
The need for qualified and experienced teachers and educational personnel to fill vacancies in secondary schools and in the MOE main office has been an ongoing challenge for many years.

Whales continue to surprise New Findings Mystify Whale Researcher
The Cook Islands whale season is underway and so far, Nan Hauser from Cook Islands Whale Research has reported 35 sightings.

Herald Issue 576 10 August 2011

Public watchdog among ministry overspends for 2010/2011
The Audit Office is among a handful of Government departments, which have overspent their appropriations from last financial year.

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Unit Titles curtail the loss of our land Tepaki on Unit Titles
On Wednesday the Herald asked developer Tim Tepaki for an update on the sale of the Manuia Beach, Castaway Beach and Lagoon Lodges hotels.

The Moringa could be Mauke’s miracle
Hugh Graham is not rushing things in his quest to establish an industry on Mauke based around the Moringa Tree.

32 on agriculture fact finding trip to Tahiti
32 local growers plus government officials including Minister for Agriculture Hon Nandi Glassie and Secretary for Agriculture Anthony Brown are departing for Tahiti on Thursday morning on a fact finding trip.

New works at the Art Gallery
Local artists, Ian and Kay George’s gallery, the Art Gallery, in Arorangi continues its tradition of offering quality fine arts

All three Pacific Resort Hotel Group properties finalists in the 2011 HM Awards
P acific Resort Hotel Group properties; Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Pacific Resort Rarotonga and Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa have all been named as a Finalists in the 2011 HM Awards for Hotel & Accommodation Excellence.

Herald Issue 575 03 August 2011

The fast ferry is coming-Tahitians approve joint venture
The ferry will be operated by “Tuanua Pacific Cruises (Cook Islands)” a joint venture company comprising the Tahitian ferry operators and local entrepreneurs Tim Tepaki and Tutu Ina.

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Tourism Corporation behind the scenes of Te Maeva Nui
On Tuesday morning the Herald visited and spoke with Metua Vaiimene of Tourism Corporation about their involvement with Te Maeva Nui.

Herald Issue 574 27 July 2011

Marsters, Bishop off to PNG meeting
A high level government delegation is to attend the Joint Pacific ACP States Fisheries and Trade Ministers Meeting in Port Moresby from 8-9 August 2011.

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Tepaki considering his options
On the face of it, property developer Tim Tepaki appears to be between a rock and a hard place. However, the embattled and besieged developer remains upbeat and as he puts it, “poised for a major comeback”

Photos of offenders sent to Businesses/Hotels
The rising number of thefts especially those involving tourists may have prompted Police to be proactive and recently provide businesses and Hotels with photographs of young persons Police consider to be a high risk.

Art Signs of Community, Homeland
Something big is going down at Club Bana in the Banana Court on Thursday at 6pm sharp.

Herald Issue 573 20 July 2011

Government to pull plug on PR announcement in Samoa?
Government’s handling of a planned PR announcement must have the Samoan government wondering about the lines of communication within the Cook Islands bureaucracy.

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Work begins on Red Cross National Headquarters
The construction of the Cook Islands Red Cross National Headquarter started on Monday following the signing of the contract last Friday 15th July, between Land Holding Ltd the “contractor” and Donye Numa, (Acting Secretary – Ministry of Infrastructure) on behalf of the Government.

A Big Deal for Joan
On Monday evening, a large crowd turned out to the opening night of well known local artist Joan Gragg’s exhibition at the BCA Gallery in Taputapuatea.

Herald Issue 572 13 July 2011

Budget a dream breaker for Mangaian agriculture
The Opposition urges a Board be set up to direct agriculture’s recovery

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Tsunami drill a wake up call…
A Tsunami will destroy everything in its way. I watched in awe the scenes televised from Japan on March 11, 2011.

Herald Issue 571 06 July 2011

Chinese business people to visit, seek investment opportunities
A group of high powered business people from New Zealand are visiting several Pacific countries and are due to arrive in Rarotonga on Thursday morning.

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Budget highlights you may find hard to swallow
Budget highlights

Cook Islands hosts regional ‘writeshop’
The visionary electricity targets for the Cook Islands of 50% renewable energy by 2015 and 100% by 2020 makes the island nation an ideal host for a project proposal ‘writeshop’ this week.

China Market Development for Avaiki Pearls
During the 14th to the 20th of June, at the request of Wuzhou International Group Investment Co. Ltd, George Ellis [Chief Executive Officer of the Pearl Authorities, CIPA], Raymond Newnham [Director, Ora Moana Ltd] and Jackie Tuara[ Moana Gems] flew to China and visited Wuxi an old city in the Jiangsu province, to converse and search the probability of marketing Avaiki and Jewelry pearls in China.

Manihiki Diary
By Rangi Mitaera Johnson

Herald Issue 570 29 June 2011

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Taskforce report a tsunami of actions
The final report of the Economic Taskforce presents government with a problem. That is, how to handle the more than 200 recommendations, many of which have been rated priority 1.

