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Minister appoints new BTIB chair pitt Media Group principal George Pitt was named as the new chairman of the Business Trade Investment Board (BTIB) yesterday. BTIB Minister Mark Brown appointed Pitt and four other new board members on Monday. “George is an experienced business owner and a strong supporter of local enterprise and business. I expect that he will bring his terriic enthusiasm and energy to the role of chairman of the board,” he said yesterday. Pitt told CI news he hopes

to see the BTIB become more proactive in sourcing investment for the Cooks. Brown told CI news he believes the new members will “bring a fresh perspective and new energy to the board”. He discussed the appointment of the new board members on Tuesday and they expressed their views and support, he said. The other new board members are Karl numanga, Johnstone Dyer Tamaka (from Mauke) and Mata Price. The fifth board member is

ngatikai Pureariki (from Aitutaki) whose current term is due to expire in october. Brown acknowledged the contribution and hard work of outgoing chair Grant Priest and members Tamatoa Tinirau, Charles Petero and Tungane Williams. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing board members who have served on the BTIB in safeguarding the interests of the Cook Islands. often this is a thankless job and members spend much of their

time away from their families and businesses with minimal inancial reward,” said Brown. The two year terms of the four outgoing board members had expired at various times in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Brown says he was wanting to change the board membership “at some stage”. “I would like to thank the outgoing board members who have served on our board for a number of years and wish them well in the future. I have no doubt their services will be

called upon again to serve on other boards in the future,” says Brown. The main function of the BTIB is to consider applications for foreign enterprise registration. last Thursday chief executive Terry Rangi laughed off rumours that Pitt was to be appointed to chair the board. At the time, Rangi appeared to be aware of changes to the board, but was adamant there was no truth to the rumour of the appointment circulating in re-

cent weeks. Pitt has in the past chaired several government boards including Telecom Cook Islands, Te Aponga uira and the environment Council. It is understood some members of cabinet have expressed concern about Pitt’s appointment, but Brown says he will just have to deal with any criticism and move forward. “I have found that you can appoint Mother Teresa to a board and you will still get criticised,” he added. - Helen Greig

Police silent on returned criminal case

PolICe and immigration are not speaking about a man returned to the Cook Islands from Australia last weekend after a compromise with Australian Immigration oficials. Concern in the community has centred on suspicions the man is a pedophile and that he

Turepu tipped for cabinet post SPeCulATIon on who will be

replacing Murienua member Tom Marster’s cabinet seat has begun, with Kiriau Turepu’s name now being loated. A source told CI news on Wednesday that Turepu is in preparations to take on a role as cabinet minister. The Matavera MP is currently associate minister for agriculture. The source alleges said a celebration is imminent once the oficial announcement is made by the government. on Wednesday, Cook Islands Party president Rau nga said the inal decision on a cabinet post will be made by the PM, who is currently overseas on a multination trip. “I have no idea what is on his mind,” he said. “Whatever letter you get, it’s a hidden agenda.” During the last session of parliament, Prime Minister Henry Puna described the process of working out vacancies, arising from Marster’s appointment as Queen’s Representative, as “internal issues that we need to inalize in the next few weeks”. - Emmanuel Samoglou

should not be allowed to stay in the country. In spite of attempts to get police and immigration to talk about the case, CI news requests went ignored yesterday. Police have not confirmed the man’s name, which CI news has asked them to do. CI news

has asked police to conirm the name the man has so far been using in Rarotonga. When it was known the man had returned to Rarotonga, Acting Director of Immigration, Vasie Poila stated, “There is worry about his presence here. For obvious reasons we do not

want people to speculate on the unknown.” under the entry, Residents and Departures Act 1971-1972 Cook Islanders have the free right of entry back into the country. It is understood the man has approached the Bahai Commu-

nity wanting to become part of the community on the island. Deep concern about this man’s return to the country was earlier expressed to CI news by other members of the community with safety concerns for children. It is believed this man has a

number of serious convictions that may be linked to having previously interfered with children, as well as aggravated robbery. However, police and immigration would not comment on the convictions he may have, and yesterday had not returned our calls. - RM

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Ariki palace and limestone Arorangi CICC church both located directly opposite the jetty and Arorangi School. There is a call now for Cook Islands Tourism, the wider Vaka

Puaikura community and Arorangi School to work together and leverage off the event. - Matariki Wilson

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worldnEWs nuti no tEiA nEi AO Kim gives out Hitler books NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is handing out copies of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf in an efort to sow fear among top oicials. Kim reportedly handed out copies of Mein Kampf to mark his birthday, but North Koreawatchers believe the move is part of an efort to make him seem powerful, rather than drawing on Nazi beliefs. One source says there have been many overt attempts to imbue Kim Jong-Un with an “intimidating charisma”, such as having him shout very forcefully at associates and even throwing things at people.

7.6 million displaced A person becomes a new refugee every time you blink your eyes GeneVA – The un says 7.6 mil-

lion people became refugees in 2012, with the total number now higher than at any time since 1994. A report from the ofice of the un High Commissioner for Refugees (unHCR) says that Syria is “a major new factor” driving up refugee numbers. The report says 55 per cent of all refugees come from five countries – Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan and Syria.

world BRIeFS 2.7 MILLION CHRYSLER JEEPS RECALLED USA – chrysler is to recall 2.7 million Jeeps that could be at risk of fuel tank ires, after earlier refusing a request from a government agency to do so. The company has been under pressure from the National Highway Traic Safety Administration after reports the vehicles could be at risk of fuel tank ires. The agency said it had evidence of at least 37 rear-impact crashes and ires, causing 51 deaths. The recall afects Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993-2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002-07. Chrysler maintains that the vehicles are not defective, but said it regards safety as a “paramount concern”. It said dealers would inspect the vehicles and, if necessary, provide an upgrade to the rear structure to better manage low-speed crashes.

MAYOR RESIGNS TO DENY FRAUD CHARGES CANADA – The mayor of Canada’s Montreal city, Michael Applebaum, resigned on Tuesday, a day after his arrest on 14 fraud charges. As he did so, Applebaum told reporters that the charges against him were “unfounded”. Applebaum was arrested early on Monday. The charges against him include defrauding government, breach of trust and conspiracy. “Being mayor of Montreal is not something one can do while defending themselves against these accusations,” Applebaum said. “This is why I am resigning as mayor of Montreal. It is a responsible thing to do. I have never taken a penny from anyone.”

PROTESTS A SIGN OF ‘NATIONAL STRENGTH’ BRAZIL– President Dilma Roussef of Brazil is trying to defuse a massive protest movement sweeping the country. An estimated 200,000 people marched in six cities on Monday night to demand better education, schools and transport. “My government is listening to the voices calling for change,” said Roussef in her irst comments since the protests. The protests began in Sao Paulo with demands for rises in bus fare to be revoked and have turned into a nationwide demonstration against bad governance. “Brazil has woken up a stronger country. The size of yesterday’s marches is evidence of the strength of our democracy. It is good to see so many young people, and adults – the grandson, the father and the grandfather – together holding the Brazilian lag, singing our anthem and ighting for a better country,” Roussef said.

