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Firearm discharged in dispute POLiCe are continuing their investigations into a domestic dispute this month where a irearm and a bush knife were used. The domestic dispute was between an uncle and his nephew which escalated out of control and resulted in violence between the two men – one of them discharging what is believed to be an air gun.
Takuvaine man John Young was shot in the arm during the incident before police arrived at the scene. Young was arrested after the June 10 incident for burglary and appeared in court on June 20 where he was given bail. Police say an investigation is continuing and further charges are likely.
it was fortunate that no one suffered any serious injuries from the violent incident said police. “We are very concerned about this incident particularly the use of a irearm and a knife,” says police commissioner Maara Tetava. “it is fortunate that no serious harm was caused to the parties or any other person.”
Police are urging members of the community to resolve issues in particular domestic related issues without resorting to violence. “We have counsellors in the community who can help. Please do seek their support. Violence is not a problem solver. it creates disharmony, hurt and harm in our community.”
Despite the recent violent incident, police say they have noticed a decline in violent incidents and would like to see this trend continue. “We have had a good run of violent free incidents in the past few years and we would like to keep it that way.” Police would also like to remind irearm owners to properly
secure their irearms at all times. “These are to be used for the purposes that they were registered for.” The unlawful discharge of firearms results in the firearm owner being charged and the irearm coniscated by authorities. - Matariki Wilson/HG
New cruises for the Cook Islands
Cruise liners will be seeing more of the Cook islands in coming years, after cuts to european destinations. Princess, royal Caribbean and regent were among some of the major cruise lines that recently announced cuts to european destinations, citing dampening demand due to europe’s weak economy and the
high price of airline tickets from the united states. As a result, several cruise lines have responded by introducing more voyages to the south Paciic and French Polynesia. Paul Gauguin Cruises, which has dominated French Polynesia in past years, is offering a new line of destinations through the Cook islands, as well as Tahiti
and the society islands, the Tuamotus, and the Marquesas for the 2014 season. The line even offers trips as far as Guadalcanal in the solomon islands, Papua New Guinea, and indonesia. Windstar Cruises—with its fleet of intimate motor-sailyachts and mega yachts—returns to Tahiti for the irst time in 12 years, offering seven-night
round-trip voyages out of Papeete, Tahiti, aboard the 148-passenger Wind spirit starting in May, 2014. Wi n d s t a r C e O, H a n s Birkholz, told FoxNews.com the return of Windstar was due to customer demand. “Windstar’s return to Tahiti has always been the number one request from our guests, even
a decade later,” said Birkholz. “The expansion of our fleet, with the addition of our three new power yachts (formerly seabourn Legend, Pride, and spirit), made this the perfect time to return one of our sailing yachts to Tahiti.” Bill Goodwin, author of Frommer’s Tahiti & French Polynesia and Frommer ’s
South Paciic guidebooks, told FoxNews.com that exploring the region on a boat is one of the best ways to see it. The Paul Gauguin made history last Wednesday by being the first cruise liner to use the alternative jetty in Arorangi – the ship visits rarotonga and Aitutaki up to six times a year. - Release/CINews
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worldNeWs nuti no TeiA Nei AO Club sees red over orange RogeR Federer has been told he cannot wear his orangesoled trainers again after they were judged to have broken Wimbledon’s all-white dress code. The 31-year-old seven-time Wimbledon champion played in them during his opening-round win on Monday. But he fell foul of the rules, which state: “Including the warm-up period, players at Wimbledon must be dressed almost entirely in white.” An All england Club spokesman said a number of players had been spoken to about their attire in round one.
Aussie PM toppled
Rudd returns as Australia prime minister after vote defeats gillard CANBerrA – Kevin rudd has
ousted Prime Minister Julia Gillard as leader of Australia’s Labor Party. He won by 57 votes to 45, in a leadership ballot. The change comes ahead of a general election due in september, which polls suggest Labor is set to lose. This is the latest twist in a long and bitter rivalry between the two politicians – but it could be the last as Gillard has said she
world BRIEFS POPE CALLS FOR VATICAN BANK INQUIRY THE VATIcAN – A commission of inquiry has been set up by Pope Francis to review the activities of the Vatican Bank, following recent scandals. Earlier this month, he named a trusted cleric to oversee the management of the bank, which is known oicially as the Institute for Religious Works. The institution, one of the world’s most secretive banks, has been beset by suspicions of moneylaundering. The BBc reports it has 114 employees and US$7.1 billion in assets. The new commission is tasked with ensuring the bank operates in “harmony” with the mission of the church.
ASYLUm FOR FUgITIVE COULd TAKE wEEKS BRITAIN – Ecuador says it could take weeks to decide on an asylum bid by the fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Foreign minister Ricardo Patino said it took two months to make a decision in the case of Julian Assange so don’t expect a decision sooner this time. Snowden, who leaked information about massive US surveillance programmes of phone and internet data, is in Moscow airport awaiting word on his asylum bid. He arrived there from Hong Kong on Sunday. President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela said his country would also consider any asylum request from Snowden just as Ecuador is doing.
UN ISSUES wARNINg OVER ‘LEgAL HIgHS’ UNITED NATIONS – New drugs marketed as “legal highs’’ and “designer drugs’’ are emerging fast and in great numbers, and authorities are struggling to keep up, a new UN report warned. So-called new psychoactive substances (NPS), often sold under harmless names like spice, bath salts or herbal incense, posed a serious health risk although they were legal, the UN oice on drugs and crimes (UNODc) said in its annual World Drug Report. “Sold openly, including via the Internet, NPS, which have not been tested for safety, can be far more dangerous than traditional drugs,’’ it warned.
PRAYERS FOR AILINg NELSON mANdELA SOUTH AFRIcA – Emotional crowds have gathered outside the hospital where Nelson Mandela lies in critical condition, as relatives and clan elders made preparations for the revered former South African leader’s inal journey. Singing supporters on Wednesday gathered outside the Pretoria hospital where the 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero was ighting for his life. A candlelight vigil was held late on Tuesday and a prayer read out by a South African archbishop to wish the anti-apartheid icon a “peaceful, perfect, end”.
