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‘Vaka jumping’ case set for July A judge will hear Norman george’s ‘vaka jumping’ case in July, and parties must ile all submissions in two weeks’ time. Teenui-Mapumai member of parliament Norman George iled two declaratory applications in court on February 8. The irst application is to have

the electoral Amendment Act 2007, which relates to the vaka jumping or party hopping law, declared unconstitutional and therefore invalid. “The content of the 2007 electoral Amendment is clumsy, contradictory and oppressive, and that is why I am applying for the

Amendment Act to be declared invalid,” george has said previously. george was voted into parliament under Cook Islands Party membership but resigned and claimed democratic membership, which has not been officially recognised by party leaders

and is subject of heated debate each time parliament sits. He believes he has never been a registered CIP party member and wants the courts to declare so. The parties george is up against are the attorney-general, represented by Crown Law’s Catherine evans, and Cook Is-

lands Party president Rau Nga, represented by Tina Browne. On March 19, justice Hugh Williams asked for a number of documents, including submissions, to be iled before the case could go ahead. While a number of documents have been iled, on Friday Justice

Judith Potter asked for afidavits and statements of defence to be iled before 4pm Monday. All parties must ile submissions by 4pm May 19. The two applications will be heard as one case sometime during the High Court judge sitting in july. - Calida Smylie

Drink driver goes to prison A MAN was sent to prison on

Thursday for driving while three times over the legal alcohol limit. Tuaine Maunga, 28, was imprisoned for one month for drunk driving causing injury and having excess blood alcohol. On his release, he must serve 12 months’ probation and was disqualified for driving for 18 months. He must also pay $175 for medical costs and court costs of $30. Crown lawyer Cheryl King said at around 2am on december

2, a crash on Ara Maire Nui Marine drive was reported to police. Police investigations found Maunga had been driving a motorbike with a pillion passenger from Avatiu towards Tupapa. Maunga lost control in front of St joseph’s Catholic Cathedral. He veered to the left and hit the footpath, which caused him and his passenger to receive scratches and cuts. The motorbike was also damaged. A blood test showed Maunga had 248.9 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. The limit is 80.

Maunga told police he had drunk five bottles of beer and five glasses of vodka and coke. He had been making his way home from a social gathering and said he crashed after swerving to avoid a car in front. There is an issue with drink driving in the community, said King. To address this, parliament increased the penalty in 2008 for drink driving causing injury from ive years in prison to 10 years or a maximum fine of $10,000. King recommended a short

prison term, followed by the minimum probation term of 12 months and the mandatory 12 months’ driving disqualification. Charles Petero, acting for Maunga, said the defendant apologises unreservedly to those affected by his actions. He pleaded guilty at the irst opportunity and this is his irst time before the courts. Maunga was raised in Mauke by his grandparents in a Christian environment, said Petero. The man has a young child

and works two jobs to provide for him. His employers at CITC and Oasis “cannot speak highly enough of him”, said Petero. Petero said prison would affect Maunga’s ability to provide for his child – but acknowledged it was a possibility. “The charges the defendant faces are serious and he knows that.” He recommended the defendant be put on 12 months’ probation, get a “hefty ine” of $800 and pay medical costs, plus a year’s driving disqualiication. justice judith Potter said the

courts must set sentencing to deter others from committing the same crime. “The fact that parliament raised the penalty shows how serious they view the offending.” She said although his “exemplary record” mitigated in his favour, the fact he was more than three times over the limit was an aggravating factor. “You were heavily intoxicated that night…It cannot be denied this was serious drink driving offending.” - Calida Smylie

Cooks boosts reputation in Australia THe COOK Islands Tourism

‘it takes a village’ roadshow in Australia showcased a growing destination that is committed to developing opportunities for its “most important market”. Cook Islands Tourism brought live performers, hotel operators and plenty of smiles to Sydney as part of a destination roadshow last week; featuring live dance,

cultural displays and plenty of traditional food. Set aboard ‘The Island’ on Sydney Harbour, guests were informed about the ever-changing developments occurring in The Cooks which aim to give the destination greater appeal. “Australia is our most important market,” Cook Islands managing director Australia Kerryn

Fewer break-ins POLICe arrested four men over the weekend for various breaches of the law. Two men were arrested for drink driving, while another was arrested for being a disqualiied driver. The fourth man arrested was caught and detained after he stole a bag and drove off on a stolen motorbike. All four men have been charged and will appear in court this Thursday.

Police also attended to four motor vehicle accident including a car that crashed into the fence at the Nikao Maori School on Saturday. Police are encouraged that less burglary incidents were reported at the weekend and say this is likely mainly due to neighbours watching out for each other’s homes and property – a good habit police would - MW like everyone to do.

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Cook said. “The roadshow was designed to change the perspective some Australians have about the Cook Islands and help us work together with agents and media to better promote this unique and wonderful paradise.” Air New Zealand operates a once-a-week direct flight from Sydney to Raratonga, while Virgin Australia offers transfers via Auckland. Cook Islands Tourism has been developing links with the burgeoning cruise market and is continually working on opportunities that will see Australians cruising to the Cooks. The Cook Islands is also hoping to be one of the first ‘green countries’ by 2020; embracing renewable energy sources and abandoning the reliance upon imported fossil fuels. “despite all the changes we’ve made over the past few years, it’s still exceedingly important to

maintain a healthy and open relationship with agents,” Cook said. “That’s why we’re proud to launch the Cook Islands specialist programme; a four module education programme, designed to provide participants with insider knowledge and on-going

support to help you sell the Cook Islands.” Cook Islands Tourism also revealed a new weddings microsite, aimed at boosting the reputation of The Cooks as a nuptials and honeymooning destination in the Paciic.

There has been an average tourism growth rate of 18 per cent over the last ive years from Australia to the Cooks Islands. “We’ve seen phenomenal growth from Australia and we wish to continue to build on these results,” Cook said. - Release

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worldNeWS nuti no TeIA NeI AO Don't sign when you ly Airline passengers should stick to watching inlight movies rather than making big decisions. Mental tasks are impaired at high altitude, so dealing with key emails is best avoided, say UK professor of aerospace medicine, David Gradwell. He said learning was a little impaired at a higher altitude, as was performance of recently learned tasks. “it’s perhaps not where you want to make the most important decision of your life,” he said. “Those of you who are looking forward to having emails in light might want to think twice about sending that email to your bank manager.”

Dhaka a battleground Islamist protesters demand death penalty for blasphemy dHAKA – Hundreds of thousands of hardline Islamists demanding a new blasphemy law fought running battles with police, leaving ten dead and many injured in dhaka. up to half a million protesters turned the Bangladeshi capital dhaka into a battleground setting ire to shops and vehicles as police fought to contain them. Chanting “Allahu Akbar!” (“god is greatest!”) and “ Atheists must be hanged”, activists from Hefajat-e-Islam marched along at least six highways, blocking transport between dhaka and other cities and towns.

world BRIeFS governing coalition wins election MALAYSIA – Malaysia’s governing coalition has maintained its 56year rule in a hard-fought general election. The Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition had passed the threshold of 112 seats in the 222-seat parliament, with two thirds of seats conirmed. Voters had been faced with returning the ruling party, or choosing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s untested three-party alliance, Pakatan Rakyat. Anwar refused to concede defeat, accusing the authorities of widespread abuses which he said had distorted the result of the election. Prime Minister Najib Razak urged all Malaysians to accept his coalition’s victory. “We have to show to the world that we are a mature democracy,” he said in a televised broadcast. Election oicials said some 80 per cent of registered voters cast ballots.

california wilDfire being containeD USA – A wildire threatening thousands of homes in southern california is being contained because of cool air blowing in from the Paciic, ireighters say. They say hot, dry winds have now been replaced by the normal low of damper air, reducing ire activity. Thousands of ireighters have been battling the blaze in the Santa Monica Mountains north-west of Los Angeles. No injuries have been reported. Dubbed the Springs Fire, it has damaged just 15 properties but thousands of others are at risk. It forced the closure of a section of the Paciic Coast Highway and threatened a naval facility. Fire crews have tackled more than 680 wildires in California so far this year, some 200 more than average for the period.

icelanDers to resume whale hunt IcELAND – Iceland plans to resume its disputed commercial in whale hunt with a quota of at least 154 whales. The chief executive of the only company that catches the giant mammals, Hvalur, says two ships will head out to sea next month. The company caught 148 in whales in 2010, but none in 2011 and 2012 due to the disintegration of its only market in earthquake and tsunami-hit Japan, which is where most of this year’s meat will be exported. Fin whales are the second largest whale species after the blue whale. Iceland also hunts minke whales, a smaller species. Iceland, which resumed commercial whaling in 2006, and Norway are the only two countries still openly practising commercial whaling in deiance of a 1986 moratorium.

