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Cabinet puts inal touches on budget Pre-budget discussions are

continuing this week with talks between government and ministry oficials. Cabinet ministers are putting the inal touches to the bottom lines of the 2013-2014 budget, and this week will be the irming up of priorities, said trevor Pitt, special advisor to the Prime Minister Henry Puna. Monday’s discussions, involv-

ing cabinet ministers, inancial secretary richard Neves and public service commissioner russell thomas, included a process of looking at the demands of various government departments. “based on the resources available, they want to ensure that all priorities are met” said Pitt. the process, which began last week, is expected to continue throughout the week.

Last week cabinet accepted the report by the budget support group (bSg), which is a mixture of private sector and government oficials. the bSg consists of three heads of ministries and several private sector officials, including Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce president teresa Manarangi-Trott. the reporting process for the

bSg consisted of consultations with each government department, applying scrutiny to business plans, initiatives and personnel issues for this year and next. Prime minister Henry Puna said earlier government will be following a “far more collaborative process” than in previous years. the roll-out of the 2013-2014

budget will involve a series of consultations and information releases to the public. In addition to budget related duties, Puna along with deputy Prime Minister tom Marsters will be present at the edgewater resort and Spa today for the regional conference on natural disaster induced human displacement, organised by the Nansen Initiative.

Contractor wants proof of pollution A PrOjeCt by t&M Heather in

blackrock was stopped by the National environment Service (NeS) – but project manager jojo Heather said he wants proof that the work will harm the environment. the sand mining project was stopped by NeS earlier this month after workers from t&M Heather began reilling the dugup area with red soil. The project is close to the shoreline, and Phillip Strickland from NeS said the red soil will pollute the lagoon. “the sand is porous, and the red soil can seep down into the water. We explained to them the situation before they started the work.” When the red soil was discovered during a routine inspection, NeS wrote a letter to t&M Heather to inform them they were in breach of environmental rules. The project – which involves digging up sand to use in various other projects around the island, such as those involving concrete – was subsequently put on hold. Strickland and Heather met on Friday, and Strickland said it was agreed t&M Heather would remove the red soil from the site. Heather said t&M Heather will remove the soil from the site when they are done with higherpriority projects. but he said he still wants to use red soil to ill in the hole in the sand, and he does not believe it will harm the environment. “It’s compacted, it’s hard like concrete. It’s not going to go in the water, but they’re saying it will.” Heather said he was aware

NeS did not want red soil to be used to ill in the hole, but that the soil already goes into streams on the island every time it rains. “I was explaining to (NeS) that every time it rains, the water in the streams is always brown. there’s red soil in there anyway – it comes down from the mountains. It’s natural.” Heather said the company has used red soil to ill in holes around the island for many years, and he is convinced it does not leak into the water. but NeS said the red soil pollutes the water and damages coral in the lagoon. Strickland said the hole should be illed with dredging material – mostly coral sands and gravel dug up from Avatiu Harbour – rather than red soil. Heather said the company does have dredging material, but he wants to use it for other projects. “there’s not much (dredging material) left. I want to save it for something else – it’s cheaper material for doing driveways and for landscaping. I want to save it for the small people, so they have the cheaper option.” Heather said the NeS has not yet answered his questions and they are still in discussion about what the hole will be illed with. “they still haven’t come back to me yet. We’re trying to work something out.” Strickland said the project is too close to the waterline and the red soil needs to be removed. NeS workers will be monitoring the project weekly to ensure it complies with environmental - BD rules, he said.

the geneva-based Nansen Initiative aims to develop a protection policy to help people displaced by immediate natural disaster or slow-onset disaster like climate change. this week’s conference, which runs until Friday, is expected to bring together representatives from states, international organisations, NgOs, civil society, and - ES think tanks.

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reggae band ‘the rhythms of the Moko’ as well as solo performances. On thursday, Kahiki’s brother Alessandro brossollet, who took this photo of Kahiki, will be shooting a segment for his brothers music video and needs up to 150 music lovers to gather at the vacant land opposite the markets between 3.30pm and 6 o’clock for the shoot. Kahiki’s music from his new

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worldNeWS nuti no teIA NeI AO We said Dhaka not Dakar ... It had to happen one day. a US couple wanted to fly from Los angeles to dakar in Senegal with turkish airlines. Instead they ended up almost 11,000km away in dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, after the airport codes were mixed up after seeing the route map of the flight’s progress, which showed the plane over the Middle East, they realised the error. When they arrived in Bangladesh the airline acknowledged the error and installed the couple on lights to West Africa. they have since been offered two free economy-class tickets to anywhere on the airline’s light network.

Tornado rips towns apart the second day of a massive storm system slams Oklahoma SHaWnee – A powerful torna-

do has blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City ripping roofs off buildings, levelling homes and leaving a massive band of destruction in its wake. Survivors emerged from shelters to see an apocalyptic vision – the remnants of cars twisted and piled on each other to make what had been a parking lot look like a junk yard. Flames blazed from a structures as rain continued to fall. At least one school was in the tornado’s devastation zone in Moore, Oklahoma.

world brIeFS CHINA, INDIA KEEN TO RESOLVE DISPUTE cHINA – chinese premier Li Keqiang has pledged to build mutual trust with India, the irst country he’s visited since taking oice in March. Li has said India and China must “improve mechanisms” to settle a long-running border dispute, pledging his commitment to “peace and tranquility”. He was speaking during a joint address with his Indian counterpart, PM Manmohan Singh, in the capital, Delhi. During Monday’s talks, the two sides discussed trade ties and other bilateral issues and signed eight agreements, the BBc reports. A decades-long border dispute over territory in the Ladakh region has dogged the two countries since the 1950s. Both sides were keen to ensure that the border spat did not derail a general warming in relations.

CAR BOMB ATTACKS LEAVE SCORES DEAD IRAQ – At least 26 people have been killed and many others injured in a series of car bomb attacks in central and southern Iraq. Baghdad was worst hit, with eight explosions at bus stations and markets in mainly Shia Muslim districts of the capital. Two bombs went of earlier in the day in the southern city of Basra. The attacks come amid a recent rise in violence in Iraq linked to growing political and sectarian tension. Police said 115 people were injured in Monday’s violence, with most of the dead in Baghdad. No group has said it carried out Monday’s bomb attacks, but tension between the Shia Muslim majority, which leads the government, and minority Sunnis has been growing since last year.

PISTORIUS WILL NOT RUN THIS YEAR SOUTH AFRICA – South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius will not compete in any events this year, as he awaits trial for murder. Pistorius is on bail after being charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria home in February. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 4. The sprinter’s agent had previously said August’s world championships in Moscow were “on the radar” after the athlete’s bail conditions were relaxed in March and he was granted permission to travel abroad. But accordidng to his coach, Ampie Louw, Pistorius was not in a position to train and races would be postponed for the whole year.

rescuers were searching for students trapped in debris at the elementary school. There were no immediate reports on the condition of the children. there were 75 students and staff at the school when the storm hit. “Our worst fears are becoming realised this afternoon,” bill bunting, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Centre reported soon after the tornado struck. “We certainly hope everyone heeded the warnings, but it’s a populated area and we just fear that not everyone may have gotten the word,” he said. the tornado was estimated to be at least 1.6 kilometres wide at one point the preliminary rating of damage created by the tornado is at least eF4 (winds 270 to 320kph) – the second-most severe classification on a scale of zero to five –the National Weather Service said. “It was just like the movie ‘twister,’” he said farmer Lando Hite, standing amid the debris. “There were horses and stuff lying around everywhere.” “People are trapped. You are going to see the devastation for days to come,” said betsy randolph, spokeswoman for Oklahoma Highway Patrol. She did not say how many people were trapped. the severe weather came after tornadoes and powerful storms ripped through Oklahoma and the Midwest earlier Monday and on Sunday. Forecasters had said that the destructive weather, which killed at least two people, was perhaps just a preview. even before Monday afternoon’s devastation, residents hard hit by weekend storms were combing through rubble where their homes once stood.

a 1.6 kilometre wide tornado has torn through communities near Oklahoma City causes widespread destruction. AFP An estimated 300 homes were damaged or destroyed across Oklahoma in weekend weather, red Cross spokesman Ken garcia said. Viewed from the air, the ex-

tent of the damage was staggering, said John Welsh, a helicopter pilot for KFOR. “Like you took the house, you put it in a gigantic blender, you turned it on pulse for a couple minutes

and then you just dumped it out.” The national Weather Service is forecasting more tornadoes and baseball-sized hail for the region. - CNN/PNC

Police shut down media KAMPALA – ugandan police have raided the offices of at least two newspapers following reports that President Yoweri Museveni is grooming his son to succeed him. two radio stations have also been taken off air. Last week, newspapers reported claims allegedly made by an army general that those opposed to Museveni’s son succeeding him risk being killed. Museveni, in power since 1986, is due to step down in 2016. there has been long-standing speculation that his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba, a brigadier in the army, is being groomed to succeed him. the government has denied

having any such plans. uganda’s leading private newspaper, the daily Monitor, and another newspaper, red Pepper, last week published a conidential letter, purportedly written by army general david Sejusa, calling for an investigation into allegations of a plot “to assassinate people who disagree with this so-called family project of holding onto power in perpetuity”. the police raid was authorised by a court and was aimed at retrieving the alleged letter from the offices of the two newspapers, local media reports. two radio stations linked to daily Monitor, dembe FM and KFM, had also been “switched off”, it reports.

daily Monitor Managing director Alex Assimwe said about 50 armed policemen had raided its newsroom. “they must be under instructions. It is horrifying that in this day and age you should employ all these methods – shut down a media house to get to a document,” he said. He added that the newspaper did not have the document, and was not compelled to divulge its sources to the police. “The law protects us,” he said. general Sejusa’s letter suggests a power struggle within the military top brass, as the older generation of army oficers gradually loses power to the new guard, of which Kainerugaba is a prominent member. - BBC

A rainy day in Paris

MENAGERIE RETURNS FROM SPACE RUSSIA – A Russian capsule carrying 45 mice and 15 newts has returned from a month’s mission in orbit with data scientists hope will pave the way for a manned light to Mars. Russian Mission Control said the Bion-M craft landed softly about 1200 kilometres southeast of Moscow. The capsule was also carrying snails and gerbils as well as some plants and microlora. There was no immediate information about how many of the animals survived. Scientists said the animals were needed because they were subject to the kinds of experiments not able to conducted on humans who are currently operating the International Space Station.