“These truly are alarming numbers. They reflect individual suffering on a huge scale and they relect the dificulties of the international community in preventing conlicts and promoting timely solutions for them,” said unHCR chief Antonio Guterres. Guterres said that the igure of 7.6 million for 2012 meant there was a new displaced person every 4.1 seconds. “each time you blink another person is forced to lee,” he said. The unHCR says the igures are based on data from the agency itself as well as from governments and other nGos. Afghanistan remained the world’s biggest source of refugees, a position it has now held for 32 years, with 95 per cent of Afghan refugees located in either Iran or Pakistan. Somalis were the second biggest group of refugees in 2012, followed by Iraqis. Syrians were the fourth biggest group. The igures do not, however, relect the additional one million people who have led Syria in the last six months. The un says if current trends persist, a further two million people will have left Syria by the end of this year. In the next few days it is expected to ask european countries to take at least some of them in. The report also says there has been a marked rise in displacement from Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mali’s army, heavily backed by France, has been ighting Islamist and ethnic Tuareg rebels this year. Islamists seized control of the north of the country after a military coup last year. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, some 800,000 people have fled since fighting broke out last year between government forces and the M23 rebel movement. - BBC

displaced nigerian women and children in northern Cameroon. The war against islamist militants in nigeria and the violence in syria has added to the millions in the world now living as refugees. AFP

Peace talks in jeopardy KABul – The Afghan government will not take part in peace talks with the Taliban unless the process is “Afghan-led”, President Hamid Karzai has said. His statement came a day after the uS agreed to talk to the Taliban in Qatar, where the militants have a new ofice. Karzai said the opening of

the office contradicted earlier uS security guarantees to his government. earlier, four uS soldiers died in a Taliban attack at an Afghan airbase, further undermining prospects for the proposed talks. President obama said he always expected “friction” at the Afghan peace talks.

“My hope is that despite those challenges, the process will proceed,” he said. “ultimately we’re going to need to see Afghans talking to Afghans about how they can move forward and end the cycle of violence, so they can start actually building their country”. - BBC

15 dead in UN attack MoGADISHu – At least 15 people, including four foreigners, have been killed in an assault by militant Islamists on a un office in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The gun-battle inside the ofice lasted for more than an hour, witnesses said. A cameraman outside the un Development Programme ofice said a suicide bomber blew up a car at its entrance and he saw four gunmen enter. The al-Qaeda-linked group alShabab said it was behind the attack.

oficials say pro-government forces have now secured the compound. The un has only recently expanded its operations in Mogadishu after years when its Somalia mission was based in neighbouring Kenya because of security fears. This is the irst time the un ofices have been attacked since it relaunched its mission in Somalia. The un Development Programme office is next to the heavily fortified airport in southern Mogadishu.

“A suicide bomber blew himself up at the gate of the unDP and then several armed ighters went in and opened ire,” a senior police said. Interior Minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled said at least 15 people had been killed – four foreign security workers, four local guards and seven militants. The al-Shabab Twitter feed says it killed 16 un workers, including three Britons, two Kenyans and a South African during the attack. Three civilians also died after being caught in crossire. - BBC

ARRESTED SHIP TO RIDE OUT STORM NEW ZEALAND – A South Korean logging ship under arrest in a New Zealand port may have to set a course for open waters with large sea swells forecast later this week. STX, which owns the New Giant, has gone into receivership and the receiver has obtained a High Court order to seize the vessel which has 20 crew members. Gisborne Port manager Andrew Gaddum says the nature of the port means no ships will be able to berth during big swells. “It will have to set to sea and basically ride out the event, efectively ofshore of the East Coast.” Gaddum says after the ship has ridden out the weather it will be required to return to Gisborne where it will remain under arrest.

MILITANTS kILL SCHOOL CHILDREN NIGERIA– Suspected Islamist militants in north-east Nigeria have killed at least nine school children, the second targeted attack on students in recent days. Gunmen believed to be from the Boko Haram group opened ire on the pupils, who were in school uniform, at a school on the outskirts of Maiduguri. Some survivors said it was a response to the emergence of vigilante groups in the town. North-eastern Nigeria is under a state of emergency as the government tries to defeat an Islamist insurgency. A spokesman for Boko Haram handed a message to local journalists saying that the attack was to punish youngsters for assisting the army.

Today’s Daily Bread For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the lord endures forever.

7:21-29 read:read: PsalmMatthew 117

Text: Matthew 7:26 Text: Verse 2

a somali man rescues an injured person after al-Qaeda linked shebab insurgents shot and suicide bombed their way into the united nations compound in Mogadishu killing at least 15 people including four foreign un workers. AFP


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Slash nuclear weapons BeRlIn – Speaking in front of Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, uS president Barack obama has called for a world of “peace and justice” and said Russian and uS nuclear weapons should be slashed by up to a third. obama used the once divided city’s rebirth as a metaphor for progress, as he stood on the east side of the route of the Berlin Wall, and warned the “complacent” West that history did not stop with its Cold War victory. “The wall belongs to history. But we have history to make as well,” obama said to an invited crowd of 6000 people before the majestic landmark. The uS leader called on Russia to agree to bring the number of strategic nuclear weapons held by the former Cold War foes down to around 1000 and to also cut stocks of tactical nuclear arms. “I’ve determined that we can ensure the security of America

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expressed willingness to rejoin long-stalled nuclear talks, China’s foreign ministry says, the second time in a month Pyongyang has told Beijing it is ready for such dialogue. north Korean first vice foreign minister Kim Kye-Gwan made the remarks during a meeting in Beijing with Chinese vice foreign minister Zhang Yesui. Kim said that north Korea is willing to engage in any form of dialogue to peacefully resolve the nuclear issue. That included six-party talks, Kim said, referring to a long-stalled process that began in 2003 but has been dormant since late 2008. The six-nation forum, which also includes China, South Korea, Japan, Russia and the united States, is aimed at persuading Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons programme in return for aid and security guarantees. - AAP

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Samara region about 1000km southeast of Moscow. The depot contained around 18 million shells, the regional Investigative Committee said. Almost 6500 residents were evacuated from the settlement of nagorny some ive kilometres from the depot after the force of the blast and the shrapnel smashed windows. one man, a gas company employee who was carrying out work at the depot, died in the

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Samoa PM called a ‘stupid old man’ Claims opposition deputy drunk leads to heated exchange in house APIA – Samoa’s colourful and

outspoken prime minister has been severely scolded by a veteran Samoan parliamentarian. long-serving member of parliament, A’eau Peniamina le’avai, dished up to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Maliele-

gaoi some of his “own medicine this week”, reports the Samoa observer newspaper. In the house, the deputy leader of the Tautua Samoa Party fired off a barrage of descriptive words towards the prime minister, including calling him

paciic BRIeFS ARRESTS AFTER ATTACk ON POLICE STATION WEST PAPUA – Police in the Indonesian region of Papua have arrested 14 people following an attack on a police district headquarters building in Pegunungan Bintang. A police spokesperson says six people have been named as suspects and the other eight are witnesses. The Jakarta Globe reports that a mob armed with machetes and arrows rounded on the police building on Sunday, setting it and several vehicles on ire after claims police had beaten a drunk man. The paper reports the catalyst for the incident was when four police oicers were called out to a local village on Sunday morning to deal with three allegedly drunk men.

