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PM blames Demos for pension tax issue The prime minister has implied the pension tax debacle is the fault of the previous government for not informing pensioners they have to pay tax. The failure by the previous Democratic government in handling tax matters and not fully informing the public about taxation rules is nothing short of “shoddy” and a “disgrace”, prime minister henry puna said in a statement. “i’m not talking about the principles supporting tax reform, i’m talking about process and implementation, and the fact that the former Democratic party government failed in its duty to consult with the people

on matters that directly affected them, especially our elderly.” A taxing rights agreement, which applies to New Zealand pension collectors, was signed with New Zealand on July 9, 2009 – but this was not the subject of public consultation or awareness campaigns, said puna. “A simple speech in the cabinet room doesn’t cut it. This was a mammoth failure to consult and inform. The management of process was shoddy and the outcomes a complete disgrace.” Government records show cabinet approved the signing of a Tax information exchange Agreement (TieA) with New

Zealand on June 26, 2009. The submission of the TieA was accompanied by a supplementary agreement covering taxing rights of individuals. A memorandum of Understanding on costs liability for tax information requests was also approved for signing. These tax arrangements were entered into during the time the Cooks was facing international pressure from the Organisation of economic Co-voperation and Development (OeCD) for offshore inancial jurisdictions to become more transparent and effectively exchange of information. The prime minister’s office

suggests pensioners were ignored in the broader scope of the OeCD pressure on offshore jurisdictions. in his statement, puna said the Democratic party administration neglected its duty to inform stakeholders of the implications of the TieA. “The portability of NZ pensions to the Cook islands was allowed in late 1999 and the 2009 taxing rights provisions allowed the taxing of these pensioners in either the Cook islands or NZ. “Nearly four years later, the public is still coming to terms with how this applies to Cook islanders.”

however, puna said his government would make sure people are not “punished unfairly” by tax. In the Cook Islands the irst $10,000 of income in a year is tax free and anything between $10,001 and $30,000 is taxed at 25 per cent. pensioners recently got a letter from the tax department telling them they must pay tax – many did not know they had to – and backdated it to 2010. The government is consulting with stakeholders on how to move forward with the pension tax and will irm up a position with the inance ministry. - Calida Smylie

Prime Minister Henry Puna thinks the Demos should have done a better job of informing pensioners they need to pay tax when they were in power. 13021426

Water Paw paw partnership intakes all low WATer intakes are low all around rarotonga, and people are urged to conserve water. Water Works officer Adrian Teotahi said the northern and eastern sides of rarotonga have experienced low pressure for the last three weeks but as of this week, the shortage has affected all intakes on rarotonga – with some intakes as low as 37 per cent. The National institute of Water and Atmospheric research (NiWA) has predicted normal to below-normal rainfall for may, and the public is advised to conserve water. households are asked to use laundry water for gardening and car washing, and to limit their laundry use where possible. Growers are requested to limit their watering in the plantations to early hours of the morning and late in the evening and asked not leave water taps running unattended. people who notice leaking pipes should contact the Water Works division of the ministry of infrastructure and planning on 20321. - Briar Douglas

AGriCUlTUre minister Nandi

Glassie, secretary Dr mat purea and Associate minister Kiriau Turepu inspected grower Tauei

Solomon’s paw paw plantation yesterday. They examined the soil quality and neatly ploughed rows

of the plantation, which holds 1200 young trees. Solomon is one of 10 growers selected by the ministry of Agriculture to

put all their efforts into growing the best quality paw paw. The ministry hopes this will become the top export for the


Cook islands. - Calida Smylie

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worldNeWS nuti no TeiA Nei AO Frozen ingers cost company A court has ined a New Zealand ish processing company $16,000 after two of its employees sufered frostbite while unloading ish from a vessel. Maritime New Zealand said the employees were required to move ish from holds illed with water that was minus 17 degrees Celsius. It says while both men had been given gloves they had torn on fish spikes, exposing their hands to the freezing water. One man was hospitalised for two-and-a-half weeks and still has not regained the use of the ingers on his right hand. Maritime New Zealand spokesperson Michael Flyger says the sentence sends a message to other companies.

President praises gay star

Jason Collins overwhelmed by positive reaction to his honesty WAlThAm – NBA player Jason Collins – who became the irst gay man to come out while playing in one of America’s major professional leagues – said he has been startled by the positive reaction. “its incredible, you just try to live an honest genuine life and the next thing you know, you’ve got the president calling you,’’ he said. Collins said president Barack Obama had been encouraging in the telephone conversation. “he was incredibly supportive and said he was proud of me and said this not only affected my life but others going for-

world BrieFS ANOTHER BOMB ATTACK IN DAMASCUS SYRIA – At least 13 people have been killed and many more injured by a powerful explosion in Syria’s capital, Damascus, state media and activists say. A bomb is believed to have been detonated in a square in the central district of Marjeh. civilians and security personnel are among the dead. Sporadic gunire was heard in the area after the blast. On Monday, Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi survived a car bomb attack, which had targeted his convoy in the capital. It is not yet clear what the target of the attack was or who was behind it, however it highlights that people in the centre of Damascus are no longer safe, correspondents say.

OUTRAGE OVER MANDELA PHOTOGRAPHS SOUTH AFRIcA – A video of a frail looking Nelson Mandela surrounded by President Jacob Zuma and other oicials has prompted outrage in South Africa. In the footage, Mandela, 94, sits in a chair at his Johannesburg home, barely moving and never smiling as leaders from the governing African National congress arranged themselves for a photo opportunity. cNN reports the ANc and the South African Broadcasting corporation have been accused of parading Mr Mandela for their own beneit.

FORMER LEADER BANNED FROM ELECTIONS PAKISTAN – A court in Pakistan has imposed a lifetime election ban on former military ruler Pervez Musharraf who is under house arrest. The High court in Peshawar made the ruling after dismissing an appeal by General Musharraf against an earlier disqualiication to contest parliamentary elections in May. It said he had forfeited the right to stand because he sacked and detained judges while president and twice breached the terms of the constitution. Musharraf returned last month from self imposed exile to contest elections to be held on May 11.

WARNING ON WHEAT BAG FIRES AUSTRALIA – A coroner in New South Wales says more warnings are needed about the dangers of heated wheat bags, after a spate of house ires and the death of an elderly woman. AAP reports there were 31 ires caused by wheat bags in NSW, injuring 11 people and killing one woman in the two years to December 2012. Of the reported wheat-bag ires, 26 occurred while they were being microwaved. Margaret Rae, 80, of caringbah, died from smoke inhalation after a wheat bag in her bed ignited on 10 September, 2011. Experts have recommended a total ban on the bags.

ward,” Collins said. Asked about the scale of reaction to his decision to come out, Collins said, “That’s kind of mind-boggling. i never set out to be the irst.” “i’m ready to raise my hand but, you know, you still look around like, ‘OK, come on guys.’ “it’s time for someone else in the room to raise their hand and say, ‘You know what? Yeah, so big deal. i can still play basketball. i can still help the team win, and that’s what’s most important’,” he added. The basketball superstar, 34, revealed his sexuality in an article published by Sports illustrated on monday and said he was glad that he was now ‘out’. “ i know that i, right now, am the happiest that i’ve ever been in my life,” he said. “A huge weight has been lifted. i’ve already been out to my family and my friends, but just to, you know, sort of rip the Band-Aid off and come out on my own terms.” Collins is currently a free agent after spending last season with the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards but said he expects future team-mates to welcome him. “From my teammates i am expecting support because that is what i would do for my teammates. The team is like a family and the NBA is like a brotherhood and i am looking at it that we will all support each other on and off the court,” he said. Asked about what advice he would give to a young gay man hoping to make it in the NBA, Collins said he should focus on the game. “it doesn’t matter that you are gay but the key thing is – its about basketball. its about working hard, its about sacriicing for your team,” he said. Collins believes he could well be the irst of several gay players in top sports to come out. - VOA

President Barack obama has expressed his support for basketball player Jason Collins after Collins became the irst male athlete in a professional sports league to come out publicly as gay. AFP

Female DNA found on bomb rhODe iSlAND – Federal investigators have reportedly collected genetic samples from the home of the in-laws of one of the suspected Boston marathon bombers. FBi agents spent monday visiting the rhode island home of the parents of Katherine russell, the widow of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev. investigators have allegedly found female genetic information, DNA, on a fragment of at least one of the bombs used in the April 15 attacks. russell has been living at her parents’s home with her young daughter since her husband was killed in a shootout with police three days after the bombings.

her attorney says she is cooperating fully with the investigation. in a related development, a federal judge has appointed a prominent criminal defense attorney to help defend the other suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, Tamerlan’s brother. California-based Judy Clarke has represented clients in similar high-profile federal cases involving the death penalty. Clarke has defended such clients as Ted Kaczynski, the so-called “Unabomber,” and Atlanta Olympics bomber eric rudolph. Both men are also serving life sentences in prison. meanwhile, the lawyer representing the family of a man

linked to the Tsarnaev brothers says his client is co-operating with investigators. Attorney richard Nicholson spoke to reporters monday outside a home in rhode island, south of Boston that belongs to the family of mikhail Allakhverdov, who has been identiied in many news reports as “misha.” relatives have accused misha of radicalising Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers. But US media reports say no evidence has been found that Allakhverdov had any connection to the Boston marathon bombing. - VOA

Bombing site attracts visitors BOSTON – One tourist wanted

to eat at a restaurant as close to the Boston Marathon inish line as possible. Other well-wishers made a point of buying shoes at the running store just a few steps away from a bomb blast site. With their dining and shopping dollars, throngs of visitors

to Boston’s Boylston Street are helping small businesses recover quickly from millions of dollars in losses after the Boston marathon bombing attacks on April 15. “The support has been incredible,” said Colin peddie, owner of marathon Sports, of the customers who have looded

his running goods store close to the racecourse finish – and the site of the irst of two blasts that killed three people and injured 264. “it’s for all the wrong reasons, but for now when someone comes to Boston they want to take that walk down Boylston Street,” a shopowner said. - AP

'Who're you calling rare?'

KIWIS CAN’T SERVE IN AUSSIE ARMY AUSTRALIA – New Zealanders wanting to join the Australian Defence Force are being turned away, while Australia instead recruits soldiers from Britain, the United States and Europe. An apparent hole in the Defence Instructions is preventing New Zealanders living in Australia from serving their adopted country, but other soldiers recruited from overseas are ofered a fast-track to citizenship. Former New Zealand soldier Duncan Sandilands is now ighting to change the rules ahead of the 100-year anniversary of Anzac day in 2015. There are nearly 650,000 New Zealanders living in Australia.