BLOG SERVICE SELLS FOR $US1.1 BILLION USA – Yahoo’s board has approved a deal to buy New York-based blogging service Tumblr for $US1.1 billion, media reports in the United States say. Under the terms of the acquisition, Tumblr would continue to operate as an independent business, the Wall Street Journal said. The company is currently run by David Karp, a 26-year-old New Yorker who founded Tumblr in 2007, and he is expected to remain in his role. Analysts say that by acquiring Tumblr, Yahoo will gain a larger social media presence and enhance its ability to attract younger audiences in its battle with internet rivals Google and Facebook.

today’s daily bread The righteous will lourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon.

7:21-29 read:read: PsalmMatthew 92

Text: Matthew 7:26 Text: Verse 12

French is said to be the language of love and Paris is said to be the city of love. This image encapsulates the theme a tourist couple shares a romantic moment on the Trocadero Square in front of the Eifel Tower on a rainy day in Paris. AFP


Tuesday, May 21, 2013 cook Islands News

Pope bound for Rio youth meet rIO de jANeIrO – Pope Fran-

cis will meet slum-dwellers and powerful politicians, pay homage at a Marian shrine and celebrate with participants at World Youth Day when he visits Brazil in late July. It will be the Argentine pope’s first international trip, which will take him to his native Latin america. The trip was originally planned by his predecessor, retired Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Francis will fly to rio de janeiro july 22 and spend his six-day visit in or around the city, except for half a day in Aparecida, an hour and 15 minutes to the west by helicopter, where he will pray in the basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, brazil’s

principal patron saint. In rio, the pope will visit a hospital and a notorious “favela” slum, meet brazil’s President dilma rousseff, Latin American bishops and juvenile offenders, and address what the Vatican’s oficial itinerary describes as the “ruling class of Brazil.” the largest part of Pope Francis’ time will be devoted to World Youth Day events, starting with a welcome ceremony on rio’s Copacabana beach culminating in an outdoor mass 50 kilometres away in Guaratiba. On thursday, 25 july, the Pope will receive the keys to the city of rio de janeiro and will bless the Olympic flags at the City Palace. - PNC

Balloon tragedy CAPPAdOCIA – three brazilian

tourists have been killed and more than 20 other people injured after two hot-air balloons collided in Turkey. One ascending balloon was torn open as it hit the basket of another, and then plunged to the ground, witnesses said. the accident happened in Cappadocia, a region popular with tourists for its spectacular volcanic rock formations. A tourist who was in another balloon said: “It was quite horrific. We looked up and it was falling out of the sky.” joanne rowley, an Australian on holiday in turkey with her husband, added: “It fell straight down to the ground. It was just horrendous. “You could see that people

weren’t going to survive.” turkey’s civil aviation agency says it has launched an inquiry. Among the questions expected to be considered is whether too many balloons are taking to the skies in Cappadocia, some 300 kilometres from the turkish capital, ankara. One witness said the skies were crowded, and about 100 balloons had taken off early on Monday morning. Cappadocia, in central Anatolia, is famed for its “fairy chimney” volcanic cones, subterranean cities carved out of soft stone and early Christian churches. the passengers on board the doomed light were mostly tourists from brazil, Argentina and Spain. - BBC

young Catholics carry an icon of Virgin Mary and a cross along a beach near rio de Janeiro during a pre-event of the World youth day in Brazil. The icon and the cross have travelled along 18 cities in Brazil since January. The World youth day will be led by Pope Francis from July 23-29 and is expected to receive two million Catholic youngsters from around the world. AFP

Nation runs out of toilet paper CArACAS – First milk, butter, coffee and cornmeal ran short. Now Venezuela is running out of the most basic of necessities – toilet paper. blaming political opponents for the shortfall, as it does for other shortages, the embattled socialist government says it will import 50 million rolls to boost supplies. that was little comfort to consumers struggling to ind toilet paper yesterday. “this is the last straw,” said Manuel Fagundes, a shopper hunting for tissue in downtown Caracas. “I’m 71 years old and

this is the first time I’ve seen this.” One supermarket visited by the Associated Press in the capital was totally out of toilet paper. another had just received a fresh batch, and it quickly illed up with shoppers as the word spread. “I’ve been looking for it for two weeks,” said Cristina ramos. “I was told that they had some here and now I’m in line.” economists say Venezuela’s shortages stem from price controls meant to make basic goods available to the poorest parts of society and the government’s

controls on foreign currency. “State-controlled prices – prices that are set below market-clearing price – always result in shortages. The shortage problem will only get worse, as it did over the years in the Soviet union,” said Steve Hanke, professor of economics at johns Hopkins University. President Nicolas Maduro, who was selected by the dying Hugo Chavez to carry on his “bolivarian revolution,” claims that anti-government forces, including the private sector, are causing the shortages in an effort to destabilise the country.

the government this week announced it would import 760,000 tonnes of food and 50 million rolls of toilet paper. Commerce Minister Alejandro Fleming blamed the shortage of toilet tissue on “excessive demand” built up as a result of “a media campaign that has been generated to disrupt the country”. “the revolution will bring the country the equivalent of 50 million rolls of toilet paper,” he said. “We are going to saturate the market so that our people calm down.” - AP

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PNG may end free trade talks trade minister says nothing to be gained from continuing discussions POrt MOr eSbY – Officials from Papua New guinea say they are considering withdrawing from free trade negotiations between Paciic Island countries and australia and new Zealand. PNg’s trade Minister, richard Maru, on Monday told a meeting of trade ministers from the Melanesian Spear-

head group that his country was considering withdrawing from Pacific Agreement on Closer economic relations (PACer) negotiations. “My country is not interested in PACer Plus, our focus is the Melanesian Spearhead group trade Agreement,” Minister Maru told a press conference

paciic BRIeFS RUSH ON TO RECOVER BILLIO0NS IN GOLD SOLOMON ISLANDS – The Solomon Islands government is reported to be set on recovering more than $US1.5 billion worth of gold bars thought to be on the ocean loor between Guadalcanal and Malaita. A former MP and freelance journalist, Alfred Sasako, says he understands the gold is in the wreck of a Japanese ship sunk during the second world war. He says a man from Isabel province who was aboard the ship told his son just before his death where to ind the wreck and its cargo. Sasako says the government is harrassing the man for the wreck’s location and has hired heavily armed foreign mercenaries to recover its precious cargo. Sasako says how to get a share of the gold has been the subject of a many a late night squabble between government ministers.

SCHOLARSHIP FOR HIGH ACHIEVERS PAPUA NEW GUINEA – A former Catholic priest in Papua New Guinea is ofering high-achieving students the chance to gain a business or political science degree for free in the Philippines. Joseph Chow, MBE, who is now a businessman, is funding the new Future Leader Scholarship as a way of continuing his good will in PNG, after he set up schools and medical centres in Milne Bay during his mission work as a priest. His son Jensen Chow, who manages the scholarship through the Paradise International Education Consultancy, says the programme is for students who are aspiring to be leaders and want to shape the future of PNG. He says the new scholarship will initially be awarded to two applicants who will begin their degree in early June.

SAMOA’S TOURIST NUMBERS INCREASE SAMOA – The Samoa Tourism Authority says the number of visitors to the country last year climbed 5.5 per cent over the previous year. The Authority says the total number of visitors to Samoa in 2012 was 134,564 compared to 127,603 visitors in 2011. It says the result is the highest ever recorded number of visitors to Samoa in the last ive years. Tourism earnings for 2012 rose nine per cent compared to 2011. The Tourism Authority says holiday travellers overtook visiting relatives and friends as the biggest category of visitors. Holiday travellers increased by 20 per cent and contributed 39 per cent of the total visitor traic.

TERRITORIAL RELATIONSHIP QUESTIONED AMERICAN SAMOA – American Samoa’s Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, has told a group of graduates that they need to consider the political future of the territory and its relationship with the United States. Speaking at the American Samoa community college, he says there are some critical issues that need to be addressed in American Samoa, one of them being the form of government heading into the future. “We cannot continue forever as an unorganised and unincorporated territory of the United States.” Hunkin says the territory’s constitution has become an archaic document holding the territory back on some of the most critical issues vital to the development of American Samoa.

UN DECISION SHOWED ‘LACK OF RESPECT’ FRENCH POLYNESIA – France’s right-wing National Front has denounced the UN General’s Assembly’s decision to reinscribe French Polynesia on the UN decolonisation list. France boycotted the sitting, which endorsed the resolution sponsored by six Paciic Island countries. The National Front described the UN decision as a glaring interference as did the French foreign ministry, who said the UN showed a total lack of respect for the choice made by Polynesian voters. It says the decision is both stunning and unacceptable because in the territorial election two weeks ago, more than 70 per cent of voters chose parties opposed to independence. France removed French Polynesia from the UN list in 1947.

JUDGE VOWS NO MERCY FOR DRUNKS PAPUA NEW GUINEA –The government in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville has declared May the 17 as Bougainville Day. The Post Courier says the President, Dr John Momis, made the announcement during a commemoration service in Arawa last Friday. It will gazetted in the Government’s calendar to remember the estimated 20,000 people who died during the Bougainville civil war. The declaration of the oicial day is expected to be made during the next parliamentary sitting.

convened at the end of the meeting at the Soitel Fiji Resort and Spa in nadi. Fifteen countries are involved in the PACer negotiations, with the aim of helping Paciic Islands Forum countries beneit from enhanced regional trade and economic integration. Asked whether Papua New guinea would withdraw immediately from PACer Plus negotiation talks, Maru said the matter is under serious review by his government. “Our feelings at the moment is that PACer Plus would be one sided in favour of Australia and new Zealand,” he said. “We are frustrated with them. We can’t export our taro there, they wont accept our greens.