They are calling for those who insult Islam to face the death penalty. They also want greater segregation of men and women, as well as the imposition of stricter Islamic education. Police officials told AF P that about 200,000 people had marched to central dhaka, where ierce clashes erupted between thousands of rock-throwing protesters and security oficials, with police beating back demonstrators with batons. Witnesses said rioting broke out after police tried to intercept stick-wielding protesters, most travelling from remote villages, in front of the country’s largest mosque. Trouble then spread to central districts of dhaka. “This government does not have faith in Allah. This is an atheist government, we will not allow them to live in Bangladesh. Muslims are brothers, we must protect Islam,” one protester, ilmed by AFP, was seen chanting. Hefajat-e-Islam draws its strength from the country’s madrassahs, or religious schools. The group’s opposition to a national development policy for women has angered women’s groups. But the government, which describes Bangladesh as a secular democracy, has rejected the group’s demand for a new law on blasphemy. Police fired rubber bullets from armoured vehicles at protesters, who went on the rampage, torching a police office, scores of vehicles and shops, attacking government ofices and beating policemen. dozens of small bombs exploded, leaving smoke hanging in the air around the mosque. One policeman suffered serious head injuries after he was beaten by protesters. Muslims make up nearly 90% of the country’s population with the rest mostly Hindus. - PNC

half a million Islamist protesters turned the city of dhaka into a battleground as they call for the government to impose stricter Islamic laws including the death penalty for blasphemy. AFP

Syria condemns air strikes dAMASCuS – Israeli strikes on

Syrian army targets show coordination with “terrorists” including al-Qaeda linked militants, the Syrian foreign ministry has said. The strikes had led to a number of casualties and widespread damage, it reported in a letter sent to the uN. State media said a research centre and other sites had been hit overnight. Israeli sources said weapons bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon were the target. The strike, the second in two days, drew condemnation from the Arab League. Syria’s government refers to rebels ighting against it as “terrorists”.

On Friday, Israeli aircraft hit a shipment of missiles near the Lebanon border, according to unnamed uS and Israeli officials. The latest developments are a signiicant escalation in Israel’s involvement in the conlict. The Syrian foreign ministry statement said three military sites had been hit – a research centre at jamraya, a paragliding airport in the al-dimas area of damascus and a site in Maysaloun. “The Israeli attack led to the fall of a number of martyrs and wounded from the ranks of Syrian citizens, and led to widespread destruction in these sites and in the civilian districts

near to them.” The statement added: “This leaves no room for doubt Israel is the beneficiary, the mover and sometime the executor of the terrorist acts which Syria is witnessing and which target it as a state and people directly or through its tools inside.” The Syrian cabinet held an emergency meeting on the attacks, after which Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said the attack made the Middle east “more dangerous” and “opens the door wide to all possibilities”. Syria had the right and the duty “to defend its people by all available means,” he added. - BBC

Five die in stretch limo ire SAN FRANSISCO – Five women died and four were injured when a stretch limo caught ire on a major bridge near San Francisco on Saturday night. Only the male driver escaped unhurt during the incident on the San Mateo bridge. The victims, said to be in their 30s, were trapped as fire

engulfed the back of the car, which had stopped. Amateur video footage showed the white car ablaze in the darkness. No other vehicle appears to have been involved in the incident and police are still trying to determine the cause. When smoke began to pour

from the back of the limo, the driver quickly pulled over but ire spread rapidly. Four women managed to get out but one had severe burns while the others suffered minor injuries including smoke inhalation . They were taken to local hospitals. - BBC

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train carrYing toXic chemicals Derails BELGIUM – Two people died and 14 others were injured when a train carrying toxic and lammable chemicals derailed and caused a major ire near the Belgian city of Ghent. The victims were residents living near the site of the derailment. It is not clear how the two people died. More than 300 people were evacuated from the area. The train was travelling from the Netherlands to Ghent’s seaport on Saturday when it derailed as it changed tracks. Six of the train’s 13 cars derailed and three caught ire, setting of a series of explosions.

where to burY boston bomber? USA – The search is on for a cemetery in which to bury Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as protesters picket the funeral home holding his body. The director of the funeral home has likened the task to burying notorious mass murderers from recent American history. Tamerlan Sarnaev’s wife, Katherine Russell, had declined to pick the body up from the examiner’s oice, allowing his relatives to claim the remains instead and arrange for a funeral. “My problem is trying to ind a gravesite. I don’t want to be involved with this, ” the funeral director said.

Today’s daily Bread Yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.

Matthew read: read: Proverbs 6:6-11 7:21-29

Text: Matthew 7:26 Text: Verse 8

young south Korean Buddhists with freshly shaved heads line up as they take part in an initiation ceremony at Chogye Temple ahead of the Buddha’s birthday. Buddha’s oicial birthday in 2013 will be celebrated on the full moon on May 17 in South Korea. AFP


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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 Friday 10 May 2013. For further information, please contact: Sera Vada-Pareti: Project Co-ordinator (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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Death penalty on the agenda PNG government says draconian measures needed to ight violence PORT MOReSBY – International human rights group Amnesty International has condemned Papua New guinea’s support for the death penalty. Papua New guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill vowed on Wednesday to implement the death penalty and make rape punishable by life in prison to ight violent crime.

The country has been shocked by a recent spate of violent crimes, including gang rapes and the beheading and burning of women suspected of sorcery. But Kate Schutze from Amnesty International says punishment is the wrong policy and it has failed to address violent crime in other countries. “It’s not addressing the un-

paciic BRIEFS comPanY reconfirms its commitment AMERIcAN SAMOA – The tuna canning company, Tri Marine International, has again reairmed its commitment to maintaining a ishing leet based in American Samoa, as well as utilising the territorial government-owned shipyard for repairs. Tri Marine is looking at setting up a cannery in the territory next year. There have been recent concerns the company may be looking at other Paciic islands to conduct shipyard repairs. But a Tri Marine oicial, Mike Wisneske, says the company has already increased its Pago Pago ishing leet to 10. He is assuring the territory that it has not reneged on its earlier promises. Wisneske says the work that has been done on a Tri Marine vessel has been more than satisfactory and another vessel is due in port around June or July for repairs.

Death of woman Diver in vanuatu VANUATU –A United States diver who lived in New Zealand has died while diving one of the shipwrecks in Luganville, on Espirito Santo, Vanuatu. Aquamarine Santo management says the victim was one of its divers, a certiied diver and had dived the SS President coolridge wreck four times before. Aquamarine Santo says this time on her return to the shallows with her dive guard, fellow divers saw her go back down without telling her dive guard. Divers brought her body to the surface but all attempts to revive her failed. Her body is to be repatriated to New Zealand to determine the cause of death.

weeKenD to forget for Pacific teams SCOTLAND – It was a weekend to forget for the Paciic sides competing at the penultimate round of the World Sevens Series in Glasgow. Fiji topped Pool c, but were beaten by England in the Cup quarter inals before a shock 22-7 defeat to the USA in the plate semis. Samoa failed to make the cup quarters after losing to canada and South Africa in pool play, and eventually bowed out in the bowl semi inals against Australia. South Africa held of New Zealand 28-21 in the inal - their third Cup win in four tournament – but it wasn’t enough to prevent the All Black Sevens wrapping up their 11th series title and third in a row. The inal round is in London next weekend.

cracKDown on illegal Power users MARSHALL ISLANDS – The government power utility in the Marshall Islands has received threats from locals after it launched an aggressive campaign against illegal power use in the nation’s capital, Majuro. The Marshalls Energy company’s General Manager David Paul says people do not like having free electricity taken away. Paul says enforcement action has come with a price and a few people have come into their oice threatening them. He says he believes these threats are from people who have been allowed to abuse power for years without any penalty. When meter readers ind private customers abusing power, they have their power disconnected, the utility publishes their names in the local newspaper, and ines them $US 1,000 US dollars before they can be reconnected.

maJor fire DestroYs naDi suPermarKet FIJI – The jobs of about 55 people have been afected in the wake of an early morning ire which badly damaged the MH supermarket in Main Street, Nadi. National Fire Authority cEO John O’connor said they were called at 1.30am yesterday morning and when they arrived, the building was already engulfed in lames. O’Connor said there are no reports of injuries or fatalities and they managed to stop the ire from spreading to nearby buildings. He said there is about 80 to 90 per cent damage to the supermarket building and investigations have started.

