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Mutiny, murder on the high seas NiNe indonesian crew members of a Taiwanese ishing vessel were arrested last weekend after a high seas drama that unfolded in the northern waters of the Cook Islands. Early Saturday morning during a pre-dawn raid, Taiwanese coast guard oficers armed with handguns boarded the Te Hung Hsing No.368, which was found between the islands of Pukapuka and Penrhyn. Upon the boarding, it was reported the ishing vessel’s Taiwanese skipper and engineer were missing. Taiwanese authorities believe

the Indonesian crew threw the victims overboard in an alleged mutiny. The captain and engineer have yet to be accounted for. The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR), which holds surveillance responsibilities, began tracking both vessels on Friday after being notiied by Taiwanese oficials. “It is suspected to be hijacked, and the Taiwan Coast Guard has sent a patrol vessel to intercept the ishing vessel,” wrote a Taiwanese government oficial with the foreign ministry. “If there is anyone on board requiring ur-

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gent medical treatment, the patrol boat will escort the ishing boat to the nearest location that can provide medical assistance.” No injuries were reported during last Saturday’s operation. Investigators and immigration oficials in Taiwan are scheduled to be dispatched to the vessel to look into the matter. The vessel is currently being towed back to the island nation of Taiwan by the coast guard, where it is expected arrive on August 20. - Emmanuel Samoglou

Murder mystery on the high seas, page 7.

Fun and food at BCI trade days THE CHANCE to enjoy food and

crafts from across the Cook Islands will be on offer at the BCI Trade Days this week. From Wednesday, the grounds of the National Auditorium will be illed with entertainment, food and fun. Though none of the pa enua are present for Te Maeva Nui in Rarotonga, Business Trade Investment Board (BTIB) trade and marketing manager Te Tuhi Kelly says they will still be part of the celebrations. The islands of Mangaia, Mauke, Mitiaro, Tongareva, Palmerston and Manihiki will have stalls that are manned by representatives from each island. Kelly says the event is a threeway project between the Ministry of Cultural Development, Cook Islands Tourism Corporation and BTIB, with the aim to provide opportunities for the many micro enterprises across the country. There will also be stalls featuring arts and crafts from Rarotonga. Entertainment will be in the form of dancing and drums, with MCs providing commentary.

Finding your way to the event has been made easy, with transport provided across the island by Cook’s Island Bus Passenger Transport, which will be diverted past the auditorium. The trade days open from 9am, so be in early to make sure you get the chance to sample some of the best local lavours. Tonight is also the irst evening of Te Maeva Nui cultural performances at the national auditorium. The teams taking part this year are Oire Nikao, Manihiki

Henua, Tongareva Henua, vaka Takitumu, Mauke Enua, Mangaia Enua, Tupapa-Maraerenga, Mitiaro Enua, Atiu Enua and vaka Puaikura. They will perform three items including a drum dance, kapa rima (action song) and ute (story telling song). Tickets to the shows which continue on Thursday and Friday are available at the Ministry of Cultural Development or at the national auditorium doors each evening. - RS

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Rarotonga horizon as the Hawaiian shipping vessel Kwai pulled into Avatiu Harbour on Monday. The ship has returned from delivering cargo to the northern group, and is in Rarotonga until next week. The vessel’s crew of

10 are awaiting more cargo to fill the ship’s hold, which can hold up to 300 tonnes of cargo. From Rarotonga she will stop off at Penrhyn, Rakahanga and Manihiki before sailing to Kiribati and then on to Honolulu. Captain Evy Ben Resheph said bad weather made the seas chop-

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worldNeWS nuti no TeiA Nei AO Baby Flash a bolt from blue A PREGNANT New Mexico woman has survived a bolt from the blue to give birth to a bouncing baby girl. Authorities say the expectant mother and the baby’s father were watching ireworks with friends on July 4 when lightning struck both of them in the front yard of an Albuquerque home. The young mother-to-be was rushed to a nearby medical centre where she had an emergency Cesarean section. Mother, father and baby survived relatively unscathed. The baby has been named Kimberly Samantha Gordon and – after being induced by a bolt of lightning – will probably be known as “Flash” Gordon.

An end to the conlict? Israeli-Palestinian peace talks prove ‘constructive and positive’ WASHINGTON DC – Israeli and

Palestinian negotiators will aim to reach a “inal status” agreement over the next nine months to end their long conlict, the US secretary of state has said. John Kerry said another meeting between the two sides would be held in either Israel or the Palestinian territories in the next two weeks. This, he said, would begin the process of formal negotiations. Kerry said “all issues” would be on the table for discussion. “With one simple goal – a view to ending the conlict, end-

world BRIEFS US SOLDIER FOUND GUILTY OF ESPIONAGE USA – Bradley Manning, the US Army private who leaked thousands of classiied documents, has been convicted of espionage but not of aiding the enemy. Manning, 25, has been found guilty of 20 charges in total, including theft and computer fraud. He had admitted leaking the documents to anti-secrecy organisation Wikileaks but said he did so to spark a debate on US foreign policy. The leak is considered the largest ever of secret US government iles. He faces a maximum sentence up to 136 years. His sentencing hearing is set to begin on Wednesday. In addition to multiple espionage counts, he was also found guilty of ive theft charges, two computer fraud charges and multiple military infractions.

MILITANTS FREED IN TALIBAN ATTACK PAKISTAN – Taliban militants have freed 248 prisoners in an assault on a prison in north-west Pakistan, oicials say. Militants armed with automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and bombs blasted down the walls of the jail in the town of Dera Ismail Khan and streamed inside, reports said. A gun battle lasting several hours went on into the early hours of Tuesday. At least 13 died, including six police. Correspondents say it is a huge embarrassment for authorities. Up to 100 attackers, some wearing police uniforms, bombarded the prison with rockets and mortars before going inside. The attackers used loudhailers to call the names of particular inmates.

CHILD DIES AFTER WATER MAIN BURSTS BRAZIL – A burst water main in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro has destroyed up to 20 houses, caused the death of a child and injured a dozen more people. Rescue teams had to use rubber dinghies to reach several areas in the Campo Grande neighbourhood. Television footage shows many cars being swept away in the strong current that formed. Three-year-old Isabela Severo dos Santos was caught in the lood in her house, and died on her way to hospital. Rio de Janeiro state governor Sergio Cabral visited the afected area and promised to re-house those who had lost their homes. But he was booed by residents, who complained of lack of public investment in the poorer parts of the city.

ing the claims.” Kerry said the parties were committed to “sustained, continuous and substantive negotiations on the core issues” that divided them. He was speaking at a press conference after two days of talks between the two sides in Washington DC. Earlier, US President Barack Obama met the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators – Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and lead Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat – at the White House. “I know the path is dificult. There is no shortage of passionate sceptics. But with capable, respected negotiators I am convinced that we can get there,” Kerry said. He reported that the meetings in Washington had been “constructive and positive”. And he praised the “courageous leadership” shown by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to get to this point. At the same brieing, Erekat, said he was “delighted” that all issues would be tackled. “Palestinians have suffered enough. It’s time for the Palestinians to live in peace, freedom and dignity within their own independent sovereign state.” Livni said that after years of stalemate she was hopeful though not naive: “It is our task to work together so that we can transform that spark of hope into something real and lasting. “I believe that history is not made by cynics. It is made by realists who are not afraid to dream. And let us be those people.” The peace talks between the two sides began again on Monday following a three-year hiatus after Israel approved the release of more than 100 Palestinian prisoners. - BBC

us secretary of state John Kerry embraces israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (right) and Palestinian chief negotiator saeb erekat during the Middle east peace talks in Washington dC. AFP

Zimbabwe at polls HARARE – Zimbabwe’s Presi-

dent Robert Mugabe has said he will quit after 33 years in power if he loses Wednesday’s election. “If you lose you must surrender,” the Zanu-PF party leader said. His remarks came as Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party accused Zanu-PF of doctoring the voters’ roll. Zanu-PF denied the accusation, saying it was the responsibility of the electoral commission, which released the roll

only on the eve of polls. Reports from the capital, Harare, has seen the document and says it features the names of thousands of dead people. Some names also appear twice or three times with variations to their ID numbers or home address. Zimbabwe’s Electoral Commission has not commented on the allegations. Mugabe, 89, will be facing Tsvangirai, 61, in the presidential ballot. The two long-time rivals have been sharing power since 2009, under a deal brokered by the re-

gional bloc to end conlict that marred elections in 2008. At a press conference at State House in the capital, Harare, Mugabe told journalists that he and Tsvangirai had learnt to work together and could even “share a pot of tea”. The president said he would step down if he lost and insisted that there had been “no cheating”. But the MDC has said the electoral roll released on Tuesday bythe commission dates back to 1985 and is full of anomalies. - BBC

Train driver on the phone MADRID – The train driver in last week’s crash in Spain was talking on the phone when it derailed, investigators say. The train was travelling at 153kmh at the time, investigators at the Court of Justice of Galicia said. Crash investigators had opened the train’s “black-box”

data recorder to ind the cause of the crash, which left 79 people dead. Investigators say the brakes were activated shortly before the crash. “Minutes before the train came off the tracks he received a call on his work phone to get indications on the route he had

to take to get to Ferrol. From the content of the conversation and background noise it seems that the driver consulted a map or paper document,” a court statement said. Garzon is suspected of reckless homicide, but he has not yet been formally charged. - AAP

Bus crash victims mourned

INJECTED DUMPLINGS WITH INSECTICIDE CHINA – A trial has been held for a Chinese man accused of poisoning dumplings which sickened 10 people in Japan. Factory worker Lu Yueting admitted putting insecticide in frozen dumplings that were later exported to Japan. The 2008 incident led to a scare over chinese food and strained diplomatic relations between the two countries. Lu Yueting was accused of using a syringe to put insecticide into the frozen dumplings over frustration with his wages and colleagues. In January 2008, at least 10 people in Japan fell ill after eating the dumplings. One ive-year-old girl was seriously ill and hospitalised.

ALzHEIMER’S BLOOD TEST A STEP CLOSER ENGLAND – Researchers believe they are closer to developing a blood test that could diagnose Alzheimer’s. There is no deinitive test for the brain-wasting disease. Doctors rely on cognition tests and brain scans. A technique published in the journal Genome Biology showed diferences in the tiny fragments of genetic material loating in the blood could be used to identify patients. The test was accurate 93 per cent of the time in trials on 202 people. One of the main goals of Alzheimer’s research is to ind ways of detecting the disease earlier. It starts years before symptoms appear and it is thought that in the future treatments could be given before large parts of the brain are destroyed

Today’s Daily Bread For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing it is the gift of God.

