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Pensioners vow to march to parliament Pensioner activist group Grey Power has made a vow to march to parliament if the government is unwilling to meet their demands The group reiterated their demands during a general meeting last Thursday. “We’re just reminding the minister that we’re going to march unless the government scraps the back tax and the pen-

scrap the pension tax or back taxes on pension income from previous years. Framhein also told the group they could potentially make a legal case to have their pensions tax-exempt. “He (Brown) introduced the withholding tax on your savings, and then removed it,” he said. “He has the power to take away the pension tax.”

sion tax,” said Grey Power president Tairi Te rangi rangatira Tupe short. Present at the meeting was Matariki FM broadcaster, William Framhein who had hosted Finance Minister Mark Brown on his radio show earlier that week. During the broadcast, Framhein said the minister made comments that he would not

President short said there are only 260 pensioners in the country collecting the nZ pension, and the group contributes enough to the national treasury through VAT taxes. “We are a small group that brings new money to the nation,” said short. “Why not chase the big companies that owe the tax man millions of dollars?”

Along with stating their intentions, the group did some basic housekeeping, including the appointment of individuals to executive positions and a discussion of inances. During the previous sitting of parliament in early June, Brown said the Cook islands and new Zealand have a tax agreement that allows authorities here to tax nZ government-paid pen-

sions in the same manner as if it were collected in new Zealand. The finance minister added the government is undergoing a review of taxes for the Grey Power pensioners, as well as those collecting the Cook islands pension. “What we are looking at is a benefit to all pensioners,” said Brown at the time. - Emmanuel Samoglou

First sentence Never too under new act cold for

THe First person prosecuted

under the newly passed Customs revenue and Border Protection Act was sentenced on Friday. Tahitian man Taiau Tauira was caught in possession of two bongs on May 26. He was travelling from new Zealand. Tauira had declared on his customs card that he had no banned items, but after being questioned his bag was searched and the bongs found wrapped in newspaper. Tauira was charged by customs for importing prohibited paraphernalia and making a

false declaration. He immediately entered a guilty plea. The new act was passed in June last year, replacing the 99-year-old Customs Act. The maximum fine for importing prohibited paraphernalia is $300,000, while a false declaration can lead to a maximum of six months in jail or a ine of up to $30,000. The case was brought before Justice sir Hugh Williams, who took into consideration Tauira’s unemployment and ined him $1000. - Merita Wi-Kaitaia

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Punanga Tauturu: sentence not right PunAnGA Tauturu believes a

ruling to discharge without conviction given to a public servant accused of assault against a female is “disappointing” and he should have been convicted. The man, who is under name suppression, was in court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to the assault. His lawyer norman George told the court that the man was upset that the mother of their two- month-old child was out drinking while he was at home caring for the child. He went to the party where he then slapped her on the left side of the face. George asked that the man be given the beneit of the doubt as this was the man's irst conviction and the assault was “a technical assault based

on passion”. Justice of the Peace (JP) Bernice Manarangi said an assault charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison, however she discharged the man without conviction, saying given the baby is so young the girl should have been at home. rebecca Buchanan from Punanga Tauturu expressed concern over this decision. “Punanga Tauturu is disappointed about how the JP based her decision,” says Buchanan. “By not giving him a conviction it’s like the court is saying we should keep ignoring assault on our women.” she said any type of conviction should at least have been made. - Merita Wi-Kaitaia

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worldneWs nuti no TeiA nei Ao Very rich man, for a minute Online payments broker PayPal has admitted it erroneously credited a man with US$92 quadrillion. Chris Reynolds, 56, of Pennsylvania, found the amount when he opened his monthly statement. But the error was quickly recognised and his account had returned to zero by the time he had logged out. “This was obviously an error and we appreciate that Mr Reynolds understands this was the case,” PayPal said. PayPal said it would ofer to make a donation to a charity of the man’s choice.

Roller-coaster tragedy investigation into death of woman who fell from world’s tallest ride DAllAs – investigators will try to determine if a woman who died while riding a roller-coaster at a six Flags amusement park in north Texas fell from the ride after not being properly secured by staff. The ride is dubbed the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world. The accident happened on Friday at six Flags over Texas in Arlington. Park spokeswoman sharon Parker confirmed that

world BrieFs 30 KILLED BY CAR BOMBS OVER WEEKEND IRAQ – At least 60 people have been killed and 190 injured in a series of car bombings across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Police said Saturday’s car bombs exploded in commercial streets as people were out shopping or sitting in cofee shops at the end of the day’s fast. They came at the end of fasting for the day. Muslims are observing the holy month of Ramadan. More than 2500 Iraqis have died in violent attacks since April, according to UN igures released this month. The level of violence is at its highest since 2008, and comes at a time of heightened tensions between Iraq’s Sunni and Shia communities.

DuBAI jAILS fOREIgN RApE VICtIM DUBAI – A Norwegian woman has spoken out about the 16-month prison sentence she received in Dubai after reporting a rape incident to police. Interior designer Marte Deborah Dalelv was on a business trip in Dubai when she said she was raped. When the 24-year-old reported the incident to the police, they proceeded to coniscate her passport and seize her money. She was charged four days later on three counts, including having sex outside marriage. convicted earlier this week, she says she is appealing against the verdict. The appeal hearing is scheduled for early September. Describing the sentence as “very harsh”, she told media: “I am very nervous and tense. But I hope for the best and I take one day at a time. I just have to get through this.” The case has angered rights groups and the authorities in Norway.

WOMEN SHOppINg ‘SpREAD VuLgARItY’ PAKISTAN – Islamic clerics and tribal elders in Pakistan’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province have barred women from shopping without a male relative. The decision was made during a meeting at a mosque and announced over its loudspeaker. Most women in Pakistan’s tribal north-west cover their heads and bodies. The step is reportedly aimed at keeping men from being distracted during the holy month of Ramadan. It is not clear whether it will be lifted when it ends. “We have decided that women will not visit bazaars without a male relative. Those who will visit markets without male relatives will be handed over to police,” a cleric stated. “They spread vulgarity and spoil men’s fasting in Ramadan.”


a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller-coaster but did not specify how she was killed. Witnesses told local media outlets that the woman fell. “she goes up like this. Then when it drops to come down, that’s when the safety bar released and she just tumbled,” Carmen Brown of Arlington told The Dallas Morning news. Brown said she was waiting in line to get on the ride when the accident happened. Brown said she also witnessed the woman being strapped into the ride. “They didn’t secure her right. everybody else is like, ‘click, click, click.’ Hers only clicked once. Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn’t feel safe, but they let her still get on the ride.” six Flags expressed sadness over the death and said it was temporarily closing the section of the park around the accident site. “our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this dificult time,” the park’s statement said. The Texas Giant reaches 14 storeys high and has a drop of 79 degrees and a bank of 95 degrees. it can carry up to 24 riders. The ride irst opened in 1990 as an all-wooden coaster but underwent a us$10 million renovation in 2010 to install steelhybrid rails before reopening in 2011. in another amusement park accident Friday, a boat on an ohio “shoot the rapids” thrill ride accidentally rolled backward down a hill and flipped over in water when the ride malfunctioned, injuring all seven people on it. six Flags over Texas amusement park is 27 kilometres west of downtown Dallas. - AP

a woman riding a roller coaster at a six Flags amusement park in north Texas died after she fell from a ride that is billed as the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world. PNC

Protests across the US neW Yor K – Protests have

taken place in more than 100 us cities, a week after George Zimmerman was cleared of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. Demonstrators demanded federal charges to be brought against Zimmerman, 29, over the February 2012 incident. A Florida jury agreed that the neighbourhood watch volunteer killed the 17-year-old in self-defence.

in comments on Friday, President Barack obama admitted many black men in the us experienced racial proiling. The protests against the court’s decision were led by the national Action network, headed by civil rights activist the reverend Al sharpton. “We are not coming out with violence, we are coming to denounce violence. The violence that was perpetrated on an unarmed, innocent man named

Trayvon Martin,” sharpton told at a rally in new York. Thousands gathered for “Justice for Trayvon” protests in at least 100 other cities across America, including Atlanta, Chicago, los Angeles and Miami. sharpton told supporters that he wanted to see the scrapping of “stand your ground” self-defence laws, such as that in force in Florida. - BBC

Quake shakes Wellington WellinGTon – A major earth-

quake struck central new Zealand on sunday afternoon causing damage to buildings in Wellington, but there are no reports of injuries. The irst shake, which Geonet says measured magnitude 6.5, struck at 5.09pm at a depth of 17km. A second quake, registering 5.5, hit minutes later. The major quakes are the latest in a swarm of shakes that have been hitting the centre of

new Zealand since Friday. Property around the central city has been damaged, with glass from buildings littering several streets. Part of a concrete facade of a building crumbled and fell. There were reports of burst water mains all over the city and unconirmed reports of power out in some suburbs. The Fire service says it’s received reports of minor damage in the capital’s central business

district and across the Wellington region. A spokesperson says they’ve been notified about cracks in stairwells, broken windows and falling tiles but there have been no reports of injuries or ires. Fire trucks were deployed across Wellington to respond to ire alarms. The region’s rail network is closed while checks are done on bridges, tunnels and other structures - RNZI

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JAMAIcA – The Jamaican government says it will set up electronic billboards across the island with photos and information of missing children. A government oicial said the aim was to help the public identify the children as soon as they go missing and enable the police to rescue them. More than 1100 children are currently listed as missing in Jamaica. The United Nations children’s Fund says the government has made “impressive strides” to improve the quality of children’s lives, but violence and abuse against children are still “a serious problem”. Jamaica has a population of over 2.7 million, with nearly one in ive people living below the poverty line.

VICtIM WAS RuN OVER BY fIRE tRuCK USA – It has been oicially conirmed that, as reported by various media, one of the teenage victims of the San Francisco plane crash earlier this month was run over and killed by an emergency vehicle. Two chinese girls were killed after the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crashlanded and burst into lames on the morning of Saturday 6 July. A third person, conirmed as a Chinese child, later died in hospital, while 182 people were injured. San Mateo county coroner Robert Foucrault and San Francisco ire chief Joanne Hayes-White have conirmed Ye Mengyuan, 16, survived the crash but died from injuries sustained after being run over. “Obviously this is very diicult news for us,” Hayes-White told a news conference. “We’re heartbroken. We’re in the business of saving lives.”