will now leave politics. “i will not re-contest the federal electorate at the forthcoming election,” said Gillard, Australia’s first female prime minister. “What i am absolutely conident of is it will be easier for the next woman and the woman after that and the woman after that, and i’m proud of that,” she added. Despite their bitter rivalry, rudd praised his predecessor, describing her as a woman of extraordinary intelligence, with great strength and energy. “Julia, as prime minister and prior to that as deputy prime minister, has achieved much under the dificult circumstances of a minority government,” he told a news conference after his victory. rudd is more popular with voters than Gillard, and many believe Labor will perform better in the election under him. Meanwhile, opposition leader Tony Abbott called on rudd to name an election date, arguing that it should be sooner than september 14, the date set by Gillard. “The Australian people are yearning to make a choice. The Australian people are well and truly over this low and dishonourable parliament,” he told a news conference. Wednesday’s leadership test was the third faced by Gillard since she took ofice in 2010. She herself ousted rudd as prime minister in 2010. The vote makes rudd the leader of the Labor Party, but not prime minister. Gillard must write to Governor General Quentin Bryce stating that she is resigning as prime minister befor rudd can be sworn in. A shake-up in the cabinet is expected following the leadership change. - BBC
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been ousted as Labor Party leader by her predecessor, Kevin rudd. afp
Gay rights are ‘un-African’ LONDON – Homophobic attacks have reached dangerous levels in sub-saharan Africa and must stop, Amnesty international has said in a report. Governments are increasingly criminalising “homosexual acts” by seeking to impose new laws and draconian penalties, it adds. This sends the “toxic message” that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are criminals, the report says. some of the continent’s lead-
ers say homosexuality is “unAfrican”. in 2011, the us and uK hinted that they could withdraw from countries which did not respect homosexual rights on the socially conservative continent. However, Amnesty said us religious groups “actively fund and promote homophobia in Africa”, while many of the laws were inherited from the colonial era. Homosexual acts are still a crime in 38 African countries,
it said in a report titled “Making Love a Crime: Criminalisation of same-sex conduct in subsaharan Africa”. There is no speciic legislation outlawing homosexual acts in 12 African countries, mostly former French colonies, while gay rights are formally recognised in south Africa. The parliaments of uganda, Liberia and Nigeria have draft laws before them, seeking to increase penalties. - BBC
Historic ruling on gay marriage WAsHiNGTON DC – The us supreme Court has struck down a law denying federal benefits to gay couples and cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. The justices said that the Defense of Marriage Act, known as Doma, discriminated against same-sex couples. They declined to rule on California’s prohibition of gay marriage, known as Proposition 8,
effectively allowing such unions to resume in the state. Opinion polls indicate that most Americans support samesex marriage. Wednesday’s decisions do not affect the bans on gay unions enshrined in the constitutions of more than 30 us states. Twelve us states and the District of Columbia currently recognise same-sex marriage. The Doma decision means
that legally married gay men and women will have access to the same federal entitlements that are available to oppositesex married couples. These include tax, health and pension benefits and family hospital visits. The landmark 5-4 rulings prompted celebrations from gay rights advocates outside the supreme Court in Washington DC and nationwide. - BBC
Chinese astronauts back to Earth
INdO Pm SAYS ‘SORRY ABOUT THE SmOKE’ INDONESIA – Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has apologised to Singapore and Malaysia over ires that have cloaked the countries in thick haze, as thousands more emergency workers were deployed to tackle the blazes. Southeast Asia’s worst smog crisis for years pushed haze levels in Singapore to a record high last week, with residential buildings and skyscrapers shrouded and daily life for millions in the city state dramatically afected. The smog has drifted north and is now badly afecting Malaysia.
TImE TO gET mUm OUT OF THE FREEzER HOLLAND – A Dutch woman kept her dead 83-year-old mother in the freezer for a week because she couldn’t bring herself to say goodbye. A family friend contacted police on Monday, saying they could “no longer live” with the secret of the body in the freezer. “There was no indication that the mother didn’t die of natural causes, but the body has nevertheless been taken for an autopsy,” police spokeswoman Esther Boot said. Police said the daughter was just “too sad” to let her mother go.
Today’s Daily Bread By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the leeting pleasures of sin.
Matthew 7:21-29 read:read: Hebrews 11:23-31
Text: Matthew 7:26 24-25 Text: Verse
Chinese astronauts Zhang Xiaoguang, Nie Haisheng and Wang yaping are welcomed back to Earth after their Shenzhou-10 spacecraft landed safely on the grasslands of north China’s Inner Mongolia region after a 15-day mission in space – China’s longest manned space mission and a major step towards Beijing’s goal of building a permanent space station by 2020. afp
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What’s going on? roger Federer waves goodbye to the crowds at Wimbledon on a crazy day that saw a who’s who of legends exit the Grand Slam tennis tournament in London. afp WiMBLeDON – it was already
one of the most tumultuous days in Grand slam tennis history, with seven players forced out by injuries, two of the top-three seeded women eliminated and six former No. 1-ranked players leaving early. so what else could happen to make this a day like no other at Wimbledon? Here’s what. The world’s greatest grass-court player losing on his favourite Centre Court – the most famous stage in tennis – to a 116th-ranked qualiier who had never beaten a top-10 player in his life. seven-time champion roger Federer was stunned by Sergiy stakhovsky in the second round at the All england Club, his earliest loss in a Grand slam tournament in 10 years. Federer’s loss ended his record streak of reaching at least the quarterinals at 36 consecutive Grand slam tournaments, a run that began at Wimbledon in 2004. The shock result capped a chaotic day of injuries, walkovers, retirements and shock results. Third-seeded Maria sharapova, the 2004 champion, fell to a 131st-ranked qualiier and No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka was among the seven injury withdrawals.
After only three days of play, ive of the top-10 seeded women and four of the top 10 men are already out of the draw. Only two days ago, two-time champion rafael Nadal was bounced in the first round by 135th-ranked steve Darcis. “i’m still in disbelief,” stakhovsky said of his win against Federer. “When you play Roger Federer at Wimbledon it’s like you are playing two people. First you play Roger Federer, then you play his ego.” Federer’s defeat was the biggest shock on a day full of shocks. in her demise, sharapova slipped and fell several times on the grass on Court 2 and received medical treatment from the trainer in the second set. it wasn’t serious enough to force sharapova to quit, as so many others did Wednesday either by walkover or mid-match retirements. Among the casualties: Azarenka (walkover, right knee), men’s No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (retirement, left knee), John isner (retirement, left knee) and Darcis (walkover, right shoulder). Also out: 10th-seeded Marin Cilic (walkover, left knee); 2006 quarterinalist Radek Stepanek (retirement, left hamstring); and Yaroslava shvedova (walkover, right arm).
if that wasn’t enough, the tournament lost all those former No. 1 players – sharapova, Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic among the women, and Federer and Lleyton Hewitt among the men. With Azarenka and sharapova gone, the prospect of serena Williams lifting the women’s trophy for a sixth time looks even stronger. Williams, who is riding a 32-match winning streak, had already been considered the overwhelming title favourite. second-seeded Andy Murray advanced easily to the third round with a 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan on Court 1. The All england Club said it has “no reason to think” the court surface was to blame for the spate of injuries. “The court preparation has been to exactly the same meticulous standard as in previous years and it is well known that grass surfaces tend to be more lush at the start of an event,” the club said in a statement. “The factual evidence, which is independently checked, is that the courts are almost identical to last year, as dry and irm as they should be, and we expect them to continue to play to their usual high quality.” - NZH
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‘Huge strides’ towards elections Attorney general refutes Winston Peter’s doubts about fair elections suVA – Fiji’s attorney-general says the country is making “huge strides” towards holding free and fair elections in 2014. Aiyaz sayed-Khaiyum’s comments come after former New Zealand foreign minister Winston Peters told radio Austral-
ia’s Paciic Beat he has no conidence the elections will happen. “The fact of the matter is that they moved to a dictatorship without holding elections and the rule of law was seriously, dramatically compromised in a way that we would ind very
paciic BRIEFS QARASE HAS NO CASE TO ANSwER FIJI – The High court in Suva has ruled that there is no case to answer in a case involving Fiji’s ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase. He faced two counts of abuse of oice after being accused of fraudulently applying the Extinct Mataqali Funds, worth US$1.5 million to Vanua Development Corporation and then Paciic connex Limited between 2003 and 2005. Qarase told FBc News that he was happy and thankful for his discharge. Meanwhile, his co-accused Keni Dakuidreketi and Kalivati Bakani, will re-appear in court next month to answer fraud charges. The two men told the court they need time to get inancial records and locate missing documents relevant to the case. The Judge urged lawyers to sort their issues and indicate their position on the next court date, as the case has been dragging on for years.