Police investigate babY’s Death FIJI – Fiji police are investigating an incident where an eightmonth-old baby died after receiving severe burns last Thursday in Kalekana, Lami. Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said family members have been questioned and released however they will still be investigating the matter closely. Sokomuri said the baby’s grandmother and father were present when a kettle of hot water spilled on the baby. The baby was rushed to hospital however was pronounced dead later. Meanwhile, police is again calling on parents to be mindful of their children’s activities and to always keep a close eye on little infants.

derlying causes, it doesn’t address the fear that is prevalent in Papua New guinean society about sorcery itself,” she said. “And it’s not a reasonable and proportionate reaction to this.” “The problem with the violence we’re seeing in Papua New guinea is time and time again the police are failing to intervene,” she said. “They do not have the resources or the proper judicial process is not carried through right to the end.” Papua New guinea’s opposition supports the call for harsher punishments, saying the death penalty would be an effective deterrent. Schutze says Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception, regardless of the crime, as it is considered the “ultimate denial of human rights”. Australia Foreign Minister Bob Carr has voiced the Australian government’s opposition to the death penalty during a visit to Papua New guinea. during a quick visit to Port Moresby, Carr met with both

‘The problem with the violence we’re seeing in Papua New guinea is time and time again the police are failing to intervene.’ O’Neill and his PNg counterpart, Rimbink Pato. Carr says the prime minister spoke about PNg’s law and order challenges, and he voiced Australia’s opposition to capital punishment. “I said to foreign minister Pato, Australia is opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances and we never cease to make that clear,” he said. Peter O’Neill said violent crimes were becoming too frequent and that “draconian” measures were required. Papua New guinea has not carried out an execution since 1954, despite parliament’s decision to reintroduce the death

penalty for murder in 1991. O’Neill also said gang-rapists would face life in prison without parole. Plans for an isolated island prison for high-risk offenders are being considered, as are tough new punishments for drug and alcohol offences. “There will be maximum penalties that have never been seen before in this country,” O’Neill told local media last Wednesday. “But I think the majority of our people are demanding it.” The prime minister also announced that the government would repeal the controversial 1971 Sorcery Act, which acknowledges the accusation of sorcery as a plausible defence in murder cases, he added. While the Sorcery Act criminalises sorcery, it is reported to have led to false accusations by people against their enemies, and also given sorcery a sense of legitimacy In 2009, after a string of killings, the chairman of Papua New guinea’s Constitutional Review and Law Reform Com-

Papua new Guinea Prime Minister Peter o’neill. mission said defendants were using accusations of witchcraft as an excuse to kill people, and called for tougher legislation to tackle the issue. The government has received more than 100 petitions from human rights and other groups, calling for urgent action to combat the recent violence, reports the AFP news agency. The reforms are expected to come before PNg’s parliament for debate later this month. - ABC/PNC

Parties oficially registered SuVA – Fiji’s three remaining political parties have been oficially registered and say they will run in next year’s election if they believe it will be “free and fair”. Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said while the registration is positive, conditions don’t exist for the parties to operate freely. “There are restrictions which are required for political meetings and we would like to see that all the regulations that stand in the way, curtailing freedom of assembly, expression and speech is removed,” he said. “We also have in place restrictions on media freedom and I think that needs to go also.” The registrations have

been approved more than two months after the parties made their original applications. The move has also come after the coup-installed military government’s consultation period for the country’s new constitution, preventing the parties from having any part in the process. The National Federation Party, the Fiji Labour Party and the Social democratic Liberal Party have formed the united Front for a democratic Fiji. The Fiji regime leader, Commodore Frank Bainimaramahas told Radio Tarana he inds it funny to see what he calls the ‘same old faces lining up again and sitting together after scrapping like schoolboys in the past’.

“These are the people who brought Fiji to its knees. Now they want another chance, I guess to mess the country up again. “A few days ago they were bleating and harping about me preventing them from contesting the election. That’s what they wanted to say to the world, that this whole process is a sham. Because they know that ending voting along racial lines is going to weaken them.” Commodore Bainimarama says he’ll form his own party over the coming months to contest the elections he has promised for September next year. He says the successful registration of three political parties is proof next year’s election will

be free and fair. But Chaudhry says opposition parties will be at a serious disadvantage if the government does not lift restrictions on the media. He says the current media decree unfairly favours Bainimarama’s ruling regime. “The media is not free and they are kind of coerced into just reporting the regime’s propaganda. It will not be a level playing ield for political parties and we will be operating at a disadvantage.” Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem said the newly-registered parties will be able to operate, function, represent and hold themselves out to be political parties. - PNC

Tortured women in safe hands BuKA – The three women tortured and held for suspected sorcery in South Bougainville are now safely with their family members. The mother and two daughters were set free and transported to Buka general hospital for treatment to their injuries late last week. The mother had suffered cuts to her body and had the back of her neck sliced. The three spent some days recovering in the surgery ward and are reportedly still traumatised by their ordeal. They have now gone to stay with their families in an attempt to get some normalcy back into

their lives. After being tortured and held, the women were then looked after by ex-combatants who ensured their safety until “Bel Kol” (compensation) had been organised by negotiators. The negotiating team made a breakthrough last week and the women were allowed to be released without fear for their safety. The women had been accused of sorcery and tortured along with other family members at the beginning of last month. One woman, Helen Rumbali, was killed whilst other family members managed to escape. Meanwhile, the family mem-

bers who escaped the attackers say they were let down by police during the incident. Whilst acknowledging the police were outnumbered during the ordeal, the families claim “the police failed to uphold their duties”. The police arrived at the same time as the attackers but were unable to help the victims. “The police were armed but overpowered,” admitted one of the victims, but added, “just before the incident two police oficers came and talked with us. They explained their duty to us – to protect lives and property”. This, the families believe, did not happen.

In a statement, the Bougainville police said the oficers were heavily outnumbered and the mob had superior weaponry at the time of the incident. “All attackers were armed with grass knives, high-powered guns and other weapons,” said the police who were forced to retreat from the scene. The victims agreed that there was little the police could do but said they were filled with fear when the police left them. “When police were there we felt a bit safe,” they said. “But when they left it got worse. Once the police left, everything got worse”. - Post Courier

Rape suspects to court this week MAdANg – Four men hauled in

by police over the rape a uS research worker on Karkar Island are set to appear in the Madang district Court this week.

Madang Provincial Police Commander Sylvester Kalaut said suspects had been charged with unlawful sexual penetration, assault, deprivation of

liberty, armed robbery and kidnapping. Chief Supt Kalaut said as the incident had received widespread media publicity, it

was crucial that the matter be dealt with urgently, to ensure a speedy resolve to restore conidence not only at the national but international level. - PC


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School bans junk food PORT VILA – Vanuatu’s efate School in Port Vila is taking the issue of obesity and lifestyle diseases seriously. efate School cooks have been informed after a school committee meeting that junk food and unhealthy snacks are to banned in the school’s canteen – and students are to be generally discouraged from bringing junk food to school from home. In a statement the Vanuatu Ministry of Health has stated: “Children eat about one-third of their day’s food at school, so it is very important that the food they buy or bring to school is healthy and nutritious.” The Vanuatu daily Post says while a lot of schools in Port Vila are currently discouraging the consumption of junk food, it is still hard to control it as school canteens continue to make money from food considered to be “junk food”. This was confirmed by several school cooks who attended a Vanuatu School Cooks Associa-

tion meeting recently. Voicing their concern to oficers of the Ministry of Health and staff from Shefa Province education, the cooks argued that despite their efforts to promote a healthy diet, and discourage students eating junk food – many school canteens still continue to sell “rubbish food” to the students. The Ministry of education has made it very clear saying: “Healthy eating and good nutrition helps school students to develop and grow properly, physically and mentally. “ It keeps students healthy and strong, stops sickness and help recovery from sickness, keeps them active and helps them learn well at school. One of the comments raised during the Cooks Association meeting was that communication between cooks and school heads is ineffective. “Our school heads blamed a lack of finance to enable us to cater with local food, so we con-

tinue to get more rice than local food,” one cook commented. The cooks added that school heads also complain that buying local food from the market was not budgeted for, so canteen cooks must make do with whatever they were assigned to cook. School heads must understand the importance of why students should eat a healthy meal, the daily Post says. According to the Healthy Vanuatu School Food guidelines, students must eat a variety of food, eat a lot of locally produced fruits and vegetables, drink a lot of water, eat less sugar, salt and unhealthy fats and eat less rubbish food and soft drinks – and avoid over-eating. The daily Post says noncommunicable diseases are becoming a silent killer in Vanuatu– therefore, the Ministry of Health is encouraging everyone to eat more local food, vegetables, and fruits instead of imported food. - Vanuatu Daily Post

aotearoa NeWS DereK foX won’t attemPt to fill horomia vacancY High proile broadcaster Derek Fox says he will not stand in the by-election to ill the Ikaroa Rawhiti seat left vacant by Parekura Horomia’s death. “No, I won’t stand. I tried twice to win the seat and failed,” Mr Fox told TVNZ’s Marae Investigates programme. He says Labour will retain the seat. The by-election is expected to be held within the next two months. In the 2011 election Horomia retained the seat for Labour with 10,558 votes, the Maori Party ran second with 4017 and Mana was third with 2484. That gave Horomia a 6541 vote majority. Fox contested the seat for the Maori Party in 2008 and Horomia’s majority was just 1645. There are seven Maori electorates, which were traditionally safe Labour seats. The Ikaroa Rawhiti electorate covers nearly all of the North Island’s east coast from Te Araroa down to Wellington and taking in Gisborne, Napier and Hastings. Horomia held the seat for Labour since entering Parliament in 1999 and was Maori Afairs Minister from 2000-08. - Newstalk ZB