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US golfer Phil Mickelson celebrates his inal putt to win the 2013 British Open Golf Championship at Muirield golf course in Scotland by three shots and take the US$1.44 million prize money. It was Mickelson’s 20th appearance at the British Open and only the third time he had inished in the top 10. Fourteen-times major champion Tiger Woods shared sixth place. AFP


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‘Trayvon Martin could have been me’ Obama says the Trayvon Martin case demands “soul searching” WAsHinGTon DC – us President Barack obama has grappled with the Trayvon Martin case in the most personal of terms, telling Americans that the slain youth “could have been me 35 years ago” and urging them to do some soul searching about their attitudes on race. The nation’s irst black president said the nation needs to look for ways to move forward after the shooting and trial in Florida. And he said it may be time to take a hard look at “stand your ground” self-defence laws, questioning whether they contribute “to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see.” “Where do we take this?” obama wondered aloud during an unscheduled appearance in the White House brieing room. “How do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive

direction?” His appearance marked his irst extended comments on the Martin case since neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted last weekend of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Martin’s death last year. Jurors found that Zimmerman, identiies himself as Hispanic, was acting in self-defense when he shot the unarmed black teenager. obama said that as people process the verdict, it’s important to put the pained and angry reaction of many African-Americans into context. Protests and demonstrations, he said, are understandable, adding that “some of that stuff is just going to have to work its way through – as long as it remains nonviolent.” “it’s important to recognise that the African-American com-

Where do we take this? How do we learn some lessons and move in a positive direction? munity is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away,” he said. The president said that distrust shadows African-American men. “They sometimes are closely followed when they shop at department stores, they can draw nervous stares on elevators and hear car locks clicking when they walk down the street” – experiences that he said he personally felt before becoming a wellknown igure. “it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear,” he said. obama said black Americans recognise a history of racial disparities in how laws are ap-

plied on the death penalty and involving drug cases, but he also said the African-American community was not “naive about the fact that African-American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, that they’re disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence.” The president said it’s time “for all of us to do some soul searching,” though he said it’s generally not productive when politicians try to orchestrate a national conversation that ends up being stilted and politicised. He added that conversations within families and at churches and workplaces, where people may be more honest, could help people to ask themselves, “Am i wringing as much bias out of myself as i can?” overall, obama said, race relations in the united states actually are getting better.

Citing his own daughters and their interactions with friends, the president said, “They’re better than we are. They’re better than we were. “each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race,” he said. The president declined to wade into the detail of legal questions about the Florida case, saying, “once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works.” But he said state and local laws, such as Florida’s “stand your ground” statute, need a close look. obama said it would be useful “to examine some state and local laws to see if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of confrontation” that led to Martin’s death. He questioned whether a law that sends the message that

someone who is armed “has the right to use those irearms even if there is a way for them to exit from a situation” really promotes peace and security. And he raised the question of whether Martin himself, if he had been armed and of age, “could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk” and shot Zimmerman if he felt threatened when being followed. obama also said the country needs to look at ways to improve local law enforcement through better training and resources, and needs to look for ways to “bolster and reinforce” AfricanAmerican boys. us Attorney General eric Holder has said the Justice Department has an open investigation into the case. The department is looking into whether Zimmerman violated Martin’s civil rights. - AP

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Not giving up yet Search goes on for missing 85-year-old US schooner neWCAsTle – A private search

for the missing American yacht nina with seven people aboard in the Tasman sea continues without success while new Zealand’s rescue Co-ordination Centre (rCCnZ) has been accused of being “callous”. The 21-metre, 85-year-old American schooner left opua in the north of new Zealand in May and was last heard of on June 4 as it was hit by the worst winter storm suffered by new Zealand this year. rCCnZ gave up their search on July 6 after no trace of nina was found. Family of one of the crew, 18-year-old Danielle Wright, have hired a Texas search group, Texas equu search (Tes), to run aerial searches from newcastle, new south Wales. The company says that on the third day of their search they checked the infamous Middleton reef and nearby elizabeth reef, 560 kilometres off the nsW coast. Countless shipwrecks have occurred there. But they say there was no sign of anything. The group say a private pilot in new Zealand has donated his plane and time to do further searches on the coast of Australia. TES oficial Ralph Baird told a sailing blog he did not believe the crew were dead. “The number i put on this is 70 to 80 per cent chances, probabilities, of the crew being alive and on the ship and still navigating or drifting,” he said. in working out the chances they asked rCCnZ how effective the radars were aboard the royal new Zealand Air Force orions that where used. They were told that the information was classiied. He then told of receiving another email from rCCnZ.

“i thought finally we got some co-operation,” Baird said. “ But they sent us requests for dental records. They wanted to know what the families were going to say to the coroner. You don’t send grieving people who are hoping for news from their loved ones a request for this kind of information.” A prominent Colorado lawyer, Tim Paynter has published a detailed analysis of the search and what may have gone wrong. He describes the rCCnZ search effort as the largest in their history. They concluded nina had sunk as a result of a catastrophic incident. Paynter says that a text message from nina had not been delivered but was eventually retrieved by satellite phone company iridium after us state Department inquiries. The message showed that the boat was being pushed by wave, wind and current without use of her sails. Paynter says nina did not have a modern emergency locator beacon or ePirB. it had to be manually switched on rather than automatically. He said owner and captain, David Dyche, was a ‘’minimalist as far as high-tech radio equipment is concerned’’. When rCCnZ concluded the yacht had sunk, Paynter says sailors tended to respect the decision. But he said with no physical evidence of that, families should not give up hope. “They have not found a debris ield, they have not found lotsam, they have not heard a distress signal. They have no irst hand account of any problem with the yacht. no one knows. “rCCnZ were basing their belief that the yacht sank on the failure to get an ePirB signal.

“i know the rCCnZ did a great job in their search. However, i think the ePirB statement is callous.” Meanwhile, the 85-year-old schooner was unseaworthy and sailed by a traditionalist skipper who refused to have “gadgets” aboard, experts familiar with the boat have commented. The nina had not been out of the water for three years and, while it was moored in Whangarei, experts had noted that its hull had warped. it would have failed the standard “Cat-1” inspection Maritime new Zealand imposes on all locally lagged vessels leaving, lifelong blue-water sailor russ rimmington said. He said it was known in sailing circles, that while nina looked good above the waterline, it had become hogged, meaning the hull of the boat bends upward. “it is a tragedy. People should learn from this. The vessel was not seaworthy,” he said. “if nina had been overturned it would not have floated because it had about 10 tonnes of metal weight on its keel. nina was a lead mine – it would have gone straight down.” nina, built in 1928, left opua on May 29 with skipper David Dyche iii, 58, his wife, rosemary, 60, son David Dyche iV, 17, evi nemeth, 73, Kyle Jackson, 27, and Danielle Wright, 18, all Americans. Also aboard was Matthew Wootton, 35. A leader of the British Greens, he refused, on environmental grounds, to ly. it was last heard from on June 4 when 685km west-north-west of Cape reinga, bound for newcastle, Australia. The area was being hit by winds of 80kmh gusting to 110kmh, with swells up to eight metres. - Stuf

snails crawls on the face of a woman in a demonstration of a new beauty treatment in Tokyo. AFP ToKYo – Having live snails crawling on your face sounds like the thing of nightmares, but in Japan one company is hoping people will be prepared to pay for it. Women who want to slough off dead skin, clear their pores or roll back the years can submit themselves to five minutes of snail trailing. “slime from snails helps remove old cells, heal the skin after sun burn and moisturise it,” said Manami Takamura, a spokeswoman for Tokyo-based

beauty salon Ci:z.labo, as she placed three gastropods on a woman’s face. “in this way, you can have 100 per cent pure snail essence directly on the skin.” snail slime is believed to have an anti-ageing effect on human skin, and some cosmetics are already sold with essence of escargot. But Ci:z.labo beauty salon is going one step further in what it says is the irst live snail treatment in Japan. As part of the salon’s “Celeb-

rity escargot Course” customers will get ive minutes of snail therapy, along with massage and other facial treatments. The snail therapy costs 10,500 yen or A$116. sayaka ito said she had found the treatment so relaxing that she had almost fallen asleep. “You can feel the snails moving on your face. At irst, it is surprising, but it’s actually rather nice,” she said. “My skin really does feel smooth and moist.” - BBC


Monday, July 22, 2013 cook Islands News

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Refugee centre destroyed Rioting asylum seekers burn down $69 million nauru refugee facility nAuru – refugee processing has been halted on nauru, where riots on Friday caused an estimated nZ$69 million damage and left four asylum seekers in hospital. on saturday, 129 asylum seekers were being held at the nauru police station watch

house. on Friday night the nauru parliament passed new legislation allowing police to hold people without charge for up to seven days. The ringleaders in Friday’s fracas face property damage, destruction of property and riotous behaviour charges, which

paciic BRIEFS tEACHERS’ StRIKE fOR tHREE MORE WEEKS SOLOMON ISLANDS – Teachers in Solomon Islands have agreed to continue striking for another three weeks or until the government completes all releveling payments owed to them. The National Teachers Association says the education ministry has given SINTA a written assurance that the irst 21 educational authorities will be paid by July 25 and the remaining eight will be paid by August 8. SINTA’s new Industrial Relations Oicer, Samson Faisi, says teachers in the union have agreed to strike until the latter date. “From now until August 8, all those educational authorities, 29 of them, all the teachers, they are due to be relevelled and also given their increment. They must all be paid by that date.”

SECuRItY DEMANDED BY pNg uNIVERSItY PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Students and staf from the University of Papua New Guinea’s medical faculty are refusing to return to class until the government can guarantee their safety, following a rampage by soldiers last Sunday. Thousands marched from the University’s Waigani campus to parliament in Port Moresby on Thursday and presented the government with a petition demanding action in response to the attack which left dozens of staf and students injured. The Vice President of the University’s Student Representative Council, Nou Vada, says a list of demands by the students includes reimbursements for laptops and books destroyed in the attack, compensation for the victims, and greater security.

fIjI tO fOCuS ON ECO-tOuRISM FIJI – Fiji is trying to boost eco-tourism as a way of opening up the lesser-travelled parts of the country. The minister for tourism Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum says Fiji has had a limited approach to eco-tourism in the past, but there is more to Fiji than white sandy beaches. He says improvement is needed in segmenting the industry so that there is variety for tourists, and proper management must be in place to ensure operations succeed. Aiyaz Sayed Khaiuym says Fiji has also established a new system to certify original handicrafts which are distinguished from cheap imported ones and sold to tourists.

uN DEpLOYMENt CRItICISED BY pOLItICIANS FIJI – The political group, the United Front for a Democratic Fiji, has criticised the regime’s decision to send more soldiers to the Golan Heights to serve as UN peacekeepers. More than 500 troops are to be deployed which the Front describes as another example of the many irresponsible decisions taken by the government during the last six and a half years. It says the increasing trend in military expenditure is alarming and getting out of control, suggesting that Fiji cannot aford this. The group, which is made up of politicians ousted in the 2006 military coup, says for the sake of accountability, the government should publish some essential statistics information for the public.

ALCOHOL REStRICtIONS StILL AppLY VANUATU – Retail sales of alcohol in Vanuatu are to return to normal hours, ending a ban put in place by the government a week ago. The government introduced the ban as a bid to counter what it described as rising criminal activities, but also in anticipation of increased consumption of alcohol around Bastille Day. The government release says the ban will end at midday tomorrow, but that 3am closure times for bars and nightclubs will be strictly enforced this weekend. Police will have road checkpoints and any drunk drivers will have to leave their vehicles. The government has warned public drunkenness will not be tolerated. Earlier this week, police arrested an unnamed government minister for driving under the inluence of alcohol.

StAtE Of ORIgIN fEVER tuRNS fAtAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA – A ight over Australia’s State of Origin rugby league inal has claimed the life of one person in Lae as fans fought after the game on Wednesday night. A man was shot dead and several properties were burnt to the ground following a ight at the Bumbu settlement, Morobe. The ight started when two groups of youths attacked each other over the result of the Queensland-New South Wales match played at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney. The killing angered the victim’s friends who went and burnt down two houses belonging to the suspect. The ighting continued into the morning where catapults, stones, sticks and bush knives were used to chase all Western Highlanders living in the area.

carry penalties of one to seven years. no asylum seekers remain at large. Most of the centre has been destroyed, with only the kitchen and recreation buildings standing. Accommodation blocks designed to hold up to 616 people were burned to the ground, as were ofice blocks. A dining room and health centre were also destroyed. “Plastic water tanks near burned out buildings melted like butter. i can see one building with its entire roof caved in,’’ said resident Clint Deidenang, estimating that 95 percent of the centre’s buildings had been razed. “i can see workers in orange shirts going through the war zone-like wreckage of burned and twisted tin houses,” he wrote on Twitter. A spokeswoman for the Department of immigration said asylum seekers would be moved to another site on the island that

‘i can see workers in orange shirts going through the war zonelike wreckage of burned and twisted tin houses.’ has been bulldozed in preparation for the construction of a new facility for families. All 550 asylum seekers will now have to sleep in tents and marquees until replacement facilities can be built. rumours that a policeman had been stabbed on Friday night were incorrect. A spokeswoman for the nauruan government said police were stood down at 5am on saturday. she said just 10 of the asylum seekers had not had any involvement in the riots.