CLAImS OF BEATINgS ON NAURU dENIEd NAURU – The Australian based Refugee Action coalition is standing by its report that six protesters at the Australian-run asylum seeker detention camp on Nauru were left unconscious on Tuesday after being beaten by guards. Ian Rintoul says the guards’ action was a brutal response to a protest by Palestinian, Sudanese and Lebanese asylum seekers, who were recently transferred from christmas Island. Rintoul says the asylum seekers were told it would be at least six months before their claims for refugee status could be heard. But an Australian immigration oicial says the report is wrong. She says there was no protest or retaliation by the guards. The oicial says six of the new arrived asylum seekers chose to sit in the sun and may have sufered sun stroke.
TwO mEN CHARgEd IN JPK mURdER CASE FRENcH POLYNESIA – Two men in French Polynesia have been charged with kidnapping and murder in connection with the 1997 disappearance of a local journalist, Jean-Pascal couraud, known as JPK. The charges come nine years after the journalist’s family lodged a police complaint for murder. The two men charged have long been alleged to have attached breeze blocks on the journalist’s limbs and drowned him of Tahiti as part of an operation by the GIP militia, led by Leonard Puputauki, who is also due to be questioned. In 2004 when a former spy, Vetea Guilloux, irst made the claim, he was immediately arrested and jailed for slander, but last year he repeated the allegations, which have reportedly been backed up by additional testimony.
mINISTER SAYS PAPUA CRITICISm UNFAIR FIJI – Fiji’s foreign minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, says criticism of him by the West Papua National coalition for Liberation is unfair. The group was dismissive over Ratu Inoke’s claim that it wasn’t representative of Indonesia’s West Papuans, who have unsuccessfully asked the Melanesian Spearhead Group to be made a member. But Ratu Inoke has told Fijilive that the criticism is especially unfair given the efort Fiji has made to raise the West Papua issue in the MSG. At last week’s MSG summit, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New caledonia’s FLNKS Movement backed the West Papuans’ bid but Fiji and Papua New Guinea rejected it. Inoke said before making a decision, the MSG leaders will need to analyse the precise situation.
TOwN SURPRISEd AT FACTORY APPROVAL VANUATU – The mayor of the Vanuatu town of Luganville says neither he, nor his community, have been properly consulted about a proposal by a Chinese company to build a ish processing factory in the town. The Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority approved Tuteng Group’s application to operate the factory earlier this month. But Maurice Emboe says people in Luganville are opposed to the plan because of concerns about overishing and the efect of possible environmental damage on the lucrative tourism industry. He says his council has heard nothing from the company or Port Vila.
PLEA TO ALLOw gAmBLINg ON COCK FIgHTS GUAM – The mayors of the Guam districts of Santa Rita and Umatac are asking the territory’s government to consider excluding cockighting from a bill that will outlaw gambling. On Monday, the Senate unanimously voted to approve bill 19, which will outlaw all gambling on the island once the public hospital’s debt has been paid of. But the mayor of Santa Rica, Dale Alvarez, says cockighting is a cultural institution among Guamanians, and banning it would just drive the practice underground. He says nobody would be interested in cockighting if it was done without gambling.
unacceptable,” Peters said. “At this point in time, there is very little evidence of a move towards free and fair elections.” Fiji’s Sayed-Khaiyum says Peters’ comments are “obtuse”. “Obviously any person who knows about what is happening on the ground in Fiji would know there have been enormous strides made towards holding the elections by september 2014 next year,” he said. “i think it is rather obtuse to make those sorts of comments without knowing what is happening on the ground.” sayed-Khaiyum says the country has recently entered the “third phase” of electronic voter registration with about 520,000 Fijians currently registered to vote. Peters was speaking about Fiji in the lead up to the launch of the book ‘Persona Non Grata: Breaking the Bond – New Zea-
“Any person who knows about what is happening on the ground in Fiji would know there have been enormous strides made towards holding the elections by september next year.’ land and Fiji 2004-2007’, written by former New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Michael Green. M i ch a e l G r e e n d i e d o f cancer last year but his book was launched in Wellington
yesterday. The book alleges coup leader and interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama personally threatened “to get him” and describes the regime as one characterised by intimidation and thuggery. Green was declared persona non grata and ordered out of Fiji in 2009. In Fiji, the registered political parties are pressing ahead with their preparations to contest the promised elections next year. The general secretary of the SODELPA party in Fiji says they hope to have branches set up throughout the country by the end of this year in preparation for next year’s elections. The party is a reincarnation of the prominent sDL Party, which was officially dissolved earlier this year and renamed so it could comply with new rules for political parties.
The sDL party was re-elected in 2006, but six months later ousted from power in the military coup. The general secretary Pio Tabaiwalu says the party has almost had to start again as it prepares for the campaign phase. “We’ve been out of circulation for nearly seven years now. We have to go back and start setting up our branches throughout the country in preparation for elections but we are doing that straight away. “it’s just the logistical problem of trying to set up throughout the country and the cost of doing it.” Tabaiwalu says they want an independent body to oversee the election and would like to see the current regime issue deinitive statements reassuring the public that they are free to speak their views. - PNC
Paciic conservation addressed NOuM eA – The secretariat
of the Pacific Community has signed a memorandum of understanding with the international union for Conservation of Nature to work together in areas of conservation and development in the Paciic. The four-year MOu, signed this week in Noumea, lays the foundation for co-operation in sectors related to biodiversity conservation including isheries and marine protection, forestry, energy, food security, water and climate change. The iuCN regional director, Taholo Kami, said there is a growing feeling among Paciic government that there are too many different regional agencies working in similar areas but without cohesion. “We’re seeing in the region
that leaders are starting to say, ‘hey, what the heck, 30 years plus 20 hasn’t worked’. And we’re talking about the same problems that we had 30 years ago. “And we’ve got donor and partnership relationships that have gone back for the last 30 years. “What do we do that can make a significant difference and how do we cut through the noise, and how do we demand better access to beneits? “How do we demand better investment – or the right kind of investment – to the communities, where it matters? “And with all these institutions coming in i think it’s part of the same demand from countries starting to say, ‘we need something that makes sense to
us that’s not just isheries’.” He said island countries are starting to get serious about green growth, blue economies. “i think that it’s coming, it’s starting to emerge. More and more leaders are starting to ask the questions, ‘what do we need to do to see things change?’ And i hope it’s something we will see more – the Paciic island countries coming on board on this agenda. Kami said he agrees with and congratulates the parties to the Nauru Agreement’s fisheries conservation scheme. “And i think the fact that these small Paciic Island countries can close the door and say, ‘we need to take action’. i think it provides an example for how other Paciic island groups can start to say, ‘hey, it’s not every-
one else’s problem, it’s actually ours. And we need to take ownership of the challenge and do something about it’.” Kami also urged caution when it comes to the issue of deep-sea mining: “As a Pacific Islander, I wear my Paciic Island hat, i think we do need to know a lot more in terms of opportunities for natural resources – and deep-sea mining is a big opportunity – at the same time tread with caution. “it’ll still be there in 20, 30 years time, and if takes a little longer to ind out the best way to do these things, i think we should take our time. “Our small countries are always approached by organisations and companies, and i think we need to sort out our priorities irst.” - RNZI
Food bank to alleviate poverty suVA – Fiji is planning to set up a food bank to supplement its existing poverty alleviation programmes. Permanent secretary for social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta, said the social Welfare Ministry has surveyed areas to find where the assistance is most needed. “These identiied communities have been based on a credible World Bank study that was
able to depict where the poverty communities are distributed in Fiji,” he said. Dr Koroivueta who is heading the plans for the food bank says the initiative will be set up mainly on the country’s two main islands due to the logistics involved. it is hoped that food will be donated by local businesses and food distributors. “We have a store house where food-based organisations or
industries, and that includes wholesalers, retailers and processors, would come in a good samaritan way to donate food items to the organisations,” Dr Koroivueta said. The new initiative will not involve the government. “it will be set up within an NGO and we have willing NGOs who are willing to basically store this food and to distribute to the needed families,” Dr Koroivueta said.