Commercial mining of nodules eight years from now
Advances in deep sea mining technology permitting, we will start earning money from our nodules in 2021 or sooner

Women the powerhouse of the nation
On Monday afternoon the high level delegation from the Asia Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors was hosted by the President of the Cook Islands National Council of Women (CINCW), Vaine Wichman and leading members of affiliated women’s organizations and Non Government Organisations (NGOs) at CINCW headquarters in Takuvaine.

Manihiki diary
By Rangi Mitaera

Herald Issue 569 22 June 2011

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Public service review behind schedule
The Cook Islands Public Service looks likely to experience a major upheaval the likes of which have not been seen since 1996.

Major decisions await government after final Economic Taskforce Report released
The final draft may be out, but that could just be the start of a very complex process to follow

Atiu the next big thing
Carmel Beattie talks about Atiu and its attractions.

Herald Issue 568 15 June 2011

$800,000 needed to complete Atiu Hostel
Two major fund raising proposals are being considered to raise funds to go towards the completion of the Atiu Hostel.

Upgrade of Manihiki’s two harbours the priority
Last Tuesday Minister for Infrastructure Teariki Heather travelled to Manihiki on a two day trip to have a look at all the government assets such as machinery, the two harbours, airport, power station, water system and to also hold discussions with the Mayor and Councillors, Manihiki Island Administration and all government workers.

From India to Niue
Community drives renewable energy project

Captain Tama’s wins Tripadvisor “Certificate of Excellence -May 2011”
The National Museum held its Preview of the “Cook Islands In Stone” exhibition on Tuesday evening.

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Herald Issue 567 08 June 2011

Mix-up forces PM to flip-flop
The Director of Audit Paul Allsworth has reportedly received an extension to his term of office in a dramatic turn of events, which started off with a dismissal and threat of police investigation.

Pukapuka by-election may still end up a lot closer
The preliminary result of the Pukapuka by-election on Tuesday was announced after 7pm. While CIP candidate Tekii Lazaro has a commanding lead, the result is by no means conclusive and it would be unwise to start celebrating.

New disaster fund promises early response in emergencies
Last month government established a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Fund the purpose of which is to enable an immediate response once a state of emergency or a disaster is activated by the Prime Minister.

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Herald Issue 566 01 June 2011

Mauke water may be subject to user pays
In a probable first for the Cook Islands, user pays is poised to come to Mauke households and businesses for water. Ngateina Rani of the Ministry for Infrastructure advised the Herald on Wednesday morning that all users of water on Mauke will be metered.

Eco-friendly, classic sailing
Tropicbird Sailing has been launched as a new sailing cruise business from Avatiu Wharf, opposite the CITC main supermarket to the west of Avarua.

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Ancient Sacred Stone last shown 23 years ago
The National Museum held its Preview of the “Cook Islands In Stone” exhibition on Tuesday evening.

Fitness Revolution – Hand in Hand for Healthy Eating and Living
Following Cabinet on Tuesday, Prime Minister Hon Henry Puna held a media conference in the Cabinet room.

Herald Issue 565 25 May 2011

To tip or not to tip?
Has the time come to allow tourists to tip locals for service rendered?

Accused get bail – name suppression expires
The identities of all those accused in the high profile drug bust just over two weeks ago have now been made public

Media welcomes early briefing by PM
Following Cabinet on Tuesday, Prime Minister Hon Henry Puna held a media conference in the Cabinet room.

Israeli Ambassador impressed with Cook Islands
Stunning and a beautiful garden of Eden” was how Ambassador Shemi Tzur described his first experience to the Cook Islands after presenting his credentials to His Excellency the Queen’s Representative at Government House on Monday.

Associate Ministers Appointed
The Prime Minister announced today the appointment of three Associate Ministers to assist with the current workload of Ministers.

Woman of the Month of May
Congratulations to Gail Townsend as Woman of the month.

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Herald Issue 564 18 May 2011

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Te Karere
News Briefs in Cook Islands Maori

Marine Park concept deferred a third time
On Tuesday the Cabinet deferred the submission on the Marine Park concept for a third time.

How a Budget surplus became a deficit
On 10 May Cabinet received some rather startling news. Deficits were popping out of the wood work.

Firemen honoured for outstanding service
At a special function on Monday evening at the Palace of Tinomana Ariki in Arorangi, Certificates of Appreciation were presented to two senior Firemen attached to the Puaikura Volunteer Fire Brigade, Rex Cooper and Barry Hill for outstanding service over the past 10 years.

A night of entertainment for Japan
On Saturday 21 May, the Staircase Restaurant is to hold a Japan Night Earthquake Appeal for the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Raising baby turtles in Mitiaro
The island’s Marine Officer designate Mr Maara Teuira has retrieved about 175 baby turtles in the event that they don’t survive after giving birth and disappear in the wide blue Mitiaro ocean. He noticed the turtle’s eggs in the white sand and decided to monitor them to the stage where they came out of the shell.

Herald Issue 563 11 May 2011

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Norman appears before Privileges Committee
Atiu MP Norman George appeared before the Parliamentary Privileges Committee this morning, facing the body that was set up to look into whether he showed contempt by not showing up for the Parliamentary sitting on February 18.