The immigration department has brought all non-essential staff back to Australia, and has halted processing of asylum seekers’ claims for refugee protection. it is unclear when processing will resume. About 150 local men have answered a call to volunteer at the centre. nauru’s acting Police Minister, David Adeang, has reportedly deputised a new nauru Police Force reserve to respond to the riots. The force includes contractors from Australian company Transield as well as ‘’all others deputised to respond. A witness on nauru said the riot was sparked by false rumours that the Manus island centre had been closed. The rumours emerged before Prime Minister Kevin rudd’s announcement on Friday afternoon that all asylum seekers heading to Australia by boat would now be sent to Papua new Guinea for processing and

resettlement. Another source said there was considerable anger in the nauru government and among immigration oficials no warning was given ahead of rudd’s announcement asylum seekers would “never” be settled in Australia. Food stocks are also believed to have been destroyed at the camp. The riots began at 3pm, when asylum seekers staged a protest. Authorities evacuated the centre at 4pm, according to local reports. on Friday women and children on nauru were instructed by the government to lock their doors and stay inside until further notice. ian rintoul, from the refugee Action Coalition, said detainees had been protesting on nauru all week over delays in processing their claims for refugee status. - Fairfax Media

Asylum seekers to stay on Nauru nAuru – There are no plans to

move any asylum seekers detained in nauru to detention in Australia despite the regional processing centre on the island being almost totally destroyed in a riot on Friday, the Department for immigration has conirmed. A spokesperson for the department said all detainee accommodation at the regional processing facility had been burned down and the centre’s

administration ofices, medical facilities and dining room had also been destroyed. 416 detainees have been transferred to a second site on the island which has no permanent accommodation, whilst 129 detainees have been detained by nauru police and are being held at the island’s watch house. The spokeswoman said all detainees were now accounted for despite a large number of at-

tempted escapes in the riot on Friday night. The spokeswoman said that tent marquees were being constructed to house detainees and water supplies were being installed. on Friday the government announced a controversial new deal on asylum with the government of Papua new Guinea. A number of protests in Australian cities were held on saturday against the new asylum

deal. in sydney around 1000 people rallied in the centre of the city and in Melbourne around 600 people were understood to have marched, with another rally held in Canberra. events in Brisbane and Adelaide were being planned for sunday and Monday. The riots on nauru began before rudd’s announcement and it is understood they did not start as a result of the policy. - The Guardian

‘Not wanted here’

First boatload of asylum seekers go direct to PnG under new deal CAnBerrA – The irst boatload of asylum seekers to be processed under the Government’s hardline new deal with Papua new Guinea has been intercepted. Prime Minister Kevin rudd has announced that asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat will be processed in PnG and resettled there if they are found to be refugees. immigration Minister Tony Burke says two boats which arrived on Friday afternoon will not be processed under the new regime. But he says a third boat carrying 81 passengers and two crew was intercepted in the early hours of saturday morning and the new rules will apply to them. The boat was intercepted near Christmas island after the Australian Maritime safety Authority (AMsA) received a distress call from a person in Australia last night. Burke says the people will be taken to Christmas island for initial health checks and will be informed that they will be processed in PnG. The new deal’s key points:

- Asylum seekers who arrive by boat will never be settled in Australia. - They will be sent to Manus island or elsewhere in PnG for assessment. - Genuine refugees will be resettled in PnG. - The agreement will be in place for at least the next 12 months. - There will be no cap on the number of refugees to be settled in PnG. - Manus island detention centre to be expanded to house 3000, up from its original capacity of 600. Burke says single men will be sent irst, while children and families may remain on Christmas island until facilities on Manus island are ready to house them. “The people for whom i believe the facilities are ready to go now, without any doubt, are the single adult males. And as facilities are improved, then more groups will be able to go,” he said. under the new deal, if the asylum seekers are found to be refugees they will be settled in PnG.

Those found not to be refugees will be sent back to their own nations or a third country. Burke says if any of the asylum seekers decide not to apply for asylum, the government will help them return to another country. “if they have successful claims for asylum they will be taken to a place where they will not be subject to persecution, where they have proper accommodation, needs being looked after and where there are proper services in place,” he said. “under no circumstances though will that place be Australia.” The Australian government has launched an international advertising campaign sell Australians on the new deal. The newspaper advertisements carry the slogan: “if you come here by boat without a visa, you won’t be settled in Australia”. Two radio advertisements have also been produced, telling asylum seekers that “the people smugglers’ guarantee is worthless” and warning them that they are “buying a ticket to another country”. Despite criticism, Burke says he makes no apology for spending money on making sure the

message is heard. “i have authorised expenditure within Australia of $2.1 million,” he said. “it is very likely i will approve more expenditure on that campaign, because it is critically important. Queensland Premier Campbell newman, meanwhile, says the new policy means border protection needs to be strengthened along the state’s border with PnG. newman says the Torres strait is a porous border between the two countries. “i’m after an iron-clad assurance from the Prime Minister that he will strengthen border protection in the Torres strait, that he will ensure that this just doesn’t mean PnG becomes a jumping off point for a wave of immigration into this state,” he said. “What Kevin rudd has done is take Australia’s problem and make it Queensland’s problem. The Torres strait is a porous border right now. “Porous in that many people come across the strait direct from PnG into Queensland each year. “it’s only four kilometres from PnG onto the soil of Queensland.” - ABC


Monday, July 22, 2013 cook Islands News

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A miracle more didn’t die

lAno – Villagers at the site of the tragedy on samoa’s upolo island where a passenger bus was swept away at a flooded river crossing are saying it was a miracle more people weren’t killed. Two young girls died in the accident where a bus driver ignored warnings not to cross the river. “our village has laws and one of them covers the ford. The families nearby know that as soon as the ford is flooded, they are to immediately warn motorists against crossing it,” village resident setefano Malaeulu said. “on that day, when the ford began to lood, our village immediately warned drivers and other motorists. All of them obliged and obeyed except for the driver of this particular bus. He refused to listen and he just drove through.” on the day of the incident, Malaeulu said the ford was

looded twice. Faleniu was one of the irst people in the water to try and rescue passengers when the pass became swamped and overturned in the torrent, swept down river towards the sea. “i’ve been following the media coverage of the whole incident and i’ve even heard the criticisms from some people about the lack of warnings from our village to motorists that day,” said Malaeulu. “i’ve even read the claims by some tourists who’ve made it sound as if they were the only ones who helped. “That is far from the truth. if it wasn’t for the quick thinking and the unselish actions of people from our village, with assistance from some bystanders – including those tourists – that day could have been one of the darkest days in the history of this country. so many more people could’ve been killed.” The incident brings back

traumatic memories for Malaeulu, a matai from lano who works at salelologa. He remembers trying to grab on to an elderly woman who was gasping for air from a surging stream threatening to wash her into the ocean, when he felt something hit his leg underwater. He grabbed hold of a twoyear old baby boy – more than 40 passengers on the “Paradise in Heaven” bus, who were in a hurry to catch the ferry back to upolo at salelologa wharf. “That two-year-old baby is alive today,” Malaeulu, 47, told the samoa observer. “He has been reunited with his family. “He is one of the amazing survival stories that came out of the whole incident at lano. it’s a miracle that not more people were killed.” He said he was just one of dozens of other lano villagers who risked their lives to save the passengers by diving into

the surging river when the bus got washed off the ford. “The people from our village showed no regards for their lives when the bus got in trouble. “While a few tourists did assist, they only stood on the riverbanks and helped to pull people to safety after they had been rescued from where the current was extremely strong. “it was the young people from lano who dived into the river and swam after the passengers. “Many of them used their traditional knowledge of the area so they headed straight to beach where the river meets the ocean where they were able to rescue some people.” Malaeulu said he was disappointed about claims from some people – including the Prime Minister – questioning the whereabouts of lano villagers during the incident. And when the ford is looded,

strange for us.” Malaeulu assured members of the public that lano villagers would always assist motorists when the ford is looded – whether that is through stopping anyone from crossing – or helping to rescue people. But he also urged the government to prioritise building a bridge to avoid another tragedy. Two girls aged five and ten were killed as a result of the accident. According to samoa’s Assistant Police Commissioner Fauono Talalelei Tapu, some 25 passengers including the bus driver were injured and needed medical attention. The survivors, according to Fauono, were lucky that the strong currents from the flooding river completely demolished the bus freeing the passengers instead of getting trapped inside. - PNC/Samoa Observer

Malaeulu said lano villagers know the “ level considered safe to cross.” “so the untitled men and matai know from experience when it is safe and when it is not. “What happens is that someone crosses the ford and when they feel that the current is too strong, they then stop all the cars.” Malaeulu said lano villagers have been doing this for years, saving hundreds of lives in the process. “The crossing is very tricky. To some people, the stream may not look strong from looking at the surface but what they don’t know is that the undercurrents are extremely strong.” The lano ford is usually looded during the wet season. “But it’s been behaving weird lately,” said Malaeulu. “We are in the middle of our dry season and yet the ford has been looded a few times this year. so it’s

Survivor remembers river ordeal

lAno – Australian backpacker ruth o’leary thought her neck was broken and she was going to drown as her body tumbled around inside the bus that was swept into raging lood waters in samoa. “i was seeing flashes of different colours and just thinking, oh my God, this is the end, i can’t get out of here,” she recalls. o’leary was one of about 40 people travelling on the bus in torrential rain when it lipped during a river crossing on the island of savai’i. Two girls, aged five and 12,

were killed and several passengers were taken to the local hospital with broken bones and other serious injuries, the samoa observer reported. o’leary, 21, a Melbournebased artist, and her friend larissa Papamanos, 25, were travelling to catch a ferry to another island. she said the driver of the bus had sped past a line of cars that were waiting at a crossing, before driving into the water. “in the next half a second, water had filled up the entire bus and nobody could get out,”

o’leary said. The bus then fell off the road and rolled several times, throwing babies, women and the elderly on top of each other. “As it was rolling, i actually thought my neck had broken and i had broken all my bones, because our bodies were being smashed around so much,” o’leary said. The roof of the bus then peeled off, allowing the passengers to get free. “i didn’t know where the top of the water was and then i saw this light , so i swam up, and all