BALLOON CRASH PILOT’S BODY FOUND PERU – Peruvian oicials say a body found in the ocean is that of the pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed on Sunday. Five passengers are recovering in hospital after clinging to debris in the Paciic for more than eight hours, but one other is still missing. Oicials said they will press charges against the balloon’s operator, Globos Peru SAc, as it was unregistered and not licensed for commercial lights.

Today’s Daily Bread All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.

Matthew 7:21-29 read: read: Matthew 22:34-40

Text: Matthew Text:7:26 Verse 40

A rare white lion cub poses for the media at the zoo in Pont-Scorf, western France. Three lion cubs, two males and a female, which were born in February were shown to the public for the irst time last week. The last white lion was seen in the wild in 1994. AFP


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Huge tangi underway Thousands will pay tribute to MP Parekura Horomia


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But that is no more than what is expected of an electorate mp. parekura horomia commanded much wider respect for his considered contributions to policy at the highest level. Joining the Department of labour as an overseer of work schemes, he was soon brought into its corporate office and rose to general manager of its community employment group before he entered parliament in 1999. Within a year he became minister of maori Affairs in helen Clark’s Government. When he spoke, always quietly, people listened. like many quiet people he did not make much impact in parliament, or at least not one that could be heard from the galleries. pundits often predicted his demotion from the front bench but as labour’s most respected maori he survived. his eight years as a minister were some of the hardest anyone with his portfolio has faced. The Court of Appeal’s 2003 ruling on the foreshore and seabed challenged popular and legal assumptions of public ownership, and posed a political risk that the Government could not ignore. its legislation over-riding the court’s decision drove his friend and colleague Tariana Turia to leave the Government and form the maori party. horomia remained loyal to labour and gave no public hint of how torn he must have been. it spoke volumes for him that despite their differences, Turia’s tribute was one of the most heartfelt he was given. “he could infuriate me, but he was also a confidant; my special mate through thick and thin, and i am heartbroken to - PNC lose him,” she said.





just deal with it. “if you look that way there’s the sea and our boats are out there now, if you look that way there are our farms we’ve got 25-odd mutton hanging there now, beasts are being killed right now.” The effects of the event which will end on Saturday are rippling out through the district. On the way into the coastal village from the Gisborne end there are temporary 30km speed signs in place to warn the logging trucks that rumble through to slow down. Virtually all motel and hotel rooms had been booked because of the tangi. Surrounding marae on the east Coast were also geared up to accommodate people. Dr Sharples has asked the Defence Force to help and it has sent a transportable kitchen and caterers to help. Tributes have looded in from those who knew horomia and all have marked on how hard he worked. “For a huge man, he covered more miles than an athlete,” said fellow mp Shane Jones. in an editorial, the New Zealand herald said, too soon the country has lost parekura horomia and maori have lost one of their best leaders. At any event important to maori he would be there, and events he considered important were not only big national occasions, they included local gatherings on the east Coast and throughout his electorate that stretched down the coast to Wellington. When any of his people stood to perform a waiata or action song parekura, as everyone called him, could be seen to quietly join them.




TOlAGA BAY – On the isolated east Coast of New Zealand, huge crowds are arriving daily to pay their respects at parekura horomia’s tangi at Tolaga Bay this week – but no matter how many come, locals say they’ll be ready. The lawns have been mown at hauiti marae, trees pruned to make way for marquees, and kai tents erected. The tents are servicing the overflow of mourners who can’t it into the dining hall. it will be one of the biggest funerals in Aotearoa this year. Ngati Kahungunu was rumoured to have brought eight bus loads full to pay their respects to the former maori Affairs minister and mp for ikaroa rawhiti who died on monday. The labour party is planning to arrive en masse with leader David Shearer arriving back in New Zealand after cutting his trip to the United States, and other members of the caucus hiring a plane from Wellington. prime minister John Key is planning to pay his respects on Friday. 62-year-old horomia’s body was taken on to hauiti marae at 9.30am on Tuesday by one of his tribes, Ngati Kahungunu, along with maori Affairs minister pita Sharples and Te Puni Kokiri oficials, King Tuheitia, and Tainui. The oficial Maori Party delegation arrived yesterday. Te Aitanga a hauiti tribal spokesman Wayne Ngata said the scale of the event was not a worry for the hosts. “This is maori management 101. When we have a tangihanga you don’t know who’s coming, you don’t know how many, how long they’re going to stay and you don’t know who’s paying for it,” he joked. “You

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Maori in new Zealand are descending on the small settlement of Tolaga Bay to pay last respects to Labour MP and former Minister of Maori Afairs, Parekura Horomia. GISBORNE HERALD

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‘Drug pushers should get life’ Samoa MP says police must ind the ‘big ish’ behind hard drugs ApiA – A Samoa mp has urged the government to stop what he said is a “burgeoning drug trade” in Samoa. Faleata West member of parliament, lealailepule rimoni Aiafi who is also the Whip for the Tautua Samoa party is es-

pecially concerned about the consequences of “hard drugs” such as methamphetamine on families and young people. During a recent interview with the Samoa Observer, lealailepule said the police should “find the people bringing the

paciic BRIEFS WORLD’S LARGEST TELESCOPE FOR HAWAI’I HAWAI’I – A plan to build the world’s largest telescope at the summit of one of Hawaii’s volcanos is another step closer after the project was granted a building permit by the state’s Land and Natural Resources Board. The proposed telescope is three times bigger than the currently largest telescope, measuring 30 meters in diameter with 492 individual mirror segments. An Astronomy Professor at the University of Toronto, Raymond carlberg, says there is global collaboration on getting the 1.5 billion US dollar telescope built, involving universities in the United States and canada, that are also backed by china, Japan and India. “Now that we’ve got a permit, the next thing we need is guaranteed construction funds which we are working to have by next April, and we think we can get it built and running in eight years, so it should be starting to view stars in 2022.”

FIjI TO GET HEALTH CARE BOOST FROM INDIA FIJI –Fiji is set to get a boost to hospital care with the help of an Indian medical company currently visiting the country. Fiji Broadcasting corporation reports the The Apollo Hospitals Group from India is currently touring Fiji’s hospitals and health centres, with a view to introducing tertiary medical care at a similar standard to what is ofered in India. Fiji’s High Commissioner to India, Yogesh Karan says medical and health care is of primary importance and there is a need to strengthen it. Karan says the money patients spend on treatment and visiting India could be minimised if those kinds of services are available locally.

PRIVATE COMPANY TO MONITOR FISHERIES THE PAcIFIc – The Forum Fisheries Agency is planning to upgrade its isheries monitoring in the Paciic by hiring a private irm to manage its regional surveillance programme. The FFA co-ordinates its own ishing vessel monitoring, with all ishing vessels in the Paciic required to have equipment on board that continuously transmits data to the FFA and the nation whose waters the vessel is in. The Marshall Islands isheries director, Glen Joseph, says because of overlapping isheries monitoring and management in the region, which includes the FFA and the Parties to the Nauru agreement among others, there is a need to expand the system. Joseph says the FFA has shortlisted three irms to work in Solomon Islands to manage the system, and a decision on which company will carry out the work is expected next month.

KIWI POLICE ON MISSION TO WEST PAPUA WEST PAPUA – New Zealand’s police training in Indonesia’s Papua region is set to recommence in September under an aid allocation of $US2 million. The new three-year programme extends New Zealand’s role training in community policing as the irst foreign police force to be invited into Indonesia’s remote eastern region. New Zealand ran similar programmes in Papua between 2008 and 2010. Operating on a rotational basis, two New Zealand police oicers will be stationed in Papua, running a Training for Trainers programme to develop community-based approaches to police work in the heavily-militarised region.

FISHING COMPANY SEEKS NEW PROVISION NEW ZEALAND – Sealord has told a New Zealand Parliamentary committee it wants to continue using foreign charter vessels without having to relag them as New Zealand boats. The ishing company has made a submission to the Primary Production Select committee on the Foreign charter Vessels and Other Matters Bill. The bill would require the boats to be relagged. However maritime lawyer Peter Dawson says Sealord has suggested an alternative where a vessel could be deemed a New Zealand ship while still lying its own lag. Dawson says the system is used in Australia. However he says it would not protect foreign crews from labour abuse, because such a ship would be subject to the employment laws of its lag state, rather than New Zealand law.

FEWER SMOKERS RAISES LIFE EXPECTANCY NEW ZEALAND – A health specialist says life expectancy for Maori has improved because fewer are smoking. Statistics New Zealand has released igures collected from 2010 to 2012, which show the gap between Maori and non Maori has narrowed to about seven years. Maori men can expect to live to 72.8 years, and Maori women to 76.5 years. An Auckland University specialist in Maori health and tobacco research, Dr Marewa Glover, says there has been a signiicant reduction in the number of Maori who smoke. But she says more work is still needed to improve nutrition to bring down obesity and diabetes rates.

stuff to Samoa”. And if the drugs are manufactured in Samoa, the mp said the police should make it their mission to end the trade immediately. “The police should go after the suppliers,” said leala who pointed out that the issue of hard drugs seems to have “resurfaced.” “i’m talking about the heavy drugs,” he said. “The drugs that were never seen in Samoa before – ‘ice,’ ‘p’ – if those are here, then cocaine will not be too far behind.” “The Tautua believes that the government need to pay very close attention to this issue as well as the ministry of police. “if you haven’t noticed already when people are caught with these drugs, they are also caught with weapons, illegal guns.” leala said the fact that the police have uncovered several people selling ice is an indication that the drug is widely available in the country. recently, a couple charged with possession of methamphetamine appeared before the Supreme Court. They are among several people who have been charged with