Matthew 7:21-29 read: read: ephesians 1:7-14; 2:8

Text: Matthew Text:7:26 Verse 17

Coins are carried at a mass funeral for the 38 people killed in Italy when a coach plunged of a viaduct near Naples. The coach carrying 48 people including children smashed through a crash barrier and plunged 30 metres. AFP


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Alaskan community may be irst to go as seas rise

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While low-lying Paciic atolls are getting most of the climate change spotlight at the moment, a little-known community in Alaska may well be North America’s irst victim of rising sea levels. BBC KIvALI NA – Almost no one

in America has heard of the Alaskan village of Kivalina. It clings to a narrow spit of sand on the edge of the Bering Sea, far too small to feature on maps of Alaska, never mind the United States. Which is perhaps just as well, because within a decade Kivalina is likely to be under water. Gone, forever. Remembered – if at all – as the birthplace of America’s first climate change refugees. Four hundred indigenous Inuit people currently live in Kivalina’s collection of singlestorey cabins. Their livelihoods depend on hunting and ishing. The sea has sustained them for countless generations but in the last two decades the dramatic retreat of the Arctic ice has left them desperately vulnerable to coastal erosion. No longer does thick ice protect their shoreline from the destructive power of autumn and winter storms. Kivalina’s spit of sand has been dramatically narrowed. The US Army Corps of Engineers built a defensive wall along the beach in 2008, but it was never more than a stop-gap measure. A ferocious storm two years ago forced residents into an emergency evacuation. Now the engineers predict Kivalina will be uninhabitable by 2025. Kivalina’s story is not unique. Temperature records show the Arctic region of Alaska is warming twice as fast as the rest of the United States. Retreating ice, slowly rising sea levels and increased coastal erosion have left three Inuit settlements facing imminent destruction, and at least eight more at serious risk. The problem comes with a significant price tag. The US government believes it could cost up to $400 million to relocate Kivalina’s inhabitants to higher ground – building a road, houses, and a school does not come cheap in such an inaccessible place. And there is no sign the money will be forthcoming from public funds. Kivalina council leader, Colleen Swan, says Alaska’s indigenous tribes are paying the price for a problem they did nothing to create. “If we’re still here in 10 years time we either wait for the lood and die, or just walk away and go someplace else. “The US government imposed this Western lifestyle on

‘We either wait for the lood and die, or just walk away and go someplace else.’ us, gave us their burdens and now they expect us to pick everything up and move it ourselves. What kind of government does that?” North of Kivalina there are no roads, just the vast expanse of Alaska’s Arctic tundra. And at the most northerly tip of US territory lies the town of Barrow – much closer to the North Pole than to Washington DC. America’s very own climate change frontline. Barrow’s residents are predominantly from the Inupiat tribe – they hunt bowhead whale and seal. But this year has been fraught with problems. The sea ice started to melt and break up as early as March. Then it refroze, but it was so thin and unstable the whale and seal hunters were unable to pull their boats across it. Their hunting season was ruined. For the irst time in decades not a single bowhead whale was caught from Barrow. One of the town’s most experienced whaling captains, Herman Ahsoak, says the ice used to be three metres thick in winter, now it is little more than a metre. “We have to adapt to what’s coming, if we’re going to keep eating and surviving off the sea, but no whale this year means it will be a long cold winter,” he says. Barrow is known as the Arctic’s “science city”. In summer it hosts dozens of international researchers monitoring the shrinking of the Arctic ice and – no less important – the rapid thawing of the tundra’s permafrost layer. Alaska’s role in the climate story is about cause as well as effect. As America’s Arctic territory warms it continues to be a vital source of the carbon-based fossil fuels seen by most scientists as a key driver of climate change. Alaska’s North Slope is the US’s biggest oil field and the Trans Alaska Pipeline is a key feature of America’s drive for energy security. As production from the existing ield tails off there is enormous pressure to tap untouched

Alaskan reserves. Shell has launched an ambitious bid to begin offshore Arctic drilling despite a chorus of disapproval from environmental groups. Concerns intensiied when a rig ran aground off the Alaskan coast at the beginning of this year. Operations are currently suspended, but the prize is too valuable to ignore. Kate Moriarty, executive director of the Alaska Oil and Gas Federation, believes Alaska possesses 50 billion as-yet untapped barrels of oil. “The reality is the Arctic is going to be developed,” she says. “And who do we want in the lead? I say we want it to be the United States because the reality is the world demand for oil and gas is not going to go away.” When President Obama pledged to redouble his efforts to reduce America’s carbon emissions last month, his words met with little more than a shrug in Alaska. The state owes its existence to oil. Revenues from the oil industry make up more than 90 per cent of the state budget. Oil money means no income tax and an annual handout to every Alaskan resident. And when it comes to balancing two conlicting pressures – a rapidly changing climate on the one hand, the demand to expand the state’s carbon-fuelled economy on the other –- there is little doubt where the priority lies. The deputy commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources, Ed Fogels, makes no apology for Alaska’s strategy. “When everyone pounces on Alaska and says ‘oh, the climate is changing, the Arctic is changing, things are out of control’, we say wait a minute. “We’ve been developing our natural resources for 50 years now. Things are going quite well thank you.” Within a generation the Arctic ocean may be ice free during the summer. The rate of warming in the far north is unmatched anywhere else on the planet. In terms of resource exploitation, shipping access and human settlement Alaska is likely to become a more attractive proposition. Scientists call that a positive feedback effect. For Alaskans on the climate change frontline – and for our planet – it may not be positive at all. - BBC

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Refugee plan labelled ‘childish’ Burke says Opposition’s ive-year plan ofers ‘target’ to smugglers CAN B ER RA – The Austral-

ian Federal Government has slammed the Opposition’s announcement of boosted asylum seeker capacity on Nauru as “childish” – accusing it of putting the centre’s planned capacity “up in lights”. The Opposition has announced plans to build a tent

city for up to 2000 asylum seekers on the Paciic island if it wins ofice. Under a five-year plan, announced by immigration spokesman Scott Morrison this week, the island could also host a purpose-built village for people granted refugee status. Immigration Minister Tony

paciic BRIEFS FREEDOM GROUP OPENS DUTCH OFFICE WEST PAPUA – The Free West Papua Campaign is to open a new oice in the Netherlands. Earlier this year the Campaign, which is fronted by exiled West Papuan Independence leader Benny Wenda, opened an oice in the British city of Oxford. Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa voiced disappointment that the British government was unwilling to take steps against the oice. The Campaign’s Oditek Ap says the new oice in the Hague will be opened on August 15, the 51st anniversary of the New York Agreement between the Netherlands and Indonesia under which control of the former Dutch New Guinea was ceded.

UPPER HOUSE MOOTED FOR VANUATU VANUATU – Vanuatu’s irst president, Ati Georges Sokomanu, says the country should have an upper house where the country’s chiefs could sit. He has previously advocated a presidential system to try and solve the country’s political instability and is continuing to push for that. Speaking as the country marked its 33rd anniversary of independence, he also says the chiefs should be more involved in the political process and this would help to combat the growing lawlessness in the community. Solomanu says the great council of chiefs has been established but it has no power and has to defer to the legislature. “I think the only thing now is to slot them in and have a lower house and an upper house in parliament and let the chiefs play their part in the development of Vanuatu.”

BOOKSHOP OWNER HAS NOVEL FLOOD PLAN FIJI – A shopkeeper in Fiji says he has invested in an elaborate mechanism to save his stock from looding, and is advising others to do the same. Aruj Devia from Devia Bookshop and Stationery in Nadi has put counters and cash registers on wheels so they can be rolled out into a cage and lifted up to a second loor by a hoist. The March loods last year came at night and he couldn’t get to his store in time to lift more than one load, but saving 15 per cent of his stock was more than anyone else could save. Nadi loods every two to three years and last year there were two major loods. There is now a proper warning system in place with sirens, speakers and mobile phone texts, but Mr Devia says shopkeepers can also try his method of saving stock.

PLANNING FOR FIVE MILLION TOURISTS VANUATU – The Vanuatu Prime Minister Moana Carcasses estimates up to ive million tourists a year could visit the country if a planned airport development goes ahead. The government plans to use a Singaporean company in a deal reportedly worth US$350 million, but it says it will not involve the government borrowing money. Currently Vanuatu gets 218,000 visitors a year but Carcasses, speaking at the country’s independence celebrations, said the developments at Port Vila’s Bauerield Airport would allow the biggest Boeing aircraft to ly in from Asia. He says there would also be airport upgrades in Santo, Malekula, Pentecost and Tanna.

LABOUR PARTY SUSPENSION LIFTED FIJI – The suspension of the Fiji Labour Party has been lifted after it paid nearly US$3500 to the Registrar of Political Parties yesterday for the publication of the Party’s inancial disclosures in the Fiji Sun. The party leader Mahendra Chaudhry says there was never a refusal to pay the bill and they just wanted time while they waited for a response from the commerce commission over the newspaper’s charges. Chaudhry says they were advised that the Fiji Sun could have condensed the publication of their records, saving them at least US$2,000.

INFORMATION ABOUT MA60 PLANE NEEDED TONGA – An opposition MP in Tonga says people should be presented with technical information about the country’s controversial new aircraft, rather than just unsubstantiated political statements that it is “safe”. The MA60 plane, gifted by China, went into operation in Tonga this week despite New Zealand suspending tourism aid amid safety concerns about the aircraft. Dr Sitiveni Halapua says people in Tonga are also worried about whether it is safe and transparency is the best way to deal with the issue, especially with memories of the 2009 Princess Ashika ferry tragedy still fresh. “A lot of the relevant technical information was made available after the Princess Ashika sank, but this time we need it beforehand so parliament, as well as the people, can make informed decisions.”