Freight costs trade threat APiA – samoa’s Prime Minister

has identiied the cost of freight as the biggest threat to regional trade. Tuilaepa sa’ilele Malielegaoi made the point when he opened the Forum Trade Ministers’ Meeting at the Tanoa Tusitala in Apia, on Friday. He said he knew the focus of the meeting was on market access, product development and trade promotion. “However, i consider it quite important to mention the supreme challenge that is quite simply inseparable to efforts to increase and promote trade,” he said. “This is the issue of transportation or shipping and in particular sea freight transport.” He said such was the importance of sea freight transport to the development of island economies, that it was the top priority with the Pacific leadership in the early years of the Paciic Island Forum. “i happen to be one of the participating officials attending all these meetings from my country, samoa,” he said. “it resulted in the pivotal collective efforts that included Australia and new Zealand and the island countries together in the forum, which helped establish

the Paciic Forum Line shipping company.” “Which, was internationally hailed then as an excellent example of a successful regional venture that ought to be adopted by our regional groups.” “sadly for a variety of reasons that i can never understand, the shipping line and the great effort in regional co-operation it represented has now all but dissipated completely.” He said freight rates in the Pacific, in many instances, are not affordable enough to allow island countries to be competitive. Tuilaepa worries that with the island nation representatives working so hard to better trade in the region, they could find themselves in a situation where “high freight costs simply make island export products uncompetitive”. “That would be a great pity,” he said. “simply put, we could never promote trade from the islands without the services of shipping that are reliable and affordable to our people.” While he talked of further strengthening government-private sector partnerships, he said there were lessons to be learnt. “The collapse of many airlines following september 11

events and the recent international currency crisis provide extremely powerful lessons,” he said. “That we must never allow the private sector complete freedom to wreak havoc in the market system and those services that can impact adversely in the lives of our people. “My hope, therefore, is that through efforts of regional cooperation and integration and innovative and bold approach reminiscent of the example of the early forum leaders could again be found.” “To keep sea freight rates at affordable levels until the outcomes of important work you are now doing to increase export trade comes to fruition.” “When that happens i should imagine that the greater freight volumes of exports from the islands will need fewer empty containers returning to Australia, new Zealand, China and Japan.” He said the resulting econommy scale would reduce freight rates and keep them down for both inward and outbound freight. “Which not only beneit exporters but the wider communities of our island countries,” he said. - Samoa Observer

i could see was babies and mothers and old people in the water – and everyone was screaming.” The current was so strong, most of the passengers were swept into the ocean. o’leary said she remembered

to subside. o’leary said the Vickerman family took her and her friend to the police and the hospital and then helped them ind accommodation for the night. - Forbes Advocate

tasting petrol that had spilled from the bus’s engine before she was pulled to shore by a rescuer, Dean Vickerman, new Zealand’s new national basketball coach, who was in another bus that had decided to wait for the waters


Tutorials for Semester 2 begins Monday 29 July, 2013. Course Code






Accounting AFF02

Tairi Herman


Tairi Herman


Siva Gounder



Siva Gounder


5.30-6.30pm 5.30-7.30pm


Computer iSF21

Jim Brown



Mii Manuela


Economics eC102

Sarah Samuel


Sarah Samuel

4.30-5.30pm 4.30-5.30pm

Education eD103

Ana Andrew


Teina napa



Ana Andrew



Teina Tearii/ Teina napa



eD258 eD302


Anna Rauru


English llP13

Ana Andrew

4:30 – 5:30pm

llF11 Management MG106

Paul Allsworth


Paul Allsworth

4.30-5.30pm 4.30-5.30pm

psychology PS101

Jim Brown

4:30 – 5:30pm

Siva Gounder

4:30 – 5:30pm

tourism TS107


Siva Gounder



Siva Gounder




Mii Manuela


4.30-6.30pm TBA

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Monday, July 22, 2013 cook Islands News

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Offshore trusts are shelters

Dear editor, reading up on various articles by commentators on the offshore trust controversy it is clear our people are divided on whether we retain this secretive industry or dismantle it. if i may be brutal, editor, and draw on my own experience for clarity. Firstly, people all over the world set up trusts for asset protection and self-preservation, as i did. in my case an attempt to kidnap my daughter and extort money from me occurred when i emerged on the new Zealand development scene, which was thwarted, but it made me realise the importance of anonymity and compelled me to set up trusts to protect my assets and family.

even my dog had his own trust. in setting up those trusts i gained tax advantages, as spreading assets and revenue generated reduced tax rates whereas accumulating assets and revenue under the one entity attracted a higher tax rate, and of course retaining the entity yourself makes you a target for extortion. it goes without saying that trusts pay tax on revenue earned, just like everyone else, and can’t avoid it. secondly, fundamental to asset protection and self-preservation is secrecy. All trusts are founded on that principle, with trustees sworn to protect and not disclose the business of the trust they act for. i once sacked a professional trustee law firm for disclosing the

business of my dog’s trust to business and they don’t engage my financiers, because in do- in risky business enterprises ing so they breached their duty. themselves. And being shrouded in a veil Thirdly, offshore trusts are of secrecy, offshore the same as onBeing shrouded trusts also beshore trusts in come vehicles for structure but opin a veil of secrecy, entities traffickerationally, they offshore trusts also ing drugs, people are shelters for become vehicles for and terror, and entities includentities traficking laundries for proing other trusts, drugs, people and ceeds from those companies and terror, and laundries activities. And no individuals in for proceeds from amount of legislabusiness looking those activities. tion can stop this to extend asset And no amount of from happening, protection and legislation can stop at least not while self-preservation to the extreme, this from happening secrecy remains fundamental to and avoid tax on revenue generated in their the protection of trusts and country. They are banks if you trustees are duty bound not to will, middle men who clip the disclose trust business. last but not least, offshore ticket as their clients transact

trusts or shelters as i prefer to call them were invented by the wealthy of developed economies as vehicles for conducting their international business activities away from prying eyes, and their governments turned a blind eye to them. But now that developed economies have crashed, triggered by a global credit squeeze, and governments know that stashed away in offshore trusts are trillions of dollars that could save their economies, they want access to them. And if it is true that the us, British and Australian governments want to know what entities of their citizens are sheltering under our offshore trusts, may i suggest that we

consider self-preservation and dismantle our offshore trust industry sooner rather than later. These are the big boys. They are friendly governments right now, but what happens if they lose patience with us and decide to withhold aid money because our trust companies are withholding financial information from them – will our aid-dependent economy survive? left to me, i would ask these friendly governments to compensate us for our loss of revenue and wages and dismantle our offshore trust industry, which may be brutal to those living off that industry, but, i suggest, for the wider good. Tim Tepaki

Make improvements to Muri Dear editor, Most would acknowledge that the Muri beach area of rarotonga is the so-called gem of the country’s tourism industry. Teeming with tourists all year round, this particular area of

rarotonga probably earns more foreign income than any other village. A great money spinner that helps fuel the country’s economic engine. However, when it comes to the basic, essential infrastru-

Budget cut for culture “oK, so the Ministry of Culture budget has been cut back again thanks to Henry Puna,” a smoke signaller texts to 188. “see, he wants to take $60,000 and ly to the Outer Islands and ‘gift’ it to our sister islands for not celebrating this year’s Constitution Celebrations together on rarotonga. That’s something like $5000 each maybe – oh, hang on – Manihiki may get a bigger slice of the ‘gift’.”

ture of Muri, unfortunately it garu must be the very worst on has to rate as the most sham- the island. littered with pot bolic for rarotonga. neglected holes that never seem to get repaired and dangerby this government ously narrow, it is since it came into if it remains amazing that no mopower three long in a terrible torists or pedestrian years ago, the Prime state of unfamiliar with the Minister and his cabineglect, it terrible condition of net ministers should will be only a this stretch have not be ashamed that the matter of time been injured or killed. quality of infrastrucbefore some if it remains in a terture has been ignored unfortunate rible state of neglect, and allowed to detesoul will it will be only a matter riorate to levels that come off of time before some are quite unacceptsecond best. unfortunate soul will able by today’s standcome off second best. ards. As for much-needed footif we take a look at the main road in Muri, the stretch from paths in Muri, can the P M Aroko right through to Paren- please tell the public when his

government will begin work to rectify this on-going problem? At the moment one would have to acknowledge that the footpaths in Muri are non-existent. And with the road width far too narrow, surely any knucklehead can see that the current setup poses a high risk for both motorists and pedestrians. Again, far too much talk about the need to do this work but when it comes to action it is zip. And what about installing more street lights please? Far too dark and dangerous for both motorists and pedestrians. if our current crop of politicians hasn’t igured it out yet, we no longer live in the dark

ages so surely this government can invest in a few extra hundred light bulbs for the Muri stretch? While one would hope for our political leaders to fall over themselves to make improvements to the Muri area in order to keep the country’s economy chugging along, such a suggestion would probably fall into the ‘too hard’ basket seeing as the PM and his cronies are seldom in the country in any case, much preferring to embark on long-haul, irst class lights revelling in the trappings of ive star hotels while attending another worthless talkfest. Time for change

I SpY A sMoKe signaller writes: “unlikely company enjoying a meal

at separate tables at Tamarind restaurant on Thursday evening included norman George and his party, reuben Tylor and family, John Woods and family, plus a group of Chinese businessmen hosting several of our heads of department for a celebratory dinner. Fish anyone?”

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Monday, July 22, 2013 cook Islands News

Where does the money go? they would be back and, true to their word, at the beginning of March i received an email from CiTC asking what was happening. Thank you CiTC so much for your early support. In April, after our irst Lagoon Day meeting, i informed schools WHAT Pr iVATe businesses of tentative dates and the prochoose to sponsor is their affair, posed theme, but also that if the but when government depart- budget didn’t come through laments choose to be sponsors, it goon Day would be called off. is our affair. it is, after all, our one principal’s response taxes that are being spent. in particular spurred me on – sometimes i strugnukutere College’s gle to see what the George rasmussen lagoon Day connection is be- almost didn’t get wrote to me: tween a particular “Kia orana June, off the ground event and governlagoon Day is so this year because ment department valuable. if funds we couldn’t get sponsorship. i can are short, teachers sponsorship to understand if, for need to form a lobcover the most example, WATsAn by group to petition basic costs. (the Water Waste and the government and sanitation unit of the all its ministries to Ministry of infrastructure and come forward with the money. Planning) sponsors waste man- i get so infuriated that someagement for a sporting event or thing so valuable is in jeopardy the national environment ser- because of money. What is bevice (nes) sponsors a cultural hind all their rhetoric!” competition that advocates the A month later, i called a meetreturn of traditional practice ing and prepared to call it quits. that is good for the environThankfully Te ipukarea sociment, or Tourism sponsors an ety (TIS) conirmed funds from event that attracts visitors; but oceans Five and the internasome sponsorships just baffle tional union for Conservation me. of nature (iuCn). WATsAn lagoon Day almost didn’t get and the Ministry of Marine off the ground this year because resources (MMr) confirmed we couldn’t get sponsorship to sponsorship and a few days later cover the most basic costs. Cook islandsTourism and the early in the year the only national environment service sponsor definitely on board (NES) conirmed. By the end of was the Cook islands Trading June the Ministry of education Corporation (CiTC). They told (Moe) were on board and beme after lagoon Day 2012 that tween them and rotary, school

Mauke resident June hosking is the organiser of Lagoon day – an annual event that took place this year at Punanga nui market on Thursday and Friday.

st Joseph school students happy to be at Lagoon day on Friday. 13071924 bus costs were covered. in the previous two years schools paid half of the costs, so it sure was nice to inform them this year that buses were free! i suspect the lagoon Day budget is smaller than the average events budget. We cut lagoon Day costs to one third of what was incurred under new Zealand Aid Programme funding. There are no frills, no team t-shirts, no funds for presentation needs, not even lunch vouchers for the presenters who give 58 interactive, energetic presentations over two days with only two or three short

breaks a day! educators in new Zealand and Australia say our programme is unique and to be envied. in fact, while attending a course at sydney institute of Marine science recently, my partner Andrew and i were asked to do a presentation on lagoon Day. They had read about us via the internet and were impressed. We were the only students asked to speak, and lecturers stopped to listen! lagoon Day is the only single point of contact forum for environmental education in the

Vaka jumping case before High Court inDePenDenT Atiu member of parliament norman George will be in the political spotlight this week when his “vaka jumping” case goes before the High Court. Justice sir Hugh Williams is scheduled to deal with two declaratory judgements today as part of the current sitting of the High Court. The irst application is to have the 2007 electoral Amendment Act, which relates to the socalled “vaka jumping” or party hopping law, declared unconstitutional and therefore invalid. George previously said the law would unjustly penalise M Ps who vote against their party. “As an example, if CiP members oppose the excessive overspending by ministers in the budget, if they vote against the budget, they could lose their seat,” he said. “This law is so oppressive that even if you resign from the CiP, the leader of the CiP can put you on notice to the speaker to have your parliamentary seat declared vacant. The law as it is now places all MPs in a shackle around their feet, arms and body.”

