Among all the frustration from talking heads and press panels over the ongoing focus by journalists on the refugee question at this week’s Forum meeting in Nauru, it was New Zealand’s deputy prime minister Winston Peters who made the most of his moment.

Umu a hands-on experience

Friday September 07, 2018

It was all hands on deck and no-one was idle, or even wanted to be, when an umu was laid at Sunshine Mata George’s premises on Monday.

It was the “unreal” experience of reading an early morning email that brought Tracie Percival the good news that she had won Apii Te Uki Ou’s 2017 Win a Trip to Raro prize.

Jet puts social media in overdrive

Friday September 07, 2018

The sight of an unfamiliar, white and green aircraft at Rarotonga International Airport earlier this week had the coconut wireless and social media humming.

Six months on, still no word on Ponia

Friday September 07, 2018

Despite two reported deadlines for the completion of the investigation into suspended Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) secretary Ben Ponia having already passed, it seems Public Service Commissioner Russell Thomas is still unable to comment on Ponia’s current situation or his future as MMR secretary.

Irinaki event proves a winner

Wednesday September 05, 2018

The Purpose Project and Internal Affairs, hosted a highly successful gala charity evening and motivational dinner at Moana Sands Lagoon Resort’s new Laguna Restaurant on Saturday night.

French “wwoofers” (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) Baptiste Castaner and Lucie Willemot are in Rarotonga doing volunteer work at Oasis Hydroponics in Tupapa, for two months as part of their world travels.

Drowning victim well regarded

Tuesday September 04, 2018

The Taiwanese national who drowned while kayaking in the lagoon at Atiutaki has been named.

French volunteer helps SPCA

Monday September 03, 2018

SPCA volunteer Gaelle Pion did not know what SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals) stood for when she saw the notice at a backpacker she was staying at in Rarotonga.

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