‘My country is not interested in PACer Plus, our focus is the Melanesian Spearhead group Trade agreement.’ “there’s nothing to be gained from a trade agreement at the moment. We cannot justify the huge amount of resources we expend on such negotiations. they are a complete waste of time.” Asked for Fiji’s position on Papua New guinea’s stand, the

country’s Minister for trade and Attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, said Fiji sees a lot of merit in PnG’s position. He said Melanesian countries need to consolidate their trading capacities irst before they look at free trade pacts with their bigger neighbours. He said over its 25-year history, the Melanesian Spearhead group has become a strong and cohesive regional bloc. “And now, the MSg is also becoming a vibrant economic grouping, with great potential. In fact, I would say that MSg solidarity has never been stronger. “Together, we represent 98.8 per cent of the region’s total landmass, 30.3 per cent of the

region’s exclusive economic zones, and 87 per cent of the region’s population. “We have advanced skills and knowledge as well as a strong manufacturing base. It is up to us to make sure we make the most of these resources. “In Fiji, we believe that trade and economic co-operation form the foundation for prosperity and growth in the region. In fact, a hugely successful Fijian trade and Investment Mission has just returned from Papua new Guinea. “the overwhelming positive feedback has convinced us that many other exciting opportunities remain untapped within the MSg region,” Sayed Khaiyum, said. - ABC

14 dead, 14 still missing grASberg – rescue workers in a remote region of West Papua, in eastern Indonesia, have recovered ive more bodies from a collapsed tunnel in a gold and copper mine, bringing the death toll to 14, with 14 others still missing and feared dead. Oficials say 38 workers at the grasberg mine were undergoing safety training at the big gossan underground training facility, when the ceiling collapsed Tuesday. Ten miners were pulled alive from the rubble. Oficials say search efforts are being hampered by rock slides. the confined space and potential instability of the tunnel initially warranted the use of hand tools, until heavy-duty equipment could safely be employed Thursday. the rescue efforts are being conducted jointly by mine operator Freeport Indonesia, local police and the Indonesian military. up to 1,000 workers demonstrated near the mine Wednesday, the latest in a string of pro-

The main open pit at the Grasberg Mine. a rescue operation is continuing where 14 miners are still missing in a collapsed underground safety training tunnel. West Papua Media tests over working conditions that have hindered production over recent years. In 2011, workers at the grasberg mine staged a three-month strike that was inally resolved

when a signiicant wage increase was granted. the grasberg mine, owned by uS mining firm Freeport McMoran, is the second-largest copper mine in the world and

has the world’s largest reserves of gold. Landslides at the grasberg mine, which employs 24,000 workers, have claimed 11 lives since 2003. - VOA

Criminals still on the run

POrt MOreSbY – the hunt for the two prison escapees, William Kapris and Raphael Walimini is continuing, with Papua New guinea police and correctional service oficers expressing conidence that they will capture the duo shortly. Police were about to announce a cash reward for information leading to the escapees recapture. According to NCd Metropol-

itan Commander Andy bawa, police have received much information, some even suggesting that Kapris and Walimini are currently on a boat headed for Misima in Milne Bay. “right now I cannot tell you our leads but there is a lot of information being sent in by the public, but we are iltering them so that we are not put off their track. But I can conidently tell you that they will be dragged in

shortly,” Bawa said. A joint command post has been set up for the Correctional Services and Police for the capture of the two escapees. Supt bawa said the joint team will be on 24-hour surveillance and all information that is received will be checked and conirmed before acting on them. “While there is information stating that the two may have left Port Moresby for another

province, I am still appealing to the public to assist because these two men are dangerous and are not supposed to be outside. “they are convicted criminals and they should be locked up,” he said. Supt bawa has again appealed to the public to call special phone numbers to provide any information about sightings of the two escapees. - Post-Courier

Major survey of Phoenix Islands TaRaWa – the Kiribati government is sending a second team to survey the Phoenix Islands, one of the world’s largest marine protected areas. twelve experts will join a group that set out last week to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) to study the effects of climate change on coral ecosystems and other developments.

education and information oficer Betarim Rimon said the team will travel by patrol boat to Canton, the only inhabited island in the Phoenix group. “they’ll be doing surveys on biodiversity on the old infrastructure that exists on the island – they need to ascertain on how to revive them,” he said. “they will be going round all the eight islands. at the end

of the round, they will stay on Canton to do the major surveys for ten days.” P I PA s p a n s m o r e t h a n 400,000 square kilometres, and contains about 200 species of coral and 500 species of ish. As well as conservation, Kimon says the government is interested in tapping into PIPA’s tourism potential. “that is the plan of our gov-

ernment, to open up the island in terms of the airport so we can have regular lights,” he said. “We’ve been receiving a lot of visitors mainly from the Cook Islands, from New Zealand, from Samoa. “they all come through that way – I think its closer to them. What we’ve been doing is charging very little, like a permit for tourists coming in.” - ABC


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Unwanted babies sold

POrt MOreSbY – unwanted

children in Papua New guinea are being sold, given away or even killed, according to the country’s social workers. Ume Wainetti, Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee programme co-ordinator said it is mostly young girls with unwanted babies. She says the young girls are often victims of rape or incest

and face enormous shame from their families when they become pregnant: “We’re doing a lot of work informing them that it is illegal to sell children.” Wainetti says mothers also feel pressure to get rid of unwanted children because PNg doesn’t have “social protection policies” enabling a single mother to take care of her own child.

“We know that many children are also killed by mothers because of the shame attached to having illegitimate children.” Wainetti says people buying the children are usually Papua New guinean couples who can’t have children themselves. “People are willing to buy them,” she said. “The thing is we have no idea what is happening to these children.” - ABC


The epic Waka Tapu sea voyage to rapanui and back ended on saturday when the crew came ashore at doubtless Bay to be greeted by more than 1000 family and supporters.

Voyage will become a legacy Aurere – the organiser of

the Waka Tapu voyage says its significance may take years to emerge. One of the major sea voyages of our time ended on Saturday when two double-hulled waka slipped into the river at doubtless bay to be greeted by more than 1000 family and supporters. Karl johnstone, who is the director of the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, says there was great celebration as well as relief that the crew had

reached the most remote island in the world and returned home safely. He says it has closed the Polynesian triangle and proved once again the viability of traditional navigation techniques. “It’s pretty hard to explain what reaching the most remote island in the world is like but our navigators, particularly jack thatcher heading the navigation, shows where he’s at in terms of his knowledge. “I don’t think we will fully appreciate it and it will be in years

to come we will look back and relect on the signiicance of the voyage,” he says. johnstone says the voyage strengthened important links between Maori and the people of rapanui, the easternmost point of Polynesia. the two double-hulled waka te Aurere and Ngahiraka Mai tawhiti returned to Aurere in the far north on Saturday after the successful 10 month, 10,000 nautical mile journey to Rapanui-easter Island. - Waatea News

Paciic people hardest hit Low wages, high unemployment sees widening of the income gap WeLLInGTOn – Paciic people

are now worse off economically than they were prior to the global financial crisis hitting in 2007, a Salvation Army report says. but New Zealand Prime Minister john Key said the government was working hard to deliver jobs and opportunities for young Pasiika people. A report released by the Salvation Army called, ‘More than Churches, rugby and Festivals’, finds Pacific people have been severely hit and now have the highest unemployment, the lowest incomes and a widened income gap. “In other words Paciic people appear to have been hit more severely by the effects of this crisis than other New Zealanders,” the report by the army’s social policy analysts ronji tanielu and alan Johnson says. “unemployment for Pacific people has risen faster than for others and has remained high during what is proving to be a fragile recovery. Pacific islanders are losing ground in terms of relative incomes and now earn or receive a smaller fraction of the national average income than they did ive years ago. the Salvation Army say the average Paciic islander income is $479 a week compared with $721 for non-Paciic adults.

at the end of last year, 16 per cent of Pacific Islanders were unemployed. Almost 13 per cent of working-age Paciic people received a Work and Income benefit in 2012, a year in which the Salvation army provided Pasiika clients with 6429 food parcels – a dramatic rise from 1140 in 2007. There were 983 Pasiika people who accepted help from the Army’s budgeting service, up from 241 in 2007. Labour Paciic Island affairs spokesman Su’a William Sio said $861,000 worth of funding had been cut from the ministry. He said it was poor timing, as it would hurt Pasiika people already suffering high unemployment, low incomes and growing inequality. He said the funding cut was a signiicant reduction for a small agency. “It comes at a time when Paciic underachievement is at its most severe.” Key refuted there had been a cut to funding for the Ministry of Paciic Island affairs. “there is a group of Pacific people who are lower income workers – so it’s not surprising that they have been more badly affected as a group. “there’s no question that the last four or five years have been very tough on lower in-

come New Zealanders – not withstanding the government doing everything it can to support them through programmes like Working For Families and entitlements,” Key said. Sio said too many Paciic Island people were “unskilled” and “unsupported”. “Paciic Island affairs Minister, Hekia Parata, has failed to stem growing inequality and Paciic people are losing out as a result. “Hekia Parata’s $330,000 cut to community and stakeholder engagement activities [in last week’s budget] will also undermine efforts in areas like education and eCe participation where significant gains have been made. “Cancelling $253,000 in funding for business and skills training is short-sighted considering the Paciic community desperately needs to up-skill,” he said. but Parata said there had been no cut to the baseline funding of the ministry. “It has been reported that the ministry’s funding has been reduced by $861,000 in this year’s Budget. This is incorrect. Last year’s Budget included $653,000 of underspends from the previous two years’ budgets that were transferred forward to 2012-2013 due to delays in some projects. “In addition it included $208,000 for special one-off projects funded by other agencies,’’ she said. - NZH

A TREATY lawyer has quit the ield because he’s frustrated with the claims process.Joshua Hitchcock gave up his career at Enterprise Law in Auckland in March, after spending the past three years working on the Nga Puhi District Inquiry. He says the Crown’s goal to settle claims by the end of next year is rushed, and because of this, a number of independent iwi and hapu are being forced to settle collectively, before tribes can reveal who has the mandate to represent their claims. Hitchcock says the Crown’s policy of dealing with “artiicial groupings” is pitting Maori against Maori and half the claimants’ energy is spent on internal ighting instead of pushing for justice from the Crown. He says the Crown needs to back of and let tribes work out between them how they want to be represented.