“Members of parliament should be free to vote on matters without restrictions,” he said yesterday. The second application relates to the Cook islands Party (CiP) not accepting George’s resignation from the party on

March 7, 2011. The MP for Teenui-Mapumai was voted into parliament in the last general election as a Cook islands Party member, but resigned and proceeded to claim Democratic Party membership. Both moves were never of-

ficially recognised by either of the party leaders, leaving George lingering in a political no-man’s-land. “i am full of confidence in next week’s outcome,” said George. - Emmanuel Samoglou

Cook islands. An opportunity to learn from a wide-ranging group of people specialising in different areas, with varied solutions for the health of our lagoon and with a strong focus on education for the next generation. some local visitors take the time to share their thoughts and ideas, trusting that we will listen and pass them on to our leaders. lagoon Day belongs to the

people of the Cook islands and as they take ownership it becomes a powerful tool for positive change. Meitaki ra to our lagoon Day sponsors for 2013 - CiTC, Te ipukarea society, WATsAn Ministry of infrastructure and Planning, Ministry of Marine resources, Ci Tourism, Ci rotary, and Ministry of education. Also, to the many others who support lagoon Day.


RAROTONGA BUSINESS WEEK The RBW will be held this year from Tuesday 6 August to Thursday 8 August, 2013. This business training week is free. The modules vary in topics including some specialised modules and presenters. The added features for this year’s training are the repeat of Website Designing and Healthy Soils Produce Healthy Crops due to their popularity last year plus the One on One Business Mentoring. The details of the modules and times of presentations are as follows: Workshop One: Website Designing. Presenter – John Blanchard Venue – BTiB Training Room 3 Days: Tuesday 6 August, Wednesday 7 August & Thursday 8 August 2013 9am to 12pm: lunch Break: 1pm to 3pm daily Workshop Two: Healthy Soils Produce Healthy Crops. Presenter – Melissa Cafrey Tuesday 6 August 2013: Venue - Takitumu (TBC) Wednesday 7 August 2013: Venue - Puaikura (TBC) Thursday 8 August 2013: Venue – Te Au o Tonga (TBC) 10am to 3pm daily Workshop Three: One on One Business Mentoring Mentors – Allan &Shirley Cann This program is ideal for new businesses that are looking at ways of improving record keeping, business performance etc. Allan & Shirley will come to your business premises. By appointment only. For further information and to Register: Please Contact Business Trade investment Board Business Development Division Phone (682) 24296 email Allan Cann and Shirley Cann will be available by appointment “OnlY” during working hours to visit individual businesses for one on one mentoring.

Atiu member of parliament Norman George will be the focus of two declaratory judgements by the High Court next week, which have the potential to alter the nation’s political landscape. 13060441

This business training program is jointly funded by BTiB, the Rotary Clubs of Rarotonga, Wendouree, Victoria, AUSTRAliA and Cann Business enterprises.


Monday, July 22, 2013 cook Islands News


Monday, July 22, 2013 cook Islands News

Marmite back in the Cooks

THe MArMiTe drought is over in the Cook islands. CiTC Food Group manager Jason Burgess said the irst shipment of the spread following the recent shortage arrived on rarotonga about a week ago, and the shelves are now well stocked.

Marmite stocks ran out early 2012 after sanitarium's Christchurch plant was shut down due to earthquake damage in september 2011. The popular spread was back on new Zealand supermarket shelves on March 20, but mar-


mite producers sanitarium wanted to ill local orders irst. CiTC has distributed Marmite to other retailers that normally stock Marmite, so Burgess said customers should have no trouble picking up a jar. - Briar Douglas

Marmite is back on Cook Islands shelves. Pictured is CITC Food Group manager Jason Burgess. 13071738


PAThWAYs To sUCCess the emerging and developing workforce manY adUlts aged 18 to 40 in our community seek further professional training, career and personal development and further employment opportunities. The Careers expo is a great opportunity to learn more about what options are available and how we can all get the best result for ourselves The following Tertiary education providers will be present to provide you with information on a range of subjects such as courses and support services available to students. • the University of the south pacific • victoria University of wellington • auckland University oftechnology • waikato University • nZ institute of fashion technology

• nelson aviation college • air new Zealand aviation institute • fiji national University •cook islands tertiary training Institute

Talk to them and other exhibitors who are at the expo to help you so that you can make informed and eFFeCTIVe decisions that will ensure your sUCCess!! The Ministry of education welcomes anyone who would like an appointment to discuss their continuing career development needs and plans.

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Monday, July 22, 2013 cook Islands News

Tourism targets new demographic A reCenT addition to the nation’s tourism authority hopes to lure a unique and under-serviced market to the Cook islands. Julia Denny, a new staff member with the Cook islands Tourism UK ofice, was in attendance at last week’s travel industry meeting to educate the industry on how to provide top notch hospitality for the unique Arab market. “The Arabs have not had the best publicity,” said Denny. “But i can say they are the nicest people you’ll ever meet.” The meeting, attended by a various tourism oficials and accommodation operators, was held at edgewater resort and spa. Denny singled out two particular groups of Arab travellersfamilies and honeymooners. she said families tend to travel in June and July to escape the stifling heat of the Middle east, which can reach temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius. it is common for Arab families to include up to six children, she said, and they often travel with nannies. Honeymooners were described as astute travellers with an appreciation for the exclusive. First-class lights, private limousine airport transfers, room

service, and high-priced villas with their own pool, were listed as some of the iner things appreciated by this particular demographic. When dining, Arab travellers also spend heavily on food and beverage and order plenty of it, said Denny. The comment drew chuckles from the crowd, with one attendee asking aloud how the Arab appetite measures up against a Paciic one. Two particular aspects about the Arab traveller’s dining habits: Halal food, prepared in accordance with the islamic faith, is preferred, and limited or zero consumption of alcohol. Denny said some extra touches that add value to the Arab traveller’s experience include prayer mats, the arrangement of private excursions, and a Qibla – a compass that will help the faithful ind the direction towards Mecca for the purposes of prayer. Additionally, she described these particular travellers as very loyal, who will jump at the opportunity to spread the news about a great experience. “if you get an Arab traveller, you can bet that you’ll also get their cousins, brothers, uncles,” said Denny. - ES

Julia Denny (left), a new staf member with the Cook Islands Tourism and pictured here with Destination Aitutaki Co-ordinator Misepa Isamaela (right), was in Rarotonga to help the industry learn about serving the Arab demographic. 13071838

Tourism down from previous year robert skews.

FuTure bookings from the lucrative northern markets are slightly down from a similar time period last year. Tourism statistics were revealed during a presentation by tourism corporation board member robert skews during an industry meeting held recently at edgewater resort and spa. Forward bookings - for the

period running from July 10 to March 31 next year - are down just over two per cent from northern markets which include countries in north America and Western european nations such as Germany, united Kingdom, spain and Austria. issues cited by skews that are currently hurting the local tourism industry include slow

development of the Australia flight gateway, weak demand from Asian markets, and currency issues. The high value of the new Zealand dollar has made the Cook islands up to 40 per cent more expensive than competitors such as Tahiti, whose currency is tied to the euro – making the Cooks a less attractive destination that some of its

Paciic neighbours. new representation in the united Kingdom and innovative market efforts were helping to counter-balance the challenges, said skews. skews encouraged tourism industry members at the meeting to “strategically plan by market”, saying “Don’t treat

europe as one market – specialise”. He also advised operators to remain competitive with their rates, as the global economic crisis has prompted travellers around the world to search for deals. - Emmanuel Samoglou

Inequality still MINDFUL mondaYs alive in Cooks Yoga, the breath and the absolute admiration of whats possible 11032819

By yoga teacher Diya Welland

A popular saying of Yogis is“if you can breath you can do yoga.”simply put: the breath leads all poses - restorative, releasing or strengthening. In todays world few of us take time to sit and be present to our breath. In a yoga class we learn to count the breaths, becoming aware of how we are breathing, using the exhalation to sink further into a stretch, releasing tension and increasing circulation of nutrients and blood to constricted areas. When I irst began yoga it was all about the breath. I was ive, asthmatic and needed to learn how to relax tension in my inlamed lungs so I could actually breath calmly. As I grew older and my asthma receded I then needed to expand my ribcage, lengthen and strengthen the constricted muscles and make space for breath to properly low. often when new students in a class see me sink into a pose they exclaim; wow, so easy for you! I too used to think this about others who are more lexible. however once I entered into conversation with other students and yoga teachers I soon found we all have our 'challenge' poses and what looks so easy is often fraught with inner conlict and tension. our biggest learning is always to come back to the breath. our breath is our beginning, our grounding, our anchor; it opens us to movement and low. It lets us know how relaxed or tense we are. Yoga teaches us to become aware of how we are breathing and more

Yoga & meditation with Diya Welland (ph:50839) self Practice (Ashtanga)

Ashtanga Yogastretch revive Yoga (Beginners) Vinyasa (restorative)


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Mindsight Yoga nidra Yoga (deep rest) (Meditation)

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importantly where we’re breathing from. Asthmatics tend to breath shallow, so do people who are stressed, production focused and or distracted easily. shallow breathing results in tense muscles around the upper chest, neck, throat and back. settling into a pose mindful of our breathing brings about an inner calm we learn to return to at any time. (relaxing those tense and tired neck muscles is not as hard as we think). The ight-or-light response we so easily switch into during our waking times can be countered by what psychologists call the "relaxation response." Breath awareness is the irst step toward this blissful state and it can also reduce anxiety, tension and curb the urge to overeat. A very simple relaxation yogic technique used in Breathing (& Psychology) clinics and Yoga studios around the world is one you can do at home. (i teach this in my revive and meditation classes along with other breathing and mindfulness techniques.) All you need is a quiet place to lie down, a chair or couch to put your legs up with a pareu or a blanket for cover. This (abbreviated) instruction is from: way_5611329_instructions-breathing-exercises-weight-loss.html I’ve included it here to show you just how popular yogic breathing has become. Thankfully Pranayama (yogic breathing) is no longer seen as woo-woo, weird, wacky or only something long-haired-hippy-freaks do. ~ Begin this three-phased exercise in a reclined position, using folded blankets to support the spine and head if necessary. The head should be slightly elevated. Place your hands on the lower belly, just above the naval. Inhale through your nose, expanding the belly in all directions. exhale, contracting the lower torso to push the air out. Next, place your hands on the side of the rib cage. Inhale, lifting the lower belly noticing the air expanding the ribs. exhale, repeating for a few breaths. Finally, place your hands on the upper chest. Breath into your hands by illing the upper chest. exhale and repeat for a few breaths. Practicing diaphragmatic breathing reduces stress and brings greater mindfulness to the body, which can help you control cravings and overeating. ~ Yoga, it’s more than just a good stretch. it’s a healing path too. Any questions, considerations or contemplations please email, text or phone. Better yet, just turn up to class. Ph: +682-50839