“We are looking into the maximum penalty for people found with these sorts of things but we believe that these people should serve life in prison with no parole whatsoever. possession of ice recently. This worries leala. “The government should look carefully at drugs and weapons. imagine what this would do to the younger generation? it would be a horrific scene.” lealailepule said drugs are common because the penalties imposed on offenders are weak. “We are looking into the maximum penalty for people found with these sorts of things but we believe that these people should serve life in prison with no parole whatsoever. “The justice system has to come down hard on these people otherwise they will never

learn and the more they get away with, the smarter they are to hide their dealings.” lealailepule said that he was very pleased with Assistant Commissioner of police, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, when he spoke about going after the “big ish”in relation to drugs. “i thought he was right on the money,” leala said in reference to comments made by Fauono. “These drugs and guns are not cheap, they are very expensive and the people who are bringing them in, are people with a lot of money. “it is those people that the police should go after and pay close attention to. in reality, Samoa is a small place and eventually everything comes out and things that were hidden become known. “Drugs are no exception. There is no place one can hide in Samoa because nothing is ever secret for long and it is so easy to ind these people who are doing this, bringing in these drugs. “it is not a hard thing to do. It is very easy to ind these people and i don’t know why they have not been caught yet and when they are caught, the police and justice system should come down and come down hard on

them. “look at other countries in the world? people caught have two options – life in prison or the death penalty, that’s it and that is the way it should be for Samoa.” While lealailepule is all for tougher punishment, he said he did not agree with the death penalty. “We are not saying to give them the death penalty or kill them, all we are saying is that the punishment and penalty for their crime should be one that will never be forgotten and one that would be a warning to others who think they can get away with it.” “The reason for these penalties is because of the huge impact these crimes and substances have on the community and country as a whole.” “if we allow these drugs to enter our country we are looking at the destruction of our community, traditions and values. We will lose our country and all that we stand for.” The Tautua party has urged the police, customs and government to be more vigilant in their efforts to “keep drugs out of our homes, our community and our country”. - Samoa Observer

Clearing bombs from atolls mAlOelAp – A US-based group

is hoping to begin clearing the marshall islands of unexploded weapons, ammunition and ordinance left over from World War 2. The marshall islands was the scene of ierce ighting between the US and Japan during the Second World War. The US-based Golden West humanitarian Foundation has just completed a survey of two of the country’s atolls, and is now waiting for US State De-

partment approval to begin the clean-up. Golden West’s programme director Al Vosburgh says thousands of unexploded weapons, ammunition, and explosives still litter the country. “much of the contamination is bombs – up to 1000 pound US bombs – which our survey found in maloelap Atoll,” he said. “Obviously there’s also a lot of kick-out munitions from the stocks that the Japanese had on hand for their shore-batteries

and so forth and that got scattered around as the bombs hit. “There’s a fairly good selection of different types of ordinance and we’re very interested in applying technologies to try and get that stuff cleared up.” The group, which has previously been involved in the cleanup of unexploded ordinance in Solomon islands, is hoping to start work in July or August. Vosburgh says while there’s not much construction on the atolls, the longer the ordinance

remains, the greater the risk for locals. “people do dig to create gardens and plant trees and that sort of thing, so that’s a threat,” he said. “in addition to that we’re always concerned that people might start ires and that can cause a serious accident. “We’ve seen that many times in South east Asia, where a surface ire will detonate a projectile or a munition that’s just below the surface – so that’s our main concern.” - PNC

Arrests soon in MV Rabaul inquiry pOrT mOreSBY – police investigations into the sinking of mV rabaul Queen is nearing completion with arrests expected soon. The oficers have been collecting evidence from New Guinea islands in the autonomous region of Bougainville, Kimbe (West New Britain) and rabaul (east New Britain) and lae (morobe). lae’s lead investigator senior inspector Ben Turi said they

had completed their investigation and would be studying the documents. Turi said the irst part of the investigation was to gather evidence including interviewing witnesses, collating reports and working out the appropriate charges. The second part involved the arrest and charging of those found to have breached the law. he said to collect statements from witnesses took almost

three months. “it was a mammoth task that we have undertaken in interviewing witnesses and collecting evidences in lae, Kimbe, rabaul, Bougainville, Kavieng and even some parts of the highlands.” Turi said the investigators would assemble in port moresby and study the iles as soon as possible. prime minister peter O’Neill had ordered a Commission of

inquiry to look into the sinking of mV rabaul Queen which happened in Vitiaz Strait, off the coast of Finschhafen in morobe on February 2, 2012. more than 160 passengers travelling from New Guinea islands into mainland pNG are missing presumed dead. The national government allocated K8 million, US$3.6 million or the families of the victims and the 246 survivors. - The National

Drought prompts state of emergency mAJUrO – A severe drought in

the northern marshall islands has prompted the government to declare a state of emergency. marshall islands meteorologist regi White says a tropical low over the northern islands has severely impacted rainfall. “Wotje Atoll, one of the islands most to the north of marshall islands, has experienced zero rainfall on several of the previous months,” he said. “Usually this is the drier season for marshall islands – espe-

cially the northern islands – but this year the tropical low has decided to dig down further to the south and that has caused a little bit more severe than normal conditions.” many of the northern islands depend almost entirely on rain for fresh water for the local populations, which range from less than 100 to more than 500. White says while the islands are used to dry conditions, this year has been particularly dificult.

“rain drinking water and wild waters have become salty,” he said. “Usually the capacity of the water reservoirs for drinking water only could last for three or four months – we have heard that they’re almost empty. “We’re hearing reports from the local government mayors in the northern islands that certain species of food crops have begun to wither.” Under the emergency declaration, government officials

will be dispatched to droughtaffected areas. maintenance crews are also expected to be sent to the islands to examine reverse osmosis equipment – designed to purify water supplies – which are reportedly not operating at full capacity. last month, the United States donated two new reverse osmosis machines – which are able to produce 1,800 litres of potable water a day. - ABC


Thursday, May 2, 2013 cook Islands News


Search for lost Jewish temple Journalist investigates evidence of Jewish beliefs in the Solomons NeW YOrK – if you know your

scripture, you’ll know about King Solomon, the son of David who built Jerusalem’s irst temple. The Spanish explorer mendana thought he’d found the source of the King Solomon’s wealth in 1568 when he irst sailed into what’s now known as Solomon islands. What is not widely known, is that there’s a small band of evangelical Christians in the Solomons’ malaita province who still believe they have a strong connection to israel. Some believe they’re actually descendents of the israelis and that the fabled “lost temple of King Solomon” lies somewhere on their island. New York journalist, matthew Fishbane, was intrigued by this story – and travelled halfway around the world to find out how it all started. he has since written a book of his adventures in the paciic titled ‘Solomon’s island’. it was a random email containing what purported to be news of the “lost Temple of Solomon” sent to a day-dreaming Fishbane that started the intrepid writer on a journey halfway around the world to the Solomon islands. There, in the remote jungles of malaita, he encountered selfdescribed melanesian israelites with apocalyptic visions guarding archaeological ruins of unknown but apparently ancient provenance. he also researched a former warlord who rallied an ethnic militia under the Star of David – as well as canny modern politicians who were leveraging the tiny island nation’s greatest asset –sovereignty – for development assistance from the modern Jewish state. “i’ve been reporting the ex-

otic flowering of Jewish life all over the world. i’ve been to Uganda, i’ve been to Venezuela, Colombia, China to see these strange outgrowths of Jewish religious life, Fishbane said. “So it’s become my passion recently and someone who knew about that forwarded me a video that’s on YouTube of – actually in papua New Guinea, not in the Solomons – of a group of people who were singing a religious song called the ‘Shema’. “They’re the Gogodala people, they live in papua New Guinea, and it was just so striking to see the native population singing a hebrew song. “So i decided that i had to look more closely in that region of the world to find out what was going on – and that’s how we ended up coming across this group in malaita in the Solomon islands that seems to have these strange beliefs. Fishbane said his Google research threw up references to “growing numbers of evangelical Christians in North malaita believing that the lost Temple of Solomon lies hidden at a shrine in the mountainous interior of their island:. “What i found in malaita was more an expression of evangelical Christianity, but the interesting thing that seemed to have happened was that modern israeli foreign policy has picked up on this and taken advantage of it in a sense. “You arrive in malaita and you see Israeli lags everywhere, people are tattooed with israeli lags, they have it on their cars and their trucks as a kind of an iconography. “it is probably left over from one of the splinters of the South Seas evangelical Church, led by a very charismatic man, named michael maeliau, who has his own visionary ideas of evangeli-

cal Christianity. “But the israelis were smart enough to pick up on this and use it for a bit of leverage to try to do some foreign aid work and there’s all kinds of interesting geo-political reasons why they would want to do that. “There’s one man in particular, named Frank Diafae, who lives in a village called Fuondo, a little north of the capital, and he considers himself to be a keeper of this archaeological temple site that he thinks contains evidence of some Jew that might have arrived, he says some 2,700 years ago or so. “it’s quite an elaborate ethnotheology. But he’s probably the most vocal proponent of the idea that some Jew called Gad and his family arrived on the island a long time ago – in ancient times. “He doesn’t have speciic archaeological, or what we would call modern scientiic evidence of this, but he certainly believes it. “And what’s interesting, when you travel across the island, you ind it echoed in other places – where similar mythologies when people talk about their ancestors. “And it’s easy to understand with Jews having a kind of a lineal descent and an oral history that’s very powerful. The idea of ancestors which is common in many religions. But i just felt that they had quite an afinity. “i went with Frank who led me to his temple site, which is deinitely an archaeological site. “There are rocks piled up there, about four hours walk into the jungle, a very difficult walk in fact and there was clearly a settlement there of some kind. “really nobody credible has spent any time looking at it, but it was certainly striking to see that there was something there that he was convinced was evidence of a mythological past. - ABC/PNC

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‘I take my hat off to all doctors’ Dear editor, i make comment regarding the honourable Wilkie rasmussen’s article, (Opposition critical of health services, April 24). Since then there was a factual response from the secretary of health (Ci News April 27). Taking ‘cheap shots’ at the ministry of health, myself

and my most capable staff are trivial and needless. in other words, the opposition leader could not find anything worthwhile to do but criticise. i need not to say any more about the quality of doctors and nurses working in our hospitals as they were well documented. But i need to reinforce their professional com-

mitment and dedication to the lives of their patients, as all are working longer hours even under undue pressure, unknown to the public at large. What we read and hear about doctors/ nurses in many cases are negativity that they do not deserve. Since my tenure as minister for the past 30 months, we have achieved a great deal

of progress while at the same time, being riddled with litigation ranging from being sued for several million dollars by an overseas medical school; to alleged medical negligence; and cases of unfair dismissals which are already costing the ministry several thousands of dollars in settlements. These lawsuits, for the opposition

leader to take note of, occurred well before my time. my time as minister is wasted cleaning and tidying-up ‘mismanagement’ and ‘ill-judgment’ of yester-years. Further, the administration of the ministry is stretched, like all other ministries due to the tough financial realities of today. Under such challenging atmosphere,

i take my hat off to all doctors, nurses and staff of the ministry for their passion and commitment to healthcare. i conclude by challenging the opposition leader to take time off to be ‘tested’ and show leadership by example. Nandi Glassie minister of health and Agriculture

