Rapper Tom Francis’ musical career looked like it was over when he was convicted of a ‘king hit’ on an innocent man sitting in his parked car. Now, he is rebuilding his life in Cook Islands. Jonathan Milne and Astrid Austin report.
Beauty pageants aren’t for everyone, says the winner of Miss Cook Islands New Zealand. But for all the stress, the personal rewards are enormous. Article by Melina Etches and photos by Gerardus Verspeek.
As the seven contestants prepare for next month’s Miss Cook Islands pageant, the first woman to wear the tiara has some advice for this year’s contestants: be natural. Melina Etches meets our 1960 beauty queen.
The top three ambitions on Eva Parker’s list are to graduate as a lawyer, to work in an international organisation and to travel the world.
Sixty-two years, and nobody ever told him.
Dr Ranginui Fariu was genuinely surprised to learn he had featured in a Tereora College school photo published in the first existing edition of Cook Islands News, in 1957 shortly after the paper first launched.