FUTURE OF MAORI LAND COURT QUESTIONED A WELLINGTON lawyer says it’s worth reconsidering the future of the Maori Land Court. The Government is seeking feedback on proposals to streamline rules governing Maori land, as part of a review of Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993. Maori landholdings stand at 1.42 million hectares, however, 80 per cent is under-performing, or not being used at all. The review seeks to reduce the oversight of the Maori Land Court to change this. Partner at Rainey Collins, James Johnston, says going to court to make decisions for you or on your behalf is something from the past. He believes as the Maori economy improves and skills get better, there will be less of a role for a third party to oversee land development. Submissions close on 14 June.

PRISON OFFICER TO REPRESENT MaORI PaRTy IN By-ELECTION A PRISON oicer who is once again running to represent the constituency of Ikaroa-Rawhiti says if he becomes an MP, he’d use all of his skills learned on the job in jail. Na Raihania has been selected by the Maori Party to stand in the eastern Maori electorate. A by-election will be held at the end of June. Labour Party politician, the late Parekura Horomia, won the seat in 2011, leaving Na Raihania in second place. The Hawke’s Bay prison oicer says he would like to serve his community, including those behind bars. He says the best way to help men and women in jail is to get them in to work – so the next generation does not end up in prison. Raihania says Maori Party policy such as providing cadetships and apprenticeship is a good way to help the whanau of people who’ve been sent to prison. Raihania says he would like to help build on those policies.

‘MaN OF THE PEOPLE’ TO MakE IkaROa-RawHITI BID ONE of four people hoping to represent Labour in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election says he doesn’t have a big proile but knows what the people want. Hayden Hape is bidding for the Labour Party candidacy, following the death of Parekura Horomia. He’s been a shearer, a fencer, a labourer and has spent time in the freezing works, and is now the chair of Te Taiwhenua o Tamaki Nui-A-Rua. Hape says if he becomes MP for the eastern Maori electorate, education would be his top priority - in particular making improvements to kohanga reo centres. He says if children are to learn, they need to be going to class in a clean, warm, healthy environment. Hape says if conditions weren’t right in the freezing works, staf would walk of the job. He says he would ight for pupils’ rights in kohanga reo and kura to have the best. Hape joins three other Labour Party hopefuls who want to stand in Ikaroa-Rawhiti. They are Henare O’Keefe, Meka Whaitiri and Shane Taurima. The Labour Party will choose its candidate on Sunday.

MAORI INTERNET USE TO BE RESEARCHED THE New Zealand Maori Internet Society – Te Whanau Ipurangi, hopes its research into Maori domain names, or web site and email addresses, will become part of the drive to revitalise the language. It is surveying 3000 Maori online about the way they use Te Reo in their email addresses and web sites. It is the irst survey of indigenous internet use of its kind to be conducted in the world. Society spokesperson Karaitiana Taiuru says the survey will examine how much, and where Maori language is used; an aspect of Te Reo that he says is always over looked. He says domain names and web addresses are the last frontier of the Maori language and is an area which hasn’t been studied. There is, he says, no information available yet of how many people use Te Reo to identify themselves on the internet. Taiuru says this is important research that will assist language revitalisation strategies in the future. The research will analyse the Government’s and education providers’ attitudes to the Maori language on the internet and how iwi perceive their own domain name which has been in existence for more than 17 years.

LOW EARNERS SHUT OUT OF HOUSING MARKET GREENS co-leader Metiria says home afordability for Maori families is as far away after the budget as it has ever been under the National-led government. Finance Minister Bill English has been hailed as Bill the Builder after his ifth budget included measures to give the government more power to override local councils to free up land for development. Turei says there is no plan to build homes for low and middle income families. “The people who have had the greatest drop in home ownership are middle income families. They have enough money maybe for a small mortgage but they cannot ind afordable housing. This government doesn’t have a plan for afordable housing. Nothing in this budget commits to increasing afordable housing, nothing requires developers to commit to afordable housing and there is no inancial investment in afordable housing either. This government has done nothing for those families,” she says. Turei says the budget projection that house prices will rise between 23 per cent and 46 per cent by 2017 exposes the National government’s lack of action on afordable housing.

BETTER TREATMENT CAN QUELL ASTHMA SYMPTOMS AN ExPERT in asthma is urging Maori to insist on getting proper treatment. Its asthma awareness week, and Dr Tristam Ingham from Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Porou, a medical adviser to the Asthma Foundation, says it’s a condition that put almost 2000 Maori children in hospital last year. He says Maori children tend to have more severe symptoms, and like the majority of suferers, they are likely to be under-treated. “If you or your child wake at night with a cough or a wheeze, if you are wheezing three or more times a week, using the level inhaler three or more times a week, then you are not well controlled and you should see your doctor about reviewing your medication because there are preventative treatments that can quell that inlammation that really is the cause of the symptoms,” Dr Ingham says. He says there has been a failure at the primary care level, as Maori are less likely to have been given a peak low meter or asthma action plan by their health professional. Making houses warm, dry and dust free can also help lower incidence of asthma.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013 cook Islands News

LetterS reta

Focus on attracting people back dear editor, there has been a lot of discussion via letters to the editor recently on employment in the Cook Islands and issues surrounding migration. This debate is great to see in the public domain – the more points of view, the more likely we can have an educated discussion. the Cook Islands has the highest living standards in all the Paciic Islands. Our incomes are higher, our people more educated, our government inances more sustainable, and we have a social safety net in place to assist those most in need. We should be proud of what we have achieved. We are very much a middle income economy when you look at the prosperity of our people - and aid donors tend to agree – it’s our small size and remote location that results in our need for aid assistance. What we often fail to realise is that we don’t compare ourselves to our paciic neighbours, we compare ourselves to New Zealand and Australia – something that we should continue to do as it encourages us to demand more from our services and strive for higher standards. However, we also know that incomes in New Zealand and Australia are much higher and that we can freely migrate. Constant pleas to reverse population migration through impassioned speeches or marginal policies cannot change the fact that our incomes, while three times higher than our Paciic neighbours, is half that of new Zealand. We cannot stop people leaving, that is their choice. What we can do is focus on attracting them back. One of the ways that I see us reversing the population trend is to expand and modernise

our economy through prudent economic and social policy. Yes, this will require changes, but we would be naive to think that we can fix a problem that we face by using the same set of policies we currently have. However, change can be scary. Reform can be painful. Policies that will lead to economic opportunity might not be universally popular. Sometimes cultural and social norms will be challenged. Other times, economic and socio-cultural goals might be in direct conlict. two areas of policy that are at the forefront of the social economic divide are land and labour. In economics there are things called ‘factors of production’: the things that we use to produce other things. Usually these are outlined as capital (think: machinery), labour, and land. If there are constraints in one of these factors of production, then the other factors will not be used as effectively. You cannot work that new machine without the correct labour! as a grossly simpliied example: a paw paw farmer has a plot in Titikaveka. He is the best paw paw farmer in the Paciic and has managed to get a plot of family land that he builds his plantation home on (land). He has established trees that produce a decent crop and he makes a proit. He uses limited tools and machinery (his capital) and the labour is him and his children (who he pays $5 an hour). So far so good. He wants to expand his plantation to increase supply to the local market which is booming from tourist arrivals. His first hurdle: his land is fully utilised and he has a

agriculture secretary dr Mat Purea is hopeful the paw paw can become the icon product of the Cooks – government has acknowledged there is a farming labour shortage – and debate continues about how to address this issue. 13050113 lengthy process to get some because local labours work more. He cannot use his prof- in construction or tourist at its to buy the empty section higher pay rates. He now has next door. He needs to hire a two options: he can offer more pay until he finds lawyer to draft up a someone, or he can lease agreement and two areas of enters negotiations. policy that are get in foreign labour. 18 months ahead, he at the forefront $5 an hour translates to roughly $10,000 a has a new plot. of the social year – which is more Problem: he has no economic than double the averadditional labourers divide are land age wage in the rest to clear and plant the and labour. of the Paciic islands. new land. He adverHe might not be proftises for new labourers at the rate he can afford: itable if he increased wages to the minimum wage at $5 an get in a local but he could easily hour. He gets no applications ind labour from foreign sourc-