One politician challenging another Dear editor, Not so long ago i made a statement challenging the minister of health, Nandi Glassie to tell the public as to what he as minister has done to improve the health services of our country. i cited examples of below par standards. however, instead of him taking up the challenge, the head of ministry elizabeth iro took it upon herself to respond. This is not good form when she wants to put herself in the political iring line instead of her minister. She shows an example of an inexperienced hOm, indeed

i appreciate she has been in the job for a very short time. i’m a politician challenging another politician to show the public his wares and either it’s selish of the minister to push her in front or she is just plainly gullible. if she has time, and if this newspaper has space, i can give a long comprehensive list of failings of the health service. i can give case by case situations of misdiagnosis and accounts of poor hygiene and unprofessional conduct and so on. But that’s not going to get us anywhere because most of these

problems have been there for a long time regardless of who was in government. That is why i was asking for policy developments and directions by the minister and his government. They are the policy makers, not the ground workers. You note, editor, that in my article i was not defending or claiming better management under the Democratic party, because i am aware of the inherent problems. They may only be solved by better policies. Now if iro is saying that she and her staff are required to produce those policies then, i as a stakeholder in this

country expect her to divulge what she has developed but my experience in politics says otherwise. She and her staff’s contribution go to the minister to reine policy for cabinet’s inal approval. That’s process and her political masters won’t have it any other way. And i won’t accept her statement that the ministry of health is in good health. it is not, and she has not been there long enough to cut and paste a public relations response. regardless, i wish her a bright future. editor, i am also bemused by a letter from ms lavi rokoika

from China. She seems to immediately jump to the conclusion that i was talking about ethnic Fijian trainee doctors. “Trainee doctors from the Fiji medical School” includes Cook islanders and had i intended to talk about ethnic Fijians i would do so. She was also talking about ethnic Fijian doctors that had been recruited to the Cook islands to work. That is very different from “trainee doctors” still studying at the Fiji medical school who came back to the Cook islands to work and gain experience. i know for a fact of several such trainees who

were posted to the outer islands, worked at the rarotonga hospital and were kept back to make up for doctor shortage. One has now gone for further training in New Zealand and another had gone back to Fiji medical School. They are indeed to be supported to get better qualiications. For rokoika’s information, i am indeed harassing the minister to open up on what he has done to improve things. i wish her the best in China. Wilkie rasmussen leader of the Opposition Democratic party

The issue of isheries compliance QualityCoffee served by the

Cookislands Baristaofthe Year 2013

Dear editor, i wish to congratulate reuben Tylor for his excellent and thought provoking letter regarding our ever diminishing tuna stock (We must protect our tuna stock, April 30). There is one other issue that i believe should be brought into the public forum and that is the issue of compliance. mmr can write whatever they like with re-

spect to ishing quotas for different species and for that matter can write whatever terms and conditions they see it into each foreign fishing boat’s licence, but without a rigorous mechanism of monitoring compliance, vessels -- both longliners and purse seiners -- will continue to catch whatever comes their way, discharge their by-catch and report only what they see it.

Apart from a few observers stationed at ports of discharge and a couple of patrol flights a year by an NZrAF Orion to check on ishing activities MMR must surely rely almost entirely on what each vessel reports. it is these reports along with other data that mmr uses to make its predictions with respect to formulating future quotas and the number of licences to issue.

We do however own a isheries patrol boat that was donated some years ago by Australia to help us protect our isheries. Unfortunately, due mainly to the high cost of fuel, it spends about 95 per cent of the time tied up in Avatiu. if this vessel were to be deployed from penrhyn, which was proposed some years ago but this never eventuated, we would

be in a better position to ind out what is actually taking place within our exclusive economic zone. Foreign vessels, as part of conditions of their licence, could also be required to contribute towards its operating costs and hence reduce the inancial onus on government. peter etches matavera

Essential services are fragmented Dear editor, rotary was more than ready to install the solar system on the Creative Centre roof (Solar cuts power bill at Creative Centre, April 30). it is a shame we could only put up 10 panels as the power usage (about $450 per month) in the premises could be covered in total if Te Aponga allowed us to put up more panels. But they only allow 2 kilowatts to be fed back into the national grid. This plus the fact that the Centre has lost over $50,000 in government allocated funding has placed great strain on their cashlow, and meant drastic cuts to their budget. i understand that this money has been allocated to other NGOs involved in health and welfare of our less fortunate Cook islanders. There are often serious conflicts of interest in

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the allocations of these monies. it is our opinion that these essential services have become far too fragmented and thus inefficient in the allocation of the scarce resources (money) available. We have only about 10,000 people here in rarotonga (and numbers are falling) and just too many organisations competing for available funds, often for the same purpose. it is similar in animal welfare with esther honey and SpCA competing for funds to look after our pets – we are too small to be so petty and disjointed to allow this situation to prevail – we must co-ordinate the efforts of these totally voluntary organisations to get the ‘best bang for our hard earned buck.’ John mcelhinney president rotary club of rarotonga

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Subsidy in exchange for old fridges hOUSehOlDS are being offered a subsidy for a new fridge and freezer, in exchange for their old one. The subsidy, which ranges from $150 to $500 depending on the new model that is purchased, aims to help households afford a more energy-efficient fridge and freezer. it is estimated refrigeration uses up 40 per cent of household energy and this increases when the fridge or freezer has broken seals. A new energy-efficient fridge and freezer could save households between $200 and $300 per year on their electricity bills. To be eligible for the rebate, which is available for households on rarotonga as well as the outer islands, people need to bring their old fridge/freezer in for exchange to either CiTC or motor Centre. They can then select a new fridge/freezer from an approved list of models, and ill out an application form available from the retailer. The retail price offered by CiTC and motor Centre already includes the

rebate, which is funded by the Asia Development Bank. Team leader of the project Felix Gooneratne said the retailers will be taking orders from the outer islands before the new models are shipped over. The grant is enough to cover 325 households, but Gooneratne said if there is high demand for the rebate, the fund may be able to be topped up by the Asia Development Bank. The old fridge/freezer must be at least five years old to be eligible for the exchange. The project was born after the 2011 Census, which indicated there were many households with old fridges. Gooneratne said the main factor that deters people from buying an energy-eficient fridge is the cost. “people can’t afford to pay the higher cost for higher energy eficiency.” The project aims to bring the price of energy-eficient models more in line with the lower cost of less eficient models. Gooneratne said the overall cost of the

Left to right: Managing director of Cook Islands Motor Centre Don Dorrell, manager of CITC Avarua mainstore Dianna Clarke Bates, energy commissioner Roger de Bray, team leader Felix Gooneratne and director of the Renewable Energy Development Division of the Oice of the Prime Minister Tangi Tereapii. 13050105 fridge/freezer models is up to the retailers. “CiTC and motor Centre will now start to compete in terms of prices,” he said. Gooneratne said the old fridges will be de-gassed, dismantled and shipped to New Zealand for disposal by recycle

Cook islands. “Before, if a fridge doesn’t work, people just chuck it out,” he said. Gooneratne said this is a pilot project that he hopes can be used as a model for other projects in the future. Dianna Clarke Bates, manag-

er of CiTC Avarua mainstore, said the project aims to promote more energy efficient fridge/ freezer models. “You may be paying a higher price (for an energy efficient model) but you save in the long run.” A memorandum of under-

standing for the initiative was officially signed yesterday (Wednesday), and a brochure with details about the project and which fridge/freezer models are eligible for the subsidy will be distributed to households over the next few weeks. - Briar Douglas

Less tax could keep people here: DPM The SOlUTiON to the exodus of Cook islanders to Australia is to adjust the tax system in the Cooks, said the Deputy prime minister. recent meetings about the Australian mining industry, organised by a group called Awaiki

reo recruiters, were flooded with hundreds of people interested in finding out about jobs in Australia. Deputy prime minister Tom marsters said the main reason Cook islanders move to work in the Australian mining industry

is the attraction of a larger pay cheque. he said the government has been discussing whether to raise the minimum wage, but is also looking at other ways to make it easier for Cook islanders to pay their bills and service their loans.

“Of more importance to us at this stage (than raising the minimum wage) is the lifting of the taxable income threshold. At the moment it’s non-taxable up to $10,000. (if the threshold was raised), you could earn more without being taxed. That is one

real possibility. “Another possibility is no tax on second and third source of income. i think that would be more attractive… Our officials have been asked to look at that.” he said some people struggle to pay their bills because of the level of tax. “They find it difficult even having two or three jobs. Because of the tax, there’s no real advantage. So they might as well pack up and go. i believe if we were able to allow them to keep all they’re getting from their second and third source of income, it would be a huge help towards them servicing their loans, and they may not decide to leave. We are talking about it at the moment.” Acting director of immigration, Vasie poila, said many people who enjoy the Cook islands lifestyle leave for financial reasons. “it’s more so the pull factors from Australia than it is the push factors from this end. There’s a mining boom going on in Australia and everybody wants to get a slice of the cake so to speak. That is an opportunity for them, and how it’s been promoted – not necessarily by this recruitment agency, but by word of mouth. (Cook islanders) are getting anecdotal evidence from people who are already experiencing that lifestyle (in Australia). So they’re

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Deputy Prime Minister Tom Marsters (right) and acting director of immigration Vasie Poila. 13043006

Round two on horizon for light bulbs The GOVerNmeNT’S light bulb project is well underway, but contractors will have to revisit many households at a later date. Ten thousand Compact Fluorescent light (CFl) bulbs are being distributed throughout rarotonga by local contractors, to replace old incandescent bulbs, which are less eficient.

energy commissioner roger de Bray said the contractors, which are Anderson’s electrical and randolph George of rK George electrical ltd, have visited households on about twothirds of the island – but about half of those have been unoccupied at the time of their visit. De Bray said the contractors will return to the unoccupied

households at a later date, after they have finished going around the island. it is likely those households will need to arrange the second visit, because there is no list of phone numbers for the unoccupied households, said de Bray. Organisers of the project will announce ways for homeowners to get in touch at a later date.

