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Attack on cow brings warning on dog problem

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Attack on cow brings warning on dog problem

- Three roaming dogs attacked a tethered cow near the taro patches on the airport end of Tongatai Rd on Sunday evening. The dogs, which had run along Putua Rd, saw the cow and raced off on to the swampland to attack it. At least two of the attacking dogs did not have collars. The cow ran from them, but was stopped by the tether it wore

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Apii Nikao rebuild starts at last

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Apii Nikao rebuild starts at last

- After four years of negotiations, commitments and perseverance, funding for the school rebuild was confirmed in October last year as a grant from the government of the People’s Republic of China. The grant agreement stipulated that the Chinese government would choose a Chinese design company and a contractor for the rebuild. In 2015, Apii Nikao was formed through the merging of Avatea Primary School and Nikao Maori School after an arson attack burnt school classrooms down in 2013

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Shocked reaction to low police wages

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Shocked reaction to low police wages

- Commissioner Maara Tetava last week told the Parliament Public Accounts Committee that low police salaries could be among the reasons for the high number of officers leaving the service. Since July 2016, 18 staff have quit. A police constable’s salary is $14,000 a year and Tetava says by raising that figure to $20,000 – and boosting the salary scales after that – would be a “decent increase”

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Culture pleads for more funds

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Culture pleads for more funds

- Turua appeared before the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee this week and pleaded for more money to be made available. He told surprised committee members that while Culture was supposed to get $193,000 a year to run the National Museum, the National Archive and the Library, as well as events, it actually received very little money from government. The money the ministry earns through events is taken from the amount allocated to its budget

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Tetava saddened by loss of six officers

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Tetava saddened by loss of six officers

- Two officers have taken early retirement and are working in other government departments, while four have resigned for various reasons ranging from taking up jobs in the private sector, overseas tertiary studies and for personal reasons. Tetava says: “When experienced staff leave any organisation, it is always difficult to immediately replace them, however, I am confident we can still achieve the objectives of government and more importantly, provide excellent service to the community

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Police clarify licence fee hike

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Police clarify licence fee hike

- He says the rises have nothing to do with increasing police revenue. And he says the fee increase was not introduced to recoup costs the department incurred in reimbursing confiscated money that went missing while under their custody in 2012. He was responding to questions raised by the Public Accounts Committee deputy chairman James Beer at the Parliament last week. Beer asked if the increase in the motorbike driver’s license fee from $20 to $90 for tourists and $100 for Rarotonga residents following the amendment of the Transport Bill last year, was to recover the money the police had used to reimburse a local businessman

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Iro content with performance despite loss

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Iro content with performance despite loss

- Cook Islands rugby league coach Tony Iro is content with the performance of the national side despite the 22-32 loss to Papua New Guinea Kumuls in the Pacific Rugby League Test on Friday in Sydney. The national side came back from behind to level the sore 12-all at the break, but was unable to maintain the momentum in the latter stage of the match

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Autism month ends with a celebration

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Autism month ends with a celebration

- Autism Cook Islands’ “Light it Up Blue” family event, brought to close a month-long awareness campaign that aimed to develop a better understanding of autism in the Cook Islands. The bright and lively affair, which took place at the Auditorium, was initially scheduled for April 28, but bad weather postponed the event and a new venue was arranged. The family event was jam-packed with games and activities, including a wheelbarrow race, a “three leg and two eye race”, and the popular children’s game, Pie Face

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Injured in late night fight

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Injured in late night fight

- A local man says if he and a friend had not intervened in a late-night assault on a tourist then he believes the visitor “could have been beaten to death”. “In my opinion, it was that bad.” Police are investigating the incident in which three males allegedly assaulted the two local men with a crowbar at Raro Fried Chicken at around midnight on Monday

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Tags: Crimes |  Assault | 
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Golden Oldies festival starts at The Swamp

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Golden Oldies festival starts at The Swamp

- The biennial sporting event started with an official opening ceremony at Punanga Nui Market followed by a march by the participating teams to the Avatiu Sports Club. The festival which is based on ‘Fun, Friendship and Fraternity’, features nine teams from Australia, New Zealand, Rarotonga, Mangaia and Aitutaki. The international teams include Bears & Old Goats, Bundaberg (Australia), Glenfield Grizzlies (New Zealand), Coffs Harbour Gropers (Australia) and Stokes Valley Gangsters (New Zealand)

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Eye surgeon’s offloaded bag here just in time

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Eye surgeon’s offloaded bag here just in time

- A Kiwi eye surgeon, who jetted into Rarotonga over the weekend minus his surgical gear, has started conducting operations on local patients. Doctor Paul Rosser’s bag containing all his surgery equipment was off-loaded from the Jetstar flight bound for Rarotonga, in Auckland on Friday. The surgery which began yesterday at the Rarotonga Hospital looked in jeopardy until the airline rectified their blunder and delivered the bag on time

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Raro resident conquers massive wave

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Raro resident conquers massive wave

- Representing Morocco where he was born, professional body boarder Gamez competed in the main event without having to go through trials, thanks to his ranking. Taking on the massive wall of water scored him 9.5 out of 10 and it was later revealed that the wave was the biggest recorded during a body boarding event in Tahiti in the last two years