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es. after a lengthy immigration process, he brings in three new labourers to work his new ield. He also hires a local to manage the new plantation at a higher wage of $10 an hour. His new proits are then reinvested to create a juicing facility (increased capital). a foreign investor who has knowledge about setting up a facility assists with funds and know-how. He also uses imported labour to work the machinery. He then employs two locals to market and brand his product for export. All up – our farmer has managed to increase his production and created new employment – three new jobs for locals at higher pay rates than the local labours who worked his initial ield. However, this growth was only made possible because he could use imported labour, was able to obtain extra land, and was able to source the foreign investment funds for his juicing facility. And there’s the rub – the wealth and higher wages of the local staff were made possible by the value-add of the immigrant labour. His expansion only made possible because he was able to wrangle an extra plot. His juicing facility only made possible because of foreign investment. all of these things are criticised under the mantra of ‘protect local interests’: limit immigration, keep traditional land ownership, limit foreign investment in some areas. However, without these things, the farmer could not have created the higher

income jobs that might have attracted some Cook Islanders back from new Zealand. As has already been mentioned by previous letters, we have a shortage in labour. We cannot, as has been suggested, have both a shortage of workers and a shortage of jobs. Just look at the jobs section of your daily paper to see the number of vacancies advertised every day. right across government there are vacancies for everything from cleaners to inance oficers – some of which have been vacant for six months or more. drive the back roads and see the vacant land that could be used for planting. Our shortage of labour drives up the wages we have to offer, however, we cannot always afford to pay more and hence our labour shortages are particularly acute in areas that attract lower wages. How do we address this? Allow more immigration? relax investment rules? reform our land policies? Not passing judgement on what we should or shouldn’t change, but it is food for thought. as put forward in the current National Sustainable development Plan – ‘to enjoy the highest quality of life consistent with the aspirations of our people, and in harmony with our culture and environment’. The question I leave you with is: What parts of our current system are we willing to change for the sake of economic growth and attracting people back to the islands? James Webb rarotonga

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 cook Islands News

Water tank packages on offer TWO WaTeR tank suppliers

Becoming the Drunk Islands? “NuMerOuS statements by the police force in rarotonga claim ZeRO TOLeRanCe for drink driving,” a smoke signaller writes. “this is just like an old record, playing the same rubbish time after time. The public must be sick and tired of a police and justice ministry who in my opinion are great talkers but show no action or results. Look at Monday’s Cook Islands news, page 7, under court reports: out of six cases before justice of the Peace Carmen temata, six cases (or 100%) concern drink driving. Why is that? are the ines too lenient? Is supervision of the law not strict enough? It is time government looks into this excessive drinking problem of Cook Islanders more deeply and inds solutions to it. are we becoming a nation of alcoholics? What is the solution?”

have begun advertising packages for those wanting to receive the government’s $1500 subsidy. george turia, who was previously overseeing the project, met with suppliers last week to discuss the details of the subsidy. the two suppliers of plastic tanks have released packages for those that qualify for the fund. CItC building Centre is offering a package that includes a 6000 litre plastic tank, a pump,

fittings and installation, for a total of $2000. Those approved for the $1500 subsidy will pay the balance of $500. Cook Islands building Supplies is offering a 6000 litre plastic tank, a pump, fittings and installation for a payment of $480 from property owners approved for the subsidy. as the subsidy will be paid directly to suppliers, Cook Islands building Supplies have priced their package using the amount property owners will pay on top of the subsidy.

People wanting features outside of the basic package – such as the ability to collect rainwater from the roof – can discuss this with the suppliers. Suppliers of concrete tanks – t&M Heather and Mike rennie builders – are still looking into providing packages for people approved for the subsidy. Application forms for the fund are available from the development Co-ordination division ofice at MFeM, but not everyone will qualify. The government plans to release a map

showing which households fall into ‘priority areas’ – those typically affected by low water pressure – later this week. Homes in these areas that do not already have a water tank will be irst in line for the fund. the government subsidy will cost $3 million over three years, and complements the $60 million te Mato Vai initiative – a partnership between the Cook Islands, China and New Zealand that aims to upgrade the reticulated water system. - Briar Douglas

SUNDAY FILM BAN ‘OVERREACTION’ A smoke signaller writes: “Scene 1 #...location Muri Beach…Sunday afternoon, many cars and bikes parked at the football ground; many families, local and visitors playing, swimming, lunching, etc; kid’s shrieking and squealing, and loud laughter; boom boxes thumping out music; swimming and snorkellers everywhere; sailing boats, stand-up paddling, and kayaks; again locals as well as visitors…did not see one single church or village leader in the area holding up a Cruciix, or Bible…what an overreaction by the village “authorities”, to not allow the ilm shoot to go ahead.”

DISGUSTED CIP ‘INCOMPETENT’ “It is obvious that teina bishop's recently appointed people to the

tourism board are competent, experienced, knowledgeable and hard working” a smoke signaller writes in response to last Wednesday’s front page article ‘no conlict, says board chairman’ and yesterday’s letter to the editor ‘arrogance or something else?’. “Disgusted CIP’s letter to the editor rubbishing the minister's appointments clearly shows he has got sour grapes because he has been overlooked for so many other job opportunities. ‘Disgusted CIP’ is probably unemployed. The reason for this is because he is incompetent, inexperienced, unknowledgeable and simply does not like hard work.”

Cook Islands Building Supplies director Arama Wichman with the water tank, pump and ittings that are part of the package ofered to property owners that qualify for the government subsidy. 130513106

Water tank subsidy co-ordinator appointed tHe CO - OrdINAtOr of the government’s water tank subsidy has been appointed. Peter taivairanga was formerly project officer for the development Co-ordination division of the Ministry of Finance and economic Management (MFeM). He will now be responsible for managing the

subsidy, which aims to increase rarotonga’s water storage capacity. george turia, who has been overseeing the project prior to taivairanga’s appointment, said more than 300 property owners have already illed out applications for the subsidy. each application for the

$1500 subsidy will be followed up and assessed by the co-ordinator as well as technical staff from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning. Those who do not already have a water tank and those households in ‘priority areas’ typically subject to low water pressure will be given priority.

Application forms are currently available from the development Co-ordination division ofice at MFeM, upstairs on the second loor of the government building opposite the Banana Court. electronic copies of the form are also available on request by emailing maru.mariri@cook- or phoning 29521. each application form will be entered on to a master register, which will then be assessed by the co-ordinator for eligibility. the limited funds available will mean that not everyone will receive the subsidy.

the programme will last three years and it is estimated up to 2000 tanks are likely to be approved and installed as part of the scheme. the subsidy will be paid to the supplier of the water tanks on completion of installation. - Briar Douglas

Training institute director announced tHe MINIStrY of education

is pleased to announce the appointment of Owen Lewis as the director of the newly established Cook Islands tertiary Training Institute. Lewis, son of david Lewis former principal of Mangaia, Atiu and tereora colleges and chairman of the 1989 Cook Islands Ministerial taskforce on education, grew up in the Cook Islands and was schooled

in Mangaia and Tereora. He was a Cook Islands scholarship student, represented Mangaia in athletics and was a member of the unbeaten takuvaine u19 (e grade) rugby XV of 1983. He has degrees in mathematics and psychology and has been a qualiied teacher. Lewis has taught in Atiu, tereora and Mangaia. He has over 20 years’ experience in working with Maori and Pasiika organi-

sations in new Zealand. This includes tutoring at Te Wananga O Aotearoa, executive director of Pasifika education Centre, regional manager of the deaf Association, and for ten years general manager of te runanga O Te Rarawa. He has an active involvement in sport and has served on several school boards. He has a good understanding of quality assurance in education and

Land rafle raises over $30K tHe PArtY in a complex land

case which has organised a raffle to pay hefty legal fees says they have sold over 80 per cent of tickets and still have three draws to go. Ngati Arera are one of seven parties involved in a dispute over 60.57 hectares of Pokoinu land. they have set up the Vakatini teanuanua terekura Arera Trust 1000 Club to run a rafle to cover the legal bill.

The Club inance committee’s eddie drollet says so far three draws have been completed and there are three more to go. The tickets cost $20 each and the inal draw on june 29 has a top prize of $10,000. “Of the three draws completed, we have achieved on average 83 per cent sales of rafle tickets and generated $30,400 to meet our legal, research and related costs. Our target is to raise $50,000 from our 1000 Club

Rafle with six draws. “We have had a tremendous commitment and strong support from our ive kopu, families and friends.” the sections being disputed are 227, which is 13.7 hectares, and 228 which is further inland and 46.87 hectares. The case is currently before justice Patrick Savage. The case was adjourned on Wednesday and closing submissions were due to be given on Monday. - CS

training, and considerable experience at leading an organisation to develop to its potential. His daughters, Cook Islanders Adoniah and Keziah Lewis are

basketball scholarship students in the uSA and are both NZ National basketball age-group representatives. He has three other younger children who are also

up and coming Cook Islands athletes. Owen will take up his employment in the Cook Islands in mid-June. - Release

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 cook Islands News

Ship’s chefs cook up a storm on the high seas AMIdSt the odours of sweat

and grease on the tall ship Picton Castle, the sweet smell of soul food will eventually find your nose. Satisfying the hunger of the ship’s hardworking crew and feeding their need for energy, vitamins, and minerals is serious business. and judging from the pots bubbling on the stove, the kitchen staff on this 55 metre, triple-masted tall ship appear to know their way around a kitchen. It would be easy to think that cooking for an international crew would have its challenges, but the ship’s sous chef says they’re quite keen on the dishes being pumped out of the kitchen. “It’s nice cooking for people that aren’t too picky,” says Niko Griffes. bored with history studies back in the united States, griffes put down the textbooks and picked up the chef’s knife four years ago, joining head chef Donald Church.

Although the grenadan-born Church is the head honcho in the galley (Second mate Nadja Nitschke says Captain dan Moreland wouldn’t sail without him), I found griffes prepping the crew’s feast last Saturday, an hour before we were scheduled to set sail on a leisurely cruise. On this day, griffes was preparing a meal consisting of baked Asian-style ribs and a gumbo stew loaded with Okra. As he unloaded a couple heaping spoonfuls of Vietnamese chilli paste into a bowl, griffes gave me some details of what it takes to keep people fed on this boat. A gorgeous eight burner stove with a double oven sits on the main deck amidships, and has only recently replaced the old coal oven, says Griffe. an additional prep area is located in the ship’s stern. Small hammocks loaded with raparapa (starfruit), paw paw, avocados, and banana cling to the ceiling in the prep area, and

two separate storage compartments beneath the hammocks hold melons, onions, potatoes, and lettuces. Located in the deep recesses of the ship are six deep freezers for frozen goods such as meat and ice cream. Shelves are stocked with coffee, noodles, canned goods, and dried goods such as lour. Fresh drinking water is provided by a reverse osmosis ilter that can convert over 300 litres of saltwater to freshwater in an hour. In case that system fails, the ship has a storage tank which holds over 15,000 litres of water. A rotating schedule sees an additional deckhand coming in to the kitchen to assist griffes and Church in the kitchen. Second mate Nitschke, who’s in charge of procuring all of the food consumed on board, says a big on-board favourite are lettuces, and “anything that has a green colour.” the crew also digs barbeque and fresh ish, which Griffes is

Sous chef Niko Grifes in the galley putting the inishing touches to an aromatic gumbo stew.


able to haul on board every now and then with a line he throws out from the stern. Mahi mahi, wahoo, and tuna have made their ways to the ship’s plates. Make no mistake though, the crew enjoys a decadent treat once in a while.