ANTI-INDEPENDENCE kANAk PARTY FORMED NEW CALEDONIA – A former long-standing New Caledonian member of the French Senate has announced the formation of a Kanak anti-independence party, a year before the next territorial election. Simon Loueckhote says the party is to be known as the other voice to dispel the possible perception that all Kanaks are for independence. Five years ago, he founded another party, the Movement for Diversity. He had been the territory’s sole member of the French Senate for 19 years until 2011 when the local chapter of the French centre-right UMP no longer backed him and instead opted for another veteran politician, Pierre Frogier, to hold the Senate seat.

CALL FOR REINSTATEMENT OF LEADERS SAMOA – A government MP in Samoa is calling to reinstate the position of pulenuu, or village mayor, as well as the women’s village representative, for one of the villages in his constituency of Vaimauga west. The call from MP Lenata’i Victor Tamapua comes after the Ministry of Women’s Afairs Minister, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua, had sacked the pulenuu and the women representative of Magiagi village last year. The sacking followed a village row with the government over the installation of cash power meters. Lenata’i says the two positions must be reinstated because the village members who held the positions have changed their stance by supporting the installation of cash power meters, which is close to completion.

SECOND AIR NZ FLIGHT HELPING TOURISM NIUE – Despite a slow start, the chair of the Niue Tourism Board, Teresa Scott, says it is forecasting a 30 per cent increase in passenger arrivals this year thanks to an additional light to the island, introduced two months ago. Air New Zealand agreed to make an extra trip each fortnight during the high season from April to October, on top of its weekly light. Scott says while some of the new lights had low bookings in April and May, it was still classiied as the shoulder season and forward bookings from now to December are healthy. “We always expected that it’s going to take a while for people to pick and know that we have the additional lights but certainly the bookings for the winter period for even the additional lights are looking quite good at this point.”

FORCED RESIGNATION CONDEMNED FIJI – The Paciic Freedom Forum has condemned the forced resignation of a Fiji TV sports commentator, Satish Narain. The media monitoring group says it has received reliable information that Narain’s departure followed an ultimatum by telephone from Fiji’s regime leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, to Fiji TV’s management. It says the regime leader told Fiji TV to choose between keeping Narain on staf, or losing its broadcast licence. Last month, Fiji TV was forced to apologise for an on-air comment by Narain about a sports administrator, who is the regime leader’s daughter. The Paciic Freedom Forum says Commodore Bainimarama’s action is a clear abuse of power.

FIJI ON LABOUR ORGANISATION’S AGENDA FIJI – The Fiji Trades Union Congress, says the International Labour Organisation’s focus on Fiji at top policy level this week will keep up the pressure on the regime’s treatment of trade unions. The ILO’s governing body has placed Fiji fourth on its agenda on Friday’s session in Geneva with the aim of getting an ILO mission to Fiji by October. An earlier mission was asked to leave the country but the government says it is still looking forward to receiving the delegation. It is just the second time Fiji has been discussed at governing body level and the president of the umbrella Fiji body, Daniel Urai, says that is signiicant for workers in Fiji. “Talks are going towards that direction. We are hopeful that good sense will prevail and eventually the regime will allow the ILO team to come in and make its visit and a report according to how workers are marginalised in this country.”

one of the PM’s own favourite words – “stupid.” “You shouldn’t just open your mouth – aua le so’oga fa’amaga lou guku,” A’eau said. “You sound stupid, you sound like a stupid old man.” The Falealupo MP became angry after Prime Minister Tuilaepa claimed the veteran MP was “drunk” in parliament. Tuilaepa told the house he could tell MP A’eau was drunk from his mannerisms. “You can easily tell that the MP is drunk because he’s taking the loor too many times,” said Tuilaepa.

‘You shouldn’t just open your mouth. You sound stupid, you sound like a stupid old man.’ The prime minister had taken the loor to object to A’eau, who said Tuilaepa’s ministerial statement about the 2013-2014 budget was “too long.” The prime minister said there was nothing in the rules of parliament that gives a time limit

to how long a ministerial statement could be. He said A’eau’s opinion was tainted because he was “drunk.” This sparked a furious exchange between the prime minister and the deputy opposition leader. As the prime minister was speaking, A’eau could be heard in the background mouthing off towards Tuilaepa. opposition leader, Palusalue Fa’ a p o I I i n t e r v e n e d . H e defended his deputy saying the allegation made by Prime Minister Tuilaepa was serious and it should be removed from

the records. Speaker of the House, la’auli leuatea Polata’ivao then joined in the debate to try and calm the men down. la’auli accepted that the allegation of drunkedness was indeed serious but assured that “no one drinks in the morning before coming to parliament.” He said the prime minister’s comments were merely part of “speeches and comments thrown around in the house”. la’auli urged the MPs to calm down and stay focussed as they had plenty of serious business to get through. - SO/PNC

‘Social tension’ played down MAJuRo – The Marshall Islands

government has denied there’s drought-related social unrest in its northern atolls. Some of the islands haven’t had significant rain for a year and are relying on donated portable desalination units for drinking water. earlier this month, the national Water Advisor to the Marshall Islands government, Tom Vance, described the situation in the islands of enewetak and utrik as “dire” and said there was a lot of social tension.

Marshall Islands’ Foreign Minister, Phillip Muller, has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat it’s an overstatement to describe the situation as unrest. “People just get frustrated a little bit with everybody trying to get to the limited resources that we send out. But I think that is an overstatement.” “I think people are trying to deal with the situation the best they can and try to be as useful as they can to one another as possible” he said. Vance said up to 7000 people

were affected and many villagers had been forced to migrate to bigger centres, with nowhere to stay and overcrowding was creating problems. Relief organisations have boosted water availability via water-making units, but food supply and crop security remain an issue. “The forecast for the next few months is that rain won’t be in the forecast for a while – and our main and long-term concern is the health of the people, as well as the recovery of the food crops,

and the longer the drought is, we may not be able to have the food crops recover.” However, Foreign Minister Fuller is hopeful the situation will improve. “We have got the green light from President obama that they are willing to continue and increase their support on this drought situation. Also some un assistance has been approved so far. “So I think we will just continue to provide what we can,” he said. - ABC

Detention camp judged lawful nAuRu – A nauru court has

ruled against asylum seekers who claimed they were being unlawfully detained at Australia’s processing centre on the island. Judge John von Doussa dismissed the asylum seekers’ application for habeas corpus on the grounds they are being held

for the purpose of processing their claims for refugee status. The judge cited the Immigration Act and nauru’s constitution. Judge von Doussa said it was well recognised the process of investigating and determining claims for refugee status may take a protracted time.

But he said at the end removal will occur either to another country for resettlement, or to their country of nationality. The asylum seekers argued there had been a long and unreasonable delay in processing their claims but the judge said he did not think it amounted yet to an excessive delay.