The CFl bulbs, which are expected to save the average household around $30 a month, were purchased by Te Aponga from philips in New Zealand, and freighted to rarotonga by CiTC. The cost of the bulbs is part of a total project cost of $70,000 funded by Te Aponga and NZ Aid. - Briar Douglas

enticing our people, they’re pulling our people.” She said the exodus to Australia has occurred in other places in the world. “A lot of people from New Zealand are struggling with the same issue, and even their government is now trying to draw their population back.” however, she said the mining industry in Australia is starting to slow down. “That’s probably something that our people don’t really understand, if they’re not keeping up to date with the trends that are occurring overseas, they might ind themselves stuck in it, between a hard place and a rock. “i’ve seen predictions that yes, Australia is slowing down, and even more so they are tightening on foreign workers and certain visas into Australia for work purposes – because the Australian population themselves are actually starting to ind it a lot more dificult to ind jobs, because of the competition being drawn in from outside Australia.” She said more people would choose to stay in the Cook islands if their incomes were higher. “A lot of us Cook islanders choose to stay because of the lifestyle here – it’s priceless. For a lot of people who leave, if it was not for loan and mortgage payments, they’d deinitely stay.” - Briar Douglas




Thursday, May 2, 2013 cook Islands News

Agriculture goes on paw paw tour The AGriCUlTUrAl ministry has

high hopes the paw paw will become the ‘icon produce’ of the Cook islands. ministry of Agriculture staff spent a day inspecting local plantations yesterday, including grower Tauei Solomon’s, who has 1200 young paw paw trees on his Arorangi plot. “These have come through the drought and are just picking up now,” explained Agriculture secretary Dr mat purea to ministry staff, minister and media. The trees are only eight months old but are laden with green fruit and will be ready for harvest by June or July. The grower and ministry hopes 500 cartons, containing eight or nine paw paw each, will be ready for export to the New Zealand market by then. Solomon is one of 10 growers who have been handpicked by the agricultural ministry to focus efforts on paw paw only. The ministry hopes to restart the paw paw industry here – during its heyday in the 1980s, the country was exporting 25 tonnes a week – and believes targeting a niche market with high quality fruit is the way to go. A paw paw from the philippines

retails for $6 each in New Zealand stores, but the ministry thinks the Cooks paw paw will sell for more as it is air freighted and therefore fresher. in a recent survey of NZ paw paw consumers, the Cook islands product came out top. The ministry is currently holding talks with a number of NZ importers to get the best deal. Solomon’s orchard will yield between two and ive 1.5 tonne bins as it matures. One plantation will last for four years before it has to be replanted. Follow-up crops are always waiting to make sure there is no gap in paw paw supply. The soil is top quality, which will help grow better fruit. “This is virgin soil,” minister Nandi Glassie pointed out. One of the reasons the industry failed before is the poor soil and repeated planting offered lacklustre crops. But the ministry is helping the growers with management techniques to help keep soil quality up, said purea. This includes planting a type of legume between crops which introduces nitrate into the soil and introducing mulching systems. - Calida Smylie

Paw paw grower Tauei solomon and agriculture associate minister Kiriau Turepu on a tour of solomon’s plantation. 13050115

Agriculture Minister Nandi Glassie inspects a paw paw tree on Tauei solomon’s property. 13050114

Cook islands will restart exporting paw paw to new Zealand in June. 13050116

Hope for delicious cactai market The ASSOCiATe minister of ag-

riculture showed ministry staff around his daughters’ delicious cactai plantation yesterday. Associate minister Kiriau Turepu led the tour of the land planted by his daughters’ Tereapii and lafala. There are 150 plants which they hope will be fruiting later this year. It is the irst time Agriculture staff has looked round the plantation. The ministry rebranded dragon fruit ‘delicious cactai’ last year. They did this to give the fruit grown in the Cook islands a point of difference to those grown elsewhere. Overseas it is also known as pitahaya, and is the fruit of several cactus species. it grows in purple, white, red and yellow varieties. it is native to mexico, South America and Central America, and is popular in South east Asian countries. Agriculture secretary Dr

matairangi purea says the ministry is propagating the seeds as it wants to make it more prominent in the Cook islands. “it’s a simple crop to grow. All it needs is plenty of sunshine and

not too much rain. it’s a semiarid desert plant.” At the moment it is just grown for the local market. Grower Tearoa Tini is the main supplier on the island and

sells a large fruit for $6, says purea. The ministry is looking at the international market but must irst test for fruit ly to comply with New Zealand’s biosecurity measures. - CS

Associate Minister Kiriau Turepu and Minister Nandi Glassie looked round a delicious cactai plantation yesterday. 13050111

Delicious cactai like lots of sun and not much rain as they are a desert plant. 13050119


Thursday, May 2, 2013 cook Islands News

Paciic media gather for press freedom memBerS of the pacific media community are gathered in honiara, Solomon islands, for a conference commemorating World press Freedom Day. Under the banner “Safe to speak: Freedom of expression in Paciic media”, conference attendees from the Cook islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, and the host nation are attending journalism workshops from may 1-4. They are discussing regional issues such as climate change reporting, media law, ethics, and freedom of expression. Del-

egates from papua New Guinea had to cancel at the last minute due to a local crime attack, involving a carjacking. World press Freedom Day is being celebrated tomorrow. The conference is being convened by the pacific Freedom Forum (pFF), in partnership with the media Association of the Solomon islands (mASi). Funding has been provided by the United Nations education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNeSCO) and Samoa-based Secretariat of the

pacific regional environment programme (Sprep). The irst day of the conference focused on climate change, featuring a keynote presentation from Carlo iacovino, a communications oficer with SPREP. iacovino focused on “ecosystem based adaptation”, which he says “aims to maintain natural resources and keep ecosystems healthy, to meet the primary goal of reducing vulnerability.” Citing his organisation’s ieldwork in Choiseul, the northernmost province of the Solomon

Moses Pelomo, a consultant with the Solomon’s Ministry of Agriculture and with Paciic Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC), explains the workings of a cassava dryer, part of a government programme to secure food supplies for the outer islands and reduce dependence on imported foods with large environmental footprints. 13050102

islands, iacovino spoke about the challenges currently faced there along with available strategies in mitigating the effects of climate change. Of particular interest was his organisation’s strategy in dealing with coastal erosion. Keeping mangroves intact were said to be an excellent method that also supported healthy fisheries. he singled out seawalls as having unwanted effects, saying they can lead to further erosion in unprotected coastal areas. As for ecosystem based adaptation in the Cook islands, iacovino said, “rarotonga has high mountains and a ridgeto-reef ecosystem. perhaps the lessons learned in the Solomon islands could be applied there.” As with the rest of the Paciic region, the Cook islands is susceptible to the effect of climate change, posing signiicant challenges to the environment and the local media. “There’s a lot of work on climate change adaptation being done in the Cooks. reporters can use this knowledge in growing awareness of climate change issues,” says Nanette Woonton, Sprep’s media and public relations oficer. Additional presentations of importance were made by lloyd Tahani from Solomon islands met Service and hudson hiona, deputy director of Solomon islands Climate Change Unit, who both spoke on climate change causes and impact in the Paciic.

Casper Supa, co-ordinator with Paciic Adaptation to Climate Change, Solomon Islands (PACC), explains climate change adaptation strategies currently underway in the solomon islands during Tuesday’s climate change journalism workshop. 13050101 Another major aspect of discussion at the climate change workshop was the dificulty in reporting on climate change, which is cited by many as being the most important challenge facing the world today. Attendees said topics such as politics and sports often take precedence on newspaper pages, due to their immediate newsworthiness. Climate change, with its impacts not being obvious in the present, is a particular challenge.

“This calls for climate change education, so we see the immediacy,” said Dalavere leni, a supervising editor with the Solomon islands Broadcasting Corporation. “To me, rather than pointing a inger, we the media have to go with a mindset change and focus on stories that have a human impact,” added Kalai moala, from the Taimi media Network, based in Tonga. - Emmanuel Samoglou Iin Honiara


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Think about the tuna

iT’S WOrlD Tuna Day and never a better time to think about the state of Cook islands tuna stocks. Tuna is a vital natural resource for all Paciic island countries and territories (piCTs). Given the steady rise in the world population and increasingly effective fishing techniques, tuna stocks are under growing pressure. Given they are also a major source of income for most piCTs, it is important those countries secure optimum benefits from the resource, by increasing both catch value and the percentage of the total catch that comes from domestic leets. This strategy relies on having a healthy resource, with manage-

ment informed by good science. Since 1977, the Secretariat of the pacific Community (SpC) has been providing the scientiic advice to help manage pacific tuna stocks. it provides technical support to its member countries so that they can make the right decisions to ensure a sustainable supply of bigeye, yellow in, albacore and skipjack tuna – both for households in the Paciic and consumers around the world. SpC collects and analyses a huge volume of fisheries data collected in the western and central Paciic Ocean. Hundreds of thousands of sheets of data from fishing vessels, observers and port samplers, are entered and checked each year.

Bigeye tuna caught in Tuvalu. PHOTO: W. SOKIMI 13050121

SpC scientists use that information to carry out extensive analysis in order to have an accurate and independent perspective on the region’s oceanic isheries. They are then able to respond to hundreds of requests for information from member countries like the Cooks.

This information concerns tuna biology – growth rates, reproduction, feeding habits – annual catches in volume and value, state of the stocks or the impact climate change has on the different species. Such information is vital for improving regional tuna isheries management and develop-

ment. management measures to make sure tuna species stocks are healthy are mainly taken at the level of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the parties to the Nauru Agreement (pNA) and the Western and Central Paciic Fisheries Commission (WCpFC) - which brings together both Paciic island countries and the

big fish catching nations such as Japan, Korea, eU, China and the US. SpC closely collaborates with such regional policy-making bodies by providing them with high-quality scientific advice. This relies on the support of a wide range of donor partners. - SPC

it’s World Tuna Day: Bigeye tuna in new Caledonia waters. PHOTO: E. CLUA 13050122





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Tinned or fresh tuna? A COOK iSlANDS member of parliament told a regional gathering of politicians she does not want her children to dine on canned tuna when they could be eating fresh tuna. Titikaveka mp Selina Napa made the comment during last month’s pacific parliamentary and political leaders Forum, held in the Beehive in Wellington. During the forum, World Bank pacific specialist Tobias Haque told the 70 Paciic parliamentarians isheries are a growth option for the Paciic – but there is a problem in working out how to capture a sustainable share of the opportunities for pacific people. Senior NZ labour maori mp Shane Jones warned that future generations risk facing dependence on tinned fish. This is because of the dominance of big foreign ishing vessels in the South Paciic Ocean, he said. Napa then shared the Cook

islands story and told them she was concerned the government was releasing excessive fishing licenses to foreign ishing interests – particularly Chinese and Taiwanese. Napa told Ci News: “i got up and i asked ‘what kind of support can you give to help support less ishing licences being granted to foreign countries? “They [NZ politicians] said it’s not in their jurisdiction to take control of other countries laws.” This response was not what Napa was looking for. part of the reason for the forum was to get Paciic countries to work together to protect regional interests. “i was disappointed by their response. i expected more from them. if you’re going to talk about ish stocks declining in the Paciic, why not offer help? “in the Cook islands we are under New Zealand’s protection, but it’s all talk.”