Pm not lost for worDs PaYing tribute to horomia THE Prime Minister attended Parekura Horomia’s tangi on Friday, saying he came to farewell a friend, a leader and a great New Zealander. John Key lew to Tolaga Bay by helicopter accompanied by about a dozen Cabinet ministers. They were welcomed on to Hauiti Marae where they stayed for about three hours. Key said he was genuinely sad when he heard the news that the 62-year-old Labour Party MP had died on Monday. He said Mr Horomia was always a gentle giant and a big man in everything he did with a big smile, a big laugh and big ideas - which he couldn’t always translate into words. Key delivered anecdotes about his experiences with the MP, which prompted much laughter. He said on the day a newspaper had described him as inventing words, he ran into Horomia in the corridors of Parliament. “Parekura came up to me and he looked at me and said, ‘Ah, I see you’re making up words’. And I said, ‘Yeah, but I didn’t know I was’ and he went, ‘Me neither!’” Speaker David carter expressed his condolences on behalf of the many hundreds of people who work at Parliament. - RNZI

maYor hoPes rePort Prevents another trageDY INVERcARGILL Mayor Tim Shadbolt says he hopes the recommendations of a new report will result in safer Ngai Tahu muttonbirding trips. In 2012, eight people died when the ishing boat Easy Rider sank while on a muttonbirding trip in Foveaux Strait. A Transport Accident Investigation commission report says Maritime New Zealand should create a database of the safety records belonging to all New Zealand sea vessels. It also recommends the organisation further promote the beneits of life jackets, lares, and improved communication systems. Shadbolt says he, Ngai Tahu, and Maritime New Zealand all want to see safety on the water improved in the future. Shadbolt says he’s conident Maritime New Zealand will act on the report’s indings. - RNZI

call to streamline maori housing organisations A MAORI architecture specialist is calling for a more streamlined approach towards Maori housing. Rau Hoskins says better housing solutions would be found if the three organisations that deal with Maori housing are combined. With about 7000 substandard Maori homes in Northland alone, Mr Hoskins says it’s important incorporations, trusts and individuals work with one entity to develop housing plans rather than jumping over a number of hurdles. “I think there’s been a long held desire to see a ‘one-stop shop’ Maori housing entity.” Hoskins, says there are already about 1000 papakainga across the country, but not all of them have many, if any, dwellings on them. “There is a demand for people to have high quality housing on ancestral land as long as they can maintain some level of employment.” Hoskins says councils in Northland, Auckland, Hastings, the western Bay of Plenty, and Wanganui are particularly proactive in making provisions for papakainga in their annual plans. He says more funding is also needed to raise the standard of Maori housing and to provide for diferent housing arrangements, like communal housing clusters on ancestral land. - RNZI

waitangi tribunal to hear iwi views on railwaY

a Vanuatu school is taking the need for healthy food seriously and is to ban junk food from the school canteen.

New university planned PORT MOReSBY, – The Papua

New guinea government has approved a plan to have a new university established in the nation’s Highlands region. This move announced by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is hoped will create more space to provide tertiary education opportunities for school leavers. Speaking at the university of Papua New guinea’s 58th graduation ceremony at the Waigani campus in Port Moresby recently, O’Neill said the Office of Higher education would soon commence preparatory work for the new university. The prime minister said that the government’s move to establish the new university was largely due to lack of space in existing higher institutions. “Let me just give you what is a sad situation. Last year, 17,000 young people finished their grade 12 education and only 4,000 were absorbed into the higher education system,” he said. “This is unacceptable. How can any responsible government

live with this, denying our children the right to a decent life? “Our government is not going to deny our children, we are committed to ensuring that the opportunity for decent and quality education is available to all citizens,” the Prime Minister said. O’Neill also stressed the importance of the current higher learning institutions and he said the government would make reforms, reconstruct and rebuild for a better learning system. “Our government has begun to focus on institutional reforms and reconstruction as part of our overall public infrastructure development programme,” he said. “We will repair and renovate our universities and training colleges and to restore them as our highest learning institutions. “Our oldest universities, the university of Technology and university of Papua New guinea are our national icons, our national pride and identity.

“Their prestige must be restored and that is what our government has undertaken to do. “We will overhaul administrations of these institutions. We will weed out a culture of ineficiency, nepotism and complacency,” he said. O’Neill said that an ongoing administrative crisis and rundown facilities at the unitech in Lae was a good example of years of frustration expressed by the community, including staff and students. He said it was a serious concern to his government and every parent that the premier institutions had been reduced to a state-of-hopelessness by those who were trusted to manage and administer them. “I want to reassure our citizens and parents in particular that our government will do everything in our power to restore dignity of these institutions. “We will make the tough but fair decisions for the good of country and our people,” O’Neill said. - Post-Courier

THE Waitangi Tribunal opens a hearing in the Waikato on Monday to hear the views of iwi afected by the North Island’s main trunk railway. The hearing at Te Ihingarangi Marae in the settlement of Waimiha, north of Lake Taupo, runs until Friday. It is part of the Tribunal’s King country district inquiry, which is hearing evidence on a number of topics, including the impact of war and coniscations on Waikato iwi. This week, the inquiry will look into the Main Trunk Line, including the way it afected the lives of Te Rohe Potae (King Country) Maori. Work irst began on the line in 1885, after the government reached an agreement with Ngati Maniapoto leaders to open the King country up to rail development. It took 23 years to complete. This is the ifth week of hearings for the wider inquiry, which began in November last year. It is expected to take a total of 14 weeks, covering more than 270 claims from a range of iwi and hapu. - RNZI

trust Plan Part of inDigenous PeoPle on a ramPage WAIPAREIRA chief Executive John Tamihere says the West Auckland social services trust is part of a worldwide movement of indigenous groups taking control of their destiny. The trust has unveiled its strategic plan for the next 25 years, spelling out how it intends to improve the lives of those it serves. Tamihere says part of the plan is to partner with similar groups around the world, such as Families First which works with African American communities in Atlanta, Georgia. “Our workers or some of our key workers will go over there on a secondment and some of their key workers will come back here. We will do the same with the First Nation; we will do the same with our Hawaiian brothers and sisters and our aboriginal brothers and sisters. They are on the rampage around the world, winning back which was stolen from them, taken and coniscated. These people are raging and doing great things. It’s regretful that people in our own backyard don’t value, don’t rate us but they do,” he says. Tamihere says Waipareira developed in response to the challenges of Māori urbanisation, and its 25 year plan will put it in an even stronger position to respond to future challenges. - Waatea News

Kaumatua objects to 1080 drop on mountain A NGATI Pukenga kaumatua says a drop of the toxin 1080 on a Coromandel mountain is disrespectful to the ancestors of Te Arawa. The Department of Conservation will drop the toxin over 4500 hectares of Mt Moehau between June and August. It has used 1080 in the Coromandel before to eradicate pests such as possums and stoats, but this will be its irst aerial drop over the mountain. Te Moana a Toi Leaders Forum chairman Awanui Black says Moehau maunga is the inal resting place of the captain of the Te Arawa waka, Tamatekapua. Black says the 1080 drop will hurt the mountain’s mauri (life-force) and threaten Moehau’s waterways and wildlife. He says the Government should trust Maori with the mountain’s guardianship. Doc says it is important to protect the forest and wildlife at Moehau, and the drop is necessary to eradicate rats and possums. It says it has consulted more than nine tangata whenua including Ngati Whanaunga, Ngati Hei, and the Hauraki Collective. - RNZI

traDitional sKills not taught Due to river Pollution A BAY of Plenty Regional council member says river pollution is preventing Maori from handing down traditional ishing skills to their children. Cr Tipene Marr told a meeting of MPs in Whakatane on Thursday he supported a law change that would help clean up the nearby Tarawera River. An amendment to the Resource Management Act is being considered by parliament’s Local Government and Environment Select committee. It would limit the time during which companies are allowed to expel discharge into rivers under an “exceptional circumstances” clause without reapplying for permission. It would reduce the timeframe from 35 years to ive. Marr said the bill would enhance the cultural guardianship that Maori have over the river. He said a paper mill in Whakatane that expels its waste into the Tarawera would have to negotiate every ive years before it could continue doing that. Marr said the mill has been polluting the river for more than 50 years. - RNZI