The human rights group Amnesty International has expressed it’s disappointment. However, Paciic Researcher for Amnesty International Researcher Kate Schuetze said the judge left it open for a future ruling if the asylum seekers were held for too long in restritive conditions. - ABC

Child prostitution on rise in PNG PoRT MoReSBY – The nGo

World Vision Australia says urban drift and the high cost of living in Papua new Guinea’s capital Port Moresby is driving more children into prostitution. Prostitution and child sexual abuse have long been identiied as significant issues in Papua new Guinea. World Vision PnG’s Country Director, Dr Curt von Boguslawski, believes the problem is getting worse. “There have certainly been

some reports which show that children are more and more pushed to the fringes of society in Papua new Guinea, especially in urban centres,” he said. “I would say there is a rise of child abuse, child sexual abuse, as well. But we have to be careful with the igures because there is not really a baseline done.” The Post Courier newspaper reported this week a 30 per cent increase on the number of sex workers since last year. Dr Boguslawski says urban

drift, the high cost of living in places like Port Moresby and high unemployment is fuelling the problem. He also says family breakdown and children who aren’t properly cared for or supervised is also an issue. “There are a number of children who are at the fringes of society and they are not attending school or have any caregivers and they are roaming around Port Moresby and also at junctions where they can maybe

make a kina.” It is a criminal offence in PnG to use or offer a child for prostitution, but Dr Boguslawski says the laws aren’t properly enforced. A recent paper published by the Australian national university in Canberra found it is still possible to prosecute a child for being a prostitute. “We can’t close our eyes. The problem is here. We need to address it,” Dr Boguslawski said. - ABC

Papuans disappointed with MSG stance lIFou – West Papuan independence have expressed disappointment at the likely decision by the Melanesian Spearhead Group to defer a decision on the West Papuan application for membership in the group. A decision on the formal application by the Coalition is expected at the 19th MSG leaders Summit in new Caledonia – but has been now recommended that the bid be deferred by at least six months. The summit was preceded by a meeting of MSG foreign ministers and oficials who said the political sensitivity of the West

Papuan self-determination issue is such the MSG needed more time to consider the membership bid. Papua is part of Indonesia, which is an MSG observer. MSG foreign ministers resolved to defer the decision until they have sent a delegation to Jakarta and Jayapura. While the MSG summit leaders have the ultimate say on the matter, the Secretary General of the West Papua national Coalition for liberation, Rex Rumakiek, says the suffering of West Papuans must be considered. “We as an organisation repre-

senting a people who have been suffering for ifty years, we do respect the decision of whatever they come up with but we do hope that the leaders will not accept the oficials’ decision on this because we’ve suffered for ifty years and we don’t want to suffer for another ifty years.” The new chairman of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Victor Tutugoro, says the West Papuan bid to join the group must be handled carefully so as not to disrupt the group’s unity. Tutugoro, the spokesman for new Caledonia’s FlnKS movement, has accepted the MSG

chairmanship from Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama at the start of 19th MSG leaders summit in noumea. Tutugoro echoed statements from meetings of the MSG Senior oficials and foreign ministers ahead of this summit, that a decision on the application will be deferred. His words are translated: “We have thought about it within the SoM (Senior oficials Meeting) and the FMM (Foreign Ministers Meeting). We must be careful on our side for the unity of the MSG.” - RNZI/PNC


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Sorcery laws up against deep belief

Belief in supernatural powers is deeply ingrained in PNG society PoRT MoReSBY – A former president of Papua new Guinea’s Autonomous Province of Bougainville has predicted that problems related to sorcery in PnG will probably get worse before they get better. The horriic torture and burnings of alleged witches in Papua new Guinea have been partly responsible for the introduction of new tougher laws, including

five methods of execution for people the courts sentence to death. President of the province from 2009 to 2010 and former commander of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA), James Tanis, says the idea of sorcery is culturally engrained. “Sorcery is something we hear from childhood,” he said. “The irst thing that we hear

from our mothers, ‘Don’t go there! Don’t eat that! Don’t do this! The sorcerer is out there!’” “It’s like a big bogyman that you listen to and grow up in it.” A recent conference in Canberra on sorcery in Melanesia heard the belief in the power of others to cause harm using supernatural powers is deeply ingrained in the region. Tanis says during the 10-yearlong civil war on Bougainville, the BRA capitalised on the belief they knew the PnG troops had in sorcery.

Chinese told to close shops and leave town BuKA – All Asian business

owners operating in Bougainville have been given until September this year to close their businesses and move out of Bougainville. That’s the direction from the Minister for Commerce in the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), Wilfred Komba. This is because Asians, mostly of Chinese origin and operating in Buka town, have failed to comply with directives issued by ABG regarding their business operations in Bougainville. Komba said the ABG Division of Commerce through its chief executive oficer, Albert Kinani, has already sent two notices to the Chinese advising them not to operate two or more business operations in town. “However, instead of adhering to these calls, these Chinese are still opening up other stores in different parts of the town, which is a direct breach of the

ABG directive. “After we issued the second letter, we have not received any reply from them. Instead of adhering to the directive, we are seeing some expansions still going on,” Minister Komba and Ceo Kinani said. Both Komba and his Ceo added that “these Chinese” are not operating according to the ABG’s investment policy, which calls for foreign business owners to joint venture with Bougainvilleans. Instead they are opening up “stand alone” businesses, they said. “In the letter we also told them that those who are claiming to be Bougainvilleans, after marrying a Bougainvillean wife, are not accepted by ABG. “In order to adhere to this ABG Policy, they must enter into a joint venture with Bougainvilleans. “They are also not allowed to

operate in more than one location,” they said. Kinani clarified that marrying a local Bougainvillean does not qualify them to own a trade store. Kinani added that some Chinese in Buka do not have proper work permits to conduct their business operations in Bougainville. He said that some of them have also failed to pay their goods and services tax (GST) to the government. Kinani said the non compliance by these Chinese had resulted in the ABG Vice President Patrick nisira directing him to “order these Chinese out of Bougainville” Kinani has advised that he will be issuing a third notice to the Chinese operators advising them to close their businesses and move out of Bougainville by September. - Post-Courier

‘The police sent to investigate the witch burnings themselves believed the women were sorcerers.’

James Tannis: ‘sorcery is culturally ingrained.’ “We knew that they would encamp themselves with explosives set for us,” he said. “What we would do was throw bones into those traps during the night or some pieces of bones from pork. “And you know what would happen? Dogs would ight over the bones in the night and they would trip it up and the explosives goes off and in the morning the defence force would wake up and what would they see? “A dog footprint– and they would then believe that, ‘yes, these BRAs can turn into dogs!’” long-serving PnG parliamentarian, Dame Carol Kidu,

was one of many to express shock at an apparent upsurge in public torture and killing of women accused of being sorcerers in PnG. “I felt physically ill when I read of the irst witch burning and the photo in the newspaper front page,” she said. “I really physically felt ill and horriied. The majority of Papua new Guineans are horriied by what’s happening.” Dame Kidu moved to PnG in her twenties and married the man who would become PnG’s irst indigenous chief justice. When her husband died, many blamed sorcery. “Because the question was not, ‘well, he had a heart attack?’ – but, ‘who caused it? Why?’” she said. “Many members of the family still irmly believe he was killed by sorcery.” one concern about the recent killings of women alleged to be sorcerers, echoed by Dame Kidu,

is the apparent reluctance of the PnG police to take action. “The hysteria built up in one of those witch burnings. There were police around,” she said. “normally police in PnG nowadays carry arms, if you shoot in the air it disperses a crowd normally. “It would indicate that the police themselves have a deep fear and belief in it all.” James Tanis says the police sent to investigate the witch burnings themselves believed the women were sorcerers. “When they came back, they all came back, all saying, ‘oh, my God, it’s true. That woman is a sorcerer,’” he said. All agree the issue of dealing with sorcery in Melanesia is a complex one. nancy Robinson from the united nations Human Rights Commission says toughening up the laws is no solution if they’re not implemented. “Implementation is the big obstacle,” she said. “You may have a law but then if you don’t have the police capacity to enforce it. “or if the police themselves view the situation of sorcery related killings with indifference then we still have a big issue of how to address impunity. “Those who perpetrate this violence know full well they’ll get off free – this has to change.” - ABC