Burke said it may have been a irst class election strategy but in terms of doing something about people drowning on the high seas – it was “childish”. “You don’t set a limit on capacity. The moment you do that you give people smugglers a target to ill,” Burke said. “And instead of it being a policy for ive years, by putting that limit on capacity, it’s effectively a policy for a fortnight.” Burke also said the Coalition’s choice of words in warning asylum seekers there was “no guarantee” of settlement in Australia had left the way open for just that. “You cannot leave the window open to settlement in Australia,” he said. “That gives people smugglers a product to sell, and if they have a product to sell we all know the tragic consequences that follow.” Burke said he has had discussions about a similar idea with the government in Nauru, but said he would not “rush to announcement” without thinking through the details. “Unlike the Coalition, I don’t meet with the heads of foreign countries and run off to media conferences before we’ve inalised arrangements,” he said. “There are a number of issues still under discussion and still

‘You cannot leave the window open to settlement in Australia. That gives people smugglers a product to sell.’ having details inalised.” Morrison travelled to Nauru this week to talk with the government there. He told ABC News that the Nauruan government was interested in the plan to permanently house those found to be genuine refugees. “There needs to be post-assessment accommodation of a permanent nature,” he said. “We have identiied this site some years ago and I visited again today and we’ve commenced the discussions in an informal way with the Nauruan government, on the basis that if we were elected, lagging these are the things we’d like to pursue. “And we’ve had a good level of interest to that because it would leave a positive legacy for the Nauruan people, in that this accommodation would ul-

timately be used by Nauruans in the longer term as housing.” Opposition leader Tony Abbott said the Opposition had been clear about its policies on offshore detention for more than a decade. “The Coalition’s clear policy to stop the boats has involved rigorous offshore processing in places like Nauru,” he said. “What we are saying today is that because of the crisis on our borders that Kevin Rudd created we would be prepared to rapidly ramp up the capacity of Nauru to 2000 and beyond. “But we would certainly expect as many as possible to be resettled in third countries as happened under the Howard government.” Greens leader Christine Milne has condemned the policies of both major parties, saying they are trying to outdo each other on cruelty. Asylum seekers damaged $60 million worth of infrastructure at the detention centre on Nauru during a riot earlier this month. Former prime minister John Howard first announced offshore processing on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island in 2001 as part of the socalled Paciic Solution. It was dismantled by Kevin

Rudd when Labor won government in 2007. But in 2012, an expert panel, commissioned by the Labor government, advised that offshore processing should be reopened to curb the numbers of asylum seeker arrivals. Nauru was reopened for the business of offshore detention late last year. Before the July 19 riot the Immigration Department was working towards a capacity on Nauru of 900 asylum seekers. There are currently 545 people being held on Nauru in temporary accommodation, while the buildings are repaired and rebuilt. Since the Government announced its policy of processing and settling refugees in Papua New Guinea, 17 boats carrying 1312 asylum seekers have been intercepted by Australian authorities. Meanwhile prosecutors in Nauru have dropped charges against 21 of the asylum seekers involved in this month’s riot at the Australian-run detention and processing centre. 150 of the detainees were charged after most of the centre was burnt to the ground. Nauru’s resident magistrate Peter Law said 21 men have since been discharged. - ABC

Risk of rape in PNG camps SYDNEY – A prominent Afghan politician has warned that female asylum seekers will be at risk of further violence and sexual abuse if they are sent to Papua New Guinea. Shukria Barakzai, the president of Afghanistan’s parliamentary defence committee and founder of the nation’s women’s caucus, said Australia must rethink its policy of resettling asylum seekers in PNG. Many Afghan women had already experienced violence in their homeland, and she warned that any decision to follow through in sending refugees to

PNG could damage Australia’s international reputation. “I understand that it is dangerous for the people who are travelling far away from Asia to Australia. But, in the meantime, I believe Papua New Guinea is not the right place for them,” she said. Barakzai said women and children should be exempted from being resettled in PNG, saying there were not enough facilities or safeguards to protect them. “It’s a big concern about psychology, it’s a big concern security-wise, it’s a big concern vio-

lence-wise, particularly against women and children,” she said. Barakzai said female Afghan asylum seekers could ind themselves caught between Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea, two of the most dangerous countries in the world for women. Aid group Médecins Sans Frontières has established clinics in PNG to address the widespread sexual and domestic violence, which it has described as an “epidemic” and a “humanitarian crisis”. The group has estimated that 70 per cent of PNG women will

be raped or assaulted in their lifetime, mirroring the levels of violence found during times of war or civil unrest. Barakzai has survived several assassination attempts by the Taliban and continues to campaign for women’s rights. She also knows first-hand what it is like to experience violence and discrimination, having been beaten in public during the Taliban era. She will be a candidate in next year’s presidential election in Afghanistan, despite ongoing death threats from the Taliban. - ABC

Mammoth task up to Niue AUCKLAND – Niue looks likely

to offer quarantine respite for two Burmese orphaned elephants looking for a new life in New Zealand. A mission to provide friends for a lonely elephant at Auckland Zoo has struck a hitch because of strict quarantine rules in New Zealand and a reluctance by Cook Islands agricultural oficials to risk its own biosecurity to provide a solution. The zoo has plans to import a pair of orphaned young elephants as company for its sole elephant named “Burma”, who has been on her own since the death of long-term partner Kashin four years ago. “We are really keen for her to have a family here, this is her home, this is where she is most comfortable,” said Kevin Buley, from Auckland Zoo. It is hoped two young elephants could come from Sri

Lanka, but because the country has foot and mouth disease the pair cannot travel to New Zealand directly. Instead, they must go to a third country for a quarantine period – and the Paciic islands have been seen as likely candidates for the job as most islands have no animal export industries at stake. The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries said the biosecurity risk is minimal because the elephants will be tested before they leave Sri Lanka. But the Cook Islands did not agree, having turned down the request to have the elephants quarantined here for the required three months. “The risk associated with the elephant is very, very high, mainly with the foot and mouth disease present in Sri Lanka,” said Ngatoko Ta Ngatoko, from the Agriculture Ministry.

However, Niue is more enthusiastic, having once successfully hosted an alpaca quarantine station. “It’s something we see as having fairly broad range of positive beneits for both parties, if we are able to get to the point where we are satisied that any risks are low for us,” said Niue’s Director of Agriculture, Brendon Pasis. Auckland Zoo said it would ensure the elephants are clean and healthy before they arrive in Niue. “Niue has a history already of providing third country quarantine for animals so they have a good track record. They know what’s involved and they know what risks there are, and more importantly, what risks there aren’t,” said Buley. While there is a long way to go yet, there is hope Burma could meet her new friends by next year. - TVNZ/PNC

Burma the lonely elephant is counting to niue to help her ind new friends. AMANDA BEST


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Fish caught after 13 years on the run THE PACIFIC – A bigeye tuna

has been re-captured, nearly 13 years after it was originally caught, tagged and released in the Paciic as part of a scientiic experiment. The 100kg tuna was caught 1000 kilometres east of Fiji and the tag was returned to isheries scientists in Noumea. The monitoring programme is organised by the Fisheries Division of Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) as part of a research effort to maintain the health and sustainability of the tuna ishery in the Paciic. Scientists say that 13 years on the run is close to a record period of freedom, in the tunatagging programme SPC began in the 1970s. Bruno Leroy, a fisheries scientist with SPC, says trained teams catch and release thousands of tuna after itting them with a numbered plastic tag and recording its species, size, condition, tagging date and location. “This fish is a great find,” he says. “Recovering the tags is crucial to the success of our programme because they pro-

vide information on the growth, movements, natural mortality and fishing mortality of tuna, and help us estimate the status of tuna stocks and the impact of ishing. “The fish was an old fellow, at least 15 years old, and its recapture is of great value for us as an indication of the longevity of bigeye tuna.” The tag, a conventional yellow plastic dart tag, was itted to the back of the ish in October 2000. Scientists were surprised that it was retrieved very close to its release position. The tag was found by Samuela Ratini, a crew member of Taiwanese vessel San Sai FA No 12, and recorded by the ship’s observer, Sitakio Semisi from Tonga. SPC helps train observers who are stationed on foreign tuna fishing vessels in the Paciic, where their job is to count, measure and identify all tuna taken by the vessel. Tuna fishing is the biggest industry in the Pacific, worth $5 billion per year. It provides

food, employment and income to the 10 million people living in the region. “Monitoring ish populations is a big part of keeping a check on tuna,” Bruno Leroy says. “This is the world’s biggest tuna fishery and Pacific countries have to manage the isheries to keep them sustainable. In 2006 we launched the biggest tuna tagging programme in the world. “Since then we have tagged close to 400,000 fish and over 60,000 of these have been recaptured. Recovering tags gives us information that is critical for estimating the status of tuna stocks and the impact of fishing.” Tuna can be itted with different sorts of tags – conventional plastic tags or electronic tags that record information about the tuna and the environment in which a tagged ish lives. The programme has tagged ish from Indonesian waters in the west right across to French Polynesia in the central Paciic. - SPC

Polls may be nulled PORT MORESBY – Achieving free and fair democratic elections is a big task in developing Paciic nations. And never more so in the remote highland reaches of Papua New Guinea. The problem is so major the Electoral Commission is seriously considering options available under the law to cancel and fail the 2013 Local Level Government elections in violenceridden areas of the Highlands. Chief electoral commissioner Andrew Trawen said pressure is mounting for him to exercise his powers where undemocratic and illegal activities in recent days and weeks have jeopardised the theme of free, fair and safe elections. The most likely action that would be taken by the commission is to cancel the polls in the affected Local Level Government (LLG) electorates and

provinces and withdraw the election writ. Trawen said provinces that are in the media spotlight for serious breach of elections laws include Southern Highlands, Western Highlands and Jiwaka provinces – all in the Highlands region. He said situation reports from oficers on the ground in these provinces are as follows: Most polling booths in the Poroma LLG of Nipa/Lake Kutubu Open electorate in Southern Highlands had been hijacked resulting in the burning of 18 ballot boxes in the new police barracks in Poroma. The same problem occurred in the Erave LLG of Kagua/Erave Open electorate in Southern Highlands resulting in most of the boxes hijacked and taken by candidate but were later released. In Western Highlands elec-

tion-related violence has resulted in the destruction of ballot papers and the situation is reported to be beyond control. In Mul LLG ights have been ongoing and polling has been suspended. In Hagen Urban LLG and Hagen Rural LLG – polling was postponed due to security problems with Ward 5 in Hagen Urban LLG having all its election material destroyed in electionrelated violence. In Kotna LLG candidates allegedly bought alcohol for youths and after the youths got drunk they destroyed all the marked ballot papers. In Baiyer LLG polling in two wards has been suspended indefinitely due to a flare up of election-related violence at the polling venues. In Jiwaka, ballot boxes have been hijacked in three wards. - PNC/The National

Military intervention feared SUvA – Fiji’s Attorney General

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has made a plea to sugar workers not to go on strike and save the industry from collapsing. The Fiji Sugar Workers and General Union says most of its sugar mill worker membership has voted by secret ballot in favour of pending strike action over low wages. Fiji media report that SayedKhaiyum said the government’s chief concern is the 200,000 Fijians who depend on the sugar cane industry for their survival. He said the Bainimarama government cannot allow the industry to collapse because of the actions of a minority. Sayed-Khaiyum said the government has made a substantial investment to rescue the industry from collapse and the investment has begun to turn around.