He says while there are similar systems in Fiji, the new food banking initiative will ensure the supply is continuous and of good quality. The initiative is based on Pillar 8 of the People’s Charter, which states government’s commitment to reducing poverty to a negligible level by 2014. The food bank is set to open in about a month. - ABC
Fiji Airways oficially takes light suVA – Fiji’s national airline oficially took to the skies as Fiji Airways said “moce” to the Air Paciic name this week. Chairman Nalin Patel said it was time to turn the page. He said the old name, Air Pacific, was not working as hard as it could to grow the airline and capture market share in Australia, New Zealand, the us, Canada, China and europe. “We knew this finding presented a great opportunity and we seized on it,” Patel said. “Fiji Airways will be a brand
differentiator online and in our core and emerging markets – making it easier for travel agents to sell us and our customers to ind, remember and buy airline tickets from us. “The name Fiji Airways will be able to better leverage the dollars that we and Tourism Fiji spend on advertising and marketing.” in adopting the new name Fiji Airways join other airlines that ly under their own country’s banner including Air New Zealand, Air France, Emirates,
American Airlines, singapore Airlines, and British Airways. Patel said the change did not happen overnight saying it was only possible through the hard work and dedication of all their staff over the past three years. “This momentous day is a capstone on a tremendous amount of work to make sure Fiji’s national airline lies with the strength, pride and recognition of the country we are honoured to represent,” he said. “Our team has worked incredibly hard to ensure our air-
line will be in a position to do the name Fiji Airways justice. “it’s a great honour, and we know that with it comes a great responsibility, to serve as Fiji’s lying ambassador to the world.” Acting CeO Aubrey swift acknowledged the contribution of management and staff in making the transition possible. “With the arrival of two of our three brand-new A330s and our beautiful new identity, we are just getting started!” - Fiji Times/PNC
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aotearoa NeWs AUSTRALIA’S mAORI mIgRANTS LIVE PRECARIOUSLY MAORI living across the Tasman may be earning more than their fellows in Aotearoa, but their situation is more precarious than other New Zealanders in the lucky country. That’s one of the indications drawn from an analysis of the latest Australian census data by the Waikato University-based National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis. In 2011 there were 128,000 individuals living in Australia who identiied as Maori by ancestry, representing about 16 per cent of the broader Australasian Maori population. A third were Australian-born, and a third moved over as children. Senior research fellow Tahu Kukutai says Maori migrants have high levels of employment, but they are clustered in low-skill occupations. She says they have lower levels of education than other New Zealand migrants or Maori born in Australia, and have low rates of citizenship uptake, so are more vulnerable if things go wrong. - Waatea News
‘RACIST’ dOmAIN NAmES NOT EASILY REmOVEd WEBSITE domain names considered racist toward Maori can not be removed by the body that manages them unless they are ordered to by a court. One domain name, unemployed.maori.nz, links straight to the Work and Income New Zealand website. Another, called kai.maori.nz, redirects to the KFc website. Auckland University of Technology lecturer Steve Elders said it was part of a growing trend of “online Maori bashing”. The Domain Names commission (DNc) should de-register them, he believes. But the commission can not take down domain names unless a court orders the body to, its communications adviser Patrick Watson told Fairfax Media. “It’s not in the Domain Name commission’s mandate to investigate anything to do with content, so we don’t comment on any material published online,” he said. “With these sorts of issues, people who have concerns about the actual content, they have to follow alternative routes with lawyers or the commerce commission, or the Human Rights commission.” - Fairfax News
The contingent from the royal Fijian Military Forces salutes their families and oicials in Suva before departing for peacekeeping duties in the Golan Heights this week. fJII MINfO suVA – A foolhardy commitment – or a heroic mission? These are two opinions of Fiji’s decision to send Fijian soldiers to man a dangerous uN peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights. In a farewell to the 182 Fijian soldiers who left for the Middle east on Wednesday, Commodore Frank Bainimarama said, “it is the most honourable task a soldier can perform” adding Fiji said “yes” to the call for peacekeepers because of its commitment to be a good global citizen. “As a nation we punch above our weight,” he said. “We are building a better Fiji and have ambitions for ourselves and naturally we want to create a better world for everyone and this deployment is part of that vision. “some of you may be wondering why our soldiers are going in when others are pulling out. As your prime minister and commander of the RFMF, let me say this. “Answering the call to restore peace for the protection of innocent men, women and children is the most honourable task a soldier can perform. “Fijian soldiers have a proud history of responding to uN requests for assistance and we will continue to do so.” But some of the Fiji regime’s staunchest critics are not buying into Commodore Bainimarama’s attempts to “glorify” the mission. “A ruthless and foolhardy promise from the country’s un-elected prime minister last night – he will send as many soldiers as he is asked to by the united Nations to the Golan Heights,” comments the website Coup4.5. “182 Fiji soldiers head to the most dangerous war zone in the world today – farewelled by their families and a state of the nation speech from Frank Bainimarama that spells out he knows they could be going to their deaths. “In his address, he told Fiji citizens their menfolk were embarking on a mission more deadly than any other the country has engaged in. “Bainimarama admitted oth-
er countries have withdrawn their troops because the Golan Heights, the territory between israel and syria, is too dangerous. “Despite this he pledged to send as many as 500 soldiers and more if asked to by the uN. “in an attempt to glorify the mission, he couched death in language that gloried war, saying, ‘etched on the soldier’s faces was the pride, the determination and the commitment that we are certain will carry them
‘We have told the united Nations that we are willing to provide up to 500 soldiers for this mission – if they are needed – and will consider requests for more.’ for the mission ahead’. “Bainimarama of course is not accompanying the soldiers on the light, even to offer moral support.” The leader is in Moscow to meet with Russian oficials coinciding with the rugby sevens. At the farewell to the soldiers this week, the Fiji Times reported – under an overcast sky and a drizzle that relected their emotions at Albert Park in suva yesterday, hundreds of people gathered to show support for their fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, mothers and sisters who have been deployed as part of the uN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on a peacekeeping mission to the Golan Heights in the Middle east. President ratu epeli Nailatikau saluted and bid them goodbye, warning of the volatile grounds they were lying to in the buffer zone erected by the uN in 1974. Croatian, Japanese and Austrian peacekeepers at the Golan Heights, annexed by Israel in 1981, have left because of escalating violence spilling from the Syrian civil conlict. The newspaper spoke to one
of the soldier’s mothers who said although her son’s achievement brought happiness to her family, they also knew his life would be at risk. “i don’t know whether i should be happy or sad because deep inside me, i know that that place is not safe,” she said. As the 182-member contingent made the final journey around the park yesterday, the 47-year-old mother buried her face in her hands and wept. “He is a hardworking boy and i know he will do his best wherever he may go.” Families followed their loved ones from the park to where they boarded buses and trucks. A daughter followed her father with a video camera until he left. earlier, President ratu epeli Nailatikau reminded the soldiers that they would be in a volatile area. “The situation calls for dedication, teamwork and courage and the highest level of discipline both regimental and personal. “ You will be working with colleagues from around the world and interacting with the local population within a highly demanding security situation where daily, your professionalism will be put to the test.” Prime Minister Bainimarama said Fiji was “ building a new and better Fiji and we have big ambitions for ourselves as a nation. Naturally, we also want to help create a better world for everyone and these deployments are part of that vision”. “We have told the united Nations that we are willing to provide up to 500 soldiers for this mission – if they are needed – and will consider requests for more. We appreciate that the uN has been so supportive in its praise and thanks for our commitment. “Our partnership in global peacekeeping goes back 35 years. As in the past, our troops will wear the blue helmet of the uN with pride. “But I ask every Fijian tonight to keep them in their thoughts and prayers as they carry out their mission. We especially pray for their safe return.” - PNC
