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National newspaper of the Cook Islands
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Inspirational young leaders throughout the Commonwealth, including the Cook Islands, are being offered a life-changing opportunity by Her Majesty The Queen.

The training, mentoring and networking programme runs for four years and 60 awards will be allocated each year, said NZ High Commissioner Joanna Kempkers.

“This would be an amazing and potentially life-changing opportunity for a young Cook Islander.”

#thesearchison   #queenelizabeth  

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Students from the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute have picked up medals at the New Zealand Culinary Fare in Auckland.

Riana Cuthers-Boxhoorn earned a silver medal for the 'front of house' category, with Ngametua Tariu and Mii Kauvai-Tuaputa taking home the bronze medal for the 'culinary arts' portion of the competition.

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Toddler falls from moving truck

An unrestrained toddler opened the door of a travelling vehicle and fell onto the road last Friday, prompting a stern warning to the public from police. 

“The point in this incident is the toddler was not restrained in a child car seat. There have been many incidents where guardians or parents have toddlers standing on the passenger seat unrestrained,” said Inspector John Hosking.


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Boxing: New gear, new attitude

“Last time I was here the cage was full of old boxing gloves and I thought, we’ve got to do something about this!"

Regular visitor to the Cooks AJ Smith has organised new gear for the young athletes at the Mongoose gym to enjoy.

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Cast and crew of a new BBC drama series set in the Cook Islands will start arriving in Rarotonga next month for a six-week shoot. 

A number of locals will also be employed as extras and to build sets.

#filmmaking   #bbc  

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"Island time is watching the whales pass by the reef on the way to school ... listening to the band while waiting for food at the night market... stopping to buy a nu from the kid under the umbrella." 

This letter writer has plenty of praise for a slower pace of life in the Cook Islands. 


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Swift action by local retailer Prime Foods prevented a salmonella outbreak in the United States from reaching the Cook Islands.

The affected product – approximately 72 kilograms of frozen chicken drumsticks – was destroyed after receiving a warning from the American supplier about possible salmonella contamination.

The warning was received before the chicken landed on the wharf, and on arrival it was immediately located, isolated, and destroyed – well before making it to the supermarket.


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Sevens final ends in brawl

A violent end to Saturday’s Constitution Sevens overshadowed an otherwise impressive day of rugby sevens in Muri.

The all-in brawl, which escalated off the field and into the spectator's area, occurred in the dying minutes of the Avatiu Eels and Takuvaine Reds grand final match.

Chairs were used as weapons and flung into the group of substitute players, water boys and children, who found themselves sucked into the fight that caught many of those on the sideline off-guard.

#rugbysevens   #cookislands  

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Traditional voyagers were welcomed to Rarotonga yesterday.

Those aboard Hawaiian canoes Hōkūle'a and Hikianalia, as well as the escort vaka Faafaite from Tahiti, were greeted by the sound of Cook Islands drums and a traditional chant.

#cookislands   #hawaii   #vaka  

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Stunning costumes and elegant dancing graced the Te Maeva Nui stage this week.

Performances are set to intensify through to the final night of shows on Friday.

#cookislands   #temaevanui   #culture  
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