He said reforms and renewed land leases have resulted in a 5.3 per cent pay rise and improved benefits and he says workers can look forward to better job security and more opportunities as the Fiji Sugar Corporation continues to improve its performance. The union is worried that the attorney general’s statement implies that sugar plants may be taken over by the military if industrial action goes ahead. “We take this as a threat indicating possibly that we may have the military sent in to man the mills or even the sugar industry being placed under the Essential Industries Decree that would effectively disenfranchise all sugar workers from any rights whatsoever, including the right to strike,” the general secretary of the Sugar and

General Workers Union, Felix Anthony said. He says no date has been set for any industrial action and he hopes the Fiji Sugar Corporation will agree to talks to resolve differences before any planned strike action is implemented. The Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union has also complained to international labour organisations about what it describes as intimidation during a ballot over possible strike action at the nation’s sugar mills. It has written to the International Trade Union Confederation and the International Labour Organisation. Anthony says his organisation has been unhappy about the level of pressure from the Fiji Sugar Corporation management. - RNZI/PNC

a big-eye tuna has been recaptured 13 years after it was tagged near Fiji as part of a sPC tuna monitoring programme in the Paciic. PNC

Legal demands overwhelming YAREN – As Australian politicians argue over the asylum seeker conundrum – Nauru is struggling to deal with the legal aftermath of the riot by asylum seekers that caused an estimated $60 million of damage. At least 150 people were involved in the vandalism and ire at Australia’s regional processing centre and more than a hundred have been charged.

But Nauru’s chief justice, Geoffrey Eames, says the prison and police cells are overcrowded with those detained on bail. He says Nauru has limited legal aid, only a few lawyers, one prosecutor and one courtroom. Justice Eames says talks between the two governments are urgently needed if hearings are to be held in a reasonable time. “It seems to me pretty obvi-

ous that the Nauru government couldn’t be expected to cope with this and the Australian government would seem to be an obvious avenue for resources. “These are matters that have to be dealt with under our constitution both fairly and expeditiously and if that is to occur then much great resources is required than is currently available.” - RNZI


Wednesday, July 31, 2013 cook Islands News

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Murder mystery on the high seas NiNe indonesian crew members have been arrested after the dramatic interception of a runaway Taiwanese ishing vessel in Cook Islands waters. Two members of the vessel’s crew have been reported missing, and foul play is suspected by authorities. The expanse of ocean between the islands of Pukapuka and Penrhyn was the scene of the boarding by the Taiwanese coast guard (CGA) onto the Te Hung Hsing No.368, a ishing vessel that was irst reported off course on July 16 by the ship’s owner, Chuang Ching-wang. Ching-wang said his last contact with the boat was on July 15, when it was about 976 kilometres northwest of the French Polynesian port of Papeete. According to him, data from the boat's global positioning system indicated the vessel was travelling off-course in a westward direction along the equator towards Indonesia. At that point the owner suspected the boat had been hijacked, and turned to the Taiwanese coast guard for help. The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) began tracking the rogue ishing vessel on Friday in anticipation of the inter-

ception, after being briefed on the situation by the Taiwanese government. “Since the Cook Islands is one of nearest destinations after the scheduled interception, I am instructed by my government to advise the Cook Islands of the above situations and, if necessary, solicit humanitarian assistance when there is emergency that requires urgent medical treatments,” wrote a Taiwanese government oficial. “We were tracking both ves-

sels since Friday and noted the interception via our vessel tracking system, which took place on Saturday and was confirmed by the Taiwanese authorities,” said MMR secretary Ben Ponia. It was discussed by MMR and law enforcement officials whether to deploy Te Kukupa – the police patrol boat – however, due to travel time constraints, the option was declared to be unfeasible. During the interception, 10

coastguard oficers armed with riles and handguns raided the vessel, according to Taiwanese media sources. Upon boarding, the captain Chen Te-sheng and chief engineer Ho Chang-lin – both conirmed as Taiwanese nationals – were reported missing and are still unaccounted for. The vessel, along with the nine Indonesian crew members, is currently being escorted by the coast guard back to Taiwan and expected to arrive on Au-

The Taiwanese coast guard is currently escorting the rogue ishing vessel carrying nine Indonesian crew members suspected of throwing a captain and chief engineer overboard. 13073014

Taiwanese ishing vessel, Te Hung Hsing – the scene of an alleged murder and mutiny on the high seas between Pukapuka and Penrhyn. 13073012

gust 20. Yesterday, Taiwanese coast guard oficials made allegations that the Indonesian crew members threw the skipper and chief engineer overboard. “When we were first notiied by the Taiwanese authorities, the concern was that the hijacked vessel would possibly make a run for one of the nearby Islands or that for humanitarian reasons, if injuries occurred during the boarding by the Taiwanese patrol vessel, our hospital or airport would be required for medical relief,” said Ponia. “Fortunately none of these scenarios took place,” he added. Taiwanese diplomatic oficials expressed their “sincere appreciation” to MMR oficials for response to the matter. The vessel, which is registered in Taiwan, had departed the port of Nanfangao in Taiwan last January to ish for shark and swordish in the eastern Paciic. “The vessel concerned is not licensed to ish in our waters and I believe that it does not have a

ishing license to ish in any Paciic Island exclusive economic zone (EEZ),” said Ponia. According to Taiwanese media reports, the coast guard administration is planning to dispatch investigators and Indonesian-speaking immigration oficials to the ishing vessel. In a press statement issued over the weekend, the Taiwanese ministry of foreign affairs said it had requested help from France, the United States, Kiribati, New Zealand, Australia, and international organisations such as the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and Western and Central Paciic Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). The ministry said France had dispatched a helicopter to search for the ishing boat and took aerial photos. Additionally, the United States, Australia and New Zealand authorities maintained contact with the Taiwanese foreign ministry as they monitored the ishing vessel’s movements. - Emmanuel Samoglou

Amend the licence law

Dear Editor, I endorse Sensible Sam’s letter (CI News, July 29) offering a sensible, rational and logical driver’s licence proposal. While government spends millions of dollars to attract visitors, the present law makes it as awkward as possible for those who wish to hire a vehicle while holidaying here (not to mention locals who also need to stand in line to renew their local licences). To further exacerbate the situation, the administration insists on the presentation of passports before licences are issued. What demented bureaucrat dreamed up this extra

Letters imposition to compound the already ludicrous situation? Nearly six years ago (C.I. News, November 27, 2007) I wrote a letter to the editor on this same topic. Obviously the wilfully deaf politicians of the day ignored it, as they still do today. The last paragraph of that letter read: “As Dickens’ Mr Bumble said, ... the law is an ass – an idiot.’ So amend the law and let sanity prevail!” Les Priest Matavera

Number plate is missing in action How can the political leaders of this country set good examples to the younger generation about respecting the rule of law and abiding to the country's laws when Police Minister Teariki Heather continues to drive his $60,000-plus tax-funded Ford pickup with the front number plate deliberately removed? The only valid reason the number plate has been removed from this luxury Ford pickup is to minimise any further bad

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public relations. And can the Police Commissioner tell the public what action his department has taken to ensure that the number plate is placed back on the front of this huge Ford truck so that the Police Minister stops breaking the law? Until such time that our politicians are prepared to set the right example and lead from the front, convincing others to do so will always be an uphill battle. Road rules please

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Mammography machine donated to Raro EARLY detection is the key to combating cancer and at the Rarotonga hospital, the donation of a mammography screening machine will go a long way in doing just that. Last week the Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation donated a four-year-old mammography machine to the Rarotonga hospital. The machine was donated to the local breast cancer foundation by Breast Screen New South Wales. The original mammography machine broke down last year and the donation of the Phillips 3000 Nova Mammomat machine was gratefully welcomed by both the local breast cancer foundation and the Rarotonga hospital. The machine has been at the Rarotonga hospital since March and the arrival of technicians to service the hospital’s x-ray machine meant the mammography screening machine could also be hooked up by the experts. The machine was able to be transported to Rarotonga with the help and support of both the Sydney and Rarotonga ofices of Air New Zealand. This week experts from Breast Screen New South Wales are on the island to conduct breast screening for local women. With the support of Air Rarotonga, the Cook Islands Breast

Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation president Dawn Baudinet (centre) along with members of the foundation Liz Koteka, Noeline Bridge and Patricia Tuara Demmke who were proud to oicially donate a four-year-old mammography machine. It was donated by Breast Screen New South Wales to the Ministry of Health, represented by dr henry Tikaka (far right). The transport of the machine to rarotonga from australia was made possible by the air new Zealand sydney and rarotonga branches represented by local branch manager david Bridge. 13072640 Cancer Foundation has been able to bring 31 women from across the southern group island to Rarotonga for the breast screening programme that will run up until August 9. Health services manager Dr Henry Tikaka is very grateful

to the local breast cancer foundation for their dedication in seeking and receiving muchneeded resources to give local women the opportunity to care for their health. “We say a big thank you to the Cook Islands Breast Cancer

Foundation for this big assistance in helping the Ministry of Health help our local women,” says Tikaka. Air New Zealand Cook Islands branch manager David Bridge says they are always keen to support worthy causes

such as the work being done by the great Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation team led by president Dawn Baudinet. Baudinet was thrilled to see the machine inally hooked up and ready to be put to work to help save Cook Islands women

through early detection. Baudinet and the team at the local breast cancer foundation are grateful to Air New Zealand and Air Rarotonga for their ongoing support of the foundation’s work. - Matariki Wilson

Breast screening returns THE COOK Islands mammog-

raphy breast screening programme begins this week, with all women over 40 years encouraged to make an appointment. The annual screening programme is run by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation (CIBCF) with the intention of providing the best possible health care for the women of the Cook Islands. “We want all the ladies to come – the more the better,” said Dr May Aung from Rarotonga Hospital. The services of an Australian medical team from BreastScreen NSW, will again be providing the mammography services. Two radiographers, Sheila Douglas and Jennifer Broadbent began screening on Monday using the new mammography unit at Rarotonga Hospital. It is always a busy time, with Dr May saying that 25 women had been screened on the first morning alone. This includes 31 women from the southern group islands, whose air fares are provided by the CIBCF. Traditionally the breast screening programme is planned to coincide with Te Maeva Nui in order to provide services to the northern group women. Unfortunately this will not occur this year as the outer islands will not be travelling to Rarotonga. Breast physician, Dr Fran Jones, and sonographer Diane Fiore, will arrive in the Cook Islands on Friday to see any patients who have been identiied with issues from their original

australian radiographers sheila douglas (left) and Janine O’neill provided mammography breast screening to the women of the Cook Islands last year, with Douglas returning again this year. 12081504

Constitution Day Holiday Notice

Dr Fran Jones, from BreastScreen NSW, will be returning to the Cook Islands at the end of this week as part of the breast screening programme. 10080249 scans, and also to review all scans that have been taken. Further investigations in the form of ultrasound and ine needle biopsies will also take place if needed. Dr May says the screening programme runs on a two year rotation, with all women over the age

of 40 screened every two years, or yearly if they identiied as being at risk. Mammography services will also be provided to some of the islands younger patients who require diagnostic imaging. Any woman over 40 years of age who has not had a breast

screen before, or is under 40 years and experiencing breast pain, or was seen in 2011 and has not received an appointment for this year, should contact the hospital on 22664 for an appointment. - Rachel Smith

Cook Islands News will not be published on Monday August 5 . Our oices will be closed for the day. Advertising deadline is 1pm Friday August 2 for the edition of Tuesday August 6. Late and special notices can be emailed to or faxed on 25303 up to 1pm on Monday August 5. Cook Islands News management and staf hope all readers will enjoy the Constitution Day holiday.