SURVEY AImS TO FINd ORATORS TO SPEAK ON mARAE A NGATI Toa leader says a survey of its descendants’ reo Maori knowledge will help to identify if the iwi has enough orators to man their marae. The tribe’s boundary encompasses the lower North Island to parts of the top of the South Island. The iwi is surveying its people to ind out how, when and where they want to learn Te Reo. Te Runanga o Ngati Toa Rangatira chair Taku Parai said every iwi and hapu inds it hard to man their paepae or orator benches, as well as having enough kaikaranga or women to call visitors on to Marae. Parai said the survey is essential because it will show whether they have enough people to run cultural proceedings on the tribe’s four marae. The Ngati Toa Te Reo Maori committee – which is carrying out the research – plans to create targets and strategies after the information is gathered. - RNZI
APATHETIC VOTER TURNOUT CONCERNS mAORI PARTY mP VOTER apathy’s causing concern for a Party with major aspirations in this weekend’s Ikaroa-Rawhiti byelection. Historic data shows voter turn out in Maori seats is 60 per cent or lower at general elections and substantially worse when it comes to by-elections. That worries Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell. “It may be that we as a Maori Party haven’t been strong enough in putting the messages out that can be achieved, albeit with the relationship with a governing Party but I suppose people simply have given up on the political process.” The Ikaroa-Rawhiti seat became vacant on the death of Labour MP Parekura Horomia in April and the by-election takes place on Saturday. Seven candidates are standing – Na Raihania of the Maori Party, Labour’s Meka Whaitiri, Marama Davidson of the Greens, the Mana Party’s Te Hamua Nikora and Michael Appleby for the Aotearoa Legalise cannabis Party. There are also two independent candidates – Adam Holland and Maurice Wairau. National and New Zealand First are not contesting the seat. - PNC
mP dOUBTS ROLL NUmBERS wILL ALLOw FOR NEw mAORI SEAT MAORI Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell does not think enough people will join the Maori roll to create another Maori seat in Parliament. More than 5000 people have joined the Maori Electoral Roll since the option opened in March – and most of them are new voters. But 9700 more people would need to join it in the next month to be on par with the 2006 option – which saw no increase in Maori seats. There are currently seven Maori seats in a Parliament of 121. Flavell said it is still early days but it doesn’t look like there will be a change, which is disappointing. He said there is a chance that a Maori seat will be lost, but he’s hoping for a rise in registered voters over the next month, which would make that unlikely. Flavell entered a Member’s bill earlier this month into the ballot to automatically register Maori on the Maori roll. - Waatea News
TAKINg OF HONE HEKE BONES STORY QUESTIONEd A NORTHLAND elder has cast doubt on the claims of an Auckland man that he is about to rebury the bones of Hone Heke. David Rankin, whose hapu descends from a sibling of the great Ngapuhi chief, announced two years ago that he had retrieved the bones of his ancestor from a burial cave south of Kaikohe. But Ngati Hine leader Erima Henare said the cave was sealed in the early 1970s after two hitchhikers found it. He said he was surprised when Rankin said he had recovered the bones, because he wondered how he moved the boulder and the concrete that was set around it. Rankin says he did not have to move any boulders and is adamant the bones he retrieved are those of Hone Heke. Hone Heke died of TB in Kaikohe in 1850, leaving no direct descendants. - RNZI
gREEN LIgHT SOUgHT FOR TAINUI’S INLANd PORT THE commercial arm of Waikato-Tainui is asking the Government to give it the go-ahead to start building a major inland port near Hamilton. Tainui Group Holdings has applied to the Environmental Protection Authority for planning permission for its Ruakura development. The irst stage would be a freight and logistics centre – providing facilities for companies which transport their goods by rail or road. Members of the Authority will make a recommendation to the Minister for the Environment on whether the project is of national signiicance and should be referred to a Board of Inquiry. When fully developed over 50 years, Ruakura will also feature retail and industrial parks and housing on tribal land. Waikato-Tainui says the project will create about 11,000 jobs, three quarters of which will be new to the area. - RNZI
CROWN WaNts tReaty talks With aNti-Oil dRilliNg tRibe THE government is attempting to re-start Treaty settlement talks with an eastern Bay of Plenty tribe iercely opposed to deep-sea oil drilling. The Crown says it’s very keen to discuss claims made by Te Whanau a Apanui, which has protested against exploration of East Cape. Speaking at a Maori Afairs Select committee, Labour MP Shane Jones said the anti-oil protest has distracted the tribe’s attention, power and energy. Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister chris Finlayson said the iwi is a priority case among tribes that are yet to settle. He said Te Whanau a Apanui got close to signing just before the 2008 election, but for some reason, descendants didn’t put pen to paper. - RNZI
BUSINESS gROUP SEES wIdER OPPORTUNITIES IN INdONESIA A MAORI business delegation that’s travelled to Southeast Asia says if manuka honey can be sold on the Indonesian market, meat, seafood and dairy could follow. consultants with the Poutama Trust say there’s a demand for more New Zealand products in Indonesia. The trust’s chief executive, Richard Jones, says Indonesia has a largely self-suicient economy and Maori businesses need to get themselves into the market with manuka honey before they can sell other products. He says there’s an opportunity to sell more New Zealand meat, seafood and dairy. And with Indonesia’s main airline, Garuda, considering direct lights to Auckland, he says tourism aimed at Indonesians is another area that could be developed. - RNZI
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Cooks could be world leader Dear editor, To the readers of CiNews most of you would have read the feature in the edition of saturday June 22. i believe that somewhere else in the world some scientists will be working on a similar line of research and that a similar craft will shortly emerge on the world stage. The concept that i have stumbled on is too obvious a way of achieving the desired result to remain hidden much longer. i believe that if enough enthusiasm for it is realised here in time we in the Cooks could demonstrate the irst and be a world leader. if you have doubts just study the history of world changing
inventions and see how often they have emerged from humble origins like we are familiar with here. Then perhaps you could answer the few simple questions i have posed. i hope a few of you will be bold enough to ask me a few. These could be answered in a public meeting which i would be honoured to attend if someone in authority would call it. 1. Do you believe that a ferry described by Kingsbury would help the Cook islands? 2. Do you believe that it could work? 3. Do you think that grant money should be spent on making a prototype? Ken Kingsbury
Stolen goods Dear editor, One day soon you will be sorry! Why did you break in to our house saturday night? i was only gone two hours so you must have been watching the house. But someone was watching you as well. You are just a small person. Were you hungry and also looking for money? Well it is no excuse! If the house is not yours, don’t enter! if the things are not yours, don’t touch! The chocolate you stole won’t ill you up for long – in fact i hope you ate it all and got sick! We don’t
keep money in the house as you found out, but you found my underwater camera in my handbag. Why do you want to ruin your life? stop breaking into houses – it won’t get you anywhere. Get a life! return the black bag you put the chocolate in with my reading glasses, a hard drive and some papers and other bits and pieces of no use to you, and return the dark pink underwater camera at the same time. if you don’t do that you will be really sorry! House in Tupapa (Name and address supplied)
Ken Kingsbury is proud of his invention – the Treddlecat. He believes its technology could be world changing. 13061824
What’s going on there? iN resPONse to media coverage on the issue of the composition of fill that was used to replace sand mined on the beachside at Blackrock, a smoke signaller writes: “it seems amazing about all the fuss at Blackrock, yet nothing is said about concrete, steel etc being pushed into Muri Lagoon near the Cook islands Christian Church.” ss: We spoke with a nearby resident who said they have no knowledge at all of such activity taking place. They believe it may relate to a metal sieve or grate device that was previously installed near the stream inlet to stop smelly seaweed which in the past has lowed upstream and settled there – and on occasion many motorists and pedestrians would have smelled the rotting mass when passing the church area. Apparently as a result of the recent big sea swells the device was knocked over – possibly giving the appearance that it was recently pushed there – and the seaweed is again able to be washed upstream to settle.