WoMen and children’s safety is still an issue in society, says president of the Cook islands national Council of Women (CinCW) Vaine Wichman. in a speech to the Cook islands Association of Women Teachers on July 17 at Aquarius Motel, Wichman said issues of safety are evident today. “still over the last 20 years, the issue of our women and their children’s safety in their homes looms always over our heads…you see it in our classrooms,” she said. “Today we may have made some great tracks in health and education indicators but there are still a few frontiers where a bit more attention will address the gender equality issues in our country.” she said the international Convention of the elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women has helped the council progress with its work and has been its “saving grace”, but more needs to be done. “ The main law that has helped us progress to this place…is sadly an international one, and though we are making waves in changing all the anomalies in our national laws that discriminate intentionally

and unintentionally… it still isn’t enough.” she said children in the Cook islands today face many struggles. “illiteracy is still with us as we struggle to grow more of our children speaking Maori, poverty is evident in the struggle and access our northern group children have to basic resources and teachers, and terrorism plagues us in the ongoing battles we have with domestic violence and unequal opportunities on rarotonga and with our Pa enua.” she quoted Malala Yousafzai’s presentation to the united nations recently, saying: “so let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism, let us pick up our books and our pens – they are the most powerful weapons. one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” Wichman urged people to take up the challenge of ighting inequality. “let her challenge be yours and mine today as we take up the issues that face us… and move them as only women can, to their right places.” - CINCW/BD


Monday, July 22, 2013 cook Islands News

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NOTICE OF MEETING NONI GROWERS Meeting 11am Tuesday, 23 July cook Islands. Noni Marketing’s factory, Titikaveka. •Payment of Fruit •Maintenance Plots •Other matters


Salon de Hermies in Banana Court Hair and beauty services for men and woman including massage and NEW!! Gel Polish Manicures. Hermie’s back call 22278.

Love meeting people? Are you a talkative friendly person? Then this is for you! A full time position is available at Te Vara Nui Tours oice in town at the cITc shopping centre as a Sales Rep/Tour Operator. Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm with Saturdays half day. Phone Moana on 55579 or 24006 for an interview.

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Apii Rutaki Meeting The Ui Mataiapo of Rutaki and the school PTA committee invite the parents, ex-pupils, ex teachers, committee members and those interested to come to a meeting on Tuesday 23 July, 6.30pm at the Rutaki Meeting House. Agenda - Hosting the Rarotonga Primary Schools Prince of Whales Atheletics. chairman.

Beach bach. 1 bedroom, self contained, furnished unit. Suit single tenant. Enquiries to 79040. 72646 /33054 /1931

2 bedroom f/house in Nikao with large deck for $200 per week. contact 73380/ 27970. 72661 /33059 /1931

Nikao, smart 3 bedroom home, partly furnished, gazebo, handy to school + beach, $280/week. Phone 51162.

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Tupapa Maraerenga Democratic Party Rale Result Drawn under Police Supervision at the Opposition Oice, Sat 20 July at 4pm.

New executive house in Nikao. 2 bedrooms and 3 bedrooms. Fully furnished. Must see, spacious and comfortable setting. Enquiries to 57447.

Prizes 1st $5000 2nd $2000 3rd $1000 4th $500 5th $500 6th $200 7th $200 8th $200

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Ticket no.Winner 891 KiKQ 285 The H Family 138 Pauline 296 ngarangi George 418 GeTMl 984 T. Dyer 613 GeTMl 187 Awesome Blackie 9th $200 483 GeTMl 10th $200 1097 P. Keu

congratulations to the winners and please contact Tokoa Herman on 71099 to collect your prizes on presentation of the winning ticket. We also like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone, friends and supporters who purchased the tickets. A special thanks and meitaki maata to our Demo family in the constituencies for your invaluable support in buying the tickets. Ata Wai Valo - Rale Committee” 777

SHIPPING NOTICES Kwai V26 Accepting cargo for Palmerston, Nassau, Puka Puka, Manihiki, Rakahanga & Penrhyn from Wednesday 17 July. cargo close of 4pm, Wednesday 31 July. Vessel departs 3 August 2013. Enquiries phone 27185. 72503 / /1723


1x bedroom unit for rent Avavaroa, Titikaveka (next to YWAM). Close to the beach and Wigmores Supermarket. Ph 55422 to view and rate. 72678 / /1726

3 bedroom house, long term in Arorangi. For inquiries contact 74603. 72596 /33028 /1931

FOR SALE Empty 20L container, $5 each or buy 12 for $48. Phone 25550. 72601 /33034 /2517

Icey Tek Chilly Bins. Sizes 25, 56, 70, 90,115, 160 Ltr. Robust and Light weight. Double insulated lid for added heat retention, ideal for hot foods. Superior ice / cold retention qualities , sought after & used by commercial isherman here and in NZ. Assorted colours, commercial grade quality, limited stock available. call 24441 or 55674 to view or for more information.

72621 /33047 /1931

FOR SALE Maxi golf club set, $350. 665 mesh sheets, $60 each. Phone 55812. 72677 /33070 /1931

VEHICLES FOR SALE 1998 Mitsubitshi Galant Sedan, V6 tiptronic. Great car, $7600. Phone 55812. 72675 /33070 /1931

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FOUND Notices are FREE To encourage honesty and good citizenship. A Cook Islands News public service.

Yamaha Spark X, 110cc, black, must sell for $2000, good condition. contact 54255 for more information. 72617 /33045 /1931

REAL ESTATE PROPERTY FOR SALE: Executive home, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double internal entry garage, almost 5 years old. Land size 796 sq metres. Lease from 1 December 2006 (53 years remaining). 150 metres approx, inland from Aroa Lagoon. Genuine enquiries only, please phone 74072. 72502 /33098 /1894


Ph 22336

Animal Clinic

“As is where is basis” 1x 110cc Honda Daelim Citi Ace motorcycle. Tender closes 3pm, Monday 22 July 2013. For viewing/inspection contact Metua Jacob on 29341 ext 816 or Awhitia Pepe ext 815 for appointment.

72505 / /2512

WORKERS WANTED Full Time, cook, cleaner, Gardening, Groundsman, Reliable and Trustworthy. Enquiries to PO Box 124, Rarotonga. 72574 / /2085

SITUATIONS VACANT Head Chef We require a Head Chef with experience in running a resort catering operation. Must be innovative, energetic, a good communicator, non-smoker and honest. Must be computer literate and available 7 days. Spa Supervisor We require an experienced masseuse & beauty therapist who is experienced in a range of therapies and treatments suitable for a resort spa facility. Must be well groomed, energetic, a good communicator, non-smoker and honest. Must be available 7 days. Restaurant Floor Staf We require experienced food & beverage attendants to work part-time in a small resort restaurant. Must be well groomed, energetic, a good communicator, non-smoker and honest. Must be available for evenings. contact 22779.


BAR PERSON WANTED Part time bar person wanted for our Wilson’s Beach Bar. Experience is essential and must be reliable. Excellent hourly rate and good staf beneits ofered. Phone 21546 between 9am 4pm only (Mon - Fri) Or e-mail your cv to 72667 / /1873

IKO INSTRUCTOR WANTED FOR KITE SEASON IN AITUTAKI, August - October. Phone 56558. 72387 /32084 /1931

Expressions of Interest VAKA EIVA CO-ORDINATOR 2014 onwards Cook Islands Canoeing Association The position of Vaka Eiva Coordinator is a dynamic role suitable for an outgoing, wellorganised individual with good communication skills and a history in event management. If you are this person and would like more information, please email Applications close 4pm, Monday 29 July 2013. 72516 / /2404


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Front line Staf required for immediate start. This is a full time position, must be lexible and able to work weekends. Training will be given to the right person. Phone Kristina on 22534 or 54168 for an interview.


Person to assist dying pareus. 10am-2pm 2-3 days a week $8 per hour. Sewing machinest, part time. Phone 21641/79238 for interview.

CULTURAL DANCERS WANTED! Want to earn extra cash doing something you love? We have some dancers positions available for people who are passionate about our culture! Work in a great environment at Rarotonga’s top entertainment venue. Students welcome. All dancers paid weekly! Phone 24006 or 55579.

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The Chamber of Commerce hereby invites both Members and all interested parties to attend a General Meeting on: Date: Thursday 25 July 2013 Time: 5pm Venue: Café Salsa Agenda: 1. Presentation by the BTiB on their Foreign investment Application Process 2. Update by the Secretary of Foreign Afairs and immigration For further information, please contact lynne at the Chamber oice. Phone 20925 or email 72597

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Yamaha keyboard, PSR E203, excellent condition, $350. contact 53222, 58957 or 29996.

casual ads must be prepaid. cancellation fee $6.40 incl. VAT. Quotations on request.

1pm sharp. Material deadline for display adverts 24 hours prior.



RATES Minimum $5.80 incl. VAT for 1-15 words.

DEADLINES Deadline for next day’s classiieds is



REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL For: TAU Fuel Facility Upgrade Project

The Ministry of Health in Association with Cook islands Breast Cancer Foundation would like to advise the next Mammography Screening Program will be held from Monday 29 July to Friday 9 of August 2013 at Rarotonga Hospital. Criteria: 1. if you are 40 yrs and over and have not had a Breast Screen before, please contact Hospital Receptionist for an appointment Ph 22664 2. if you are under 40 yrs and experiencing breast pain and complications, please contact Dr May for an appointment. Ph 22664 ext 813 3. if you were seen in 2011 and advised for a 2 yearly screening and had not been contacted by any Rarotonga Hospital staf, please contact Hospital Receptionist for an appointment. Ph 22 664 Meitaki maata

Te Aponga Uira (TAU) is inviting suitably qualiied companies or joint venture companies to submit a bid to complete supply, refurbish, and construct its Fuel Facility Upgrade project at Avatiu Valley Power Station, on Rarotonga. To initiate progress towards the completion of this assignment, TAU has developed a Request for Proposals Documents and Terms of Reference (TOR) for the associated tasks and now invites interested companies to submit their proposal for this assignment. There will be a project brieing at TAU conference room, Tutakimoa Admin oice, at 10am, 22 July 2013. Companies wishing to tender are asked to attend. Tender Documents can be requested and or uplifted from the following contact details: TAU Project Manager Te Aponga Uira, Rarotonga, Cook islands Fax (682) 21944 Tel (682) 20054 extn 835 email The proposed timeframes for the bidding process are: Deadline for submission of questions: 12 noon Mon 29 July 2013 Deadline for submission of Proposals: 12 noon FRi 2 aug 2013 Notiication to preferred Contractor: FRoM the week 5 aug 2013 Contract and budget negotiations: FRoM the week 5 aug 2013

Ka rave te Marae Ora ete Putuputuanga Breast Cancer i tetai porokaramu note akara anga i te u o te au mama, a teia epetoma ki mua, akamata ite Monite ra 29 o Tiurai, e tae uatu kite Varaire ra 9 o Aukute mataiti 2013 kite Aremaki, Rarotonga. Akanooanga: 1. Me kua tae toou mataiti kite a ngauru tere atu (40 years plus) ta niuniu atu i te are maki numero 22664 no tetai taime (appointment) noou. 2. Kotou i raro ake i te a ngauru mataiti me te kite nei koe i te tukeke i toou u mama, e ta niuniu atu ia Dr May 22664 ext 813 no tetai au akamarama anga 3. Ka anoano ia kotou tei akara ia ite mataiti 2011 kia akara ia akaou i` teia mataiti nei, no reira me kare koe i ta niuniu iake e te are maki patianga kia ta niuniu mai koe no tetai taime (appointment) noou. Meitaki Maata





Monday, July 22, 2013 cook Islands News




Creative Centre Principal/Manager

Job Opportunities


executive oicer PUKAPUKA ISLAND GOVERNMENT The Pa Enua Governance Unit of the Oice of the Prime Minister invites applications for the position of executive Oicer for the Island of Pukapuka. The Executive Oicer is the Administrative Head of the island Government on the island. An electronic copy of the Job Description and Application Form can be emailed to you upon request to or to Otherwise, you can download the Job Description and Application Form from Those interested, please apply in writing by 1pm 31 July 2013 to; The Chief of Staf Oice of the Prime Minister Private Mail Bag Avarua, COOK iSlAnDS For enquiries contact Otheniel Tangianau on 25398 or John Tangi on 25498 or on the emails above.