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Kwai returns to Rarotonga THE HAWAIIAN shipping vessel

Kwai has returned to Rarotonga after a visit to the northern group. The ship pulled in to Avatiu Harbour on Monday after transporting cargo to Penrhyn, Rakahanga and Manihiki. She will be in Rarotonga until Wednesday or Thursday next week – depending on how much cargo comes in – before sailing again to the three northern islands. Kwai can carry up to 300 tonnes of cargo, but is currently close to empty after unloading

cargo from her trip to the northern group, including 12 freezers from Manihiki. The ship, which was built in Germany in the 1950s, brought around 30 passengers from the northern group – and will be taking more passengers when she leaves. Captain Evy Ben Resheph said despite rough weather on the trip to Rarotonga, the passengers and 10 crew members were in high spirits. “It was rough sailing but we had a fun trip – there was lots of singing and laughing.”

The crew includes a chef and chef’s helper, a super cargo, and an engineer as well as general crew members. The vessel will dock in the three northern islands before sailing to Kiribati and then on to Honolulu. Kwai owner Brad Ives plans to eventually turn the diesel-powered vessel into full sailing ship to save on fuel costs. One mast has already been erected towards the bow of the ship, and another will eventually be built towards the rear of the vessel. - Briar Douglas

Captain evy Ben resheph is looking forward to sailing to the northern group next week. 13073007

The Bank of the Cook Islands

The ship can hold up to 300 tonnes of cargo, and is looking for plenty more to take to the northern group. 130730044

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RARO on my mind Why should we fund Te Maeva Nui?

TE MAEvA Nui is, of course, a breathtaking display of musical and

physical talent, but it’s also so much more than that. It is the essence of the Cook Islands culture, an asset that is both internationally marketable and deeply personal. It’s a commemoration of independence and self-government, but more importantly it’s a celebration of the reasons those political strides matter. And why do they? They matter because in the face of colonisation and globalisation, the culture of the Cook Islands people remains intact. That, if you ask me, is something to celebrate. And what’s culture, anyway? When we think of culture, we envision traditional costumes and the beat of the pate, which are important expressions of culture. But it’s not exclusively about the bits we can see. Culture is a way of life. It’s learned, passed from one generation to the next. It connects you to your tupuna, because it means their interpretation of the world still continues to inform yours. Cultures tie people to their ancestors, but also to each other. People who share a culture share a mutual understanding of the way the world works, and because of that shared bond, they belong together. Cook Islanders overseas, for example, connect over their shared culture. Their environment might be different and they might be far from home, but they relate to each other. Much of the time, they continue to prepare island foods, to teach their children to dance, to attend Cook Islands Christian Churches. Once upon a time, as early people began to carve out their respective spaces in the world, they developed distinctive ways of doing things. They adapted to their environments with the resources available to them, in the process creating their own cultures that dictated the way they thought and behaved. Explains Dr Nancy Jervis, an anthropologist at the University of the State of New York: “Groups of people living in speciic ecological niches interacted with their environments over long periods of time. Given a certain degree of isolation, they developed adaptations to their environment, methods of survival, and ways of organising themselves socially, and came to share beliefs and symbols that explained their world. “They also developed a language they used to communicate with each other that enabled them to transmit learning to future generations.”

Te Maeva nui is a celebration of Cook islands culture. 12073035 The arts we see during Te Maeva Nui – performing, oral, culinary, literary, and material – are expressions of Cook Islands culture, of the way the Cook Islands people interpret and interact with the world. This is all really important stuff. It relects the Cook Islands to the rest of the world, but also back to the Cook Islands. Hymns extol the centrality of religion, the kapa rima is a window into the legends of the past, and the ute praise the Cook Islands’ perspective on love. Even the loat parade reminds us that Cook Islanders are synergistic people, who co-operate and work together to accomplish a task. All aspects of Cook Islands life – legends, politics, religion, family, language, and sport among them – appear in and through the dances we see onstage during Te Maeva Nui. The numbers, the lyrics, the parade, and the craft depict Cook Islanders as they are – strong, resilient, creative, faithful, resourceful, proud.

Cold nights for Te Maeva Nui

THOSE heading to Te Maeva Nui

night markets should rug up for the chilly evenings to come. The Cook Islands Meteorological Service is expecting the winds to turn from warm northwesterly’s to cool south-easterly’s – which will make things feel cooler than usual. The temperatures will be balmy during the day, ranging from 24 to 25 degrees Celsius – but the evenings will be a much cooler 21-22 degrees,

so remember to take your coat if you’re heading along to the night markets. Light showers saw people ducking for cover at the Te Maeva Nui opening celebrations on Monday, and no more than brief showers are expected for the rest of the week. The temperature was a pleasant 24 degrees when the first shower occurred around midday on Monday, with otherwise ine weather and calm winds apart

from a short shower around 5pm. There will be cloudy periods and some showers over the next few days, but no heavy rain is predicted. Te Maeva Nui cultural performances will be held nightly at the National Auditorium on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and during the day the BCI Trade Days will run at the National Auditorium grounds. - Briar Douglas

People ducked for cover during a brief shower during Monday’s Te Maeva nui celebrations. 13072920

Te Maeva Nui isn’t just an arts festival or a dance competition. It’s the full expression of Cook Islands culture, which binds the Cook Islands people together in a world that’s experiencing dramatic change. And besides, it’s lucrative. Te Maeva Nui is one of the Cook Islands’ premier tourist attractions. Travelers attest to its power on TripAdvisor, an open website that encourages people to post travel tips and reviews. One comment says of Te Maeva Nui: “These are the best of the best – performers and dancers, the staging, choreography, music, singing, and the performances are some of the best you’ll see anywhere. Highly recommended.” It’s critical to continue funding this phenomenal festival, and to continue bringing teams from the pa enua to Rarotonga to participate and contribute. Te Maeva Nui really is, as its name implies, the most important celebration of the year.


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Message of Appreciation Mr Archer Vivian hosking snr (also known as Papa Tinomana Tane or Papa Bear), the children, grand children, great grandchildren, great great grand child, inlaws, the hosking, Tuoro, & Kairau families would like to convey our sincere appreciation and thank you maata to everyone who visited our mum at home, in the hospital and for the support, comfort and help during our time of sorrow for her passing away: the late

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A sPECIAl ThANK YOU MAATA TO ThE: Kaumaiti of te Are Ariki Travel Tou Ariki, Mrs Tou and the Ui Ariki, Ui Rangatira, Ui Mataipo of the Cook Islands Honorable Minister Teariki Heather, Mrs heather - T & M heather ltd & staf for the food & cleaning of the Tinomana Palace grounds, a very special thank you for the preparation of the food on the day of the funeral His Excellency the Queens Representative sir Frederick goodwin, lady goodwin & staf of the government house & families Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Tom Marsters and the Cook Islands government Aronga Mana of Puaikura & families President of the CICC Rev Tuaine Ngametua & family Principal Takamoa Theological College Rev Iana Aitau and the Theological College students & families Assistant Pastor John Andrew & the Arorangi Ekalesia, special Thank you to Iro & Nono Rangi, deacons & members of the Ruaau ekalesia for the prayer services every sundays Rev Papa Aratangi & the Nikao Ekalesia Rev Ngatokorua Patia & the Avarua Ekalesia Rev Tereora Tereora & the Ngatangiia Ekalesia Rev Joe Atirai & the Titikaveka Ekalesia and a special thank you maata to Mama Orometua, Ms Naomi Iro, Mrs Noovai Tylor, Mrs TingikaTere, Mrs Kimi Tangirere & Mrs Nooke Cafery for the visits, singing and prayers with mum Father Freddy & the St Mary’s Catholic Church Bishop Pere, Mrs Pere and the membersoftheapostolicchurch,special thank you to Teokotai Teau, Papauri Pere

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and Tony Miria for your monthly visits with food and prayers Pastor Hosea Hosea and the Arorangi sDA Pastor Tangi Tangimetua, Kainuku Ariki &theRarotongaCommunityChurchand special thank you to PastorTangimetua & Kimi Taokia with the visits and prayers Ministry of Health: Doctor Aung, Dr Deacon Teapa, Dr Mary Tuke & Nurses of the Rarotonga hospital Charles Muriwai and the Cook Islands Funeral service Aunty Mau & Uncle Ngari Munokoa & family for the visits and food Te Rau Maire Performing Arts Troupe & the Oire Nikao Cultural Dance group Vaka Puaikura Cultural dance group Mr & Mrs Joe Ngamata and the Airport Authority staf The Commissioner and members of the

Cook Islands Police • The Secretary and staf of the Ministry of Justice • Opposition Leader, the executives and members of the Democratic Party • Girl Guides of the Cook Islands • Rutaki & Arorangi school Principals, PTA and students • Te Uki Ou school Principal, PTA and students • Management, Committees and members of the hospital Comfort • Management and members of the Arorangi Bowling Club • Management & Staf of CITC • Mr & Mrs Ewan Smith, Air Rarotonga managements, staf & families • Robert, Mousie Skews & family for the visits and the ish & chips on Fridays • Pae, Kafo Tuteru & family for the visits, singing and food • Mrs Ngapare Samatua & Aunty Pito Maeva for the visits, money and food • Aunty Puretu Heather & family for the visits and money • Mr & Mrs Noo Cafery & family • Aunty Tepaeru Whitta & family • Mr & Mrs John Baxter and the Baxterfamilies–Rarotonga/Aitutaki • Tamatoa Tinirau & family • Aunty Bunny for the Fruit cakes • Tuaine & Anita Heather & family • Joanna Manuela & family • Tina Pokipoki & family • Lepasi Ikimaunga & family • Ngarangi Tuavera Pittman & family • Terei and Short Families • Tata Crocombe, Rarotonga Resort and spa Management and staf • Robert Wigmore family • John Whitta and family • Management and Staf of Avarua Bakery • Puaikura Communities in New Zealand and Australia

and all the families and friends, too many to mention. To everyone who contributed by way of food, money and just being there. You are all precious in our hearts. May our loving Father in heaven continue to bless and enrich you all. Psalm 46 Verse 1: god is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. salamo 46 Irava 1: Ko te Atua to tatou Akapuanga e te Maroiroi, e tauturu vaitata roa ia kia rokoia e te tumatetenga.