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Cabinet approves law changes CABiNeT met yesterday to put recent law changes to the duty and customs charges of certain products into force, said Finance Minister Mark Brown. “What was done on Tuesday was giving force to the regulations,” said Brown of the recent changes which were announced in the 2013-14 budget. With the passing of the 2013-14 budget bill and its subsequent royal assent by the Queen’s Representative, executive council is legally responsible for putting orders to begin the enforcement of the new regulations, he said. The changes include a 2 per cent increase to the levy put on sugary soft drinks, which already face an import levy of 75 per cent. “...our efforts to increase the levies on soft drinks and alcohol are purely measures to reduce consumption of these products which are major contributors to NCDs,” said Brown during his budget speech on June 5. “NCDs are the major threat to our wellbeing, and government must take prudent actions to reduce the prevalence of these diseases.” Diet soft drinks and lavoured water will be exempted from the
new tariffs, he said. Alcohol products will also be hit with a 2 per cent increase, while cigarettes and tobacco products will become substantially more expensive when duties increase by 33 per cent in each of the next three years. Executive council also put into force a new tariff classification for motor vehicles, which included the reduction of import tariffs on small vehicles between 1500-2000cc. Under the new classiication, a new, reduced duty of 20 per cent or $200 will be applied, whichever is lower, he said. “This should result in cheaper vehicles under the classiication,” he said. Additionally, the government rubber-stamped into regulation an increase in duty free allowances for personal goods, from $250 to $750. “The limit has not been increased in a number of years and this action will bring us into parity with New Zealand, reducing the confusion of travellers to the Cook islands,” said Brown during his budget speech. A $50 per month increase in pensions for seniors over the age of 70, which also required an order by executive council,
was also completed on Tuesday. Additional business by executive council included the renewal of a isheries surveillance treaty with nations of Niue and samoa. With Prime Minister Henry
Puna out of the country, Deputy Prime Minister Tom Marsters has been appointed the acting PM. Marsters is preparing for his term as the Queen’s representative, which is scheduled to be-
gin on July 27. When the prime minister returns from his overseas trip, Brown said he expects a caucus meeting to be scheduled within the next few weeks to discuss an impending cabinet shufle,
along with the announcement of a new deputy prime minister. Once Murienua MP Marsters resigns his seat, a by-election date will be announced for the vacated seat. - Emmanuel Samoglou
Finance Minister Mark Brown, pictured here getting a health check from nutritionist Karen Tairea at a workshop last year, says the soft drink levy increase will help combat the spread of NCds. 12082510
PM attends meeting in Paris PriMe MiNisTer Henry Puna is in France this week under the sponsorship of the New Caledonian government to present the results of an ocean sustainability conference and attend meetings with French government oficials. Yesterday, the PM delivered remarks at a media event in Paris regarding the Oceania 21 meeting, which was held in New Caledonia last April. Puna is part of a Paciic delegation whose aim is to spread the word about environmental
concerns and climate change under the “Oceania 21 concept”, said special advisor to the prime minister Trevor Pitt. “Today’s press conference was Puna’s irst day of business in Paris with a presentation held at the maison de la Nouvelle Caledonie (New Caledonia House) in the heart of Paris,” said Pitt. “The occasion was attended by a range of media representatives, French government officials, and Kanak leaders.” Pitt said the prime minister
was part of a panel, including Anthony Lecren of the government of New Caledonia – the member responsible for the economy and sustainable Development, and Vanuatu minister of trade and tourism Marcelino Pipite. The prime minister’s dialogue focused on “Paciic solidarity”, “and how the region’s small islands developing states have demonstrated to the rest of the world its efforts to manage its oceans and resources responsibly under principles of long-
term sustainability”, said Pitt. Puna also spoke on making sure the Pacific voice is heard by the developed world, which he says is a major challenge for the region. Last April’s Oceania 21 was a meeting between Pacific nations to promote sustainable development. At that meeting, Puna insisted on Paciic nations “clean their front and backyards to make the message to the ‘Big countries’ stronger”, according to Oceania 21 literature.