“Ship’s crack,” is a major crowd-pleaser, which is a mixture of cornlakes, a spoon of nutella, and a spoon of peanut butter. “Oohs” and “aahs” are heard in the background as Nitschke described the concoction. treats aside, it becomes obvi-

ous the crew’s palate suits their lifestyle: travelling the world and getting to know the local specialties. “they love fresh things, and knowing where it all came from,” says nitschke. - Emmanuel Samoglou

Call for crew members on Picton Castle

tHe PICtON Castle is in search of new seamates to join their crew – no experience needed. the triple-masted barque is soon to set sail to deliver cargo to islands in the northern group before returning to Rarotonga. the ship, captained by dan Moreland, recently took about 10 tonnes of cargo to Palmerston Island, where trainee crew members sharpened up their seamanship skills. Canadian trainee Hayle goertzen boarded the Picton Castle with her mother in greneda, intending to stay on the ship three months. But when her mother left the ship in tahiti, goertzen decided to stay on – she’s now been with the crew for seven months. “this is all I want to do,” said

goertzen, who has been sailing on ships similar to the Picton Castle since she was 11 years old. “I have almost 2000 volunteer hours on ships.” to step up to a paid position, she needs to get what is called a ‘bridgewatch’ in Canada, or an able-bodied Seaman Certiicate in the United States. She’s going home before the Picton Castle leaves for the tall Ship festivals in New Zealand and Australia, and will be working towards her qualiication in September. Another volunteer on board is deck hand Patrick Finn, who said while he has worked on several types of boats, a traditional sailing ship is the best way to learn the ropes. “the opportunity (to come on the ship) presented itself, and I

grabbed it by both horns,” he said. “It’s a great crew. On other ships you might get people saying ‘Oh, that’s not my job’ – there’s none of that here. everyone’s here to work hard and do their fair share.” Sailing experience is not essential to join the Picton Castle crew – those up for the challenge can learn on the job. Interested people can contact Hanalei at Pacific Schooners on 24536 or email - Briar Douglas

Two trainees stand by to check passengers get of the ship safely after saturday’s day sail on the Picton Castle.



Tuesday, May 21, 2013 cook Islands News

Weight watcher wins sweet trip AN AuStrALIAN slimming competition winner has won a sweet prize – a trip to the Cook Islands. “Weighing in at 120 kg I knew I had to do something,” said Weight Watchers’ 2012 australian Slimmer of the Year raun Sutton. “I had what I call a ‘shatter moment’ while walking to work. I was out of breath, perspiring, aching and feeling truly sad about my condition. I caught my relection in a window and I realised I had to change my lifestyle. “I spoke to a work colleague who told me all about Weight Watchers and how it helped her reach her goal weight. That week my partner and I joined together and have not looked back.” Now 35kg lighter, Sutton is visiting the Cook Islands from Perth on his prize holiday. He is a guest of Cook Islands tourism

Corporation, Air New Zealand and the Paciic Resort Group as major sponsors of the Weight Watchers Healthy Life awards. Sutton is the irst male winner in the history of the competition and has been an inspiration to thousands of other members sharing his journey through his Weight Watchers’ blog. just ahead of travelling, he posted: “the sweetest moment is still coming. Ray and I will be venturing to the Cook Islands in May... and let me tell you we are both ecstatic and overly excited to be going on the journey of a lifetime. “I am sure, from the images I have seen in researching, it will be a holiday of a lifetime – the kind dreams are made of and yes this was a prize from the Healthy Life Awards and I can’t wait to share the images and stories from the beautiful Cook Islands

when we venture there –stay tuned.” Sutton will be blogging and tweeting his way through rarotonga and Aitutaki and posting content for the Weight Watchers website and Facebook page on his return home.

It is the third year of the Cook Islands sponsorship, which promotes fun and active travel to the Cook Islands to 300,000 Weight Watchers members across australia and New Zealand through a range of print and digital mediums. - Release

Weight Watchers’ 2012 australian slimmer of the year raun sutton before (left) 13051711 and after(right). 13051712

High Commission celebrates Anzac achievement TH e n eW Z eALAN d High

Commission visited schools last week to acknowledge students that won awards for an Anzac essay and poetry competition. N Z High Commissioner john Carter and deputy high commissioner joanna Kempkers attended the ceremonies, including a combined celebration at Nukutere College for Nukutere students and those from St joseph’s School on Thursday. Kempkers said the competition teaches students about the importance of anzac Day. “going through something like Anzac day teaches you something. It’s important to have freedom and to respect our way of life, and that’s something worth ighting for.” St joseph’s student eryka tommy won second prize in the Year 5 and 6 category. Six Nukutere College students received highly commended awards, including

Angelina Mitchell, Konini rongo, dora Iripa, Marei Nicholas, Anneka brown and geneva Miles – who read her poem ‘Memories’ out at the anzac Day parade. Prize givings also took place on Wednesday at arorangi School to award second place winner Morganne george and third place winner benjamin tearii, and on Friday at Avarua School to acknowledge first place winner Anthony Apera and third place winner Ivan Smith, and Apii te uki Ou for first prize winner jaedon Bates. runner-up prizes included books, stationery and confectionery, while the first place winners both received a tablet computer donated by the New Zealand High Commission. the competition was sponsored by the New Zealand High Commission, the Cook Islands Police, the rSA and the Ministry of education. - Briar Douglas

nZ high Commissioner John Carter (left) and deputy high commissioner Joanna Kempkers (right) with nukutere College students who received highly commended awards – including Geneva Miles (centre) who read her poem ‘Memories’ out at the anzac day parade. 13051745

nukutere College student Marei nicholas is pleased to receive her award from rsa president henry Wichman. 13051744

OUR STORIES. st Joseph’s student eryka Tommy won second prize in the year 5 and 6 category. she is pictured here with Brian Bartrum from the rsa and deputy high commissioner Joanna Kempkers. 13051746

First with the news.



Tuesday, May 21, 2013 cook Islands News

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Ms Alexis Wolfgramm on behalf of Film Raro Cook Islands has iled an application with the Liquor Licensing Authority for a Special Liquor Licence to provide Service of Liquor to VIP guests at the BCI Stadium, Nikao on Saturday 25 May 2013 from 6pm to 9pm for a Film Screening Event. Any person who object to the said application should do so in writing addressed to the Secretary, Liquor Licensing Authority, PO Box 61, Rarotonga by 24 May 2013.

TE OIRE NIKAO CULTURAL DANCE GROUP Te kapiki iatu nei koe metua, mapu tamaine, mapu tamaroa e noo nei ki roto ito tatou oire Nikao, Te apiipii ura nei tatou no ta tatou Te Maeva Nui 2013 e tu mai nei i roto ite marama Tiurai. Aere mai kia maruarua to tatou akakorongaanga e kia teitei uatu rai to tatou oire iti ki runga. No reira: ‘BRING IT ON’ Ra: Ruirua 21 May 2013 Kiea: Apii Avatea Hall Ora: 7pm Meitaki maata. BRING IT ON.

Sunday 19 May, 9am. Tool box & tools fell of ute in Ngatangiia/Matavera. Contact Papa Jim 57936. Must describe to reclaim.

Yamaha PA system set plus extra microphones & stands, $6000 or nearest ofer accepted. Elba refridgerator (brand new), $1000. Washing machine, 6.5kg (brand new), $1000. Owners relocating overseas. Phone 78405.

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TeNDeRS A tender is hereby invited for the motor vehicle listed below: 1 x 2011 Zongzhen ZS125GY-10 Registration No: AAP306 Inspection can be arranged by contacting Andrew Reremoana on 22060, during the hours of 9am to 2.00pm, Monday to Friday. The highest tender will not necessarily be accepted. Tender will be close on Monday 23rd May 2013 at 2pm.

SeRvICeS For your tiling Big or small. Call Noo mobile 50352. 71352 /32285 /1931

Picton Castle will shortly be making preparations for her new voyages to the Northern Group. On the 12th of June 2013, the Barque will set sail for her irst full domestic voyage. departing Rarotonga for Palmerston, Nassau and Pukapuka before returning to Rarotonga on the 3rd of July.

Wash A Way Laundry Arorangi Winter Blanket washing available now! Same day service Phone 29274.

Picton Castle & Paciic Schooners are pleased to welcome passengers & trainees joining these voyages.

Brand new toilet, $250. Casibo x2, $220. Fishing net, $200. Drop saw, $240. Many more. Phone 78083. 71363 /32286 /1931

Bathroom cabinet hasn’t been used. Fisher Paykel clothes dryer. Phone 50352. 71354 /32285 /1931

veHICLeS FOR SALe 1995 Isuzu pickup truck 4 sale as it is. $2500. Phone 50352. 71355 /32285 /1931

4WD Nissan March 1200cc excellent condition $13.5k o.n.o Suzuki Alto 0.660cc GR8 on gas $8k o.n.o Nissan Serena van $8.5k o.n.o Ph 54882 or 23601.