Wednesday, July 31, 2013 cook Islands News

Waterfront fun with chalk art THE WATERFRONT was alive

with children, teachers and chalk last Thursday, as students created works of art on the pavement. Year Four to Six students from Nikao Maori School worked on their art based on the sponsors of Aroa Beachside Inn and T&M Heather, with teacher Tui Williams describing the day as awesome. Rennie Tamangaro was the master artist for the Aroa Beach-

side Inn group, choosing to draw images of coconut trees, the sun and tipani and tiare maori flowers, with all working together to create the inal work of art. Students enjoyed their time outside, making the most of the return of the sunshine and the sponsored snacks and drinks to keep them motivated. “I think what they enjoyed most was working together and sharing ideas,� Takitumu

School Principal Engia Pate said. The Year Six students drew the Bounty Bookshop logo, with an excellent rendition of the sailing ship. Student Jette Johnston came up with the colour scheme, saying the best part of the day for her was enjoying the drawing. The morning ended with smiling chalk covered faces, and a return to school for the last days of learning before the term break. - RS

nukutere College students are proud of their artistic chalk creation on the pavement. 13072540

Takitumu School students Martha Strickland and Jette Johnston put the inishing touches on their Bounty Bookshop logo. 13072528

Constance Napa, Samlance Taraeka and Kaienua Pera, from Nikao Maori School, created works of art based on the T&M Heather logo, and Aroa Beachside Inn. 13072526

nukutere College students were among the young people who took part in the chalk art competition. 13072543

The Bank of the Cook Islands

Making a diference in your community DATA PROCEssINg OFFICER - got an eye for detail and a mind for igures? - Keen to work in an organisation focused on helping our communities grow?

We need a friendly, professional and customer focused person to join us here at the Bank of Cook Islands in making a diference to our communities. You will need to be able to work under pressure, keeping a genuine smile on your face, and to be able to think about how you can help your client more. If this sounds like you, and you want to work in a fun environment with like minded people, and for a bank that keeps on putting back into the community, then send your CV to: Rod Fox, Manager Customer service & Marketing BCI house, Maire Nui Drive, Avarua BCI House, Maire Nui Drive, PO Box 113, Rarotonga, Cook Islands Tel: (682) 29341 Fax: (682) 29343 Email: Website:


Wednesday, July 31, 2013 cook Islands News

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PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE TO LANDOWNERS OF TUTAKIMOA TARARIKI SECTION 49F AVARUA The Tutu Tini Estate the lessee of part of the above land has arranged to sell its lease. In terms of the lease the lessee shall not assign or otherwise part with possession without the consent of the majority of landowners resident on Rarotonga. The terms and conditions of the intended assignment are set out in an Agreement for Sale and Purchase. Further details are available by contacting the undersigned on 22738. If you wish to give consent to the assignment please call at the oice of Development Holdings Limited. Should we not hear from you within 30 days we shall assume you have no objection to the assignment. John Tansley Development Holdings Limited. 72816 / /1915

BUSINESSES FOR SALE Downtown Seaview Restarurant & Bar for sale. Please call High Tide on 70031 or info@ 72844 / /2454



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Notice of Special Meeting This Thursday 1 August 2013 at 4pm at the Ministry of Marine Resources Avatiu Oice. To CIF members and ishers in Rarotonga and the Pa Enua. Agenda discussion: ‘By catch and You’. For Pa Enua members, please advise who your representative here in Raro will be to this meeting. Refreshments will be served. Don Beer, President. 72831 / /2137

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.

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TO: ThE LANDOWNERS OF AVAAVAROA SECTION 11B, TAKITUMU A meeting of the landowners in respect of the above land will be held at the Ngakoa Meeting House in Titikaveka on Wednesday 31 July 2013 at 5pm. Would all landowners please attend the meeting for the purpose of determining whether consent shall be provided to the purchasers to purchase a leasehold section on the above land. Details may be obtained from charles Little of Little & Matysik P.C. on 21619. Thank you.

A tender is hereby invited for the motor vehicle listed below: 1 x Zongzhen ZS125-15 Motorbike Registration No: AAQ482 Inspection can be arranged by contacting Andrew Reremoana on 22060, during the hours of 9am to 2pm, Monday to Friday. The highest tender will not necessarily be accepted. Tender will be close on Friday 9 August 2013 at 2pm. 72850 / /1902

SERVICES nZ qualiied builder seeking work and/or small jobs. Call Zane 58493. 72836 /33270 /1931

FOR SALE All brand new boxed items Sony dvd/cd player $160 Panasonic cordless phone $80 Telecom touch phone $180 Telecom lip phone $160 Phone 72183. 72815 /28129 /2562

Coconuts. Phone 24922. 72858 / /1903

VEHICLES FOR SALE Suzuki jeep as is for $2000 ono. For inquiries call or text 76247. 72837 /33263 /1931

Semi-auto 110cc bike. New muler, new kickstart, new battery, new back tyre. $800. Call 55618. 777


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FOUND Black wallet found outside the back entrance to CITC mainstore. Wallet has been handed in to the police station. 72833 /72833 /1931


Pool Doctor * Water testing * chlorine * P.H down * Bufer Discounted rates FREE DELIVERY Phone Tony 56599.

Come in and browse House next door to CICC Church. AMEN. Phone 28823. 72847 /33276 /1931


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Lady Mona Voy 04 On return from the North, she will load for Palmerston, Nassau, Pukapuka. Sailing 9 August 2013.For further enquiries please call 24905 or 24912. Taio Shipping Ltd.

BOWLS COOK ISLANDS 49’er Club 8th Draw 1. 452 Ngataimata c/- Mavis Teaurima 2. 165 Taa 3. 002 Frankie Pupuke Next Draw Wednesday 7 August

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Maunga Roa Voy 123 On return from Ngaputoru, she will load for Mangaia. Only sailing 31 July 2013.

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

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


The Cook Islands Red cross Society will be holding its annual general meeting on Friday 2 August at 5pm at the Cook Islands Red Cross Society Headquarter. Agenda: • Welcome and opening prayer by President • Apologies • Acceptance of new branch • Adoption of agenda • 2011 AGM Minutes • Matter arising from minutes • Presidents report • Secretary General’s report • Finance report • Branch reports • Election of oice bearer’s • Other matters • closing prayer

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

DEADLINES Deadline for next day’s classiieds is

Do you have a drinking problem? Call 71-744 72342 / /2567

Reliable Services Washing machine, fridge & chest freezer repairs (ALL BRANDS). Ring Tom NOW 70747/22808. 72719 /33118 /1931

Island Craft require an in house computer technician. Please send CV’s to the following email address: letcher@ 72753 / /1884



2 bedroom unit, Arorangi, long term. Phone 79874/21444.


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The Mortgagee of a Deed of Lease of the above land situated in Matavera, Rarotonga in the area of 1,000m² has entered into an agreement for the sale of the remainder of the term of the Deed of Lease by way of assignment. The sale is subject, among other things, to the landowners waiving their right of irst refusal in respect of the sale and (in the event of them waiving that right), the consent of the landowners to the sale by way of assignment. Should you wish to exercise the right of irst refusal as a landowner and purchase the leasehold interest you have one month from Wednesday, 24 July 2013 to notify us in writing. Details of the proposed sale, including the price, and of the purchasers are available to landowners whose names appear on the Register of Titles, on request to: Heinz Matysik at Little & Matysik P.C., Cook Islands Lawyers, Avarua, Rarotonga, Tel: 21619, Fax 21615 or email:


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Wanted domestic cleaner, Reliable & Friendly, 2 hours daily, 5 days a week. Phone Poko 24084. 72762 /33136 /1931



12 Units on the Best Beach

for swimming, snorkeling, and Sunsets With the SHIPWRECK HUT Good Occupancy, Good Cash low, Good reputation. Room to expand! Call Jim 55-510 or Jan 58973

Creative Centre Principal/Manager /



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. 72137



Public Notice The Ministry of Agriculture will start with the eradication of the Oriental fruit ly in Aitutaki from Monday 29 July 2013. As from Monday next week, the Ministry will put a stop to the movement of all fruits and vegetables to and from Aitutaki. This same restriction applies to all other islands. The Ministry of Agriculture is urging the general public to adhere to this very important notice regarding the movement of fruits and vegetables to prevent this pest from reaching the other islands. For further information call 28711.

We are looking for an experienced front line Sales Person with sound computer knowledge to join our busy team who specialize in the sales of Motorcycles, Motor Vehicles, Whiteware and Power Equipment. The main duties will include: Frontline Sales Demonstration of Motor and Power Equipment Record Keeping & Computer Data Input Maintaining Client Database Merchandising of Showroom and Front Yard Display You Must: Be outgoing, friendly and positive Be able to work in a team environment Have a Car and Motorcycle license If you think you have what it takes to be part of a great team - and want a golden opportunity to expand your product knowledge - then submit your CV to: Allister Webb – Sales Manager Cook Islands Motor Centre Ltd PO Box 74 – Rarotonga OR Email: Applications close Thursday 1 August 2013.

The Ministry of Internal Afairs has a vacancy for the position of Senior Inspector – Employment Relations within the Labour & Employment Relations Oice. If you are interested in the position, a full job description and information pack is available upon request. Please contact Eva Mapu, phone 29370 or email admin@intaf. Applications must be addressed to the Secretary of the Ministry. Applications close 1 August 2013 at 4pm.