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New foreign investment laws BuKA – Papua new Guinea’s Au-

tonomous Region of Bougainville is set to introduce tougher laws governing foreign investment. new laws – including more detailed screening of overseas investors – will be tabled in parliament in September. The President of Papua new Guinea’s Autonomous Region of Bougainville, John Momis, said the proposed changes are aimed at preventing newly-arrived foreigners from dominating small businesses in the main Buka Town and the surrounding region. Momis said the new laws, including a more comprehensive screening of overseas investors, are needed to protect the people

of Bougainville. “If we don’t, then the foreign businesses, especially Chinese, will just swamp us,” he said. “They’ve got connections, business is their bread and butter, we don’t have that entrepreneurial lair, we don’t have the capital, we don’t have the skills. “That is why we want to make sure that credible businessmen, and only credible businessmen, come and practise business here.” President Momis says there is a problem with some people taking advantage of a lack of law enforcement, but that is going to change with the formation of a new security company. He says the new law enforcement arm will make sure the

tougher rules are being adhered to. “We are now forming a joint security company in conjunction with an Australian company to train our own people,” he said. “First of all to absorb ex-combatants and other young men and women to help provide security and compliment the work of the police force.” President Momis says the aim is to create a conducive climate for foreign and internal investment, so both foreigners and Bouganvilleans can beneit. “We want to encourage business that will have mutually beneficial results for our people.” - ABC

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Show support for water safety THe CoMMunITY is invited to attend a meeting about water safety today at the Sinai Hall. The focus on improving water safety comes after two new Zealanders drowned in the Avaavaroa passage at Vaimaanga on December 11. new Zealand High Commissioner John Carter has since been holding regular water safety meetings at the new Zealand High Commission with various stakeholders, including ire chief and founding member of Cook Islands Red Cross nga Jessie, inspector John Strickland from Cook Islands Police, Brent Fisher of Fisher Pearls, Steve lyons from Paciic Divers Cook Islands and Shannon Saunders from CITC Pharmacy. Saunders said the focus is raising awareness around water safety, and improving water safety skills. “We want to be able to educate our people as well as the tourists. If tourists ask (locals questions about water safety), we need to be able to give them the right in-

formation,” she said. “We need to be teaching and educating people at all stages of their life how to be safe in the water. This includes a variety of skills and knowledge as well as swimming.” A constitution about water safety has been drafted, and this will be up for debate at tonight’s meeting. Those involved will also be aiming to set a date for an annual general meeting and, at a later date, elect a committee. There are three main areas of interest in the constitution: water beyond the reef, such as isherman’s safety, water between the land and the reef, such as putting signs up to inform the public of potential danger, and on-land search and rescue operations. Surf lifesaving new Zealand has also taken an interest in the project. The meeting will take place at the Sinai Hall on Thursday May 20 from 5pm. The community is encouraged to attend. - Briar Douglas

Learning to swim is one aspect of staying safe in the water. Pictured are children at swimming lessons facilitated by the anZ Tamariki sports programme in 2011. 11120504

More tellers, less wait -- better service A SMoKe SIGnAlleR writes: “The AnZ business training man-

ager Stephen Caunter, who is holding a number of workshops here on Rarotonga and Aitutaki as part of the Cook Islands Tourism Awards, revealed on local TV on Tuesday night the importance of customer care being paramount to the success of business. Perhaps there needs to be a look at the same issues facing customers who,

in my experience, are encountering lengthy periods waiting to be served by tellers at the local AnZ branch. Make no mistake, the girls do an excellent job, but are faced with limited staff. This has been an ongoing problem for several months and in my opinion management are failing to address the situation. A visit to the local Westpac branch will show how it is done, with more tellers on hand.”

TODAY’S THE SHORTEST

ToDAY IS the shortest day of the year when the Sun scribes its

northernmost arc across our skies. That means for places like ours in the Southern Hemisphere, from tonight the period of darkness each night will gradually decrease and from tomorrow the amount of daylight will gradually increase. That’s good news for those who like to get up early for a morning run or enjoy an afternoon walk or paddle. each day’s sunrise and sunset times, tide times and Moon phases can be found on the inside back page of the CI news along with local weather forecasts.

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All WAS quiet and businesslike at the conclusion of Tuesday night’s

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KeeP the smokies rolling in! Smoke Signals and interesting island photos will be accepted by email (smokesignals@cookislandsnews. com), or text to 188 or a phone call to the newsroom on 22-999.

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Demo man promotes change

Beer says by-election will serve as a national political barometer MuRIenuA by-election Dem-

ocratic Party candidate James Beer, who is gearing up for his second attempt at the seat, says the upcoming vote will be a test of the public’s satisfaction with the Cook Islands Party. “This by-election is a good gauge to see whether there will be a change in power,” he says. Beer’s opponent will be the CIP-nominated Kaota Tuariki. It is not known if other candidates will run against the pair. For Beer, this will be his second attempt in a quest to win the right to represent the citizens of Murienua in parliament. In the 2010 general election, Murienua incumbent Tom Marsters, came out on top after receiving 171 of the 408 votes cast in Murienua, with Beer tallying 118 votes earning second place. The seat is becoming available as Marsters, currently Deputy Prime Minister, prepares to fulil his new role as the Queen’s Representative, with July 27 scheduled as the first day of Marsters’ term. While the exact date for the vote has yet to be announced by chief electoral oficer Taggy Tangimetua, it is likely to be held in August. Beer himself is critical of the way he ran his campaign last time around, saying there

aspiring politician, with labour being an issue to attend to. “We need to make agriculture more sexy,” he says. was too much focus on broad Crime is another street-level national issues like Toagate, issue that Beer will be focuswhich had him ired up at the ing on. time. “We do need stronger justice, “It has to be about the people no doubt about that, but we of Murienua and whether I am need to create opportunities for the right choice,” he says. young people,” he says. “Most “It has to be about commu- young people are bored with nity and the constituency,” he too much time on their hands.” says before reciting issues such As the proprietor of a handas the cost of living, job op- ful of businesses, including portunities, crime, and youth Manea Foods, Beco, unemployment. Chicken Magic, and It has to be Tying in all of these upstart green energy about the issues is agriculture, business Jagtech, Beer people of says Beer. acknowledges he’s Murienua “Primary profull of energy, but duction made new adds his busy schedand whether Zealand the third ule has primed him I am the wealthiest country in for the job. right choice. the world during the “A pre-requisite to seventies,” he says. “Primarily be a member of parliament is because it rode on the back of to have lots of energy,” he says. the land.” “It allows you to experience a In a letter to CI news on June whole range of issues.” 12, Beer provided historical Regarding political oppocontext to support his vision of nent Kaota Tuariki, Beer says seeing the Cook Islands become he is upset with how things an agriculture powerhouse. have evolved between the CIP The letter cites a document candidate and the Demo party. dating from 1965 that alludes Beer says the party made to the shipping of more than many approaches to Tuariki, 362,000 kilos of tomatoes from who attended the Demo party Rarotonga to new Zealand in conference in August 2012 as that year. a delegate with voting rights. “I think it should be front “We thought we had a relaand centre,” he says. “There’s tionship,” he says. lots of opportunities.” Despite the falling out, Beer Boosting the agricultural had kind words for him. sector will come with challeng“I wish him good luck.” es, says the businessman and - Emmanuel Samoglou