USP Vice Chancellor meets Education Minister
Minister of Education Teina Bishop said it was a privilege to meet with Vice Chancellor Professor and President Rajesh Chandra of the University of the South Pacific who yesterday afternoon paid a courtesy call to his office on the eve of the commencement of the 72nd Session of the USP Council Meeting being held in the Cook Islands.

Punanga Tauturu to visit Atiu
Punanga Tauturu (Cook Islands Womens Counselling Centre) will be visiting Atiu from the 12th to 18th May as part of its Outer Islands visit programme. Director Kairangi Samuela told the Herald on Tuesday the objectives of the visit are two –fold.

Fight night back on
Boxers will be back in action at the Banana Court on Thursday 19 May and the action kicks off at 7pm.

Happy 60th Diamond Wedding Anniversary to Mr & Mrs Metuaone Tou of Mitiaro
During an interview with papa Metuaone Tou of Mitiaro he stated that he started dating this beautiful Atiuan Tutai Pavai in 1947.

Back in business
The art gallery at the Club Bana Bistro has re-opened

Herald Issue 562 04 May 2011

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Student exchange scheme proposed
Government is proposing an initiative to facilitate economic growth firstly in Aitutaki and later Atiu.

New committee related to warfare to hold first meeting
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is coordinating the first meeting of a new government committee that stems from international obligations and conventions related to warfare

Mystery visitor awesome, scary
“I will show wonders in the heavens..” Joel chapter 2 verse 3

Cost overrun and delays affected Mangaia harbour project
According to the report done by the Audit Office on the review of the tender and management process for the Mangaia Harbour Reconstruction Project, the contract was awarded to Pa Reu Machinery Ltd (PRML), a company owned by MP Winton Pickering and his wife, because the most important factor in awarding the contract was the price.

Flaws dogged Mangaia harbour project
Serious anomalies in handling of this major project were similar to “Toagate” say Audit Office

A bright future in solar
Tino is currently doing a course in Solar Energy Technology and Application at the Solar Energy Centre in Gurgaon.

The Kay and Ian show
The recent art exhibition at Ian and Kay George’s art gallery, “The Art Studio,” in Arorangi was significant in that it marked the first occasion both artists have exhibited together.

Temptation – the biggest test
Kia Orana again, and yes we’re still on the nutritional program if that’s what you’re thinking! Quite frankly I actually do think that we can stick it out because of the teamwork involved and the support we offer each other.

E-waste day report reccomendations
Government’s report on e-waste day which was held on 08 December 2010 has been released and for readers information we bring the reccomendations and conclusions from that report.

Herald Issue 561 27 April 2011

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Cook Islands first Pacific nation to receive assistance from Clinton Foundation
The Cook Islands is set to become the first Pacific nation to receive the services of the Clinton Foundation.

Complaint laid with BTIB against Telecom Cook Islands
On 21 April William Framhein of Mervin Communications laid a complaint with BTIB against Telecom Cook Islands. Briefly the complaint is that Telecom was not registered to operate in the Cook Islands. The letter of Complaint to BTIB is set out below.

High Court orders Tepaki to pay $33,000 costs
During the session on Culture and the Creative Industries, at the National Economic Summit at the National Auditorium last Tuesday, Secretary for Cultural Development Sonny Williams announced the formulation of a Traditional Knowledge Policy.

Page missing from Audit report released
The special review report by the Audit Office into the agreement for the issuance of 16 fishing licenses to the Northern Cook Islands Fishing Company (NCIFC) Ltd was tabled in parliament at the last session in April.

Maria magic
Nestled in a cozy little corner of the Punanga Nui Market, there lies a unique hut. In that particular hut masterpieces of artwork are produced by the highly accomplished artist Maria File.

Pavai and Terangi Tavivo Family 2011 re-union over Easter
What a way to spend Easter this year when the 7 Uanga of the Pavai and Terangi Tavivo families got together in Wellington for a three day family re-union held at the Maraeroa Marae in Porirua, Wellington.

A taste of Cooks
A Taste of Cooks is a five part series made for television which will be on air on CITV Tuesday night at 7:30pm. This program was made possible by the combined efforts of Shona Pitt and Julie Taripo-Shedden with Shona as the presenter and Julie filming the footage.

The Art of Tivaevae
Down at the Punanga Nui Market, there is a group of ladies who have taken the art of sewing tivaevae to the max.

The charismatic quartet
If ever there was a need to purchase a classy item of clothing with a local punch there’s only one place that can guarantee you’ll get it.

FACEBOOK-future ov dah yungah generators
Okay. Here’s what it’s like for an average mapu. The first chance you get, you attack that computer, and log on one of the world’s most used sites.

PMG News tackle nutritional program
Kia Orana all, this is one of many weekly articles to feature in the Cook Islands Herald and is a diary put together by four well really now three of us that have taken the initiative to burn the kilo’s under Nathan and Lani – the nutritionist coaches at Top Fitness (formerly Top Shape).

Herald Issue 608 21 March
- Terms of one China Policy document should be reviewed
- Pacific Media Assistance Scheme Seeks Innovation
- Successful NZ visit by PM
- Rerekura Teaurere New Climate Change Coordinator
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