Senior Inspector – Employment Relations Labour/ Workers Compensation/ Employers Liability


Wednesday, July 31, 2013 cook Islands News

VACANCY - MINISTRY OF JUSTICE A vacancy exists within the Ministry of Justice for six (6) months: 6x Data Entry Operators 1x Prison Oicer Job descriptions are available on request at the Corporate Division of the Ministry of Justice in Avarua. Applications for the above vacancies should be addressed to: The Secretary (vacancy) Ministry of Justice PO Box 111 RAROTONGA Or via email tvaiimene@justice. Applications will close on Friday 2 August 2013 at 4pm. 72688 /33160 /1796

WORKERS WANTED Full Time, Cook, Cleaner, Gardening, Groundsman, Reliable and Trustworthy. Enquiries to PO Box 124, Rarotonga. 72574 /33147 /2085

WORKERS WANTED Looking for a Full Time Building & Ground Maintanance Workers. Must be a Reliable,Trustworthy and Self Motivated Personnel. Able to work on the weekends & evenings. Sober habits and a non smoker is a must. Call Doreen on 25483 or 55583. 72747 / /2186


administration Oicer Rarocars Ltd has a vacancy for a varied role to include: • Day to day administration of our Hire Purchase system (including credit control) • Reception duties • Vehicle rental transactions • General accounting work accounts payable, reconciliations, data entry • Other duties as required. You will have great customer service skills, be honest and reliable, be able to work unsupervised, have experience with Word & Excel, and come to work with a positive “can do” attitude. Training will be given on our Hire Purchase system (Finpower) - it would be great if you already had skills with Quickbooks. Please email your cV to or ring Vanessa on 22060. 72702 /33178 /1902

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 Inn 22166. 72825 / /1997

Wanted live in housekeeper nanny.Phone 52595. 72834 /33265 /1931

Autism Cook Islands Ph 24065/55976

SITUATIONS VACANT Director of United Nations and Treaties Division. The Ministry of Foreign Afairs and Immigration (MFAI) is seeking a person to lead the United Nations and Treaties Division. The Director will be responsible to the Secretary of (MFAI). The Director is responsible for tracking and facilitating relevant international developments, promoting national interests in the international arena, facilitating engagement and communication with the United Nations, specialized agencies and treaty bodies. The Director will also be a member of the Management Team and would therefore be expected to contribute positively to the overall performance of the Ministry. The successful applicant should also possess strong management and leadership skills, excellent communication skills both written and spoken, the ability to observe diplomatic procedures, be a team player and have the ability to build capacity of staf. Full job description please contact: Nga Kamana on ph 29347 or email: secfa@cookislands. Please send a covering letter and cV to: The Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Afairs & Immigration or the email above. Applications close Wednesday 7 August 2013 at 4pm. 72748 /33231 /2066

CIVIL STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Minimum 10 years experience. 12 month contract. Salary negotiable. Email cV to: 72797 / /1747



The Ministry of Internal Afairs invite applications for the position of CONSUMER OFFICER. A full Job Description is available upon request. Please contact Eva Mapu, phone 29370 or email admin@ Applications close on 31 July 2013. 72486 /32992 /2039

A full time position is Vacant for an Accounting Assistant. Qualiications and Experience with inventory accounts, costings & Purchasing from Foreign suppliers mainly are preferred. Please submit your CV to Prime Foods Store if interested. Attn to: Accounts Dept Or email 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.


Ph 22336

The Business Trade Investment Board (BTIB) has a senior position open for a Business Development Oicer. The ideal applicant must be hard working with a tertiary qualiication in a relevant ield, outstanding communication skills ideal for teaching and training with an ability to network with a broad cross section of people is. A background/experience in business appraisal and lending is a must. Job descriptions are available from the BTIB oice. Written applications with a current CV may be sent in conidence to: Finance and Administration Manager, BTIB private Bag, Rarotonga or email Applications close 4pm, Friday 2 August 2013. 72635




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

Suzuki Swift, must be in good condition. Phone 55617. 72857 / /1931

TUATUA AKAMEITAKIANGA Turou e to Takitumu. Turou e taku vaka tangata. Mei Rangiatea ki Teimurimotia. Turou, turou, turou E reo tuorooro teia na Pa Marie Teariki Upokotini Ariki ia kotou katoatoa. E reo akameitakianga teia ia kotou katoatoa no ta kotou I rave ite akamaaraanga ite ra o te Ui Ariki ite ra 5 o Tiurai I teia mataiti taumano e taingauru ma toru. Kua papanunui te angaanga e kua riro ei pararaurenga anga naku e taku vaka tangata no ta kotou I rave. No to kotou ngakau maoraora e te ngakau taokotai kura riro te angaanga manea ta kout I rave ei kave ite rongo o Takitumu. Kainuku Ariki ma toou Mataiapo e to raro ia koe. Turou. Ki te Puara a Takitumu. Meitaki maata. Te Ui Rangatira katoatoa o Takitumu ma to kotou katoa, kia orana. Taku Tama Ua I roto iakoe e Takitumu, kia akameitaki ia kotou no te karere mou ta kotou I ruru mai. Kia vaio mai te meitaki o te atu ki runga ia kotou katoatoa e kia akararangi mai aia ia tatou ki tona vaerua maanaana e tuatau uatu. Otira ua Pa Marie Teariki Upokotini Ariki Takitumu.


72838 /33272 /1991

head housekeeping Supervisor

The Ministry of Agriculture is seeking to recruit a Biosecurity Oicer to work within the Biosecurity Service. We are looking for a young person aged 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.

home help wanted. Sunday and Monday For elderly lady Phone Robert 50098.

72824 / /2502

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 5 August 2013.

Biosecurity Oicer Vacancy


Has your drinking got out of control? Call 71744





animal Clinic



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

Job Opportunities 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, conidence 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: • Demi Chefs • Kitchenhands • Waiters/Waitress Please contact 55469 for any inquiries, application forms can be obtained from the Front Oice. /

Language Research and Resource Development Advisor Applications are invited from qualiied, experienced and highly motivated professionals to work within the Language and Culture Section of the Ministry, and are able to: • conduct research and advise teachers on efective pedagogy • research, review and develop community language resources • implement language promotion strategies • develop partnership with relevant stakeholders Applicants should have a sound knowledge and experience in linguistics, strengths in Maori Language and Culture, research experience and well developed communication skills including IT. The successful applicant will be required to work in all schools and consult with key resource people in the community and sector-wide partners Applications close on Friday 9th August at 3.00pm. An Application pack is available from the Ministry of Education or from the website at: Completed application forms with CV and references should be sent to: HRM Director Ministry of Education P. O. Box 97, Rarotonga Cook Islands Ph (682) 29357, Fax (682) 28357 or email vacancy@


Wednesday, July 31, 2013 cook Islands News

Bowls carnival in full swing THE 63-strong Australian bowling team is competing today at the Rarotonga Bowling Club. These are semi-serious games that can last up to four hours. So far the team has had a chance to enjoy the hospitality of Rarotonga and today they get to test their sportsmanship. The team is staying at the Edgewater Resort and Spa where they enjoyed a BBQ during the opening ceremony, and they have played at the Bowling Club as guests at the Cook Islands National Bowling Competition Ceremony. They have also had a chance to

mix and mingle with the locals and they have enjoyed a social game of bowls at the Rarotonga Bowling Club. The second day of the competition will be on today and the games will be played at the Rarotonga Bowling Club. Cook Islands Tourism Corporation has partnered with Air New Zealand, Rarotonga Lawn Bowling Club and Uplift Tours and Travel to package the bowls carnival. The tour coincides with Te Maeva Nui, and the bowlers’ itinerary includes the loat parade through Avarua.

Bowls tour guests will also enjoy a social bowls game in island attire, the local markets, a traditional church service, cruise on Muri Lagoon, and a

Polynesian ‘island night’ awards and farewell dinner. Tour host Claire McErlane, the director of Uplift Tours and Travel, saw the potential for the

bowls carnival after hosting a Probus tour two years ago. “I love the Cook Islands and I knew the bowls carnival tour could offer a unique experience

unlike anything else. Who could not love the Cooks?” she said. And on that note, let the games begin. - Sahiban Kanwal

TUATUA AKAMEITAKIANGA Te akameitaki atu nei maua ko toku tokorua e ta maua nga Tamariki ki te pu tapere, tiakono o Takuvaine e pera Katoa ki te au taeake tei tae mai kite ee’uanga toka (Unveiling) o Tom Cuthers (son) Aketaau Kimiangatau Cuthers (Mother) Kua rave iatu te reira i te Maanakai 27 Tiurai 2013, Ei muri ake kua rave ia tetai manga kapu tea ki Mel street, Ruatonga. Te oronga atu nei matou, te kopu tangata I tetai aka meitakianga kite Mema Paramani hon Mark Brown no tana aka tauturu, te taime o te tumatetenga. Thank you Maata. Aere, Katoa atu ta matou akameitakianga ki toku taokete vaine, e te taokete tane e ta korua anau e pera Katoa te au taeake tei tauturu mai. Thank you all From Mr & Mrs Teokotai Cuthers. Me e manga takaviri tetai I te unveiling, te tatara apa atu nei au. Thank you. T.C Te rauka nei iaku, toku tokorua, te anau e te kopu Tangata katoatoa e rua no ta kotou au tauturu, te moni, te kai e te au tuatua akapumaana e te akamaroiroi ia matou i to matou tumatetenga i te takakeanga to matou tuaine ko



Teariki Tinirau) i sydney Australia, ta tona au taeake i matou it e kapiki ‘’Ko KARU’’ Meitaki maata no ta kotou tu Aroa e te tauturu. Akameitakianga takake: • Arorangi Ekalesia CICC • Orometua John Andrew, Ana & Family • Te Pu Tapere e te Tiakono Akaoa, Ruaau, Betela e Rutaki • hon Tom Marsters & Family • hon Teariki heather & Family • Mema smiley heather & Family • Apostolic Church, New life Church, sDA Church & The Mormon Church • Marie & Kimi Taokia and family • Tuaputa Family • Iro & Nono Rangi & Family • Mr & Mrs Nga Ritua & Family • Tapu Andrew & Family • highland Paradise • Jojo heather & Family • David & Metua samuel & Family

• Rangi Dean & Teariki Purua & Family • Rangi & Noo Tiria george & Family • linda & Nga Mataora Kore & Family • Rangi, Pokoroa Pauka & Family • Tamarua Family, heimata • Mere & Tapi Taio Family • P.K Family • Pokipoki Family • Poko Pirangi & Family • Rangi & Danny Kelly & Family • Tara, Joan & Ngaau Family • Nooroa Robert Tuoro & Family • Vaimotu Family • Mataa Dean & Family • Pakau Tokerau Family • Tina Tamaka & Family • Cathy & Nuku Rangi & Family

salamo 51: E Aroa mai koe iaku e te Atua e, I toou ra takinga meitaki, no te maata o toou ra aroa, E taparapara koe i taku nei au ara. special ThANK YOU maatamaata to Mrs to Mrs Tua Fariu & Family (Mama sue!!) Who stood beside us in our time of grief. having you all with us made us feel like Vaine is still here. To the many families & Friends whom we may not have mentioned, Words cannot express how much we thank you all and appreciate all your support. god Bless you all

Tinirau Family & Tuake & Pirangi Family, Tuakanga & solomon Pirangi.