One of the outcomes of the forum was a promise to focus on making the Paciic a healthy environment for the region’s children to live in, said Napa. “So we really need to make sure regulations and laws are in place to make the country a better place in the future.” Ci News asked ministry of marine resources secretary Ben ponia to comment on Napa’s declaration about tinned ish considering the country unveiled their Golden Tuna tinned fish label last August. The Cooks uses United States tuna brand StarKist to package and distribute the product to New Zealand, Australia, China and back here. Albacore tuna ished in Cook Islands waters is shipping to StarKist’s packing base in pago pago. ponia declined to comment, saying readers should be entitled to judge for themselves the views expressed. - CS

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Titikaveka MP Selina Napa told Paciic parliamentarians in the NZ parliament the Cook Islands government was issuing too many foreign ishing licences. 13042633


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Takuvaine Netball Club 400 Club Rale Ticket 3rd Draw 1. Tkt 048 Apii Heather $400 2. Tkt 216 Tarita $250 3. Tkt 392 Papa Kapu $150 4.Tkt 252 Agnes Armstrong $100 5. Tkt 163 Ducky Mel $100 congratulations to all winners and many thanks to everyone for your continuous support. Please contact Rima and present your ticket when claiming your prizes. Meitaki Maata - Executives

Mod 3 bdrm home, Huge deck, Dble carport & extra parking, PLUS, Self-contained sleep-out with deck. Both Semi-furnished. Great location - Tikioki; safe and secure neighbourhood. Longterm only. Suited to professional couple or small-moderate family. Available now $300 per week, bond & references required. Ph Nooke on 26713.

Taro Manaura at $100 25 kg bag. Male Ducks Ring 74049.

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ThIS FRIDAY NITE Guest speaker ALICIA FONMOA Former NZ Rugby League Rep and World cup winner at the age of 17. Hear her inspiring story of sport, raising a young family and inding her purpose in God. 7pm next to Gym across from airport MORE INFO ph TONY 52136

At about 6.30pm on Tuesday 30 April 2013 a white van was travelling anti-clockwise at Betela. Another car was approaching in a clockwise direction and meeting on a moderately blind curve. A third car, traveling at no less than 80km/ hr overtook the white van. If the car traveling clockwise had left home one-half of one second earlier, there would be bodies on slabs and funeral preparations - there was no more than 15 centimeters that prevented a head on collision. The driver of the white van reported the matter to the Police immediately who have identiied the owner of the speeding vehicle. Will the driver of the vehicle traveling clockwise that just escaped a tragedy please ring 54999.

Stolen Saturday Night 27 April 2013 Outside Hidies Bar A near new black Daelim citiace motorbike Reg - AAQ184. Please can you return our only motorbike We are still paying it of. No questions asked. Please phone 24961/55214.

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SeRVICeS The Eye Place Hidies courtyard Phone 22121 Custom glasses from $60 Annie provides free exam & glasses for children all year 70970 / /2656


STOLeN Stolen To the person who stole my maroon Samsung Galaxy 3 phone from my oice, I am tracking you online and you better pray that the police get to you before I do. Return it now before its too late. 70961 / /2518

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Self Storage Raro U Store it!! -Secure & Private -Short or Long term -For oice, Shop or Home Storage Phone 22188 or 26189. Email: 69899 /28083 /1744

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Brand New Commercial Gas Range Oven and 6 burner Stove Top Brand New 900m wide $3950 Brand New Stainless Steel Benches 1.8m with Shelf underneath, made by Simply Stainless $1100 Phone Sam 74568 70962 / /2068

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2x bedside cabinets rimu, inish as new, $120 each. 1x 5 drawer dresser rimu inish as new, $350. Phone 54001. 70870 /31502 /1931


Company No. 1007052 (the “Company”) a BVI Business Company NOTICE OF LIQUIDATOR’S APPOINTMENT NOTICe IS HeReBY GIVeN pursuant to section 204 (1) (b) of the BVl Business Companies Act, 2004 that LAUREN CHERIE WILLIS of PLAZA LEVEL, 41 SHORTLAND STREET, AUCKLAND 1010, NEW ZEALAND has been appointed as the voluntary liquidator of the Company pursuant to a resolution of the sole director of the Company dated 15 April 2013 and the resolutions of the members of the Company dated 15 April 2013. Dated on: 15 April 2013


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Request for Proposal Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning (MOIP) Te Mato Vai – Procurement of Water Metering Equipment (TMV002/13) The government of the Cook Islands (“CI Government”) is embarking on a multimillion dollar upgrade of the water supply system on Rarotonga, with the goal of delivering potable water, reliably, to all properties connected to the existing water supply network, by 2015. The CI Gov has formed “Te Mato Vai” – the Cook Islands Water Partnership with the governments of the People’s Republic of China and New Zealand to fund the upgrade. The Water Supply Upgrade will involve rehabilitation of 12 water intakes, creation of additional storage capacity, construction of treatment plants and replacement of all trunk mains, ring mains and local distribution to the boundaries of all properties served by the current network. To assist with the development of the Water Supply Master Plan for Rarotonga, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning (MOIP) invites responses for proposals (RFP) for the procurement of Water Metering Equipment. A hard copy of the RFP document including speciications can be collected during work hours from the MOIP oice in Arorangi or can be downloaded from the following website: For hard copies of the RFP, a non-refundable fee of $100.00 per copy is to be paid at the MOIP Oice in Arorangi prior to the receiving of the RFP, this fee does not apply to electronic copies of the RFP. RFP close at 3pm on Friday 17th May 2013 and must be submitted to the MOIP oice in Arorangi in hard copy inside a sealed envelope addressed to the: Acting Secretary Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning P O Box 102, Rarotonga and clearly marked with “Te Mato Vai – Procurement of Water Metering Equipment (TMV002/13)” and the Proposer’s name. Enquiries to: Tangi Taoro Email Phone +682 20321

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Increase of Standard Adult bus Fares Management of cooks Island Bus Passenger Transport ltd, announce that there will be an increase of our Standard Adult bus fares from May 1st 2013. Standard one-way Adult bus Fare (One Ride) increases to $5. Standard Adult Return ticket (Two Rides) increases to $8. Standard 10 Ride Adult concession ticket increases to $30.a All school and workers tickets and Day passes remain the same with no increases. For enquires please phone 25512.


TRADE MARK CAUTIONARY NOTICE in COOK ISLANDS Yanmar Co., Ltd, a corporation duly organized and existing under the laws of Japan, of 1-9, Tsurunocho, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan, does hereby provide notice that it claims proprietorship of the trade mark

YANMAR in relation to: Mineral oils and greases for industrial purposes [not for fuel]; nonmineraloils and greases for industrial purposes [not for fuel]; fuels; waxes [raw material]; grease for shoes and boots; solid lubricants; leather preserving oil and grease; lamp wicks; candles; crude oil or reined oil; industrial oil; motor oil; lubricant; fuel; diesel fuel oil; light oil; oil for internal combustion engine; lammability oil Generators of electricity with waste heat utilization system; electricity generators including electricity generators operated by gas engine; portable electricity generators; agricultural machinery and agricultural implements (not hand-operated), including, harvesters and combine harvesters, rice seedling transplanters, reapers and binders, mobile threshers, rice hullers, power tillers; lawnmowers; brush cutter; motors and engines other than for land vehicles; parts of motors and engines other than for land vehicles; pumps (machines); construction machinery and construction vehicles (not for transportation purposes) including excavator, front end loaders and motorised all-terrain carriers; compressors (machines) including air compression machinery for marine purposes Air-conditioning apparatus and equipment; air-conditioning systems using a gas engine to drive compression; boilers, refrigerating appliances and installations; drying apparatus for fodder and forage; heat exchange apparatus other than parts of machines; refrigerated containers for the transport of goods; lighting apparatus including mobile mechanised lighting towers and lighting balloons being gas-illed balloons containing a light source Motors and engines for land vehicles; parts or motors and engines for land vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by water, including ships, boats, ishing vessels, pleasure craft; tractors including agricultural tractors Providing consumer information on machinery, namely, motors and engines of all kinds, ships, air-conditioning apparatus, generators of electricity with waste heat utilization systems, construction machines and apparatus, agricultural machines, agricultural machines, agricultural implements other than handoperated, generators of electricity, tractors and parts and accessories for the foregoing; retail outlets featuring machinery, namely, motors and engines of all kinds, ships, airconditioning apparatus, generators of electricity with waste heat 32402/5438006_1 3 utilization systems, construction machines and apparatus, agricultural machines, agricultural implements other than handoperated, generators of electricity, tractors and parts and accessories for the foregoing Repair and maintenance of machinery, namely, motors and engines of all kinds, ships, air-conditioning apparatus, generators of electricity with waste heat utilization systems, construction machines and apparatus, agricultural machines, agricultural implements other than handoperated, generators of electricity tractors and parts and accessories for the foregoing; providing information on repair and maintenance of machinery, namely motors and engines of all kinds, ships, airconditioning apparatus, generators of electricity with wasted heat utilization systems, construction machines and apparatus, agricultural machines, agricultural implements other than hand-operated, generators of electricity, tractors, and parts and accessories for the foregoing

YANMAR Yanmar Co., Ltd cautions that any use of the trade mark or any confusingly similar trade mark in relation to any of these goods and services or similar goods and similar services, would be seen as infringement of their rights and that they will take such action deemed necessary to protect those rights. Yanmar Co., Ltd can be contacted care of their address for service: AJ Park, Level 22, State Insurance Tower, 1 Willis Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


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he University of the South Paciic (USP) is pleased to announce a new initiative in partnership with the Government of Japan, entitled JENESYS 2.0 (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths). It is a series of fully funded two-week study tours to Japan, for college and university students from 14 Paciic Island Countries (PICs). he 14 PICs in this Programme include Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Only 350 university and college students will be carefully selected from these 14 PICs and invited to participate in this two-week programme. Travel to Japan will take place between June to October 2013. To be eligible to apply, you must be: 1. Enrolled as a full-time or part-time undergraduate/postgraduate university student; 2. Must be between 18 – 28 years of age; 3. Applications from Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are open to registered USP students only; 4. Applications from the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and Papua New Guinea are open to all registered university or college students in these countries; and 5. Must have a valid passport (must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected stay). For further information, please visit You are encouraged to apply online. Applications close on 30 April 2013. For further information, please contact: Sera Vada-Pareti: Project Coordinator (JENESYS 2.0 Project) Oice of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration & Regional Campuses) he University of the South Paciic, Phone: (679) 3231955 Email:

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All 2nd hand 2 x 4000ltr water tanks - $600 each 1 x Typhoon 110-3D motorbike $500 1 x Tear drop wooden Outrigger paddle - $100 1 x Teaspoon part wood Outrigger paddle - $100 1 x Bunk bed steel with mattress $200 1 x Paddle Blue carry Bag - $50 1 x Black metal blade open fan (for hanging) - $40 1 x bundle of luorescent light bulbs - $15 1 x Panasonic cD/MP3/Tape/radio player - $200 Lot of assorted free stuf Call Dernice - phone 55426.