Local businessman James Beer is preparing his election campaign for his second attempt at the Murienua seat. 13061952

PM meets US congress reps PRIMe MInISTeR Henry Puna

spent the third day of his uS trip meeting with congressional representatives and political oficials in Washington DC. on Tuesday, Puna began the day with deputy administrator of uSAID Donald Steinberg. The two discussed uS assistance to the Paciic region, and the prime minister raised the prospect of his government approaching the organisation for

aid on national priority issues such as climate change, said special advisor to the prime minister Trevor Pitt. The PM and Steinberg were then escorted to Capitol Hill, where they met with Asia-Pacific subcommittee chairman and congressman Steve Chabot, congressman eni Faleomavaega, and congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “The prime minister said

his luncheon engagement with subcommittee members provided an excellent opportunity to promote the Cook Islands’ proile,” said Pitt. Puna spent further time with congressman Faleomavaega, gaining an appreciation of how the uS is engaged in the Pacific, “including the constraints in developing a higher priority for the region in the political landscape of Wash-

ington DC”, said Pitt. The ulu (leader) of Tokelau was present with Puna, having also been a special invitee for the previous day’s Paciic Day 2013 festivities at the new Zealand embassy. “The prime minister said he was impressed not only by the political machinations of congressional procedure, but also that constituents from all over the States had relatively easy

access to their reps,” said Pitt. Puna was especially pleased to meet the American Samoaborn Gabbard, who is the youngest person to have been elected into uS state politics at 21 years old. Pitt said the prime minister was impressed with the congresswoman’s military background, having served in Iraq with two tours of combat duty. “The busy day culminated

in a challenging and friendlyspirited debate around a dinner table in the evening, alongside new Zealand’s Ambassador to the united States Mike Moore and specially invited guests,” he said. Puna has a fourth and inal day of engagements in Washington DC today, before travelling to France to meet with new Caledonia President Harold Martin, said Pitt. - ES

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Jetty used for the irst time THe PAul Gauguin cruise ship made history yesterday as the irst vessel of its kind to call in and disembark passengers at the alternative cruise liner jetty in Arorangi. The ship’s captain opted to use the jetty on the western side of the island due to choppy sea conditions at Avatiu. It was the first time the $2 million jetty, which opened with much fanfare in november last year, was used. The ship arrived on the western coast of Rarotonga at 7am on Wednesday after a day trip in Aitutaki. Before the 340 passengers could board the tenders and head to shore to explore the island – the wooden jetty itself had to be erected as it was removed to prevent damage to the infrastructure during high sea surges over the past month. It took workmen an hour to erect the wooden jetty and by 9.30am the irst tender carrying up to 50 passengers docked at the jetty where Arorangi School students held an impromptu traditional turou (welcome) for the irst passengers. Cruise Cook Islands’ Stuart Henry, who handles shore excursions for the Paul Gauguin in Aitutaki and Rarotonga told CI news that all onshore service providers had plenty of time to

The irst passengers to use the Arorangi jetty disembark from the tender that had ferried them from the Paul Gauguin cruise ship. have their tour buses and taxis ready in Arorangi to take visitors across the island for various activities. “This is a perfect day for the first cruise ship arrival at the jetty and we’ve already received positive feedback from our tour operators,” commented Henry who was grateful for a bright sunny day for the visitors. He says that the cruise ship’s captain was keen to use the al-

ternative landing and with the students on the shores singing and chanting their turou – it was indeed a special arrival for the passengers who beamed with delight and photographed their traditional welcome to Rarotonga. There was minimal disruption to Arorangi School with cones directing passengers from the jetty to the main road where they boarded their tour buses.

Visitors keen for a bargain hit the jackpot as Arorangi students had set up stalls as part of the schools ‘enterprise week’ with island foods and snacks for sale from just $1. With the Tinomana Ariki palace and the limestone Arorangi CICC church directly across the road from the jetty and under the shade of flat top Raemaru mountain – passengers got an immediate taste of the rich Cook

Islands culture and traditions. new Zealand High Commissioner John Carter was delighted to see the irst passengers use the jetty and is keen to see the school and wider Puaikura community take advantage of such visits in the future now that it has been proven once and for all that the jetty successfully serves its purpose of providing an alternative port of entry to the island when the weather is

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not suitable in Avatiu. Ports Authority General Manager nooroa Tou was also pleased with the day’s event which ran smoothly thanks to the cooperation of all stakeholders. The Paul Gauguin cruise ships visits Aitutaki and Rarotonga up to six times a year and during busy cruising years it calls into the two islands up to - MW 12 times.

Paul Gauguin cruise ship passengers get right in to their traditional welcome as they make their way ashore via the arorangi jetty. 13061920

Arorangi teachers and students sing songs of welcome for the irst passengers to use the Arorangi jetty. 13061907

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The Paul Gauguin cruise ship, carrying 340 passengers, docked of the reef outside the Arorangi school and jetty. 13061906

Mountain trek operator Pa guides his cruise ship guests towards the lush hills of rarotonga after they arrived at the arorangi jetty. 13061925

The irst lot of passengers from the Paul Gauguin cruise ship head to shore via the Arorangi jetty to an impromptu traditional welcome by arorangi school students. 13061921

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chicken feed, he said. According to Fariu, he has brought in a different type of feed, and the issue has been dealt with. Despite his claims, a prominent Australian tourist couple, one half being a former Australian government senator, approached CI news about their experience during their stay in Muri. other tourists and residents have also reported that the odour has returned. Robin Bullen who runs Kura’s Kabanas along with his wife, Kura, acknowledged the outcry in early 2012 and resulting action by the health ministry. After the ministry became involved, the foul odours disappeared, only to return recently, he said. “About 6-8 weeks ago, we started getting instances again of this recurring problem,” he said. “It’s gotten progressively worse.” Bullen said Scott has conceded that a remedy exists that is approved by environmental

services, and questioned whether it was used over the past year and has only ceased recently as the smell has returned. “I also believe this is an air pollution problem,” Bullen said. “We’ve said they should amend the act so they can address the problem.” “There is a real risk of the word getting around,” said Bullen, who is concerned tourists visiting the Muri area will write negative reports on websites such as tripadvisor.com. “It’s a real risk to the industry,” Bullen said. Some members of the community have recently discussed the prospect of relocation for the farm, but Bullen said it doesn’t have to come to that if the odour can be controlled. “If he doesn’t cause any offense, I don’t see why he should be told to move,” he said. Any effort to forcibly relocate or remove the farm from the property is beyond the jurisdiction of the health ministry, said Fariu. - Emmanuel Samoglou