Due to a growing demand within our resort, The edgewater Resort & Spa, are currently seeking full time and part time staf, if you are a team player and are looking for an enjoyable yet challenging role we would encourage you to come and join our team. All applicants must have: Good communication skills, be honest and reliable, conident and personality, the ability to work well under pressure, know how to multitask. Full training will be provided for the right applicants, currently we have these positions available: • Housekeeping Supervisor • Housekeepers • Demi Chefs • Duty Manager • Security/Porters • Front Oice • Kitchenhands • Night Auditors • Maintenance Please contact 55469 for any inquiries, application forms can be obtained from the Front Oice. /


EXCITING CAREER OPPORUNITIES!! NZQA Accredited training –Earn while you learn! We ofer great career opportunities, great staf beneits and a great team to work with!

HUMAN RESOURCES Human Resources Assistant – Intermediate position! •This busy, varied position involves answering phones, assisting with recruitment enquiries and providing administration assistance. To join the team you will need to be conident, have good organisation, communication & computer skills and a great telephone manner.

BUILDING CENTRE Driver/Warehouse Assistant – C class drivers licence • Involves the assembling and delivery of customer orders and shipping deliveries, recording and receipting of all deliveries and assisting with stock takes. You will need to be organised for this busy position.

• Taking customer orders over the phone, keeping customers fully informed of new stock, promotions, specials etc. You will need to be organised, have good communication and listening skills, and great customer service skills.

SUPERMARKET Chef/Deli Supervisor – Do you have a flair for food?

• Overseeing the production of salads and hot food, ensuring freshness and quality of prepared food and small goods. Suit someone with previous food preparation and supervisory experience with a passion for food.

Checkout Operator – accuracy will win the day!

• Completing all point of sale transactions, balancing and reconciling cash. You will need a big smile and great customer service skills! Talk to us today about starting a career in Retail! For further details and a full job description contact eileen or Kai on phone 23191, 54181 or email

IFRS Accounting Consultant Cook islands investment Corporation is in need of an iFRS Accounting Consultant with extensive knowledge of conversion to iFRS accounting. This person needs to be available in July 2013. The Consultant will be working with State Owned enterprises in assisting with iFRS conversions which will involve gap assessment, system changes and iFRS Balance Sheets for the years ending 2012 and 2013. Applications close on 26 July 2013 at 4pm. Applications along with a current CV to be sent to CiiC, PO Box 51, Avarua, Rarotonga, COOK iSlAnDS. For further details contact CIIC oice on (682) 29391 or email 72517

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 organic agriculture, soil science, agricultural extension, and information gathering and dissemination. The successful applicant is expected to assist with the development of agriculture in the outer islands including organic crop farming and the dissemination of production and market information to assist farmers make better informed decisions. He/she must be luent in both the English and Maori language, willing to up-skill knowledge in agricultural science, and have a pleasant attitude. Written applications including a CV should be addressed to the Secretary of Agriculture, PO Box 96, Rarotonga or email A Job Description is available on request and applications close 1 August 2013. 72594


Telemarketer – Great telephone manner!



Picker/Drivers Assistant – C Class drivers license an advantage! • Involves assisting with the assembly, dispatch & delivery of all orders around the island for wholesale customers. You will need to be it and accurate with your orders.

If you are a qualiied teacher and would like a change the Creative Centre is looking for a Principal/Manager who is responsible for the daily operations and overall management of the Creative Centre. She/He has a duty of care and overall responsibility for the staf, members, volunteers and visitors of the Centre. if you believe you are suitable please request the terms of reference by contacting: Teresa Manarangi-Trott on email or Bob Kimiangatau or phone 74687 - 20081. Closing date 31 July 2013 for applications.

MiniSTRY OF TRAnSPORT COOK iSlAnDS This Ministry currently has a vacant position to be illed:

Senior Maritime Trainer A Job Description for this position is available from the Ministry of Transport oice, located at Avatiu Harbour. All applications for this position must be accompanied by a CV and letter outlining reasons for the application. Direct any enquiries to Tepora Solomona on 28810 or email All applications should be marked “Conidential” and addressed to: Secretary, Ministry of Transport, P.O. Box 61, RAROTOnGA Applications close on Friday 26 July 2013 at 4pm. /


Biosecurity Oicer Vacancy The Ministry of Agriculture is seeking to recruit a Biosecurity Oicer to work within the Biosecurity Service. We are looking for a young person age between 18 – 21 years old that have completed nCeA level 3 qualiications from a tertiary institution. The successful applicant should have good understanding of general quarantine and have some computer skills will be an advantage as it involves updating of biosecurity data base registrar. The successful applicant is expected to be willing to up skill his/her knowledge in agriculture science and be luent in both English and Maori, and must have a pleasant attitude and relating to the sharing and transfer of knowledge to the general public. Written applications including CV should be addressed to the Secretary of Agriculture, PO Box 96, Rarotonga or e mail A job description is available on request and applications close 4pm, Friday 2 August 2013. 72586

MINISTRY OF MARINE RESOURCES (MMR) Applications are invited for the following salaried positions based at the MMR headquarters. • IT manager (senior oicer), Corporate Services Division • Fisheries management (senior oicer), Inshore Fisheries and Aquaculture Division • Fisheries observer (oicer), Ofshore Fisheries Division • 2 x catch data analyst (assistant oicer), Ofshore Fisheries Division • Vessel monitoring system analyst (assistant oicer), Ofshore Fisheries Division Contact Uirangi Bishop for further information and a job description, email Ph 28730. Please provide a cover letter and CV addressed to the Secretary, PO Box 85, Rarotonga, email Applications close on Monday 29 July 2013. 72591


Monday, July 22, 2013 cook Islands News

SITUATIONS VACANT Rarotongas premium entertainment facility has part-time positions available every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for immediate start: Kitchen Hand - approximately 30 hours per week. Bar Persons - 6pm till 11pm approx - Make great cocktails? wait Staf -6pm till 11pm approx - Got great personality and love meeting people? Work in this fast paced environment with a great team! Phone 24006 or come and ill an application form at main oice Muri Beach, or email culture@ 72422 / /2512

Mareko has a full time shop assistant vacancy available. Must be honest, reliable and friendly. Apply at Mareko’s or Phone 54320 for an interview. 72657 / /1991

HOUSEKEEPING: Short term position available from 5 Aug for approx 2 - 3 months, Flexible hours. Energetic, honest and thorough applicants need apply, full training given. Ongoing employment a possibility. Phone Jan at Aroa Beachside Inn22166K:\TELEcOM\2013\ July\Various telecom vacancies.indd 777

WANTED TO BUy We will BUY your old or broken gold jewellery. FISHERS BLACK PEARL JEWELLERY. 71119 /32966 /1889

air Rile Ph 24009. 72673 / /1884

FOR FREE Spay/Neuter (DESEXING) for ALL Dogs & Cats OwnedHomeless-Free-Roaming. Call Esther Honey Foundation on phone 22336. Me e puakaoa e te kiorengiao taau kare i tataa/vai’ ia, taria mai, kare e tutaki. Taniuniu atu i te aremaki o te manu - ph 22336.



Head Housekeeping Supervisor Sea Change Villas is seeking a Head Housekeeper Supervisor to join their team. The position involves managing a small housekeeping team as well as hands on work to ensure the presentation of our property is in accordance with our high standards. The successful applicant will demonstrate a can-do, responsible, and lexible approach to work, a keen eye for detail and strong team building skills. Previous experience in housekeeping is essential, and experience with supervision or leading a housekeeping team would be an advantage. The successful applicant must be available to work shift, weekends and public holidays. To apply, please mail your cover letter, CV and references to Sea Change Villas, PO Box 937, Rarotonga. Applications close 05 August 2013. /


E REO AKAMEITAKI “Rangiatea! Rangiatea nei e! Rangiatea nei ko te upoko ia o te Ika Nui a Tangiia e! E reo akameitaki kia tatou e te iti tangata o Rangiatea. Kua tu te upoko no taau i rave, to ngakau aroa e te taokotai tei maoraora ua mai i te ra o te akararangi anga i te Ra o te Ui Ariki o te Kuki Airani. Kua rauka ia tatou te akaruru mai ei Oire Okotai i te utuutuanga i te Ui Ariki o te Kuki Airani. To tatou akaruruanga ki te Are Apii Sabati o Matavera CICC, to tatou metua tane Papa Iotia Atera e ta tatou anau Mapu te au metua pakari, tanetini, te au mama e tae uatu kite anau rikiriki. Te pupu tamataora Te Korero Maori, te Toa tuorooro e tae uatu kite Toa vaa koperepere. Kia akameitaki mai te Atua i ta kotou I rave ma te maroiroi, tei akakoromaki i te roiroi e te varea moe. Kua rave koe e Rangiatea i ta tatou angaanga ma te manea tikai. Rangiatea e! Koia ki te pito enua! Ueue ia! Kua ka ate tini! “Kare aia etuku ua i to vaevae kia paeke ua ana, kare tei tiaki iakoe e varea e te moe” Ei au e to Rangiatea. NA TE UI MATAIAPO O RANGIATEA.

TeleCOM COOK iSlAnDS lTD Telecom Cook islands aims to be the best Telecommunications Company amongst its Paciic neighbours. We know that achieving this means we need to have the best people working for us. if you would like to join us and have the experience and skills required for any of these roles then we would like to hear from you.

Vacancies Available ManageR - huMan ReSouRceS We need a senior Human Resources professional to continue the implementation and ongoing development of our human resources framework. As a member of our executive Team, this position requires someone with broad human resource management experience with particular skills in building employee engagement, performance and remuneration management and developing staf. You will also need to demonstrate excellent customer service skills, the ability to develop and maintain human resource information systems and a willingness to take a “hands on” approach. A positions description is available from Marisa Summers at: Please apply in writing (including a cover letter and CV) to: The CEO Telecom Cook islands ltd PO Box 106 Parekura Rarotonga or email to by 26 July 2013.