FRONT OFFICE, RESERVATIONS, hOSPITALITY If you are honest, computer literate, reliable, friendly, and wish to portray the Kia Orana/ Meitaki feeling to our guests, we would like to hear from you. Full training given, 5 day week lexible hours, at Aro’a Beachside Inn. Call Jan at 22166 for an appointment or stop by to ill out a job application.

Prime solutions Ltd Trade assistant wanted Full drivers license required Sober habits Reliable Hardworking and honest Experience in electrical & refrigeration a plus call Astor 55991 or Tia 58477 for more info and an interview.

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hotel Accountant We are currently seeking an articulate, professional, hardworking, innovative, discrete and above all, loyal, person to take on the role as Hotel Accountant. A minimum of at least 3 year’s experience of all aspects of Hotel Accounting will be essential. The ability to think laterally and proactively to sustain the growth of the Hotel’s Market Share will be expected. Qualiication / Tertiary Education Requirements: -You will hold a relevant Tertiary Education Qualiication. - You will posses proven Analytical and Problem-Solving skills. -Have highly developed skills in Excel, MS Oice Suite and Computerised Accounting. -Experience in using POS, Quick Books and Room Master will give you a distinct advantage over your applicant-competitors. To receive a schedule outlining the responsibilities pertinent to the designation of Hotel Accountant, please email:The General Manager,

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SERVICE MANAGER/hEAD MEChANIC Rarocars needs to employ a fully qualiied and capable Workshop Manager to be responsible for the successful running and proitability of our small but busy workshop which employs 3 other mechanics. The successful applicant must have a good working knowledge in the use of the scope and scanner and have good problem solving skills in all areas of vehicle repairs. We are looking for a well organized person with a proven ability to manage other mechanics. A good salary package will be ofered to the right person. Ph Tai 22060 email tai@rarocars. 70980 / /1902

Deckhand wanted for charter boat. Must be reliable, have mechanical skills. Ph 55239. 70951 /31512 /1931

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A part time Bar position is available in one of our busy Restaurants for our famous Over Water Night Shows every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Experience preferred with good communication and great team work skills. Fill in an application form at main oice Muri Beach PH 24006 or email 70981 / /2512

Vehicle Groomers Are you self-motivated and hard working with a keen eye for detail? To succeed in this role, you’ll need to have: - A friendly and outgoing personality - A can-do attitude - Excellent communication Skills - At least 2 years proven work experience - A ‘team player’ work ethic It is also important to have a clean current driver’s license with experience in driving a range of manual & automatic vehicles and motorbikes. You must also be available to work in the weekends. If you think you have the skills and experience to join our team, apply now by contacting Phillip at Avis cook Islands. Phone 22833. 70949 / /1648

Oice of the Prime Minister DIRECTOR The Oice of the Prime Minister (OPM) has a vacancy for a Director within our central Policy and Planning Oice (CPPO). The director will be responsible for providing operational leadership and quality policy and planning guidance to support national planning at all level; facilitating regional and international development programs and accomplish our national reporting commitments and developing, managing and providing oversight for the work program of this division. Submit a written application with your cV, addressed to Mrs Elizabeth Wright-Koteka, chief of Staf, by 1pm Friday 17th May 2013. E: ck, or deliver to the oice. Call 29300 ext 801 for the JD, or download from www.pmoice.

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MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT GOVERNMENT OF THE COOK ISLANDS Vacancies exist in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management in the Statistics Division for a Statistics Oicer and Statistics Clerk. Key duties will be the collection of statistical information by way of surveys, censuses and administrative records and the processing and dissemination of this information using in-house built systems or MS Access and Excel. Job descriptions are available on our website www. under vacancies or call in to our oice and pickup a copy. Applications can be sent to Ministry of Finance, Statistics Division PO Box 120, Avarua or hand delivered to our oice in Avarua or email to vacancy.mfem@cookislands. Applications are to be received by close of business on Friday 10 May 2013. /

Project City in Parekura prOJeCT CiTY contractors have

now reached parekura and Tutakimoa in the central business district of Avarua. They have completed the laying of water mains and submains pipelines on the main road including maire Nui Drive and are now concentrating on the trenching and laying the sub-mains on the main connections roads in town. The new areas include the road leading to CiTV, Telecom Cook islands and the Ofice of the Prime Minister and St Joseph’s road leading to General Transport and Nukutere College environs. in addition, the contractors are installing bulk-water meter chambers outside Cook’s Corner and another chamber close to Budget rentals on St Joseph’s road. engineers from the ministry

of infrastructure and planning advise that pressure testing is being carried out on a continuous basis. Testing on the trunkmains is being carried out from Central motel around the Ara metua and back to General Transport. Tupapa sub-mains on the inland side of the main road are also being tested, and once there is an all-clear on the testing, that side of the road can be reinstated. most of the testing has actually been completed but the current water shortage is hampering progress because of low water pressure. Testing involves illing the particular stretch of water pipes from a water hydrant ensuring that all air is removed, then using a water blaster to force water through at high pressure to ensure there

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are no leaks. There have been very few leaks detected, none of which involved the pipes but were traced to the connecting valves, which have all been rectiied. The ministry engineering team apologises for any inconvenience caused to the public but advise that disruptions to traffic on the side roads in parekura and Tutakimoa will continue until the end of this week. They appeal to the public to continue to be patient and to drive with caution in the area and to adhere to the detour signs in place. project City 2 is due for completion in June 2013 after which the contract for the road upgrade of the main road, Ara metua and main link roads in town will begin. - MOIP

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Raro Fried Chicken Ltd 2000 Is looking for an honest, hardworking and trustworthy shopkeeper. Please contact 20327 or email us your cV at teokotai@

Joyce Peyroux Garment Experienced screenprinter wanted. Phone Joyce or Poko 20201/58888.

Refrigeration/Air Con Engineer We have a position available for the right person, must have relevant experience, a proven track record in the service and installation of an assortment of air conditioning applications and be able to work alternative weekends. For further details please contact 55469 or come and ill in an application form from the front oice, a CV is required.

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Barista for busy cafe.At least 2yrs Barista experience, course qualiied and experience in cafe style food preparation. Must be willing to work 5 days, incl weekends. Phone 29144/55503. 70777 /32181 /2380

Seeking one qualiied experienced worker to work full time as a tile layer, cobble stone layer, blaster and builder. Phone 26699 Henry.

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The Eye Place hidies Courtyard New position to be created due to Annies increased workload. See advert Saturday 70971 / /2656


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VACANCIES Two positions exist at USP Cook Islands to commence mid May 2103. (1) The Oice Manager who is responsible to the Director for the • Co-ordination of student registrations, enrolments and databases • Co-ordination of invoicing, receipting, purchasing and inancial reporting • Co-ordination and distribution of course materials, examinations and results • Co-ordination of student enquiries and follow up We are looking for someone with previous oice management experience, a good working knowledge of MYOB, close attention to detail, capacity to follow up and inalize issues, team-building capacity, and an interest in continuous professional development. (2) Receptionist/Junior Administrator, responsible to the Oice Manager for • Reception and assistance with student enquiries • Maintaining student records, databases and stock reports • Exam co-ordination • Administration duties generally We are looking for someone with a friendly manner and helpful disposition, with a good working knowledge of word processing and Excel spread sheets, demonstrating close attention to detail, a capacity to follow up and willingness to upskill on the job. Next step - Job descriptions and application forms are available by email from, or phone 29415 or call into our oice in Takamoa. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 8 May 2013 70921

Join the dynamic hardworking team at Cook Islands Tourism Corporation! With the mandate to lead the nation in tourism, destination development and marketing, our team is looking for a bright, energetic, passionate individual to make a diference and help cultivate continued success in this economic sector. The Cook Islands Tourism Corporation invites applications for the position of Marketing Support Oicer. The successful applicant will be reporting to the Director of Sales & Marketing and will be required to provide and deliver an eicient support system to the sales and marketing team. Applicants must have the following expertise: • Experience in Tourism sales and marketing • Have excellent interpersonal and written communication skills • Multi-task and able to manage many projects at one time • Have sound knowledge of general oice and administrative procedures • Have excellent organisational skills and ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines • Have sound knowledge of the industry, activities and service personnel • Have advanced knowledge in the use of Oice software – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access A detailed terms of reference is available at www. Applications with a CV should be addressed to Executive Assistant, PO Box 14, Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, Rarotonga or emailed to ck Applications close 4pm, Thursday 2 May 2013. 70705


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Goal blitz on opening day The rArOTONGA annual ivea-side football competition kicked off with a blast with twenty seven goals recorded on the opening day in the women and men’s division on monday at the CiFA complex in matavera. 2012 defending champions, Queenz, kicked off their campaign with a six goal to nil win over team Corporate in round one of the women’s division. Other winners were lorettes who defeated Green hornets by two goals to nil while matavera managed to slip in a goal in the dying minutes of their game against Tic Taks to win one goal to nil. in the men’s division – the match between Avatiu and Virgin Ave was clearly the game to watch with Virgin Ave leading the contest at one stage by four goals to nil. however Avatiu weren’t letting their opening match go astray as they caught up with minutes remaining to equalise against Virgin Ave with four goals each. Defending champions Outlaws slipped past their opponents Jaguar to win their irst match by two goals to one while the Tama hawks put four unanswered goals past the Steelers to win the match. Today the men’s category will take to the pitch with their games kicking off at 5.20pm. Steelers are scheduled to take on DJs on ield one while Outlaws will go head to head against the Barbarians.