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Cook Islands Amateur Boxing Association(CIABA) Annual general meeting on Tuesday 25 June at 7pm at CISNOC Oice in Nikao. Agenda: 1. Last minutes and adoption 2. President report 3. Secretary & Finance report 4. Election of oice bearers 5. Other matters all members are urged to attend and any interested person. 72006 /31776 /1931

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Cook Islands Canoeing Association Canoes Tender Notice Tenders are invited for the bulk supply of Canoes for the 2013 year. The standards and speciications for the Canoes can be uplifted by arrangement from the Secretary, Cook Islands Canoeing Association email oevaka@gmail.com Phone 51249. Tender submissions shall close @ 4pm Wednesday 3 July 2013. Tenders shall be in a sealed envelope addressed to: CICA Canoes Tender 2013 Secretary, Cook Islands Canoeing Association, PO Box 775 Rarotonga, Cook Islands Tenders must be marked “Conidential” and be delivered by deposit into the Tender Box at the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation oices, Maire Nui Drive, Rarotonga, Cook Islands. 777

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Exciting opportunities are available at Te Vara Nui Village. We require staf for the following positions: - Marketing & Sales Co-ordinator - Reservation/Sales - Maitre d’ - Barperson (part-time) - Waiters/Waitresses (part-time) Please submit your cV to manager@tevaranui.co.ck or phone 24006 or 53982 for an interview. Take the challenge and be part of our amazing product! 71964 / /2512

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Shop Assistant Part-timer Phone 21991 or 58648. 71974 /31758 /1931

Joyce Peyroux Garment Experienced screenprinter wanted. Phone Joyce or Poko 20201/58888. 71802 /31739 /1917

PUBLIC NOTICES 2013/2014 TERTIARY STUDY SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS The Government of the Cook Islands is seeking “Expressions of interest” for Scholarship awards from suitably qualiied Cook Islands men and women for study at a Paciic Regional Institute (excluding Australia) or NZ academic institution. * NZ Paciic Scholarship – undergraduate study in NZ only * NZ Regional scholarship – study in the PACIFIC Region (i.e. USP) * Commonwealth Open Scholarships – PhD or Masters Level in NZ only. For this award, you will be required to attach a Letter of Ofer for admission by the institute into your area of study, provide 3 Letters of References and an outline of your Research Topic. The tertiary scholarships are open to Cook Islands persons from all sectors of the community, public and private living here in the Cook Islands. Applicant selection will be based upon meeting the scholarship eligibility criteria, primarily that of academic merit and that proposed course of study meet Government’s HRD priorities of the Cook Islands.

2013/2014 NZAID SHORT TERM TRAINING AWARDS Employers wishing to develop staf skills through short-term training attachments in New Zealand are invited to apply for assistance under the NZAID Bilateral Aid training Programme. This may include new studies towards courses at tertiary institutes (e.g Universities and Polytechnics) provided that completion is within a period of less than 12 months. Further details and application forms are available at the Ministry of Education in Nikao. Please note, degree studies, postgraduate studies, conferences and workshops will not be considered under this scheme. The above training and study awards will be prioritised to the following HRD priorities for 2013/2014: Agriculture, Marine, Waste Management, Renewable Energy, Education (Secondary Teaching), Health, ICT and Finance, although other areas can be considered. Application forms and further information are available from the Ministry of Education, Nikao or contact Anna Roi, ph 29357 ext 213 or Ngarangi Tangaroa-Teio – ext 210 or email scholarships@education.gov.ck Application Forms must be received no later than 12pm, Thursday 27 June 2013. 71769

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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND IMMIGRATION GOVERNMENT OF THE COOK ISLANDS FOREIGN AFFAIRS OFFICER If you are committed to the advancement of the national interests of the cook Islands at the international level, and are interested in regional and international developments and how this afects the Cook Islands then this could well be the job for you. The FAO will be responsible to the Director of the International Division. We are looking for a university graduate (economics, political science, international relations, or law would be advantageous) wishing to build a career in foreign afairs and with a range of attributes, including the following: - Knowledge, awareness and appreciation of the political and economic environment, both in the cook Islands and internationally; - Excellent time management and organisational skills; - Excellent written and oral communication skills. - Please contact Nga Kamana on telephone 29347 or email secfa@cookislands.gov.ck for the full job description, requirements and application details. Applications close 3pm, Monday 1 July 2013. 72009 / /2066

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Public Notice The Ministry of Agriculture has conirmed that the Oriental fruit ly is now present across Rarotonga and Aitutaki. This is an extremely serious pest that can severely damage all fruits and vegetables such as Bananas, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Capsicums and Pineapples. An eradication programme of this pest is being conducted on Rarotonga. This programme is expected to be started on Aitutaki in the next few weeks. The Ministry has put a ban on the movement of all fruits and vegetables to all islands. Fruits and vegetables are allowed only to the island of Aitutaki for the next few weeks. However, no fruits and vegetables are allowed from Aitutaki to any other island since the pest is very serious on the island including the motus. The Ministry of Agriculture is urging the general public to adhere to this very important notice regarding the movement of fruits and vegetables to prevent this pest from reaching the other islands. For further information call 28711.

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WANTED TO RENT 1-2 bedroom modern house, long term, mature PR couple, Blackrock to Vaimaanga area. Phone Mick 55191. 72007 /31781 /1931

Immigration Compliance Oicer Vacancy The Ministry of Foreign Afairs & Immigration is seeking to recruit a Compliance Oicer to work within the Immigration Division. The Compliance Oicer is a regulatory position responsible for promoting compliance with the Immigration laws and policies of the cook Islands. A university degree in law; management; policing or law enforcement-related discipline would be advantageous. The successful applicant must have at least two years experience in a compliance role or related law enforcement discipline and have the ability to work unsupervised and efectively with a wide range of people across vastly diferent cultures and backgrounds. For full job description please contact Nga Kamana on Ph 29347 or email secfa@cookislands.gov.ck Please send applications to: The Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Afairs & Immigration. PO Box 105 Avarua. Or the email above. Applications close 4pm, 21 June 2013. 71825 /31771 /2066

Cook Islands Sports & National Olympic Committee Chief executive Oicer The CISNOC is seeking to employ a full time Chief Executive Oicer to administer the Strategic, Financial and Management direction of the organisation. Based in Rarotonga, the appointee will report through to the Executive Board and will be responsible for the direction of a small team of full time employees. For a full listing of the Job Description, please contact the CISNOC Oice, or email, Siniva Marsters on smarsters@cisnoc. org.ck To apply in strict conidence, email a cover letter and your resume to president@cisnoc. org.ck Applications close Wednesday, 26 June 2013, at 12 noon. 71896 /32737 /2082

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THe PeoPle of enuamanu will be selling plates of food on Friday morning. The $10 plates are part of longterm fundraising to complete the hostel, which began in 2007. General secretary for the Atiu community on Rarotonga nga

Teao-Papatua said the plates will be available from 7am to 9am at Atiu Hostel. “We will be selling our local raurau plates of food, including a piece of pork, chicken, poke, rukau, mayonnaise and other goodies.”