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An insult to Ngati Makea dear editor, May I through your column make reference to Mr Ross Holmes’ controversial article in the Cook Islands Herald April 24 regarding the Makea Nui Ariki title. Holmes is opening a can of worms to make such defamatory and degrading remarks about ancestors, the ancestors of Ngati Makea, especially Te Pa Atua Kino.The Court clearly stated in its decision in 1940 that – whether Te Pa Atua Kino was a body-son (tamariki kopu) or adopted son (tamariki angai) need not affect the position because there is nothing in native custom to prevent a younger son or even an adopted son from

holding the Ariki title, etcetera. It seems Holmes is satisied with this decision. Makea Te rangi Tu ki Vao had two children Rangi Makea and Akimono. Akimono married Pa Mata Ariki of Takitumu and they begat Te Pa Atua Kino and Teruaroa. Rangi Makea did not have children so he adopted his sister’s son Te Pa Atua Kino and another boy Rangi Makeakea. There was no indication of where Rangi Makeakea came from – but I assume he came from Ngati Arera as Holmes inferred. editor, I think the above genealogy clears up all doubts about Te Pa Atua Kino’s origin

as well as hi blood right eligibility to hold the Makea Nui title. It also clears up Pa Ariki’s genealogy as well. editor, now to clear up the misunderstanding use of “Nui” in the name of Makea Nui Ariki, Mr. Holmes refers to its origin being from Tangiia Nui – rubbish. Te Pa Atua Kino and the other Ariki before him used the Makea Ariki name with no “Nui”. When Te Pa Atua Kino created the three Makea titles namely the Makea Vakatini Ariki, the Makea Karika Ariki, and the Makea Nui Ariki titles, “Nui” was added to show supremacy over the other two. editor, the genealogy of Arera Katu i te Rangi mentioned

in Holmes’ article is one point of interest to look at. The article says Arera ukarau was the Ariki at Arai-te-Tonga when Tangiia and Karika arrived. It also says that the Makea line started from Te Ariki-i-te-Au, the son of Teiva Toa Teponikiniki from the Arera ukarau line. editor, our genealogy shows that Te Ariki-i-te-Au is of the 4th generation in line from Karika Tara Apeape Moa coming down to Makea Te Rangi Tu ki Vao. Our genealogy also shows that Teiva toa Teponikiniki’s son was “Katu” and not Te Ariki-i-te-Au. However, the main points to look at is if the Makea line descended from Te Ariki-i-te-Au

down to Rangi Makea then Te pa Atua Kino qualiies to the Makea Nui Ariki title. If whereby the Makea line descended from Arera ukarau down to Teiva Toa Teponikiniki and further down to Mainemaraerua (the wife of Makea Keu) then Makea daniela will qualify for the Makea Nui Ariki title as well. editor, the article also stated that Te Pa Atua Kino was not an Ariki, this is quite, if not absolutely absurd to say the least. One would wonder if he (Te Pa Atua Kino) was not an Ariki, in what capacity would he be to split the Makea title into three? A commoner? I leave that for Holmes to answer.

In conclusion editor, I warn Holmes not to publish any more false articles about my ancestors of Ngati Makea or I will press charges. One example of this was referring to Makea Pini’s mother Puara as a servant from a conquered and degraded people of Ngaio. Editor, “Puara” was the daughter of Tamaiva Tumupu eiao Mataiapo, a prominent and respected family of Tupapa. If where Holmes is just using court or any records as evidence, he should ensure that those records do not contain defamatory implications for my ancestors. Ngatokorua Ata Piakura uanga a Makea daniela

Punished for the rest of their lives dear editor, I write this letter in response to the CI News article ‘Students expelled for drug use’ March 26. I was saddened to purchase the paper on arriving on Raro-

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tonga on March 25 to see that Tereora College had expelled five young students and suspended four others after they had been caught smoking marijuana during school time. I have been a teacher in the education system for the last 21 years, 13 years in the primary sector and the last 8 years in secondary, in a decile One school in New Zealand with 85 per cent Maori roll and our last expulsion was in 2003. I understand that the col-

lege has ‘zero tolerance’ for this type of behaviour. But expulsion in this case should have been the last resort. especially when the principal had stated that “none of the students have been caught with having drugs at school before”. We all understand that all students under 16 have a right to be educated. As educators, one of our first responsibilities is to have our students attending school, we cannot help them if they are not

there. Another responsibility is to work hand in hand with whanau as studies have shown that the most important thing in Maori/Polynesian students’ lives is their whanau and making them feel proud of them. I agree that students were suspended until disciplinary committee met to decide a punishment. But I do hope that before this was done, each whanau was contacted, brought into the school to meet with person in charge

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and student, explained what had happened and what the procedure was that was going to be followed and the possible consequences. I would have set a meeting time for the whanau and disciplinary committee to meet and discuss this matter before a final decision is made. Only after this, I would have let the student leave with their whanau. I was mystified that five of the nine students under the age of 14 were expelled, three of which were from Year 9. I am the Year 9 dean in our Kura and we face the same problems as well. But we have not expelled our students for this, especially as a first time offence. We follow the above procedure I have stated, instead of calling it a suspension, it is called a stand down. We ensure that we have the correct paper trail which is transparent for everyone to see. We working alongside the family, student and teachers to work out a

way back package that will work for everyone involved. This could involve counselling, drug testing and daily whanau contact. The cartoon (Kata) picture summed it up in a nutshell. By expelling these students we are really punishing them for the rest of their lives for something they did when they were children! They are destined to become one of those negative ‘statistics’. We have all made mistakes in our lives and we will probably continue to make mistakes, but isn’t that one of the ways that we learn. I do not know any of these students personally but I feel sad for them and their whanau. Remember it takes a bigger person to admit when they have made a mistake. Where will they go to get an education? Tereora College is their best and really only option! Nicky Kerr New Zealand

Side swipe dear editor, In response to the letter ‘essential services are fragmented’, May 2 -- like the esther Honey Foundation, the CISPCA is a volunteer society which relies totally on donations and is also surprized how we became a part of this letter. The committee and volunteers work hard running the local op shop on a daily basis to make money. Through these sales and small donations only the SPCA is working hard in the background to complete the animal shelter in Vaimaanga which should be functional by the end of the year.

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The SPCA will be operating boarding kennels to generate money to go back in to the welfare of the animals here in Rarotonga. The shelter will also foster animals for re-homing and hopes to support and complement the eHF by taking some of the pressure away from them so they can continue their much needed services here. The SPCA is extremely grateful to the eHF for all the veterinary care and endless hours these volunteers have put into animal care here in the Cook Islands. Pa Ariki, Patron of CISPCA, and SPCA committee

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Resources needed to combat youth crime SeRVICeS need to collaborate to reduce youth crime, said the president of Cook Islands National Youth Council. Nukutau Pokura said there are services available for at-risk youth, but their individual resources are limited. “If we collaborate more, we get to utilise what resources are

available,” she said. It is important different services support each other, said Pokura. “I think we need to work around being proactive. If there are programmes out there… we need to band around these programmes and make it work,” she said.

“We would like to communicate a lot more with other community groups and government. There are these young people in the system already – how can we get them back into society and being productive?” Pokura said income inequality is one reason for higher rates

of youth crime. “We’re moving into a society where we want all these things and we can’t afford them. There are things that entice young people, like electronics – and it could be peer pressure to own these things, and they can’t afford it.” She said part of different

services working together is exploring the broader societal conditions that lead to higher rates of youth crime, rather than just creating more programmes to address the problem. “We have a tendency to react to issues, and when we react we create programmes and services, and that’s great, but it’s just

looking at the surface issues. “We need to explore what the underlying issues are. We need to think long-term rather than reacting short-term. The end result is you’ll create peace if you’re able to address these issues.” - Briar Douglas

Young offender on 24 hour curfew A YOuNg repeat offender was

bailed on the condition he spend the next two weeks in the company of his mother. Bishop Bailey had been in custody since he last appeared in court on April 19, charged with being unlawfully found in the enclosed yard of the Cook Islands Trading Corporation main store.

No plea was entered on that date but on Thursday the man entered a guilty plea through his lawyer Wilkie Rasmussen. This charge carries a maximum penalty of three months in prison or a $40 ine. Rasmussen said the defendant’s parents want the charge dealt with promptly “so they can put him

on a boat and pack him off to Manihiki. That will stop him reoffending.” “In Rarotonga at least,” pointed out justice of the Peace john Kenning drily. Police prosecutor sergeant Avele Simiona said if the defendant is to be bailed he must be put on a 24 hour curfew because Bai-

ley is a high recidivist offender. “Let’s be practical about this – who is going to look after him 24 hours a day?” asked Kenning. Rasmussen, who did not object to the curfew, said the defendant’s mother does not work as she left her job to look after her wayward son. The lawyer acknowledged

he was taking the unusual step of asking for more rules to be placed on his client, but asked for a condition that Bailey not associate with any of his friends. Kenning said a non-association clause could “go on forever” and left it at the 24-hour curfew. Sentencing was set for May 16 and a probation report ordered.

“Bishop, you have heard what was said in this court. You are considered high risk, to the extent that mum and dad want to send you to Manihiki,” said Kenning. He warned the young man that if he left the company of his mother until his sentencing, the police would be called. - CS

‘Give him a chance’, said lawyer A MAN well-known to the justice system has been placed back in prison to await his sentencing on Friday. Alberta Ordain Tutakiao was released on bail two weeks ago but was since put back into police custody and accused of fresh charges. Police say on April 27 Tutakiao attempted to break

into three buildings in Avarua with intent to commit a crime. These alleged burglaries were on clothing store id.CK Identity Cook Islands, the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation and Bergman & Sons. The defendant entered no plea for these charges. He also faces four burglaries, being unlawfully found on pri-

vate property and unlawfully possessing a firearm without proper purpose, to which he pleaded guilty. He has been in custody since the arrest from the three new charges last week. defence lawyer Wilkie Rasmussen said he needs disclosure of facts from the police before the case can proceed.

“Are police harassing this man because of his record? Perhaps he was just lounging around these buildings?” Police prosecutor sergeant Avele Simiona said the young man is well-known to the court. “Prosecution believes to release him out on bail will only give him the opportunity to reoffend.”

Police want to keep him in custody in Arorangi Prison until his next court date. Rasmussen said he is inclined towards the protection of society, but asked the court to “give him a chance”. He said the defendant’s family were trying to help him stay out of trouble and suggested police were targeting him.