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ACCOUNTS ADMINISTRATOR As an Accounts Administrator, you will work one on one with the Financial Administration Manager. Your duties would include, but not be limited to Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable. A sound knowledge of Quickbooks and Excel would be preferred. We are looking for someone who enjoys producing quick and accurate work in a busy varied environment. You must have great communication skills and a can do attitude. Please submit your written application with a brief CV and daytime contact number to the General Manager, Pickering Motors Ltd, PO Box 18, Rarotonga or to For any queries, please contact Michelle or Caroline on Phone 29882. 71350 / /1943

4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, furnished, long term, modern. Phone 26039. 2 bedroom house, furnished, $180 per week, Arorangi. Phone 76206 or 79498.

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PURSUANT to the Control of Prices Act 1966 and the powers delegated to me as provided under section 30 of the said Act, I hereby make the following Order: 1. The order is cited as Price Order 04/2013 and shall come into efect on the 18 day of May 2013 for TRIAD PACIFIC PETROLEUM LTD. 2. Maximum selling prices for fuel imported into the Cook Islands shall be at a rate speciied in the schedule below except the island of Aitutaki. 3. For the Outer Islands, prices established have been reviewed and updated to include freight, wharfage, boating, reeing, drum/container cost, evaporation and cartage costs. 4. Value Added Tax is included in the prices herein set. Import Levy is exempt for Outer Islands excluding Aitutaki as per Exemption Order 03/09/2010. 5. All previous references in any Price Order as to the selling prices listed in this Order are hereby revoked upon efective dates above. 6. The prices herein set are the maximum that may be charged although less may be charged if so desired.

Apii Te Uki Ou invites applications from experienced teachers with relevant qualiications for a New Entrant/Year 1-2 Teacher position at our small independent school. We are a vibrant, friendly community of 165 students and staf, committed to high educational standards and inclusive education. New graduates with appropriate qualiications will also be considered. The salary for this role is aligned to the cook Islands Salary guidelines. Applications close Friday 7 June 2013. Please email CV & references to


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then, after week at avatiu harbour she will depart on for her second voyage on the 10th of July to Penrhyn, Manihiki, Rakahanga: returning to Rarotonga on the 4th of august.

Casual ads must be prepaid. Cancellation fee $6.40 incl. VAT. Quotations on request.

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the Ministry of Education seeks outstanding people with the required experience and qualiications to be part of leading the development of training in the Cook Islands and to ill three important leadership positions in the new tertiary training Institute. Under the leadership of the director these positions will direct the operations of the Cook Islands tertiary training Institute. - Lead tutor Quality assurance: will be responsible for educational quality assurance and new programme development. Knowledge of quality assurance in education and educational innovation essential. - Lead tutor trades: responsible for the management and delivery of trades related courses and liaison with trade related industries and employers. Signiicant experience and qualiications in related industry and in industry training. - Lead tutor hospitality and tourism: responsible for the management of hospitality and tourism courses and liaison with hospitality and tourism industry and employers. Signiicant experience and qualiications in related industry and in industry training. this is a rare opportunity to join an organisation in its start up phase and be part of shaping its early development. applications close on Tuesday 21 May 2013. application packs, with job description are available from the Ministry in Nikao or at completed forms with cover letter, CV and references should be sent to: director - hRM division Ministry of Education PO Box 97 Rarotonga Cook Islands Email

OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR We are looking for a mature person with great organisation skills and leadership qualities to manage our team of car detailers, supervise the movement of our leet between depots, retain service records for the leet and ensure that vehicles are well maintained at all times. You must be available to work in the weekends, have a clean current driver’s license for both a motorbike and a car. Customer care is an integral part of our business and especially in upholding the Avis international standards. We are looking for a team leader with excellent communication skills and a can do attitude. Please call Winton on Phone 55006 or Michelle on Phone 55175 to register your interest.

PARTS PERSON This position is ideal for a well organised person who enjoys a challenge. It requires some computer knowledge for the implementation of parts enquiries via email and internet and for producing quotations and invoices on Quick Books. Your attention to detail and customer care is vitally important. Previous experience would be preferred but not essential, as on the job training can be given to the right person with the right attitude. For more information, please call Winton on Ph 23888 or Michelle on Ph 29882 71351 / /1943

Concrete Systems Ltd is looking to employ 1 x Machine Operator/Drivers. Must be competent operating at least two of the following: 5 tonne Digger Skid steer Loader Batching Plant Loader Concrete Ready Mix Truck Ring 20375 for interview.

Senior housekeeper required to join our vibrant and motivated team. Experience essential along with attention to detail and impeccable work ethic. You will be required to drive the team and drive our very high standards. Excellent remuneration and conditions for the right candidate. Please email your interest to or phone Loren on 54104.

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ACCOUNTANT the Port authority invites applications for a suitably qualiied and experienced person in the above senior position. applicant should be dynamic and motivated to be able to efectively and eiciently oversee and manage all Port Authority’s inancial and accounting functions. Please send your application with CV detailing your experiences and list of three referees to the General Manager, Ports authority, PO Box 84, at avatiu Wharf, Rarotonga or email applications to applicant must hold current motor vehicle driver’s license classes ‘a/B’. Copy of the Job description can be obtained from the Port Authority Oice at Avatiu. Please contact Louisa Rani on telephone 21921. applications close 4pm Wednesday 29 May 2013 CI time.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013 cook Islands News

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‘Petty prosecution’, says lawyer tHe HIgH COurt was presided over by justice of the Peace Carmen temata on May 16, who passed the following judgments: Alberta Tukakiau – has pleaded guilty to three attempted burglary charges. He appeared before justice Potter last week and was sentenced to prison for other crimes. There was not enough information at that point to sentence on the remaining charges. the case was adjourned to june 26 for sentencing before three JPs. a probation report was ordered to be done before this. Matui Valu – appeared charged with possession of cannabis. He has been in police custody since March 15. His lawyer norman george said this is excessive since he has not yet entered a plea. He requested bail and full disclosure of the facts before a plea is entered. Valu was bailed and must surrender his passport and report to the central police station every Friday before 6pm. the case was adjourned until May 30. Andrew Junior Tamatoa – is

charged with assaulting a female and pleaded guilty after being held in police cells and without from a lawyer. Defence counsel Norman george said the charge was laid mistakenly and happened after tamatoa tried to separate his partner and his niece from ighting. “the drunken partner thought it was him that threw the punch but it was the niece,” said George. He asked the JP to either accept the guilty plea and discharge the defendant without conviction, or vacate the guilty plea. Police said they have a nodrop policy and have a signed statement from the victim. george called this “petty prosecution” and presented a letter to the court from the partner in support of the defendant. jP temata vacated the guilty plea and adjourned the case until May 30 for a defended hearing date to be set. Talinealahi Tuiileila – is charged with assaulting a female and assaulting with intent and appeared on call-over. The

case was adjourned until May 30. Defence counsel requested disclosure of facts. Seth Love – has previously pleaded not guilty to assaulting a female. He is represented by tony Manarangi and must next appear july 25 for a defended hearing date to be set. Michael Browne – was due to appear for sentencing for common assault and assault on a female, but prosecution was not ready. The case was adjourned until May 30 and a probation report ordered to be done before then. Ree Rangi – pleaded guilty to a charge of theft as a servant. She stole $110 from her employer Vonnia Warehouse. The case was adjourned for sentencing on May 30. a probation report was ordered to be done before this. Christian Toa – is charged with theft as a servant. He is accused of stealing $240 from his employer Cook Islands trading Corporation on May 6. The charge was adjourned without plea until May 30 so toa could seek a lawyer.

Teremoana Saddler – is charged with contempt of court but entered no plea. The charge arose after Saddler changed residence without gaining the acceptance of the police, as his bail conditions state. The defendant was on bail after being charged with being unlawfully found on private property. His lawyer Norman george said police are “particularly harsh on some defendants”. He asked for bail to continue and “police, please go easy on Mr Saddler”. The man is now renting accommodation, said George. His continuing bail was granted until his next appearance on May 30. William Wade – appeared on call-over charged with burglary, injury with intent, common assault, willful damage and being unlawfully found on private premises. Defence lawyer said some of these charges have been outstanding since june last year, and thinks a whole day should be set aside for the court to hear them. He wants police and court staff to sit down and discuss

how it could be done. “We want to see justice done properly.” jP temata agreed it was unfair on the defendant to have the charges hanging over him for so long. The next call-over date was set for June 27. Nia Peters – has pleaded guilty to two charges of assisting prisoners to escape from custody, which justice Potter adjourned to the july sitting for sentencing. He has pleaded not guilty to aiding and abetting inmates to commit burglary, and this charge was adjourned until May 30 so a defended hearing date could be set. Allan Shedden – appeared on call-over charged with being party to an offence and burglary. The case was adjourned until June 6 for call-over. all disclosure of facts must be given before defence counsel can proceed. Damon Tamariki – appeared on call-over for unlawful taking and theft of a motorcycle. three jPs will hear the theft charge in a defended hearing on july 3, as tamariki has denied

it. Tamariki has pleaded guilty to unlawful taking and this has been adjourned for call-over on the same date. Beniamina Patia – is charged with contempt of court after police arrested him for changing his residence without telling them, as per his bail conditions. He had been bailed for burglary and willful damage. The 16-year-old was bailed to his new caregiver’s place of residence and must next appear in court on May 23. Wilfred Dauvois – has been in police custody for several days after being arrested for contempt of court. His lawyer norman george requested his bail and pleaded not guilty on his behalf. The case was adjourned until May 30 for disclosure of facts to be given. Bail was granted as long as he reports to the police station before 6pm Friday, plus other conditions. Pukana Piniata – appeared on call-over charged with obstructing a constable in January. a defended hearing date was set for June 20. - CS

What does press freedom mean to you? COLLege students across the Cook Islands have the opportunity to showcase their creative skills as part of a competition currently being run by Cook Island news. In honor of World Press Freedom day on May 3 students are asked to consider, what is press freedom?

entries are open to a variety of mediums, from photography, drawing or essay and poem writing, that allow students to use a creative method of their liking. there is no limit on what can be included in entries, with students invited to look at what freedom of information means to them. For some it may be the op-



portunity to look at the freedom of press which we take for granted here in the Cook Islands, with most information freely disseminated. It is not the case in many many countries, including some of our Paciic neighbours. Other aspects may include how freedom to information has changed with the use of the inter-

net and social media, how you or your country have been impacted by a free low of information, and the history of press freedom locally and globally. Harry neale, Head of department for english at titikaveka College says the competition is something the school is interested in, with Cook Island News hoping that

students across the country will take advantage of opportunity to show their creative skills and win some great prizes. Five $100 cash prizes are up for grabs for the winning entries, with entries closing on june 3 at present. the competition is part of a media awareness campaign Cook

Islands News is running with funding support from uNeSCO and its jFIt (japanese Funds in Trust) Programme. Look out for posters at your school, advertisements in Cook Islands News, or email your submissions or any queries to or call 22999. - RS



Club Raro has an immediate vacancy for a front oice receptionist at our busy Resort. Experience preferred, but will train the right person. If you are a team player, that can accept responsibility call now for full details. Phone 22415. 71239 / /1758

Retail sales position available at the Bond Store Monday-Friday, with occasional weekend shift work. Must have excellent customer service skills, be familiar with POS and till procedures. Honest and reliable. Local experience & references a must. On job training available for the right person. Please call 21007 or pop into the Bond and see Anita or Trish.