Teao-Papatua said the Atiu community on Rarotonga are asked to come along and support the cause, and enjoy the food on offer. Those who want to contribute plates of food to the initiative can contact Teao-Papatua on 53467. - BD

The atiu community will be selling plates of food at the atiu hostel on Friday. Pictured are piles of donated food at atiu hostel earlier this month, which was given to the nearby Pukapuka hostel by the people of enuamanu. 13060401

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senior extension Oicer The Ministry of Agriculture invites expressions of interest from suitably qualiied, mature, and experienced persons to ill the above position. The successful applicant should have a good understanding of general agriculture, soil science, pest surveillance, and agricultural extension. The successful applicant is expected to be willing to upskill his knowledge in agricultural science and be luent in both english and maori, and must have a pleasant attitude and understanding relating to the sharing and transfer of knowledge and technical information to farmers. Written applications including a CV should be addressed to the Secretary of Agriculture, PO Box 96, Rarotonga or e-mail: mat.purea@agriculture.gov.ck A Job Description is available on request and applications close 3 July 2013. /

The Oice of the Prime Minister invites expressions of interest from suitably qualiied and experienced persons to undertake the above assignment. The successful applicant would have a Law Degree at post graduate level with drafting experience and at least 7 years of working experience in the Paciic Islands. Cook Islands experience is an advantage with evidence of successful drafting experience. Expression of interest closes on Monday 24 June 2013 4pm. The Terms of Reference outlines the scope of the assignment and can be obtained from Celine Dyer on (682) 25494 ext 814 or email celine@pmoice.gov.ck

Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health has the following vacancies: 1. Finance oicer (accounts Payable); this position reports to the Finance Manager, Funding and Planning Directorate. 2. Principal Lecturer, Lecturer, Librarian; Cook Islands Nursing School, Rarotonga Hospital. These positions report to the Chief Nursing oicer. Written applications including a CV with referees should be addressed to Human Resources Manager, PO Box 109, Ministry of Health, Rarotonga or email m.anguna@ health.gov.ck Job descriptions and application form is available on request. Applications close 28 June 2013. 71965

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Marine park up for debate THe KouTu nui conference

continued yesterday with discussions about the Cook Islands Marine Park. The discussion is part of the ‘stakeholder consultation’ stage of the marine park, where the community is asked for their thoughts and ideas about the project. The discussion was facilitated in part by the office of the Prime Minister (oPM) chief of staff, liz Wright-Koteka. She said the project is still in its early stages and input from the community is welcome. “nothing is set in stone. It’s very much in its infancy… That’s

put. “It’s an evolving process not a static process. It has to be dynamic, it has to change to meet the needs that we face,” she said. “of course we are going to make mistakes. That’s why I said it’s a dynamic process. If we wait until we get it perfect, none of it is going to get done.” Technical director of local environmental organisation Te Ipukarea Society Kelvin Passield encouraged people to voice their thoughts or concerns about the project. “I think it’s important to raise this and make it your concern. Raise your voice and let

why we want to go out to the community – to gauge the views of the public and see how we can best manage this resource.” She said the project belongs to the wider community, and is not just up to the government. “It’s not the mana of the government but the mana of each of us. It’s part of who we are. We need to take that mana back,” she said. “We want to create a marine environment that we today can enjoy, and that can be enjoyed in the future.” Wright-Koteka said the project will change along the way, according to people’s in-

representatives from the outer islands attended the conference to raise their concerns. 13061938

the government know you’re concerned.” Around 35 people attended the discussion on the Marine Park, including representatives from Mauke, Atiu, Aitutaki and Mitiaro. The marine park was the brainchild of former international rugby league player turned environmentalist Kevin Iro, who had the idea to raise

the global profile of the Cook Islands by creating the world’s largest marine park in its waters. After Iro proposed the idea to government, it was oficially launched in 2012. The project is the focus of this year’s lagoon Day, where the public is invited to have their say on the marine park and learn about what it will involve,

at the Punanga nui market on July 18 and 19. The Koutu nui conference began on Tuesday, and has covered a range issues such as the tax review, youth crime and the World Heritage listings. Today is the inal day of the conference at the Pukapuka Hostel, and all are invited to attend. - Briar Douglas

liz wright-koteka and kelvin Passield helped facilitate the discussion about the marine park. 13061937

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FLIGHT FROM ARRIVES Thursday june 20 NZ46/45 AKL 5.15PM GZ035/034 PPT 2.50PM Friday june 21 VA163/162 AKL 12.50AM NZ748/749 AKL 1.55AM NZ46/61 AKL 3.20PM

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Sadaraka appointed new VP neW CooK ISlAnDS Rugby union president lara Sadaraka has been appointed the Cook Islands Sports and national olympic Committee (CISnoC) vice president. At the CISnoC executive board meeting held on June 10 – national sports body president Hugh Graham read out the email from former CISnoC vice president Chris McKinley who said that due to work commitments he could not carry out his duties in the role. “We respect Chris’ wish to resign and the board has accepted his resignation,” said Graham.

Graham added that the board had no hesitation in unanimously endorsing his recommendations in appointing lara Sadaraka to the vacant position left by McKinley. McKinley was elected as CISnoC vice president at the committee’s annual general meeting in March earlier this year. He tendered his resignation on June 10, at around the same time he also tendered in his resignation as president of the Cook Islands Rugby union – a position also illed by Sadaraka. Graham explains that under article 13.1.14 of the CISnoC

constitution, the board has the power to ill any vacancies that may occur on the executive board. “This appointment by the board must be ratified at the next general meeting for the remainder of the term. In this case Chris was elected for the period 2013 to 2017.” Graham adds that Sadaraka brings a wealth of skills and experience, especially in the ield of marketing and sponsorship which the board is welcoming. “lara has been involved as an administrator in rugby for almost ten years now, both at club

and national federation level.” She has sat on the CIRu executive since 2006 and in 2012 was elected as vice-president and was team manager of the Cook Islands women’s rugby 7s team to the Paciic Games in noumea 2011 and to the oceania women’s 7s qualiier in Fiji in 2012. Sadaraka has been successfully organising the annual Cook Islands International Rugby Sevens Tournament for the past few years that continues to attract high calibre sevens players from around the - MW region.

new CisnoC vice president Lara sadaraka.

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Outlaws, Hornets win ive-a-side AFTeR SeVen weeks of fivea-side soccer, the outlaws men’s side and Green Hornets women’s team have claimed the round cup championship title this week. outlaws have taken out the round cup and were presented

with their trophy after playing their final match against the spirited Avatiu side to win the game by three goals to one. Avatiu put up a good challenge throughout the irst half to keep outlaw’s score-line to a draw.

After regrouping at the half time break outlaws added another two goals to go through to take the round cup trophy. Tama Hawkz, who were on bye and played their last match on Monday secured second place in the men’s division.

outlaws were crowned the men’s 2013 ive-a-side round cup champs.

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In the other matches played – DJs defeated Jaguar by five goals to four to take out third place while Virgin Ave beat Steelers by ten goals to one. In the women’s division, Green Hornets took out the round cup after playing their

inal match against Corporate and winning five goals to nil while Queenz took second place after defeating Matavera by three goals to one. lorettes placed third after defeating Tic Taks by eight goals to two.

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Results – (women) Green Hornets 5 vs Corporate 0, Queenz 3 vs Matavera 1, lorettes 8 vs Tic Taks 2, (men) outlaws 3 vs Avatiu 1, DJs 5 vs Jaguar 4, Virgin Ave 10 vs Steelers 1.

Green Hornets took out the out women’s ive-a-side round cup trophy this week.

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