Tutakiao will be sentenced on the six older charges on May 10 before justice Potter. The three remaining charges were adjourned until May 16 to give police time to disclose facts. The defendant was remanded into custody until his next court date. - Calida Smylie

E-marketing help could target Cooks TOuRISM in the Cook Islands could receive a boost – but a regional tourism body has not yet decided who to award the extra support to. A deal was struck between the South Paciic Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and Centre for the development of enterprises (Cde) last month. This partnership involves helping private sector tourism accommodation operators with an e-marketing development project. Five selected Pacific island countries will beneit, but SPTO has not decided who to help. Cook Islands Tourism Corporation chief executive Halatoa Fua confirms SPTO are cur-

rently in the selection process and they will let everyone know once they’ve done so. The project is expected to boost visitor traffic to these small and medium hotel operations and grow their business using modern online technology. Local operators have limited resources to access international markets and the project is aimed at overcoming such impediments to their business. Irrespective of how remote their business location may be in the Paciic, this e-marketing project will promote them in the international markets and allow visitors from anywhere in the world to discover them, says SPTO.

Cde’s Pacific regional field ofice head Jean-Pierre Mathey said they understand tourism is the most important economic development sector for Paciic island countries. “[We] are happy to support the development of private sector operators who are the engine of growth.” SPTO chief executive Ilisoni Vuidreketi said the strategic partnership “compliments and expands” on existing support programmes SPTO has with development partners in this area. The ultimate aim of the project is to promote sustainable economic growth in Paciic ACP countries through private sector development in the tourism sector. - Release/CS

sPTo chief executive Ilisoni Vuidreketi and Cde regional head Jean-Pierre Mathey during the signing ceremony at the SPTO oice in Suva. 13050212

Gay couples’ rights need protecting SAMe-Sex marriage is part of

equality under the law, says human rights advocate Lynnsay Rongokea Francis. Francis, who has worked with human rights defenders in the women’s movement nationally, regionally and internationally, said it is important to protect people’s legal rights regardless of their sexuality. “What we’re talking about is equality before the law, and treating people with respect and dignity,” she said. Same-sex marriage has been illegal in the Cook Islands since 2000, when the Marriage Act was amended to specify that people of the same sex cannot get married. It was amended

again in 2007, where it was speciied that transgender people cannot marry people who are the same sex as they were when they were born. Francis, who said the legislation changed suddenly in 2000 from “quite progressive” to outlawing same-sex marriage, said homosexual people should be offered the same legal rights as heterosexual people. “I’m not going from moral, religious issues – my approach is from the protection of the rights of people, and the freedom to choose.” Intolerance of groups of people causes social problems, she said. “One of the things we’ve got

to accept in society is just to be more tolerant of people’s differences and their choices. For me, that’s the important issue – because it’s usually intolerance that creates strife. And that’s why we’ve got these wars that are going on (in the world), is because of intolerance towards other people’s religion and practices.” Francis said many Cook Island families include someone who is in a same-sex relationship, or is transgender, and it is important their legal rights are protected. “It’s about tolerance in society, and protection under the law, especially in terms of protection of property – and that’s what

New Zealand legislation does.” The New Zealand government has allowed civil unions – which offered same-sex or opposite-sex couples the same legal rights as married couples, such as next-of-kin status and property rights – since 2005, and passed a bill to legalise gay marriage on April 17. The bill will take effect in August. days after New Zealand voted gay marriage into law, France became the 14th country to do so. Prime Minister Henry Puna has said the Cook Islands government will not be following suit. - Briar Douglas

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Kia Ora chief: memories of Parekura Jaewynn McKay relocated permanently to Rarotonga from Wellington a year ago, setting up her own communications business. During her 20 years in Wellington she held a handful of positions specialising in government relations, PR, media and events. Her irst position in Wellington was the government relations executive for Telecom New Zealand. During her time in Wellington she worked with and for politicians, including three ministers – Murray McCully, Chris Fletcher and Parekura Horomia; she spent four years working for Parekura. She attended Parekura’s tangi along with thousands of others who paid their respects at the funeral of the passionate Maori leader last week.

Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Parekura Horomia (9 November 1950 – 29 April 2013).


UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and former Director General UNESCO – Rodolfo stavenhagen, Jaewynn McKay, and Parekura horomia the night horomia gave the sr a painting of his wall. 13050508

Thousands gathered for the tangi of Labour MP Parekura horomia at hauiti Marae at Tolaga Bay last week. PHOTO GISBORNE HERALD 13050503

“KIA ORA chief” – that’s how South Island and across to the Parekura addressed everyone Chatham Islands, of helping he came across, absolutely eve- to organise events of not just ryone. Maori signiicance but also naParekura was a child of tional significance – 28 Maori manual labourers, we had that Battalion Reunions, Waitangi in common. He often spoke of day events at Waitangi, book the children of manual labour- and report launches, internaers, the whanau who left the tional visits etc. “coast” (as in the east Coast of Working with Parekura the North Island) to move to wasn’t just a series of hui and the bright lights of Porirua and events and long drives. ParekuWainuiomata back in the day ra steered Labour’s Maori cauwhen there were lash jobs in car cus through the most controassembly plants and urban meat versial issue of my time workworks, where there were oppor- ing in Wellington – the Foretunities a plenty. These days the shore and Seabed Act, passed in “bright lights” are in Australia. 2004. This piece of legislation Parekura was a big man, and more than any other divided I’m not referring to just his Maori. He towed the party line physical presence, although, and eventually persuaded his that was big. He had a big heart, Maori colleagues in the Labour a big presence, a huge capacity Party to do the same, he fronted for helping people, an ability to hui around the country telling cover a lot of territory around folk why he thought this legislathe motu be it attending tangi, tion would in the long term be m a r a e o p e n i n g s, could for Maori – Maori sports days, To Parekura and he copped school prize givings, a lot of flak and everyone reunions, signiicant abuse along the birthdays, annual way. was a chief; festivals and comDuring my irst road workers, week in his ofice memorations, he had empathy to boot for shop keepers, in the Beehive, those on minimal or he Hikoi arParliamentary trived, no wage and it wasn’t the biggest uncommon for him staff, that’s ‘demonstration’ to slip a $20 note to to ever march on how he those who needed Parliament. It was addressed it, Parekura also had a cold, windy and more than a passing wet day – which everyone interest in gossip! probably lessened he met. He had empathy the numbers a littoo for Pacific peotle. Parekura was ples; he’d employed a number of less worried about the politics us during his pre-Parliamentary and more worried about the career, in particular during his old people. The ofice staff were time as the boss of Ceg (Com- instructed to go down to the munity employment group forecourt and to bring as many at the department of Labour). of the old people we could up In fact, one of his last official to the office for a cuppa as it occasions was just over two was getting too cold for them weeks ago when he was the irst out there! He went on to lead speaker to welcome about 70 Pa- the Maori caucus out on to the ciic leaders (including our own Parliamentary forecourt, to the Tetangi Matapo MP and Selina most unpopular reception they Napa MP) to the Pacific Par- would receive in their lifetime liamentary and Political Lead- – that was a tough day. ers Forum held at Parliament Parekura was a very generous Buildings in Wellington. man and would give away everyOver a decade ago I co-ordi- thing he had on or around him. nated a series of regional visits One time when the uN Special for the then Prime Minister, Rapporteur on Human Rights Helen Clark and the then Min- was visiting the country Parekuister of Maori Affairs, Parekura ra hosted a dinner for him. We Horomia. In total I think we did had pre dinner drinks in his of12 of these visits. By the time of fice during which time the SR the last visit I’d come to know admired one of the paintings on both the PM and Parekura well, the wall. At the end of dinner so well in fact that Parekura Parekura presented him with told me I needed to be coming the painting. The next mornto work in his ofice as his press ing we discovered the painting secretary. I hesitated for a couple was not owned by Ministry of of weeks, but, he was quite con- Maori development as thought, vincing and I’m pleased he was. rather it was a rental – the minWhat followed was three istry were invited to pay for it years of gaining a deeper un- none-the-less! derstanding of things Maori, of Likewise the ministry used to meeting and working with Iwi cringe whenever they found out chiefs, of meeting and travel- he was presenting an award at ling with the late Maori Queen, the annual Maori Sports Awards dame Te Atairangikaahu, of or Media Awards or school prize visiting a plethora of marae givings. Why? Because he loved from the far north of the North to give away scholarships on Island, to the deep south of the the spot, sometimes he’d ask