Virgin Ave will go up against Tama Hawks on ield three and Avatiu will match up against Jaguar. Full results: (women) – Green hornets 0 vs lorettes 2, Corporate 0 vs Queenz 6, Tic Taks 0 vs matavera 1, (men) – Avatiu 4 vs Virgin Ave 4, Outlaws 2 vs Jag-

uar 1, Steelers 0 vs Tama hawks 4, DJs 3 vs Barbarians 0. Today’s draw: 5.20pm (men) – on ield 1-Steelers vs DJs, on ield 2-Outlaws vs Barbarians, on ield 3-Tama Hawks vs Virgin Ave, on field 4-Avatiu vs Jaguar. - CIFA Media

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International Flights

FLIGhT FROM ARRIVES ThurSday may 2 NZ46/45 AKL 5.15PM GZ035/034 PPT 2.50PM Friday may 3 VA163/162 AKL 12.50AM NZ46/45 AKL 3.20PM




6.30PM 3.50PM


1.45AM 4.30PM

Air Rarotonga

Flight Times | Voyage details RARO TO ARR ThurSday may 2 0800 AITUTAKI 0850













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1620 1850 1145

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TIARE MOANA 07 - ETD AUCk 26/04, ETA RARO 02 MAY OLOMANA 13 - ETD AUCk 26/04, ETA RARO 02/05, ETA AITUTAkI 04/05


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Answer to Wednesday’s puzzle

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Weather Forecast to Midnight Issued at 2pm at Rarotonga Situation: A trough of low pressure remains slow moving in the vicinity of Southern Cooks. An northeast wind low prevails over Northern cooks. Forecast to midnight for the Southern Cooks: Occasional rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms over most places. Moderate easterly winds. Moderate seas. Further outlook: Brief showers. For Rarotonga: Occasional rain and possible thunderstorms. Further outlook: Brief showers For the Northern Cooks: Fine apart from brief showers over most places. Moderate east to northeast winds. Moderate seas. Further outlook: Brief showers.












Forecast thanks to Cook Islands Meteorological Service.

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Rarotonga Thursday, May 2, 2013

Forecast Map 2pm Thursday

Tides Thu High 2.37AM 0.89M 3.00PM 0.90M


Low 8.43AM 0.29M 9.25PM 0.30M


High 3.34AM 0.86M 4.03PM 0.86M


0.9M SW


Low 9.46AM 0.33M 10.25PM 0.34M


Sun, Moon & Arapo

E 15kts new Moon MAY 10 12.29AM

First Quarter MAY 18 4.35AM

Full Moon May 25 4.25AM

Sunshine hours

Third Quarter MAY 2 11.15AM


araPO - TangarOa thu 2 Tanu (Planting) Tanu i te meika. Plant bananas.

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TauTai (Fishing) Po no te o’onu. akarava to tautai Koura te ika. night for the lagoon. Netting and ishing for crayish and ish.

Thu sun rise 6.57AM sun set 6.15PM




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Thursday, May 2, 2013 cook Islands News

Manureva kitesuring comp —jUNE 10-14 Soccer sport



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Aitutaki gears up for kitesuring The peOple of Aitutaki are

gearing up to host the 2013 manureva international Kitesurfing Competition from June 10 to 14 which includes numerous activities for residents to take part in. While international and local riders will want to impress out on the water with their aerial tricks – island residents are set to beneit again from the annual sporting event. Cook Islands Kitesuring Association president Teanaroa ‘paka’ Worthington has just returned from Aitutaki where he received great support from the local community who are looking forward to the June competition. paka has also had fruitful discussions with Ngaa Tiria of the Aitutaki Farmers Association who along with the Cook Islands Tourism oficers on the island, are supporting the manureva competition by organising the night market which coincides with the prize giving of the kitesuring competition. last year’s night market was a huge success with local farmers and cooks setting up stalls to

sell their delicious food, arts and crafts that were in high demand by hungry international and local kiters as well as locals and visitors to the island. An ‘ura tamariki’ dance competition is also in the pipeline to be staged during the night market where there will be a ura papaa and ura maori competition for Araura kids which is sure to be a huge hit too. long before the night market at the Orongo Centre in Arutanga and closing of the event at the Fishing Club next door – a week of activities has been organised to involve the whole Aitutaki community. Aitutaki children will take part in a recyclable kite making competition which has proven to be extremely popular in past years where hundreds of local children showed their creativity by crafting colourful kites which they flew at the Araura primary School grounds in Arutanga. On non-wind days – an ‘aqua festival’ will be staged for kitesurfers and the wider community on Aitutaki have the opportunity to join the festival and

have some fun too. To be held at Ootu beach right by the Samade Bar – the festival will include fun canoe races, stand up paddling antics

and short swim races to keep the fun atmosphere pumping even if the wind isn’t. Kitesuring races will be held on maina iti motu and the win-

ners will be announced at the night market prize giving. The prize giving at the market will then be followed by the wrap up of the event at the

Game Fishing Club where a live band and DJ will entertain the revellers until they’ve had their ill of fun. - Matariki Wilson

Cook Islands Kitesuring Association president Paka Worthington has fun kiting in Aitutaki recently where the community is looking forward to the up-coming Manureva kitesuring competition. He’s pictured here having fun with visiting ilm producers Lennie Hill and Webster stone who enjoyed a cold one in the aitutaki lagoon. 13050124

Bulldogs to visit second-place Sharks pleNTY of rugby league action is in store for fans this week with games starting on Friday at Arutanga ield in Aitutaki, the Avatiu Swamp and at Nukupure park in Ngatangiia. The Aitutaki Sharks will be tested this Friday when the Titikaveka Bulldogs visit to rumble at Arutanga ield. The Sharks are second equal on the premier grade points table with the Tupapa panthers both on 18 points. They head into the game after losing to Avatiu last week and will want to put on their best performance against the 2012 premier league champions. The Bulldogs on the other hand have club and village pride to play for as the side suffered a massive set back when they were stripped of all their competition points for breaching the compe-

tition rules. Despite that, the Bulldogs have been playing with guts and determination and will be in top form against the Sharks. The Bulldogs currently sit in 6th place in the seven team premier grade competition. Back on rarotonga on Friday – the Avatiu eels reserve grade will host the Titikaveka Bulldogs with this game set to kick off at 4.45pm. Also on Friday at Nukupure park – the Ngatangiia Sea eagles under 16 team will host their Bulldogs counterpart with this game kicking off at 4.45pm. Games on Saturday will be played at Victoria park where the premier grade match will be between hosts the panthers and the visiting Sea eagles from Ngatangiia. The panthers will be confi-

dent heading in to the game after a great hit out against the Warriors last week. The Sea eagles, who are third on the premier points table with 16 points, will be charged and ready to rumble after having the week off to rest. This will no doubt be a bruising encounter as the Sea eagles will want to remain the top four teams to have a chance at vying for the championship title. Games will also be played at the Avatiu Swamp where the eels will take on the Warriors. - Matariki Wilson

This week’s draw: Friday May 3 at Arutanga field in Aitutaki – 4.30pmpremier Sharks vs Bulldogs, ref-m.Une assisted by A.Tanga/p.Ngaroi, (Sub Official-A. emile).

Friday May 3 at the Avatiu

Swamp – 4.45pm-reserve eels vs Bulldogs, ref-N.Tou assisted by p.mitchell/p.Ngaroi.

Friday May 3 at Nukupure Park – 4.45pm-Under 16 Sea eagles vs Bulldogs, ref-B. Bishop assisted by J.murray/S. Teiotu.

sisted by m.Une/A.emile, (Sub Oficial-T.Benioni).

Saturday May 4 at Avatiu Swamp – 12.00pm-U14 eels vs panthers, ref-J.hosking assisted by Club Official, 1.00pm-U14 Sea eagles vs

Bears, ref-p.Ngaroi assisted by Club Oficial, 2.00pm-U19 Eels vs Bulldogs, ref-S.Teiotu assisted by B.Bishop/J.hosking, 3.30pm-premiers eels vs Warriors, ref-T.manea assisted by B.Bishop/S.Teiotu.

Saturday May 4 at Victoria Park – 11.30pm-Under 12 panther vs Bulldogs, refClub Coaches/Club Official, 11.30pm-Under 12 Sea eagles vs Bears, ref-Club Coaches/ Club Oficial, 12.30pm-Under 16 panthers vs eels, ref-A. Tanga assisted by T.Tuakana/J. murray, 1.30pm-Under 19 panthers vs Bears, ref-T.Benioni assisted by T.Tuakana/J. murray, 3.00pm-reserves Sea eagles vs Bears, ref-A. emile assisted by A.Tanga/m.Une, 4.30pm-premiers panthers vs Sea eagles, ref-S.Willis as-

Sailosi Nagi and the Titikaveka Bulldogs are set to take on the Aitutaki Sharks this Friday at Arutangi ield in Atituaki.


CIRL 2013 POINTS TABLE PReMIeRS eelS paNTheRS ShaRKS Sea eaGleS BeaRS BUllDOGS WaRRiORS RESERVES Sea eaGleS BUllDOGS BeaRS eelS paNTheRS UNDER 19'S paNTheRS BeaRS eelS BUllDOGS WaRRiORS UNDER 16'S paNTheRS eelS BUllDOGS Sea eaGleS UNDER 13'S eelS BeaRS Sea eaGleS paNTheRS

P 10 10 10 10 11 11 10 P 9 10 9 10 10 P 10 10 10 11 8 P 11 12 12 11 P 12 12 12 12

W 9 6 6 5 3 2 0 W 7 7 6 3 2 W 7 6 6 4 1 W 7 7 3 3 W 12 5 5 3

L 1 4 4 4 7 9 10 L 2 3 3 7 8 L 3 4 4 6 7 L 3 4 7 6 L 0 7 7 9

D 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 D 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 0 0 1 0 D 1 1 2 2 D 0 0 0 1

F 220 214 195 251 226 306 177 F 174 206 230 199 126 F 218 198 176 166 58 F 218 232 146 152 F 312 106 82 128

A 110 208 249 207 327 241 298 A 101 162 172 190 270 A 174 186 148 124 164 A 172 166 186 188 A 66 204 132 226

DIF 102 6 -54 44 -101 65 -121 DIF 73 44 58 9 -144 DIF 44 12 28 42 -106 DIF 46 66 -40 -36 DIF 246 -98 -50 -98

TOT 27 18 18 16 10 6 0 TOT 21 21 18 9 6 TOT 21 18 18 12 3 TOT 22 22 11 11 TOT 36 15 15 9

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