“A key highlight was the positive response from the French President’s special envoy for the environment, Nicolas Hulot,” said Pitt of the Paris meeting. “Hulot picked up on the Prime Minister’s key theme of the Paciic’s struggles to have its voice heard, especially on climate change.” Pitt added the special envoy has pledged his help to the
region, and would ensure the “Pacific voice would be heard at the highest levels”. Hulot’s engagement with the Oceania 21 event was seen as a coup for the Paciic delegation, he said. Today, Puna is scheduled to make calls on French government officials and hold discussions with New Caledonia President Harold Martin. - ES
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Tertiary institute opens its doors A NeW strategy for tertiary edu-
cation was launched yesterday at the official opening of the Cook islands Tertiary Training institute (CiTTi). The new institute, directed by Owen Lewis, will bring the Cook islands Trades Training Centre (CiTTC) and the Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre (HTTC) under the same body, with an aim to increase the range of qualiications available at tertiary level. At the institute’s opening ceremony, the Ministry of education’s tertiary education advisor Jim Matheson gave a presentation about a new tertiary strategy that is now in place. Matheson said tertiary-level study is a new responsibility for the Ministry of education, and the strategy sets “quite ambitious” goals to expand the qualiications and options available for tertiary study. He said the Cook islands faces multiple challenges in strengthening the skills of its population: the population is small and highly mobile, and resources are limited. “it’s no small task… it needs probably two years to grow and settle down. it will struggle with expectations… but I have absolute confidence that the people (involved) will lead it effectively.” The aim is that by focusing on the needs of employers and
supporting training through the use of e-learning, the Cook islands has the opportunity to create a flexible and rigorous system of skill development that is customised to meet the needs of its population. The institute will use qualiications that already exist in New
Zealand and Australia. This has been done in the past, such as an Australian qualiication at the CiTTC in April that taught students how to set up solar power equipment. “We don’t need to go as far as developing our own qualifications authority. Let us se-
lect what we need from what’s there,” said Matheson. The aim is to train people locally, who can then use their skills to meet local demand, said Matheson. Air rarotonga managing director ewan smith said trades qualiications complement the
more strictly academic curriculum of the university of the South Paciic. “There are lots of other ways of providing pathways to rewarding careers.” The institute will deliver face to face, on-line and employerbased programmes of learning
and make these accessible to learners throughout the country. Funding for the institute will come from the Cook islands government and the NZ Aid Programme. - Briar Douglas
Jim Matheson presented the ministry’s new tertiary training strategy at the opening of the institute. 13062612
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New Zealand High Commissioner John Carter (left), Minister of Health Nandi Glassie (centre) and orometua (pastor) of the Cook Islands Christian Church, reverend Tereora Tereora attended the ceremony. 13062611
Among the crowd that gathered to celebrate the oicial opening of the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute was Tereora College principal Bali Haque, university of the South Paciic director rod dixon and Cook Islands Chefs Association president Sam Timoko. 13062609
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Crime Stoppers ‘good for everybody’ PrePArATiONs for the latest weapon in fighting crime, Crime stoppers, are almost complete. Crime stoppers chairman, steve Lyon, says a process of establishing a committee for the crime information sharing programme being introduced to the Cook Islands next month, was almost completed. Cook islands Police Commissioner, Maara Tetava, just needed to approve the choices for the committee. Crime stoppers is a partnership between police and the general public to help solve crimes by sharing information about crime, in conjunction
with the news media. Lyon says the Crime stoppers committee will consist of a secretary, treasurer, legal officer, sponsorship manager, a representative from the House of Ariki, and an appointment by the police commissioner of one of his staff. Lyon says Crime stoppers is a good police initiative that the community needs. “Anything that helps to reduce crime is good. Bringing this type of service to our community – it has to be good for everybody. There is no downside to it.” He says with how Crime stoppers works, it was very
important that the public have faith in the police. And in turn that the police do their utmost to follow up on information about criminal activity when it is passed along through the toll free phone number to be established. He says there is an expectation by the Cs board that the police do in fact, act diligently on the information they receive through the call centre. He told Ci News that there is always some public opinion on how the police do their job but maintains they do the best with the resources they have available to them. Lyon says the Crime stoppers
programme, which relies on the public to make anonymous tipoffs on crime to the police, is very speciic in what it delivers. He says it sets up a secure, anonymous centre within police headquarters where a high level of integrity will be achieved in maintaining the anonymity of the public being asked to report crime. Lyon says the calls are not recorded and no caller identiication is used. There may also be a system introduced that rewards members of the public for providing information on crime leading to an arrest. says Lyon, “it is another way to develop leads on crime. At
the end of the day anything that helps the police, should be of value to the wider community as well.” As he understands it, there will be two full-time equivalent positions (non-sworn oficers), to maintain the call centre that the police have also previously acknowledged. “i know the police are well advanced on those plans,” Lyon stated. Cook islands Police Commissioner, Maara Tetava, was unavailable for comment yesterday as he was on personal leave. earlier this month though, he had strongly indicated that with the arrival of Crime stoppers in July and other crime-fighting
Crime Stoppers chairman Steve Lyon. 13040820 initiatives, he wanted the general public on board with community police initiatives and wanted their attitudes to this type of community assistance for the police, to change. - RM
Picton Castle reaches Nassau The Cook Islands-lagged sailing ship Picton Castle is currently on a voyage to islands in the northern group. The ship’s supercargo Katie Bruce gives her account of the ship’s progress as of June 22.
As We approached Nassau un-
der full sail, there was much to look forward to on this small coral cay surrounded entirely by a narrow reef. Nassau, sometimes described as a suburb of Pukapuka has a somewhat transient population of approximately 100 people – many who come from Pukapuka to tend to the coconut, taro and banana plantations. One of our passengers, Father Freddy, the first priest to visit the island in 10 years, would be performing ceremonial duties during the few short hours we had ashore. Nassau typically sees a ship every ive or six months, making it arguably the most isolated of the Cook islands and our visit that much more meaningful to the locals. We loaded onto the barge and were welcomed ashore by three women with three wheelbarrows of coconuts. Although we are becoming well accustomed to the abundance of drinking coconuts, we would
never refuse this refreshing and welcoming tradition. With only two hours and one square kilometre to explore, the crew divided for a short time before eventually meeting for a swim and unexpected feast. A quick walk around the island exposed its endless ocean views and fresh breeze felt from beneath the towering coconut trees that engulf the entirety of Nassau. The island has a school, two churches, a hospital, volleyball court and mostly thatched roof homes. if you managed to stray inland, the centre of the island has seemingly rich soil used to grow taro and bananas. Once reassembled by the shore, many of the crew bathed in the warm, crystal clear waters and spent some time playing with the children. The church services had ended and we were summoned to a feast, and despite our scheduled departure time we couldn’t resist saying yes to the offering. We made our way to the church hall and dined on lobster, grilled parrot ish, boiled taro, fried coconut cakes, sweet donuts and a plethora of cold coconuts. The islanders, dressed beautifully for church, performed a welcome song in english and several traditional songs in Maori. The young men performed a dance while the
elders played drums. We were overwhelmed by their hospitality and generosity. We parted ways shortly
thereafter, trading tea, sugar, rice and a soccer ball for several bunches of bananas. As we sailed off under full
sail, with Nassau astern and the sun setting portside, we couldn’t help but be content with the beauty of the island-
ers and knowing that we were among a small population who had visited their piece of paradise.
The Picton Castle crew prepare for the ship’s departure from rarotonga on June 12. 13062633
Captain dan Moreland – who will return to his post in August – tidies up the ship’s quarter deck during a day sail in May. 13062156
Members of the ship’s crew help load cargo on board to transport to islands in the northern group. 13062635
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Fuel tanks put to the test FUEL tanks at Toa Petroleum
have recently passed tests of compliance, approved by a private consultant based in New Zealand. internal Affairs secretary Bredina Drollet said Toa was asked to conduct the same tests as Triad Paciic Petroleum, which has also been undergoing compliance testing after Toa Petroleum owner Apex Agencies challenged the ministry’s issuance of a dangerous goods licence to Triad in 2010. Tests of tank integrity are required every 10 years, or more frequently if recommended. The tests are especially important after tanks have been moved, such as when Toa recently moved to its new location in Panama, because movement means the tanks are more likely to crack. internal Affairs recommended the same inspectors – who are from sGs Ltd in New Zealand conduct the tests for both companies. Due to cost, Toa director Brett Porter had sGs Ltd inspectors conduct testing, but had the process overseen by a separate consultant. Drollet said this is not a problem as long as the tests are equivalent and are done by someone experienced in the ield. “We don’t want to stop them from looking competitively if there’s someone who can offer the same service at a better price.” Toa’s expert of choice was engineer Fereti Filipe of Envirocare
engineering Consult Limited, who assisted Toa in its move to Panama and designed the plans for the company’s new swipecard facility that is due to open soon. Filipe worked for Mobil for 21 years, including in Fiji, Australia and the Cook islands, and also spent two years working for shell in Australia.
in 2003, he decided to branch out on his own as a private consultant. He is now based in Christchurch, and travels around the Pacific to work on various projects. The engineer has been supervising the testing of Toa’s tanks, which have been given the allclear after some welding repairs were made.