Vacancy - archives Oicer The Ministry of Cultural Development is looking for a motivated and dedicated team member to apply for the Archives Oicer role in the Archives Division. For the full job description please contact George Paniani on 24493, 72551 or email applications close on Friday 24 May 2013 @ 12 noon and should be addressed to: Archives Manager Ministry of Culture, PO Box 8 Rarotonga, Cook Islands. 71167 / /1891

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Joyce Peyroux Garment Experienced screenprinter wanted. Phone Joyce or Poko 20201/58888. Mike Rennie Builders Ltd is looking to employ a leading hand/Carpenter. For a permanent position. Must be capable of organising and supervising a small team. Ring 20375 for interview.

The Dive Shop has a position available for a retail sales person, Must be conident, self motivated and has basic knowledge but keen interest in diving, snorkelling and surf products. Extensive training will be given to the right person. Please express interest by contacting us on: PO BOx 418 or contact us on 26675.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 cook Islands News

Super sport weekend of league and netball eXCItINg age grade rugby

league games and intense netball matches made for a super sport weekend. the bCI Stadium drew an enthusiastic crowd to cheer on the age grade players during the day before the premier grade teams took to the ield to play under lights. during the day at the bCI stadium the under 16 eels and Panthers game was a ierce battle that resulted in the eels winning 30-22 while the bears were

comprehensive winners in the under 19 division 24-14 against the Bulldogs. It was a tit-for-tat affair in the under 19 eels and Panthers game with both sides evenly contesting every facet of the game however, it was the eels that had the extra oomph to win by one point 27-26. the eels were victorious against the Panthers 32-18 in the reserve grade, but went down 22-16 in the premier grade. the bears slaughtered the

Sea eagles 44-6 in the reserve grade. Meanwhile, at the telecom Sports Arena – netball fans were treated to fantastic games of netball with the Avatiu netball clubs premier teams first ever win over defending champions titikaveka in the premier grade still a cause for celebrations in the swamp. today we share some images of the sports action from the weekend. - Matariki Wilson

a Tupapa under 19 player bangs his way through an avatiu opponent on saturday.


Julz Westrupp (left) of Tupapa and young Teiti Tupuna of Takuvaine contest for a lobbed ball in their premier grade netball match on saturday. 13052020

ashley iro keeps her cool during her Titikaveka netball teams game against avatiu on saturday. 13052022

Nigel Hoelich of the Avatiu under 19 league team breaks through the Tupapa line and makes a run for the try line to dot down. 13052013


to our lil Princess

May you be spoilt with full of surprises.

Love from your bro TJ & sis Molly.

Tupapa under 19 players work together to drive the ball towards the try line.



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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 cook Islands News

Age grade rugby league and netball action



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Changes at rugby union tHe COOK Islands rugby union

has appointed Lara Sadaraka as the codes new president after former president Chris McKinley resigned from the position. McKinley says his resignation is purely due to his work commitments and he feels that he can no longer give 100 per cent commitment as president of the local rugby union. “I just can’t give 100 per cent to the job at present and don’t want to be a passenger moving forward,” says McKinley. In his short term as president, elected during the CIru annual general meeting in early 2012 – McKinley believes there have been big strides made as well as some setbacks. He mentions the annual general meeting in 2012, the arrival of the Webb ellis rugby world cup’s arrival in rarotonga, the under 19 national rugby union tour to New Zealand as some of the highlights of his time as president. “this will pay big dividends in the future,” says McKinley. He also highlights the importance and future benefits

for rugby in the Cooks from the bringing together of Cook Islands rugby New Zealand and Cook Islands Rugby Union. “this is our future whether our local people like it or not.” Players based at home and not making national teams; and unsubstantiated pot shots at CIru are a couple of points McKinley has experienced as president of the rugby union. McKinley doesn’t mince his words when talking about some of the challenges he’s had to overcome as president of CIRU. “the low points include players based at home not making teams and going public, just a case of players out of their depth and then it turns to sour grapes,” he says. “this also goes for parents of players – basically people with no substance who ire pot shots at CIRU. “until we wake up and realise how professional sevens is getting we will fail to make headway.” McKinley also alludes to an on-going issue within the CIru where he says one person tried

to rip the union off as one of the low points he’s experienced as president of CIRU. “Her name is known by most in the CIru – people like this are dangerous and sports codes must work together to keep these guys out of sport.” On a more positive note – he says it’s great to have Lara Sadaraka taking over as president of CIRU. He urges the rugby community to support her in achieving the CIru visions and to also give support to CIru chief executive oficer Ben Koteka who McKinley believes is the hardest working person in Cook Islands sports. “He needs more help, without ben, rugby would be in disarray!” One of Sadaraka’s first task as president was to thank Chris McKinley and acknowledge him for his achievements as CIru president. “On behalf of the members of the CIru I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Chris who has been extremely passionate about Cook Islands rugby and

The arrival of the Webb ellis rugby world cup to raro in May 2012 was one of the early highlights of former Ciru president Chris McKinley who is pictured here with former all Black Jerome Kaino. McKinley has resigned as president of the local union and says it’s great to have Lara sadaraka take up the presidency post. 13052005 has been responsible for some amazing achievements during his presidency,” says Sadaraka. “He has formed some vital alliances that will bode well for our future and we wish him every success.” McKinley’s resignation left two openings in the C I ru

executive that have recently been illed by Fraser nooroa and Pua arthur. “Our two new executive members bring with them a wonderful blend of experience and enthusiasm and we are super excited to have them on board.”

Anthony turua has now been appointed as vice-president and the remaining CIru executives include secretary Massey Mateariki and treasurer Tom Wills. all positions are up for re-election at the next CIru annual general meeting in February 2014. - Matariki Wilson

Villages to compete at Kumete sports tHe ANNuAL Kumete Sports programme returns to its origins this year where each village on the island will battle it out on the athletics track and ield for the Kumete trophy. the Kumete trophy has been contested by the six villages on rarotonga for over 50 years and the cycle round the island has

always kicked off the Queen’s birthday weekend athletics programme. the cycle race will be run on Saturday, june 1 starting at 3pm opposite the raviz Indian restaurant and the track and ield events will be run at the bCI Stadium on Monday, June 3. In recent years, the competi-

tion has been modified to one that was contested by the three vaka on rarotonga, however the format for this year’s programme will be the traditional inter village competition. the village to beat this year is Avatiu-Nikao who successfully defended their Kumete champions’ title at last year’s event.

the challenge is for the remaining villages to win the trophy and be crowned the 2013 Kumete champions – by rallying together and turning up to the stadium in numbers. For the cycling race on Saturday – the irst three men and irst three women across the line earn points for their village.

Sports make way for ilms tO SuPPOrt the Film raro In-

ternational Film Festival on Saturday, May 25 – the current rugby league semi-inals round and game two of the second round of netball has been rescheduled to be held earlier in the week. rugby league clubs are discussing running the semi-inal

matches of the 2013 season on Friday as the bCI Stadium will become movie central for the Film Raro screening. Meanwhile, netball clubs are in discussion over bringing forward games from Saturday to thursday and Friday so that the entire community can enjoy the

unique short movie screenings at the stadium. While both codes are discussing and deliberating over final schedules and draws for the upcoming sporting week – the senior open one and two netball teams are ready to take to the courts tomorrow night for game

The irst three teams, comprising the irst three athletes from each village across the line, will also earn points for their village. the race is a drafting race and is always a blast so get your bike cleaned and oiled with tyres pumped, and wear a helmet. On Monday the athletics programme will be at the bCI Stadium starting with an opening

prayer at 8.50am. Competition is set to start at 9.20am and will include a walk, discus, long jump, 100m, shot put, 1500m, 60m dash, tug-o-war, 200m, javelin, 800m, 4x100m relay and the 5000m race. the day’s activities will wrap up at 1pm with the presentation of the Kumete to the champion - MW village.

two of round two of the netball season. This week Takuvaine take on Avatiu, Ngatangiia play tupapa and Titikaveka meet arorangi. Games at the TSa on Wednesday start at 5.30pm. Watch this space for league semi-final and netball compe- MW tition draws.

Rarotonga netballers and league players are set to support the Film Raro ilm festival at the BCI Stadium on Saturday by rescheduling their games before the weekend. 13052010

Village pride will be on the line at this year’s Queens Birthday weekend Kumete sports inter village athletics challenge. 13052009

Tuesday 21 May  

News, Sports and Opinion from the Cook Islands News for Tuesday, May 21, 2013