me how much or how many he should give, often he didn’t. But it was my job to inform the ministry of the unexpected dent in their budget. To Parekura everyone was a chief; road workers, shop keepers, Parliamentary staff, that’s how he addressed everyone he met (including my dad). The plethora of children he came across were chief’s too. He made it his job to talk to them, to show an interest in what they were doing and to encourage them to stick with their studies. It wasn’t uncommon for him to go for a walk along Lambton Quay and to come back with a school group from out of town doing a tour of Parliament – a quick kai and drink was always arranged for any visitors to the ofice. He often talked of succession planning, of comparing yesterday with contemporary times; he believed that what was good for Maori would be good for all of Aotearoa; he loved to tell officials to “leave the politics to me”. He was a working class champion - he’d been a shearer, printer, freezing worker, Maori Warden, farmer, fencer, public servant - he knew very poor people and he knew incredibly wealthy people, he’d worked with them all. He knew all too well that there was more to life than “moni” (money) and that “mana” was more important. He would often say “it’s not all about the moni; it is about mana or tikanga Maori as well.” His tangi being held at Hauiti Marae at Tolaga Bay (just south of his home at Mangatuna) attracted politicians from across the political spectrum, thousands from nearly every iwi and everyday folk who had known Para through his 62 years. For all who have attended it has given us the opportunity to have a great many laughs, to reminisce and to scheme! Parekura was a great schemer! Parekura had no enemies in the House; rather he had respect for the dedication and commitment he gave to the people in his time as MP for Ikaroa Rawhiti and as Minister of Maori Affairs. Working with Parekura was a most unique time in my life. I will always remember him for his kindness, his aroha for his people, his determination for Maori to grow their economy, his networks throughout Maoridom, his pleasure at seeing Maori Television “invented”, his hatred of ties, his love of jandals and sneakers and for his inability to ever read any speech written for him from start to inish. He’d usually say to me after a hui – “I read about half of it I reckon, j”. And he’d be about right, my issue was it was never the irst half or the second half, rather every second page! e te rangatira, e te hoa, moe mai, moe mai, moe mai.


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rain began to fall as the body of Parekura horomia was taken from hauiti Marae to Kohimarama cemetery in Tolaga Bay. PHOTO GISBORNE HERALD 13050506


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Miimetua Teina Tei i Nutireni i te Aoterara 25 no Aperira, ra o te ANZAC. Ka akaoki ia mai tona kopapa a te po Manaa ra 6 o Me na runga mai i te Paciic Blue. Ka raveia tetai pureanga poto i te ngai toanga pairere e ka apaina iatu tona kopapa i te are tapaenga o te Mangaia i Tupapa, pure ngutuare e taporo ai. Aiai Ruaotera, ra 7, ite ora 6 karavei etai Pureanga Kopu tangata i reira rai. Popongi pure raa, ra 8 ka akaoki iatu tona kopapa i te enua anau i Mangaia akangaroi ei. Kua anauia a Mii i Mangaia i te mataiti 1954, e tamaiti na Teina Tei raua ko Tutaukore Ngariu. Kua noo atu aia ia Mata Auuaiti, e 5 a raua tamariki. O tei inangaro uiui marama taniuniu atuia tona tuakana ia Tereapii Charlie (Kase) 55441.


Parekura horomia’s family and friends at his tangi to pay tribute to the Maori MP. PHOTO GISBORNE HERALD 13050502



an honour guard of mourners formed as the body of Labour MP Parekura horomia was taken to Kohimarama cemetery.

For those who gave generously, we will treasure the gesture deep in our hearts forever. To the Papa Orometua Moutaki President of the CICC, to the Orometua of the Avarua and Ngatangiia CICC members of your parishes, Nikao Catholic Community, and to the Tupapa Tapere community” Meitaki ranuinui, May the good Lord shower you all with His many Blessings To the Doctors & Nurses of the Rarotonga hospital. Thank you very much for your love & care to our dad Gold & silver have none but I give you the name and the love of our Lord Jesus Christ the source of all things alive . Special thank you to Aunty Mau and Uncle Ngari Meitaki maata for your Continuous support to the family. To all those families and friends who brought warmth and kind prayers to our home, and all those many people who attended the family service of my loving husband, Dad, uncle, brother and grandfather, “May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.” (Ephesians 3; 17-19 ). To all the aunties, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, sisters, brother in laws and all those that have not been mentioned and were there, for us “You have turned my mourning into dancing. You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever” (Psalm 30; 11-12. “We will miss a good and a Loving Father” “Eternal rest grant him O Lord and let perpetual light shines upon him, May he rest in Peace.” From his beloved wife Mrs. Tuanga Ben the children, Ake, Ainsley, Aaron, Serah and families in New Zealand and Rarotonga. Te Atua te aroa.


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New argument posed by lawyer coming towards him. Vuglar was fined $350 plus $30 court costs. He was disqualified from driving for 12 months. Then Mason asked for a limited licence to apply in case Vuglar had to attend any rental car emergencies. He cited a technical aspect of the Transport Act which may allow this. Kenning said it is usually the court’s position to issue disqualiication across the board. But he deferred the sentence start date until May 16 to allow time for defence and police to provide written submissions to the court. This is the first time this argument has been brought up in court and both Kenning and lawyers noted they were

interested in its outcome as it may have consequences for the granting of future special driving conditions. Vilina Gukisuva-Peraua – pleaded guilty to having excess breath alcohol, after police caught her driving with 1270 mg of alcohol per litre of breath. Wilkie Rasmussen said his client is an honest and respectable person who works several jobs. This is her irst appearance before the court. “I think she has learnt her lesson.” Rasmussen asked whether her sentence could be also deferred, since the previous case had set the bar for partial licence applications to be lodged. Kenning did not allow it. He said it could change the course of justice to allow each case to


juSTICe of the Peace john Kenning presided over the High Court on May 2, and passed judgments on the following drink driving offences: Selwyn George Vuglar – pleaded guilty to driving with excess breath alcohol. Police say he had 780 mg of alcohol per litre of breath while driving and crashing a rental vehicle. The limit is 400. Brian Mason said his client recently moved to the Cook Islands and owns a rental car business in Muri. This is his irst time before the courts. Mason said the defendant made “one serious error of judgment” in deciding to drink and drive. He said the man ran off the road after seeing three motorcycles riding abreast and



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Falepou Matau – pleaded guilty to driving with excess breath alcohol, which happened on March 31. He drove into the rear of the victim’s motorcycle and two people were injured. When police attended the scene they discovered the defendant had 630 mg of alcohol per litre of breath. Lawyer jacqueline Wi-Kaitaia said her client told her he blacked out just before the collision as he had been tired from working the night before. She said the defendant was genuinely remorseful and was a irst time offender. Kenning said he was lucky not to be on a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol causing injury, which is a far more serious charge. Matau was fined $300 plus $30 and was disqualiied from driving for 12 months. He was ordered to pay the $40 medical bill and $160 vehicle damage bill. Ieremia Tutangata – was stopped by police on April 13 at Tupapa, under suspicion of drink driving. A breathalyser test showed he

had 650 mg per litre of breath. Rasmussen said his client was “unlucky” to get caught by police and it was his irst time in court. Tutangata was fined $300 plus court costs and was disqualified from driving for 12 months. Stuart Henry – has entered no plea to excess breath alcohol and his lawyer Brian Mason requested police disclosure of the facts. The charge was adjourned until May 16.

Matauti Teaio Bruno Taoro – was caught by police on April 6 driving under the inluence of alcohol. A subsequent breathalyser test showed he had 1040 mg per litre of breath. He has previously been sentenced on the same offence and a probation report was ordered to be done before his next appearance on May 23. Kenning warned him this was serious and he should think about getting a lawyer. Oran Thomas Glassie – entered no plea after being charged with having excess breath alcohol. He must next appear on May 16. - Calida Smylie

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do the same and potentially have consequences for each drink driving offence before the courts. “Your level of blood alcohol was extremely high, around three times the legal limit,” Kenning addressed the defendant. She was ined $500 plus court costs of $30 and disqualified from driving for 12 months. Teariki Patai – admitted drink driving. He was driving on April 15 when police stopped him under suspicion of having drunk alcohol. A breath test back at the central police station showed he had 780 mg of alcohol of breath. This is his irst time in court and he is a driver by profession. Rasmussen asked for the opportunity to make written submissions for a special licence as the man’s job depends on it, as in the earlier case of Vuglar. This time, Kenning granted permission. Patai was fined $350 plus court costs. He was disqualiied from driving for 12 months but this was deferred until May 17 for the submissions to be lodged by defence and prosecution.

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assaulting his partner and child was warned to stay off the booze by the sentencing justice of the peace. john Pepe was sentenced in the High Court on Thursday to 18 months’ probation with the irst nine months on community service for assaulting a female and a child. He must not drink alcohol or enter liquor licensed premises during this time and must attend any workshop as directed by Probation Services. Police prosecutor sergeant Avele Simona said police were called to a domestic dispute on March 1. They found Pepe, a 29-yearold carpenter, had been drinking and looking after his baby while his partner visited friends. When his partner – who is currently in hospital having another

baby – came home he fought with her for being out too long, said Simona. Pepe punched the victim “with an uppercut to the cheek” and she fell down. Pepe also slapped the baby, for crying. He also faced a contempt of court charge after breaching a court order not to drink alcohol, which was set as a condition of bail to the other two charges. Rasmussen said his client had not offended since 2010 but “after a hiatus this behaviour has happened”. He said the assault to the baby was a “spank to the thigh”, although he agreed it falls under the category of assault. Probation Services recommended probation rather than prison – where Pepe had been before – and Rasmussen thought this was just.