ManageR - netwoRk SeRviceS Telecom is looking for an energetic and experienced person to take up the role of Manager network Services. Key Responsibilities include: • Managing all aspects of daily operations within the Network Services Department • Ensuring the ongoing implementation of the Network Management and Maintenance Plans for both Rarotonga and the Outer islands, resulting in improved service delivery and customer satisfaction • Capacity planning and expansion of underground access networks both copper and ibre • Recruitment, training and performance measuring of staf and ability to bring about changes towards accomplishment of KPi’s • Preparing timely, accurate reports supporting robust decision making The successful applicant must have excellent oral and written communication skills, plus proven leadership and management capabilities. Please apply in writing (including a cover letter and CV) to: Chief Operations Oicer, Telecom Cook Islands Ltd, P.O Box 106, Rarotonga, Cook Islands or email by 26 July 2013.

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FINANCIAL ACCOUNTANT Reporting to an experienced Finance Manager, your key objective will be to provide accurate, timely and detailed inancial and management reports. You will be responsible for: • Timely and accurate month-end processing • Assisting in the preparation of monthly, half-yearly and annual inancial accounts • Monthly business performance reporting • Analysis to aid management decision making • Balance sheet reconciliations • Fixed assets Working in an open plan environment where you are encouraged to contribute your ideas, you will enjoy working with a variety of stakeholders and need to work efectively to a deadline.

Financial Specialist A Financial Specialist is required to assist the Ministry of Internal Afairs (MINTAFF) with inancial management of the Asian Development Bank - Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction Project (ADB-JFPR). Qualiications and requirements: • The inancial specialist requires a sound background in inancial and auditing skills • A degree in accounting and inancial management is required • Experience in the preparation of inancial accounts within a Government context and working knowledge of the Cook islands Government Financial Policies and Procedures Manual • Strong working knowledge of inancial software programmes such as MYOB including the ability to transfer data from excel into a MYOB programme and adapt to other inancial systems, such as Solomon software, if required • experience in the auditing processes and procedures required by the Cook islands Audit Oice • The ability to translate skills and knowledge on inancial management techniques into a training package appropriate for nGOs • Facilitation skills to deliver training to local (Rarotonga) and 4 Outer island nGOs • Daily contract rates apply. This position will require up to 135 days over a 12 month period. Closing date to apply for the position is 28 July 2013. For a copy of the Terms of Reference and for any further enquires contact: Debbie Ave ADB-JFPR national Project Manager Ministry Internal Afairs PO Box 98 Tupapa, Rarotonga Cook islands Phone (682) 25837 Mobile (682) 55838 Email

You will have previous accounting experience and/or have a related tertiary qualiication and your professionalism is without question. The keys to your success are your strong excel skills, great communication skills and your well organised and methodical approach to task management. You will be motivated and proactive with strong attention to detail.

INVENTORY CONTROLLER Telecom is seeking an inventory Controller with a strong work ethic, exceptional attention to detail, and a passion for providing the highest level of customer service. Your responsibilities will include: • Ordering, receiving and issuing stock in line with Telecom’s inventory management procedures • Working with Customs to clear goods and pay the appropriate customs duties • Tracking orders through Telecom’s on-line procurement system and liaising with our external procurement team • Processing stock movements in the system • Ensuring the accuracy and integrity of the stock management system • Working closely with internal stakeholders through the entire purchase-to-pay process To be considered for this position, you must have: • Competent PC skills particularly in Word, Excel and Outlook, and be a quick learner of new packages • Meticulous attention to detail • The ability to multi-task, manage your time efectively and work unsupervised • A passion for providing outstanding service to internal customers • Outstanding communication skills (verbal and written) • Previous experience in inventory management preferred but not essential if you feel you have the skills and background to be successful in either of these Finance Roles, we can’t wait to hear from you. Please apply in writing (including a cover letter and CV) to: Apii Heather, by 26 July 2013.

For more information about any of these positions, visit > About Us > Careers.


Monday, July 22, 2013 cook Islands News

Girl Guides meet in Japan in the challenges mentioned in the report. “As much as we can be proud of our successes, there are still challenges to overcome as we strive to deliver our ambitious vision and mission. “in line with WAGGGs’ governance review, we are taking an increasingly strategic approach to our work, making sure that we are clear about our long-term ambitions in delivering on the six global outcomes and ensuring our work positively impacts girls and young women in our region,” she said. she said there is a need for further engagement with member organisations to ensure there is a shared vision across the region, and so that all member organisations are empowered to deliver the vision and mission through their own strategic plans.

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Member organisations are at different stages in organisational development and therefore have their own challenges, said Katuke. she said to address this, the Asia Paciic Committee is working in a more targeted and specific way to work with the member organisations across the Paciic, to take into account their different needs and interests. “some member organisations are reliant on regional or world funds to attend events or run national projects, failing which they are unable to participate. The Asia Paciic Committee proposes supporting these member organisations to ind ways to become more inancially self-suficient, including strengthening their capacity in fund development. “succession planning and appropriate support to develop our

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president of the Girl Guides Association Cook islands attended the eleventh Asia Paciic Regional Conference held in Tokyo, Japan. This was ngara Katuke’s second attendance to a regional conference planned and organised by the Asia Paciic Committee and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girls scouts (WAGGGS). The irst was in the Maldives in 2010. “This conference has given us, the Cook islands, the opportunity to work towards a lot of our preparation documents to enable us to become a full member into the WAGGGs by 2014,” she said. As part of the conference, the indings of an annual report by the Asia Paciic Committee were presented. Katuke said she was interested

leaders of the future are essential to ensure that the region’s plans can be implemented.” The mission of WAGGGs is ‘to

enable girls and young women to develop to their fullest potential to be responsible citizens of the world’.

The conference was held at the national olympic Youth Memorial Centre from June 28 to July 6. - Release/BD

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Humpbacks are also frequently visiting Cooks earlier than they usually do because of climate change. over the years the sperm whale has been often observed offshore breaching and the Killer whale has been spotted a few miles from the reef. The short inned pilot whale has mostly been observed by fishing boats, and Cuvier’s beaked whale has been observed both alive and stranded. The Blainville’s beaked whale has also been observed both alive and stranded and the spinner dolphin has been frequently observed. The other whales that have already been spotted includeBryde’s whale, Pygmy killer whale, rough toothed dolphin and Bottlenose dolphin. out of all the whales that have been spotted by Hauser, there

is one particular whale that is especially dear to her heart. The whale’s name is ronnie Bridge. ronnie the whale has been christened after the father of David Bridge. David is the Air new Zealand Cook islands manager. Hauser told David and his wife nolene that when she saw the coolest whale, she would name him after David’s recently deceased father. And the rest, as they say, is history. ronnie breached and played with Hauser for an hour and 18 minutes in Arorangi. According to Hauser, whales have been spotted everyday and she credits the local isherman for keeping a keen lookout and recording the spottings. With the whale season in full season, the day never ends for Hauser but for her, ‘it’s all about the whales.’ - SK


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of whales were spotted off the coast of rarotonga over a three day period recently. That’s the tally that is making the whale watchers and whale enthusiasts sit up and take notice. The whale season has officially started and nan Hauser, known locally as The Whale lady, is front and centre at of all the whale action. nan came to the Cook islands 16 years ago and she believes that when you look into the eyes of a whale, it’s almost like you are looking into a relection of yourself. With the whale season in full swing, the whales that have been spotted include humpback whales, which have a seasonal occurrence in austral winter and according to Hauser, likely breeds and calves in the region.

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Monday, July 22, 2013 cook Islands News

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Forecast Map 2pm Monday


Issued at 2pm at Rarotonga A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR ALL SOUTHERN COOKS WATERS. Situation: A trough of low pressure lies slow moving to the west of Southern Cooks. Associated cloud and rain afect the group. A trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain lies slow moving over northern Cooks. Forecast to midnight for the Southern Cooks: Waters: east to northeast winds 20 to 25 knots, gusting to 35 knots. Rough to very rough seas. Moderate southerly swells. land: Moderate to fresh easterly winds, gusty at times. Occasional rain and few thunderstorms. Further outlook: Occasional rain and few thunderstorms. For Rarotonga: Occasional rain and few thunderstorms. Further outlook: Occasional rain and few thunderstorms. For the Northern Cooks: Occasional rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms. Moderate east to northeast winds, gusty in squalls. Moderate seas. Moderate southeasterly swells. Further outlook: Occasional rain and few thunderstorms.

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Monday, July 22, 2013 cook Islands News

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Resilient Bulls edge out Reds iT WAs an error-ridden, low scoring affair in the weekend’s CiTC match of the week where the resilient Titikaveka Bulls edged out the visiting Takuvaine reds 8-6. Both sides battled it out in wet and slippery conditions at Titikaveka ield where both teams failed to take advantage of the strong breeze which was surely worth more points. Despite the wind at their backs and with the majority of possession and position – the reds were unable to capitalise on their second-half advantage. The visiting team’s ill-discipline didn’t help their cause either with three reds players receiving yellow cards for various offences. The Bulls on the other hand showed strong resistance against the reds and against the run of play – the side was able to

manufacture a big break. With their number 8 Tautua Oisa on the rampage, the Bulls were inally able to work the ball through their backline chain to their live wire full back eli Bendini who crashed over the try line for the Bulls match winning try much to the delight of their dedicated fans that fought the wind and rain to cheer on their boys. Best for the reds was big prop Victor Mataora and number 8 Travel ‘King’ Tou, with their strong ball getting the reds on the front-foot constantly. For the Bulls – the winning sides rampaging number 8 Tautua ofisa was a stand out with his strong running off the back of the scrum and in general, play was a major factor for the Bulls win. At raemaru Park – the strong Arorangi Cowboys inish almost

spoiled the Avatiu eels party who escaped the Cowboys with a close 30-27 win. Midway through the second half the eels were comfortably in the lead 25-13, however the Cowboys received a boost from their impact reserve player Basil Matapo who helped to stage a late Cowboys comeback including scoring two converted tries to take the lead 27-25. in the dying stages of the match the slippery eels fullback Junior Kiriau was able to cross the try line for the eels 30-27 match winning try. Meanwhile, at the ngatangiia ield – the Ngatangiia-Matavera Dragons dominated the visiting Tupapa Panthers team 12-5. Best for the Panthers were utility back Darren Piri while the Dragons ‘go to man’ centre sailosi nagi was a star for the winning host side. - MW

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Live wire Bulls fullback eli Bendini scored the winning try for his team in a low-scoring afair against the Reds in wet and slippery conditions at the Titikaveka ield. 13072106

inTeresTeD men and women rugby sevens

players are being called to a trial this evening at the BCi stadium in nikao. The Cook islands rugby union is preparing to send national teams to two oceania sevens qualiiers in October. The men’s Oceania sevens qualiier will be staged in suva, Fiji on october 4 and 5 while the Oceania women’s sevens qualiier will be held in noosa, Australia on october 5 and 6. All players interested to trial out for the two national sides are asked to be at the BCi stadium with their runners at 5.15pm. Meanwhile, the Cook islands news rarotonga Primary schools rippa rugby Tournament will be held at raemaru Park on Wednesday with more than 30 teams expected to take part in the fun illed tournament. - Matariki Wilson

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Travel ‘King’ Tou was a standout for the Takuvaine Reds but his efort alone couldn’t beat the Bulls. 13072108

Monday 22 July  

News, Sports and Opinion from the Cook Islands News for Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday 22 July  

News, Sports and Opinion from the Cook Islands News for Monday, July 22, 2013