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Handball contest all set to be epic

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Handball contest all set to be epic

- The stage is set for an epic battle in the International Handball Federation (IHF) U17 Oceania Beach Handball Trophy 2017 which starts today in Nikao. The three-day tournament which will be held at the National Beach Volleyball Courts will feature the Cook Islands, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Kiribati in the boys’ and girls’ divisions. Handball Cook Islands president Makiroa Mitchell-John said they were all set to host the tournament, which will end on Friday

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School principals discuss pastoral care

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School principals discuss pastoral care

- Ministry of Education secretary Gail Townsend said this year’s conference was focused on pastoral care for school students. Last year, the conference was centred on teacher development and this year the format of the conference was altered slightly for a different subject. “This is not so much the academic wellbeing of students, but their emotional, physical, cultural and spiritual well-being. It is all the things that happen outside the delivery of the curriculum” Townsend said

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Huge crowd marks ANZAC Day

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Huge crowd marks ANZAC Day

- During wars the half-light of dawn was one of the most favoured times for an attack; however yesterday morning, men, women, and children all emerged from their homes to remember Cook Island soldiers who served in wartime. The early morning service drew the largest crowd, estimated to be about 1000 seen in living memory, uniting people from Rarotonga, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom

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Weather puts dampener on BDO

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Weather puts dampener on BDO

- Saturday’s damp and unpredictable weather meant around 500 people fewer than last year attended this year’s Beach Day out on Saturday afternoon. The event’s organiser, Lincoln Mail, said the small crowd meant he had ended up out of pocket and food sales had been poor, but he was prepared to take it on the chin. “You’ve got to just roll with the punches

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  • School principals discuss pastoral care
    School principals discuss pastoral care

    , cookislandsnews.com

    Ministry of Education secretary Gail Townsend said this year’s conference was focused on pastoral care for school students. Last year, the conference was centred on teacher development and this year the format of the conference was altered slightly for a different subject. “This is not so much the academic wellbeing of students, but their emotional, physical, cultural and spiritual well-being. It is all the things that happen outside the delivery of the curriculum” Townsend said

    Categories: Education | 
    Tags: Students | 
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Sports

  • Kukis ready for the test
    Kukis ready for the test

    , cookislandsnews.com

    The side was unable to secure the release of their top National Rugby League (NRL) players after their request was declined by the leading rugby league competition body earlier this week. Cook Islands Rugby League Association had to resort to most of their second-best options in a bid to put together a team for the match, which will kick off at 7pm. “If we had been told from the start

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Business

  • Bigger jet boost for tourist markets
    Bigger jet boost for tourist markets

    , cookislandsnews.com

    Cook Islands Tourism Corporation’s efforts to diversify source markets in North America and Europe have received a timely boost following the announcement of increased capacity on direct services between Rarotonga and Los Angeles. Air New Zealand has announced that from December 2, it will replace its Boeing 767-300 aircraft with a larger Boeing 777-200ER operation on the route. This will increase seating capacity by 36 per cent, potentially allowing more

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Society & Culture

  • Horror crash shatters pair’s lives
    Horror crash shatters pair’s lives

    , cookislandsnews.com

    As Florida Hosking Pori and her daughter Courtney waited patiently on a motorbike at a Matavera side road for traffic to pass, an oncoming speeding car smashed head-on into them – their bike ending up crushed under the front of the vehicle. Both mother and daughter suffered severe injuries to their right legs - which took the force of the oncoming car - and the victims were dragged about six metres before ending up crumpled and broken on to the road

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Education

  • Aiming to make a difference
    Aiming to make a difference

    , cookislandsnews.com

    Eight student leaders and 16 school councillors have decided they will make a difference to their school, Tereora College, this year. Leadership positions involve responsibility and the student leaders of Tereora College say their duty is to contribute to the school with the aim of enhancing the persona of the national college. Deputy head boy Tamarua Marsters said their role as leaders includes setting a positive and influential standard for pupils

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Law & Crime

  • Injured in late night fight
    Injured in late night fight

    , cookislandsnews.com

    A local man says if he and a friend had not intervened in a late-night assault on a tourist then he believes the visitor “could have been beaten to death”. “In my opinion, it was that bad.” Police are investigating the incident in which three males allegedly assaulted the two local men with a crowbar at Raro Fried Chicken at around midnight on Monday

    Categories: Law & Crime | 
    Tags: Crimes |  Assault | 
    Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Cook Islands | 

Science & Nature

  • Power of prayer keeps cyclones away, says RAC head
    Power of prayer keeps cyclones away, says RAC head

    , cookislandsnews.com

    Since the Religious Advisory Council’s thanksgiving services began back in 2005, there have been no major problems with tropical cyclones on Rarotonga, says RAC chairman Tevai Matapo. He’s pointing to the power of prayer and thankfulness as having helped keep the island safe from dangerous storms since that time. It was a series of five cyclones within five weeks from February to early March 2005 that first prompted the idea of thanksgiving services, held at the National Auditorium before and after the cyclone season, which runs from November to April

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