Rasmussen says his client should get another chance as he has been “thoroughly indoctrinated through the system”. None of Pepe’s criminal history involves violence. justice of the Peace john Kenning irst dealt with the assault charges then the one of contempt. He was concerned about the contempt of court charge as it involved Pepe ignoring court orders not to drink alcohol. “I want you to realise that alcohol could destroy the life you are building. Prison does nothing for your family relationships. So take the hint: No more alcohol.” He was ined $100 for the contempt. Kenning warned further breaches of probation may result in him being locked up. - Calida Smylie

Trespass parties may settle out of court THe PARTIeS in a trespassing case have been given an opportunity to settle out of court before the judiciary will intervene. Motherland Ltd, which was trading as The Sharp Shop, and its director Peter Robertson are plaintiffs in a case against Robert Heather Wichman and police commissioner Maara Tetava. Robertson alleges Wichman, one of the landowners of the Arorangi property on which the business is situated, trespassed onto the premises of his shop and residence and committed conversion by taking some of his equipment without permission. He also alleges the police allowed it to happen, and iled a claim of over $153,000 in 2011.

The plaintiff was un-contactable for a while. On March 18 justice Hugh Williams said one more chance would be given for the plaintiff to let the courts know his intentions. To notify Robertson, Williams told Crown to place an advertisement in Cook Islands News telling him that if he or his counsel does not show up to court in May the proceedings may be struck out. On Friday, the parties’ counsel appeared before justice judith Potter to get direction on how the case is proceeding. Brian Mason is now acting for the plaintiffs since Lavinia Rokoika left the country. He indicated he had taken recent instructions from Roberston

and needs time to investigate a number of issues, including that Motherland has been struck off the companies register. Catherine evans is acting for the police. Potter said counsel must hold discussions as soon as possible with the aim to achieve settlement. If settlement cannot be reach then the plaintiffs must ile two weeks before a judicial settlement conference an amended statement of claim. Crown should respond with a statement of defence within seven days. A judicial settlement conference will be set for july should settlement not be reached before that. - Calida Smylie


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Tahiti paddler Utiutirei paddles her way to the second and inal turn of the 14km Te Aito Vaine race on Friday which she won in an impressive time of 1.37.13.



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Local paddler serena hunter digs in at the start of the Te aito Vaine race on Friday with talented australian paddler and regular visitor to the island rebecca rasmussen on hunters’ inside. hunter placed second after Tahiti paddler utiutirei Flores and rasmussen took out third place. 13050523

Five-a-side football continues TOdAY’S five-a-side competi-

tion will see the women’s division play their second round of games at 4.45pm while the men’s category head into their third matches at 5.20pm to be played at the CIFA complex in Matavera. Last Thursday’s results saw team djs defeat the Steelers by four goals to one, while big score goal scorers Tama Hawks

thrashed the Virgin Ave team by seven goals to two. Also on the goal scoring spree are the lads from Avatiu who claimed a 7-2 win over their opponents jaguar. Today, in the women’s division, team Corporate will face Tic Taks on ield one with both sides yet to register a win. The Lorettes will go head to head against Matavera on ield

two while Queenz will battle it out against the green Hornets on ield four. Tama Hawks will face Avatiu on field one in the men’s category. Steelers will play against Outlaws while Virgin Ave will contest against the DJs on ield - CIFA Media four. Results from Thursday’s match: Steelers 1vs DJs 4, Tama Hawks

7 vs Virgin Ave 2, Avatiu 7 vs jaguar 2. Today’s draw – (women) 4.45pm on field 1-Corporate vs Tic Taks, on field 2-Lorettes vs Matavera, on ield 4-Queenz vs. Green Hornets, (men) – on ield 1-Tama Hawks vs Avatiu, on field 2-Steelers vs Outlaws, on ield 4-Virgin Ave vs DJs

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Kimi samuel of team dJs dribbles the ball away from his steelers opponent.



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Monday, May 6, 2013 cook Islands News

te aito photos —Page 12, more aPoPo tarekareka

rugby league


— aPoPo

Te Aito tane duel!

Tahiti paddler Heiva Amo and top local paddler Reuben Dearlove locked in a stroke-for-stroke duel on the irst 14km of the 28km Te Aito Tane race on Saturday which Amo took out in 1.35.41 followed by Dearlove a little over a minute later in 1.36.46. 13050519 TAHITI paddlers Heiva Amo

and utiutirei Flores took out this year’s Te Aito races held on Friday and Saturday. On Friday 10 female paddlers lined up for the Te Aito Vaine race which was held in lumpy sea conditions. 17-year-old Flores lew off the line for the 14km women’s race which took paddlers from the start line on the boiler to the first turn buoy at Kiikii with local paddler Serena Hunters hot on her tail and Australian

paddler Rebecca Rasmussen just behind her. Flores rounded the irst turn with Hunter chasing and on the way back to the second and final turn at the Rarotonga airport – Flores extended her lead inishing in an impressive 1.37.13. Hunter was the first local woman home in 1.40.15 to take out second place with Rasmussen crossing a little over a minute later in 1.41.36. Paulina Beddoes placed 4th

overall in a time of 1.45.46 to take out the women’s masters division with jane Pearson coming 5th overall and second masters woman home in 1.47.59. emilene Taulu had a strong race to place 6th overall and 4th in the open women’s division with a race time of 1.48.56. All 10 women paddled strongly with one paddler turned back due to darkness in the late Friday afternoon race. In the men’s race on Saturday afternoon, 22 junior, masters

and open paddlers line up for the Te Aito Tane race in what were more latter sea conditions compared to the women’s race the day before. 8 paddlers completed the full 28km race with the remaining competitors racing over 14km. Heiva Amo and top local men’s paddler Reuben dearlove cut to the front of the pack from the very start of the race heading towards Kiikii. The lead see-sawed between the two strong paddlers with

Amo taking the turn at the Kiikii buoy irst with Dearlove hot on his heels and top junior male paddler Andre Tutaka-george chasing the pair down. On the irst return leg back to Avarua, the pair battled it out stroke for stroke right next to each other before Amo increased his stroke to pull in to the lead before the Avarua harbour. He extended his lead to some 50 meters before entering Avarua harbour for the second loop of the race.

Amo completed the first 14km circuit in 1.14.09 with dearlove exactly a minute behind him and won the race in 2.35.41 with Dearlove a minute and ive seconds behind him in 2.36.46. Third place went to Andre Tutaka-george who also took out the Te Aito Tama under 19 race. Full results and more coverage of Te Aito Cook Islands in tomorrow’s edition of CI News. - Matariki Wilson

Pearls shine with national netters

NeTBALL fans were treated to one of the slickest netball performances early this domestic season when the Titikaveka Pearls, stacked with newly selected national netters, put on a ine display of netball. The defending champions faced a gutsy Takuvaine side who probably knew they were in for a long day at the ofice but never gave up.

The strong Titikaveka side didn’t go easy on their opponents and pulled out all the stops to give die-hard netball fans a brilliant game. Young Maeva Carr played an impressive game while national representative Luciana Matenga was in her usual top form playing in the wing attack position in the irst quarter to showcase she’s not just fantastic as a de-

fender under the goal post. Alanna Smith was sensational under the goal after she warmed in to it and was supported by the equally confident goal attack Patty Te Huna. Titikaveka defenders were also in top form but the Takuvaine shooting pair of Taromi urirau and jericka Matapuku held their own with some brilliant and conident shooting

by Matapuku. At center court – Leah Tumutoa and the talented Teiti Tupuna worked extremely hard to get the ball to their shooters but in the end Titikaveka were just too slick and strong to take out the match 87-38. In other premier grade netball games – Avatiu won their game against Ngatangiia 46-33, but Ngatangiia was the hun-

grier side and the ladies from the east will deinitely be a side to watch as the netball season heads in to the second round soon. A feisty match between Arorangi and the young Tupapa side was seen with neither side letting up but it was the more experienced Arorangi side that took the game 58-46. In the junior open division,

Arorangi edged out their Tupapa opponents to win by one goal 30-29 while the Pearls proved too strong for Takuvaine thrashing the ladies from the valley 5013. The full netball results and more photos from games at the weekend will be published in tomorrow’s paper. - Matariki Wilson

Beach hash HASH House Harriers will meet

beachside in Vaimaanga for this evening’s run. Hares are guzzle & Plonk and venue is opposite their residence. Look for the hash sign and flags near Palm grove resort. The run commences at 5:30pm and all runners and walkers are welcome. Masters sausages will be available after the run.

League apopo

national netball goal shooter alanna smith was wonderful to watch under the goal for Titikaveka on saturday against a gutsy Takuvaine team. 13050510

Takuvaine’s talented centre Teiti Tupuna played her heart out for her team and so did young Titikaveka centre Maeva Carr. 13050512

RugBY league results and photos from the weekend will be published in tomorrow’s CI News sports pages. No results were received from the Cook Islands Rugby League Association before today’s edition went to print. CI News apologises to league fans for not having your regular league coverage today.

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News, Sports and Opinion from the Cook Islands News for Monday, May 6, 2013