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Captain Moko hooks win in net event

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Captain Moko hooks win in net event

- Captain Moko, aka Steven Kavana, reeled in the big one at the two-day The Computer Man sponsored golf tournament played at the Rarotonga Golf Club over the last two weekends. Kavana, notoriously known for his fishing skills on the water, added to his bag of tricks by capturing the The Computer Man golf title on count back from three other players who finished on the same 134 net score
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He’s back - with more support

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He’s back - with more support

- Predictions of a tight race in RAPPA proved incorrect as preliminary counting gave Nicholas (CIP) 316 votes, his closest rival Teina Rongo (Democrat) 163 and the independent John Henry received 24 votes. There were four informal ballot papers and at least 60 special votes are still to be counted. When he won the seat for the Democrats in 2014 Nicholas only had a 36-vote margin
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Cook Islands creates huge Pacific Ocean reserve

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Cook Islands creates huge Pacific Ocean reserve

- WELLINGTON (AFP) - The Cook Islands has created one of the world's largest marine sanctuaries, protecting a vast swathe of the Pacific Ocean more than three times the size of France. Legislation setting up the 1.9 million square kilometre (735,000 square mile) reserve passed through the tiny nation's parliament late Thursday (July 13). Environmentalist Kevin Iro, who first proposed the idea more than five years ago, said it was a landmark achievement that would help preserve the ocean for future generations
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‘Peoples’ Budget’ passes muster

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‘Peoples’ Budget’ passes muster

- The “Peoples’ Budget”, with its social focus on families with children and people on lower levels of income, has been passed into law. This follows an almost unprecedented 15-day sitting of the Cook Islands parliament. In winding up the robust debate on the Cook Islands Government Budget Appropriation Bill for 2017/18, sparks flew again between the Minister of Finance Mark Brown and shadow finance minister James Beer, following Beer’s claim that the allocation of funds distributed by the government to Cook Islands Christian Church was “disgraceful”
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Cooks' church says govt 'grant' was debt payment

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Cooks' church says govt 'grant' was debt payment

- The Cook Islands Christian Church says the more than half a million dollars it has been awarded in the latest Budget is to clear an outstanding debt owed by the government. The government had characterised the money as a grant to help construct and refurbish the church's training facility at the Takamoa Theological centre. But the church's legal representative, Iaveta Short, said the money was owed for overdue rental on its property at Te Puka
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Cooks government's church funding decried

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Cooks government's church funding decried

- The Cook Islands opposition has described the government decision to give funds to the biggest church as disgraceful. The opposition's finance spokesperson James Beer said gifting more than half a million dollars to the Cook Islands Christian Church is wasteful spending of tax payer dollars. He said this also raised the question of which church should get money and which one shouldn't
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NZ leader comes bearing gifts

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NZ leader comes bearing gifts

- Bill English announced New Zealand support for a number of infrastructure projects as well as promising his government – if re-elected, would look at the issue of superannuation portability for Cook Islanders. At a mid-morning press conference, English said New Zealand is committing $15 million to go towards the Manatua submarine cable that will connect Samoa, French Polynesia, Rarotonga and Aitutaki, giving those islands a faster internet service
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When things go bump in the night

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When things go bump in the night

- During a stormy night on Sunday the Lady Moana copped a pounding from not only the weather – but a barge that broke free from its moorings. The metal barge repeatedly smashed into the Lady Moana while winds gusted up to 56 km/h. The bow of the Taio Shipping vessel was badly scraped with scores of impact hits on its blue painted hull
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Kiwi PM to visit Just Play in Tupapa

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Kiwi PM to visit Just Play in Tupapa

- The prime minister of New Zealand Bill English will visit Just Play’s Village Festival programme on Tuesday next week at Victoria Park in Tupapa from 2.30pm to 4pm. An open invitation for all children aged 5 to 13-years-old to join the festival for an afternoon of fun-filled sporting activities with football, cricket, athletics, rugby, badminton, gymnastics and netball, along with those important key messages on healthy lifestyle choices
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Imanuela invests new prefects

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Imanuela invests new prefects

- The investiture brought together a crowd of parents, family members and friends who witnessed the announcement of the seven new prefects. School principal Rebecca Aitchison-Gill said she was excited to give the prefects the opportunity to help lead the school. “These are the students who will represent the school, have designated responsibilities, and mentor the younger children and other seniors to also be leaders amongst their peers,” she said
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Young sailors shine in NZ comp

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Young sailors shine in NZ comp

- Eight youngsters from Rarotonga Sailing Club travelled to Algies Bay, Auckland, last month to take part in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Team Racing Championships. This year the event was the biggest ever and attracted 36 teams from colleges all over New Zealand. The team from Rarotonga Sailing Club finished second in the Silver Fleet and placed 13th out of the 36 teams
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Man hurt in town road crash

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Man hurt in town road crash

- The incident occurred near the Empire Theatre shortly after 10am. Witnesses said a red car pulled out on to the main road into the path of an elderly man on his motorcycle who was also heading towards town. It was said the sound of a motorcycle’s horn was heard prior to the man colliding with the car. He was thrown over the centre line, to the opposite side of the road
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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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  • Captain Moko hooks win in net event
    Captain Moko hooks win in net event

    , cookislandsnews.com

    Captain Moko, aka Steven Kavana, reeled in the big one at the two-day The Computer Man sponsored golf tournament played at the Rarotonga Golf Club over the last two weekends. Kavana, notoriously known for his fishing skills on the water, added to his bag of tricks by capturing the The Computer Man golf title on count back from three other players who finished on the same 134 net score
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Politics & Government

  • Another day of  ‘no-show’
    Another day of ‘no-show’

    , cookislandsnews.com

    Speaker Niki Rattle opened the day’s session, reminding government MPs that when they joined parliament and took their seats, they had also taken an oath of allegiance. Rattle said she was very concerned with the clear “unparliamentary” conduct and abuse of funds by outer island MPs - the opposition members who had failed to attend parliament for the second day. “These members of parliament are summoned by the Queens Representative
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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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Health

  • Cook Islands Health Ministry says lack of doctors not a risk to outer islands
    Cook Islands Health Ministry says lack of doctors not a risk to outer islands

    , radionz.co.nz

    The Cook Islands Health Ministry says people on the outer islands are not at greater risk because they don't have resident doctors. But Health Secretary Elizabeth Iro says most of the outer islands don't have doctors. She said they're being well cared for by nurses and nurse practitioners with support from specialists on Rarotonga. "What we've actually done last year is really look to see what would be a minimum
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Society & Culture

  • Red Cross ‘vision’ launched in style
    Red Cross ‘vision’ launched in style

    , cookislandsnews.com

    Held at the Nautilus Resort in Muri, it was the perfect way for the humanitarian society team to thank their donors and supporters who enjoyed a night of live entertainment by local and international talents. Tahitian singer Andy Tupaia created a sensual atmosphere that had guests swaying gracefully on the dance floor led by Queens Representative Tom Marsters and his beautiful wife Tuaine. Stunning cultural performances by the Cook Islands
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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

  • Thieves target night market vendor
    Thieves target night market vendor

    , cookislandsnews.com

    A Muri night market vendor has been left disappointed after thieves broke into his stall and stole some of his vital cooking utensils. Ray Roumanu, who runs the well-known Ray’s Hut, suffered a loss of about $500 from the robbery late last week. It is the second time his stall has been targeted – the last time, someone walked away with a filled gas bottle, leaving behind an empty one.
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    Tags: Crimes |  Theft |  Thieves | 
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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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