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In the Cook Islands, Rakuraku School on Rakahanga recently held a wearable arts competition to bring Rakahanga’s waste issue to light, by reusing, reducing and recycling.

A total of 19 students participated in the event that involved students creating wearable pieces made out of a range of different waste materials such as aluminium cans, pig feed sacks, cardboard material and two-minute noodle packets.

A custom-built runway made of painted plastic panels was laid on the beach front of Rakuraku School with a podium stage that was lined with plastic bottles.

Rakahanga located in the northern Cook Islands has a current population of around 78 people.

Waste collected is disposed of in a large dug out community hole located in Numahanga. Two previous pits have already been covered in Hunters Corner and Kuta.

E-waste collected is stored and then exported off the island back to the capital Rarotonga to be dismantled and to then be sold for parts.

Waste disposal in the outer islands, particularly plastic, is still an area that needs attention, as majority of waste produced is either buried or burnt.    


Students get handy on sun-shelter

Friday October 05, 2018

The Level 3 Building and Construction students put together a proposal for the school and are now into the building of the fan-shaped design, to offer additional seating and shade space for the school’s students to enjoy.

The Education ministry yesterday received 11 cartons of basic reading and writing material from the Rotaract Club of Dunedin.

It was an exciting moment for more than 50 Early Childhood Education and Grade 1 students from St Joseph School when they visited the Cook Islands Fire Station at the Rarotonga International Airport yesterday.

A group of students from Tokoroa High School is currently in the Cook Islands to help further their study of our language.

Almost ready to open

Monday October 01, 2018

The children at Imanuela Akatemia Christian School in Ngatangiia are exercising great amounts of self-control, as they wait for their brand new playground to be finished and made safe.

Pyjama day at Blackrock Preschool

Monday October 01, 2018

Recently children and staff from Blackrock Preschool came in their pyjamas.  It was part of a fun day “to add a bit of variety and excitement to our week.

Winner’s tale about a true super hero

Saturday September 29, 2018

Following on from the recent Literacy Week run by the Ministry of Education, we are going to be publishing some of the winning entries from the creative writing competition over the next few weeka. The theme for this year’s competition was “Cook Islands Heroes”.

Te Uki Ou gets the app ‘appening

Friday September 28, 2018

Continuing to improve communication was the biggest reason behind Apii Te Uki Ou creating a new phone application (app).

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