“All leaks that were shown have been patched,” said Filipe. He said the minimum requirement for the tanks is ‘thickness testing’, where the thickness of the tank walls are assessed. Toa’s tanks also underwent ‘hydrostatic testing’ – a pressure test where the tanks are illed with water. “it’s the ultimate test for a tank,” said Filipe. “It also tests
the tank’s foundation. it puts a big load on the foundation – it’s simulating what will happen when the petrol is in the tanks.” Toa’s site has six horizontal tanks that can each hold 185,000 litres of fuel, and one vertical tank with a capacity of 340,000 litres. Six fuel tanks have been tested, with one still to go. The testing inished in April,
Christchurch-based engineer Fereti Filipe recently oversaw tests of tank integrity at Toa Petroleum. 13062511
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THe MeT service is looking to sharpen up its weather forecasting after heavy swells over the weekend caused flooding in Aroa. Director Arona Ngari said there were reports of minor flooding on the south-west side of the island after swells that were as high as four metres. Owners of Kaena restaurant were concerned the heavy swells would reach their building after large waves caused damage to plants in their garden last month. But while the swells came close to the property, no damage was caused over the weekend. A smoke signal published in Ci News on Wednesday read: “someone needs to find out why we pay those people at the Met Office. They denied that those big seas would even get to raro. Late sunday afternoon, those waves were pounding the South coast.” As was clariied in Ci News when the smoke signal was published, the Met service had not denied there would be heavy swells and had forecast waves of up to three metres. They predicted that coastal damage from the swells was unlikely. Ngari said the Met service
and was overseen by Filipe. He left the island on Tuesday after a inal visit to the Toa site to check the site complies with the Dangerous Goods regulations. This includes checking the separation distances between the tanks and any structure around them, such as buildings and roads. - Briar Douglas
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“We don’t do the modelling in the Cook islands. With the amount of data required, you need super computers. so we prefer to have the information sent in.” The Met Ofice in Fiji will be meeting next week, and Ngari hopes to hear back about a sharper forecast for the Cooks. “Hopefully we get some solid recommendations from that. Our needs have to take on board those of other Met services in the region.” Ngari said getting these more detailed predictions is a priority for the Met service, and he hopes to have improved forecasts in place by the end of July. - Briar Douglas
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and carry it through,” said Kelly. He added this is the first time a Dragon’s Den is being held in the South Paciic. The Dragon’s Den is a popular concept around the globe, having appeared as a television programme in New Zealand, Canada, Nigeria, and other nations. The event, funded by NZ Aid, is being organized by the Cook islands chamber of commerce and the Young enterprise Trust. The Dragon’s Den will be held at the Crown Beach conference today from 5pm to 6.30 pm. - ES
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Top sprinter prepares for rio This week is olympic Week and to celebrate the olympic movement and spirit – we proile local athletes that have committed themselves to training and representing the country in sport. Athletes proiled are also preparing for more national representation including at the upcoming Paciic Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna, 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. 20-YeAr old Patricia Taea is the nation’s top female sprinter. Taea, who is currently training at the regional Development Centre in Brisbane, holds the 100m sprint record with a time of 12.44 seconds. she also holds the new record 8.06 seconds in the 60 metre indoor sprint event which she set in January 2012 during an indoor athletics meet in Turkey. she raced in the 100m event in Cairns in 2012 setting a personal best 12.47 seconds. At that same meet she won a gold medal in javelin and a silver medal in long jump.
From these performances Taea was named and conirmed to represent the Cook islands in the 100m event at the London Olympics in 2012. She was the irst athlete to be named and confirmed for the Cook islands team as in athletics it is compulsory for a universal representative card for one female and one male from each competing country. After the London Olympics, Taea won a scholarship called an ‘IAAF B qualiication’ to help her train and prepare to represent the country at the rio 2016 Olympics.
Taea is an outstanding athlete in our local competitions where she broke records in the 2012 Kumete sports in June in the 100m sprints, javelin and long jump. in 2012 she also earned the national athletics champion titles in the 100m, 200m, long jump, javelin held in August 2012. she also broke and set new records at the Tereora College athletics championships in the 100m, 200m, long jump, javelin and 400m. Athletics Cook islands describes Taea as a young woman at the peak of her sporting career. - MW/AC
National sprinter Patricia Taea warms up in delhi, India before her 100m sprint race at the Commonwealth Games.
Sport festival for Olympic values sPOrT CODes will come together on Friday for a festival to help celebrate Olympic Week and promote Olympic values. Fun activities have been organised by Cook Islands Football’s ‘Just Play’ project manager Michelle Paiti to help the Athletes Commission in showcasing local sports for Olympic Week awareness. All boys and girls aged 6 to13 years from around the island are
encouraged to head down to the Avatiu sports ield to take part in a good variety of sports activities on offer starting at 2.30pm and running up until 4.00pm. The Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship will be shared with the children during an extended water break. soccer will be joined by handball for the irst time along with cricket, rugby, athletics and net-
ball for an afternoon of fun for all. “We look forward to the sun coming out and plenty of children to enjoy the activities on offer for Olympic Week,” says Paiti. This is a great opportunity for kids to get active and have a go at different sports while mixing with their peers in a fun environment. - MW/Just Play
Celebrate the olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship through some fun sports activities at the Avatiu sports ield this Friday. 13062602
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Cook Islands slalom canoeist Ella Nicholas gets in some time on the water in Augsburg ahead of the World Cup events and the under 23 World Champs next month. pHOTO aaRON OSBORNE 13062621
Nicholas preps for World Cups COOK isLANDs slalom canoeist
ella Nicholas is set to compete in the World Cup Two competition in Augsburg, near Munich in Germany. The slalom canoeing world cups are senior level races with all the world champions and Olympic medallists expected to attend. Nicholas’s focus is on preparing for the under 23 World Champs which will be held in slovakia from July 19 to 22. “i have really enjoyed getting back on the white water as i am
studying this year in Christchurch and my training is mostly on flat water and in the gym,” says Nicholas from Augsburg. Nicholas is a 4th year medical student in Christchurch and in 2012 achieved her dream of representing the Cook islands at the 2012 London Olympics. After the Olympics Nicholas continued racing and training. Before representing the Cooks at the London Olympics, Nicholas was ranked 83 from 217 athletes after her race results early in 2012.
Only 21 countries qualified to compete in the Olympics in the C1 women’s division for canoe slalom. Only one athlete per country competes in canoe slalom. Nicholas inished 18 from 21 countries ahead of switzerland, Japan and Morocco who had all qualified through their continental championships. she finished just over a second behind the American qualiier who inished in 17th. - Matariki Wilson
Ella Nicholas is all smiles after another good training run in Augsburg.
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Sunburst class championship uP TO a dozen boats crewed by
up to a dozen sunburst class boats crewed by two sailors will compete in this Saturday’s championship regatta. 13062603
two sailors will take to Muri lagoon this saturday for the National sunburst Class Championships at the rarotonga sailing Club. The regatta will run from 9am right up to 5pm and is sure to be a sailing spectacle for spectators. Sailed in two leets at the same time the ‘classic’ or wooden
boats division is expected to be a hard fought event, especially among the ‘elder’ sailors who may well be considering hanging up their lifejackets soon. The fibreglass division will probably be sailed mainly by the ‘young guns’ more used to the optimist class and there will deinitely be some great competition between this lot as well. Hopefully the weather gods
will be kind and produce a breeze of between 8 and 14 knots with some sun as well. This will be a great spectacle that happens only once a year, so get on down to the rsC for lunch and a few drinks while you watch from the deck. Progress results will be posted on shore so spectators can keep up with the play. - RSC