Visiting australian players look on as the game progresses. 13073009

The visiting lawn bowls team at the opening ceremony at the rarotonga Bowling Club. 13073010


Members of the bowling club engaging in some downtime dancing. 13073008

Dearest Dad

Whom we give our creator & god many thanks for giving life that has ordained time. Congratulations for reaching a mile stone today... We are allwishingyouaveryhappyhappyBirthdayandagreethatyou dolookgreatat70!Thankyouforalwaysbeengenerouswithyour timeandmoneyandmostofallThankgodyourourDad.Welove youalways&forever.Yourlovingwife,Mauandchildren-Mii&Tea, Martha,Aka&children,Macanandiftheywereheretheywould think the same - Colin & Batesepa

happy 70th Birthday to our favourite

grand-Dad & Vouvou!!

We are all wishing you a very happy happy birthday and most of all we wish you many more years of happy memories and laughter! We love you very much. TodayBasilpromisestolistentoyouforonce,DadiBoy&lucywill makesurethathedoes,Pokowilltrytomakebirthdaybreakfastwith Marion’shelpandElijah,Peggy&Barrymightjustarriveintimeto do the dishes from dinner. Whatevertheoutcome,nofouryoungsoulswouldbehappierthan Colin‘Bubu’,Briseis,leila&Williamthattheyallgettosharethis milestone with you. With so much love xxx


In loving memory of our dear

Papa Ngari Vaetoru who left us 6 years today. You are never far from our thoughts. Especially today as we celebrate a birthday milestone we wish you were here also. With cherished memories forever in our hearts. We love you From your loving wife, Mama Teretina, in Auckland and all your children, grand-children & greatgrand children. Love also from your brothers & sisters, nieces & nephews here and a far. APPRECIATIONS

To our dear brother



70th Birthday

MayourheavenlyFathercontinuetograceyourpathway withhislightandmayyou continuetoseekhimforthe days of your life. We are all blessed to be here to share your special day. We love you. god Bless Fromallyourbrothers&sisters,yourcousins,nieces&nephews,uncles& aunties&KaumatuasfromRakahanga,Manihiki,Rarotonga, New Zealand, and Australia.

“Weacknowledgewithgratitudeandheartfelt appreciation,ourthankstoourparents,steveand EricaAndersonforsupportingajoyouswedding ofoursister.Thankyouforassistingwithsuchan amazingdayandforprovidingtheplatformfor ourimmediatefamilytocometogether.Although itmaynotalwaysbeobvious,wethinkandcare aboutyoualot.Youhaveenduredandsacrificed alotforusinouryearsgrowingup,thatmost peoplecan’tseeorappreciate.Butknowthatwe appreciatetheextentandlengthsyouwentto,to ensure we were safe, loved and got the best things in life. love from Tumaru, Mark, Rachel and Aaron”


Wednesday, July 31, 2013 cook Islands News

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Issued at 2pm at Rarotonga Situation: A trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain remains slow moving over the Northern Cooks. An easterly wind low prevails over Southern Cooks. Forecast to midnight for the Southern Cooks: Cloudy periods with brief showers. Moderate east to southeast winds. Moderate seas. Moderate southeasterly swells. Further outlook: Brief showers. For Rarotonga: Cloudy periods with brief showers. Further outlook: Brief showers. For the Northern Cooks: Occasional rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms over most places, easing to showers tomorrow. Moderate east to northeast winds. Moderate seas.Moderate southeasterly swells. Further outlook: Brief showers.

humidity 31



By lee Falk & sy Barry


Weather Forecast to Midnight


By Dik Browne











Forecast thanks to Cook Islands Meteorological Service.


Rarotonga Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Forecast Map 2pm Wednesday

Wed high 3.57AM 0.84M 4.30PM 0.73M


1.1m SW

Low 10.28AM 0.35M 10.33PM 0.39M


Thu high 4.53AM 0.80M 5.30PM 0.70M


Low 11.27AM 0.38M 11.30PM 0.41M


Sun, Moon & Arapo

Se 06KTS new Moon aug 6 9.51PM

First Quarter aug 14 10.57AM

Full Moon aug 21 1.45AM

Sunshine hours

Third Quarter aug 28 9.35AM


ArApo - AkAoti tAngAroA wed 31 Tanu (Planting)

Wed sun rise 7.11AM sun set 6.20PM


Moon rise 2.18AM Moon set 1.38PM

Thu sun rise 7.10AM sun set 6.21PM


1.1m SW

TauTai (Fishing)

Tanu i te kumara, taro & Po no te o’onu. akarava u’i. Plant kumara, taro to tautai Koura te ika. night for the lagoon. & yams. Netting and ishing for crayish and ish.

Moon rise 3.08AM Moon set 2.24PM

Front Key:




1.3m Se


Swell direction and size


Outer Islands Weather Outlook Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Aitutaki

25° Se 06KTS


23° Se 05KTS


23° Se 05KTS



23° Se 05KTS

29° Se 08KTS


23° Se 05KTS


Wednesday, July 31, 2013 cook Islands News

Bowls carnival in full swing



—PAGE 14

Electrifying college sevens today THIS year’s CIPS under 15 col-

lege sevens tournament is set to be a competitive event, with Rarotonga-based colleges receiving expert coaching leading up to the tournament. The tournament will be held at the Tupapa field kicking off at 12pm and six boys teams and three girls teams. For this year’s tournament, Cook Islands Rugby Union welcomes Papaaroa College from the village of Titikaveka who have already had a hit-out match against their neighbours, Titikaveka College. Also joining this year’s competition for the first time is a Mauke College team made up of locally-based scholarship students and those with blood ties to Akatokamanava Enua. The Rarotonga-based colleges have received coaching support from Auckland Rugby Union sevens coach Paul Feeney and Trainer Brad Anderson together with extra coaching support from their village clubs.

With the rugby currently inseason and some teams having pre-arranged hit outs with the other colleges – expect some ierce competition this year. This is set to be a fun-illed day with electrifying sevens action so get along to Tupapa ield for all the action. Tomorrow will see the CIPS under 17 college sevens tournament for senior students. The under 17 is a new age grade category developed to continue to build pathways from home for talented local rugby players. This tournament, for both boys and girls, will be staged again at the Tupapa ield and will include six boys teams and two girls teams. This tournament also kicks off at 12pm and will be another action-packed day of youthful rugby sevens. volunteers to help with refereeing and officiating will be welcomed for both tourna- MW ments.

Electrifying sevens action is on ofer today at the Tupapa ield where boys and girls rugby sevens team from colleges around the island will gather to take part in the CiPs-sponsored under 15 college sevens tournament. 12103136

103kg ish haul in comp U15COllEgE7sTOURNAMENT COOKIslANDsPRINITNgsERVICEs

THE ANNUAL Rarotonga Open

ishing competition was run last Saturday after being postponed due to high seas. The competition is open to all ishermen on Rarotonga and this year two non-members entered along with 13 club boats. Although ishing conditions were a little rough on Saturday, results were once again disappointing with a total weight of only 103.8kg being landed by

six boats. Tuna were noticeably absent. Marlin Queen placed irst in the heaviest ish category with an 18.8kg wahoo, while the crew of Hot Chilli Mae landed a 17.8kg wahoo to take out second place. Trader Don’s 11.8kg wahoo landed him in third place in the heaviest ish category. In the aggregate weight category – Akura Fishing Chargers

landed a total of 31.2kg of ish namely two maimai. The crew of Bobi Marie hauled in a total of 24.4kg of fish to place second while the Bonito crew’s 3.7kg maimai took out third place. The competition was generously sponsored by Rarotonga Welding Steel and Construction, C.I. Marine, Trader Don, Motor Centre, Mooring Cafe, Seafari Charters, Michigan Mo-

tors, Marlin Queen Charters, Jen and Wayne Barkley, Maui Queen, Akura Charters and Reel Time. Several prizes have been held over till the next comp – the annual Gary Parlour. The club sincerely thanks these sponsors. Prize giving was officiated by weighmaster Rob Coote and Ru’s band once again provided entertainment. - CigfC

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POOl Pool A Pool B gIRls Pool A Pool B gIRls Pool A Pool B gIRls semi's semi's FINAl FINAl

TIME 12noon Tereora 12.17pm Mauke 12.34pm Tereora 12.51pm Tereora 1.06pm Mauke 1.23pm Tereora 1.40pm Nukutere 1.57pm Titikaveka 2.14pm Nukutere 2.31pm Pool A1st 2.48pm Pool A2nd 3.05pm girls 1st 3.23pm W g10

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School holiday soccer for kids

WITH the school holidays in full swing, the Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) will be holding a two hour fun-packed soccer programme with games and activities for children aged ive to thirteen years. This will be held at the CIFA complex in Matavera from 10am to 12pm on Thursday. The CIFA technical staff along with the ‘Just Play’ program will be in fun overdrive mode and get youngsters kicking, dribbling, passing and most of all enjoying their time with soccer. “We are looking forward to hosting the youngsters to two hours of fun soccer games and activities,” says CIFA development oficer Tahiri Elikana. “Kids, put your favourite soccer player jersey on or team jersey and be ready for some challenges of small sided games with your friends.”

Cook Islands Football recently completed a six-week ‘come and play’ programme that was aimed at encouraging children to play soccer, engage in physical activity and to encourage technical development and enjoyment of the sport. Also joining in the soccer action, the Just Play programme will provide the little ones with fun activities. Tomorrow’s school holiday programme will be providing junior footballers the opportunity to play small sided games while showing their peers what they think soccer is all about for them, scoring goals and their fancy footwork. CIFA will be providing a free bus pick-up and drop-off service with Cook’s Island Bus Passenger Transport Ltd for the kids, going clockwise and anti-clockwise around Rarotonga.

So parents and guardians please take your kids to the pickup so they can have soccer fun at the CIFA complex. Kids, come and have fun playing soccer with your friends and make new friends at the CIFA complex in Matavera tomorrow. - CIFA Media

Anti-clockwise bus pick up and drop off – 9.05am-Avatea S ch o o l , 9 . 1 5 a m -A r o r a n g i School, 9.18am-Seanco Kavera, 9.20am-Rutaki School, 9.24amWigmores, 9.30am-Kent Hall, 9.35am-Imanuela Bus Stop, 9.40am-Muri Meeting House, 9.42am-Kia Orana Store. Clockwise bus pick up and drop off – 9.25am-Runway Store, 9.30am-Avatiu Meeting House, 9.35am-Takuvaine Meeting House, 9.38am-Tupapa Meeting House, 9.43am-Super Brown, 9.45am-Manea Foods O’oa.

school holiday soccer activities and games at the CiFa complex in Matavera.


Nukutere Titikaveka Nukutere Papaaroa Rakei Toa Papa/Titi Papaaora Rakei Toa Papa/Titi Pool B2nd Pool B1st girls 2nd W g11

Wednesday 31 July  

News, Sports and Opinion from the Cook Islands News for Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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