Anneka Brown

Anneka Brown

The good news is that Cook Islands reefs are healthier than many around the world. The bad news is we have a lot of work to do to maintain them. Anneka Brown reports.

Hard times in housing

Saturday November 23, 2019

Tough decisions for owners: To chase the quick buck or invest longterm?

Even in the tourism industry, there is a growing realisation that short-term rentals must not price locals out of the rentals market – after all, Cook Islanders are the heart and soul of Cook Islands tourism. Anneka Brown investigates.

Sabine Janneck is turning plastic refuse into fashionable bags, and turning those bags into art. Anneka Brown meets her ahead of her exhibition opening.

Serena Hunter is one of Cook Islands’ most respected paddlers – and now, it’s a family affair. Anneka Brown meets her down at Avarua Harbour.

The challenge of the quick-change

Friday November 22, 2019

Uha Reuther started paddling six months ago with Ngakau toa – now she is ready to compete in Vaka Eiva in the U16 division.

The vet clinic’s resident canine Sonny might tag along with Te Are Manu’s vets for the fundraising Boiler Swim, they joke.

Vaka Eiva 2019 boasts the return of a youth competition after three years. Anneka Brown spends the afternoon with one of the local teams getting ready for the competition off Nikao beach.

How to not flip your vaka

Friday November 22, 2019

Cook Islands paddlers are hoping for ‘pumping and rough’ waters to put on a spectacle for all the spectators. 

Love sparkles across the waves

Friday November 22, 2019

There’s a reason Oe Vaka is so significant for local paddler Tupuna Amo – it’s where he met the love of his life, Emilene Taulu.

So, who is Alan then?

Friday November 22, 2019

Their name may stick in your throat – but Cook Islanders will embrace the heartfelt passion behind this visiting international vaka crew.

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