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Consultation crucial for solar project MeMbers of the Pukapuka community are looking forward to having more solar power in the future, but leaders are emphasising the community needs to have the inal say. Four million dollars from Japan has been earmarked for implementing renewable energy systems in rakahanga, Pukapuka and Nassau – islands chosen because they were seen as being most in need of solar power. The plan for solar power on these three islands has already been designed by Australianbased Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT), and a Japa-
nese company will eventually supply and install the equipment. Acting executive oficer of the Pukapuka Island Council Lewu Katoa said he thinks the upcoming solar projects will be good for the island, as long as the Pukapuka community continues to be consulted. “They (overseas companies) don’t just come and decide (what to do). We want the whole island to be involved.” He said so far the Island Council and the wider Pukapuka community has been consulted, such as about where
the solar power hub should be located. While they have not yet given inal approval of for the project to go ahead, he said there is plenty of support for the project in the community and he expects there to be further consultation soon. President of the Pukapuka community on rarotonga Makirere Poila said the government and the overseas companies involved with the project need to wait for the approval of the community before the project goes ahead. “This is reserved land, this is
culture. They must wait for the village to make the agreement irst. They don’t just come and grab the land.” Amelia borofsky of Te Ulu o Te Watu Training Institute in Pukapuka said she would like to see an education and training levy on all infrastructure projects. “ This would mean that all large-scale development projects would have to include a component of training and upscaling local workers,” she said. “The solar Project for the northern group is a multimillion dollar initiative that
has large beneits for the Japanese investors. I hope the solar project will include hiring and training local workers in Pukapuka, Nassau and the other islands. “The contractor should also have a local community liaison who understands the community within which these outside groups work with,” she said. Katoa said people in Pukapuka currently use the solar equipment that was installed in the 1990s, but it is generally only used for lighting. While he said the community is well equipped to look after the
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equipment once it is installed, the previous solar system has been expensive for households to maintain, including purchasing batteries. Poila said the new project will be beneicial to the island, offering a central hub of solar power for households to tap into, rather than each individual household being responsible for maintaining their own equipment. He said he hopes the government will maintain the central solar hub on the island. “With the old (solar projects), they left it to the individual to look after it. I think this one will be good because it will put it all together in one place.” - Briar Douglas
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Stunning Vaka Puaikura mapu led the way in the district’s outstanding ura pau (drum dance) performance at the irst night of the Te Maeva Nui cultural shows on Wednesday night. The proud sporting village dedicated their pulsating and fun illed ura pau to their prowess in winning the annual Queen’s Birthday Kumete Sports day competition. There were marching moves, a soft rubber shot put ball thrown into the crowd and certainly lots of pride and fun on stage by the enthusiastic team. Mapu lead Maeva Nui performances, page 8 & 9
THe CooK Islands will receive the largest portion of a solar scheme in the Pacific by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). ADB’s Paciic Update report for 2013 details solar projects in ive Paciic Island nations. In the Cook Islands, the bank will be providing solar street lights as part of a $532,997.93 energy eficiency scheme, as well as supporting a technical and feasibility study for a 6 megawatt solar system. This is the largest portion of ADB’s overall 7.7 mega-watt solar scheme in the Paciic. The proposed project would generate an estimated 8.6 gigawatt hours per year and give Cook Islands utility staff experience in integrating solar and other renewable energy sources into the grid. The bank is also contributing to renewable energy projects in other parts of the Pacific, including Tonga, Yap state in the Federated states of Micronesia, Samoa and Vanuatu. - PV Magazine/BD
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Red alert for turtle burger A MAN has attempted to smuggle his pet turtle through airport security in China by hiding it in a hamburger. The man known only as Li was lying out of China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to the capital Beijing. As his luggage was inspected, airport security oicers noticed a KFC hamburger package he had stashed in his carry bag was moving. The turtle was discovered in between two burger buns. Li said he hatched the odd plan as he wanted to travel with his “beloved” turtle. Despite his affection for the animal, Li agreed to leave his pet with a friend while he was away in Beijing.
Election a ‘huge farce’ Mugabe claims win amid claims a million voters kept from polls HArAre – Zimbabwe’s elec-
tion was a “huge farce”, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said, alleging vote-rigging by rival President robert Mugabe’s camp. Tsvangirai said the presidential poll was “null and void”. The largest group of election observers described the vote as “seriously compromised” and said up to a million Zimbabweans were prevented from voting. Mugabe’s party, which is claiming a victory, denied the accusations, saying the voting
world brIeFs DISGRACED POLITICIAN REMAINS IN OFFICE ITALY – Italy’s supreme court has upheld a prison sentence given to former PM Silvio Berlusconi for tax fraud. When he was convicted last October, he was sentenced to four years in prison but this was automatically reduced to a year under a 2006 pardon law. Berlusconi faces house arrest or community service instead of going to jail because of his age. He is 76. However, the court ordered a review of a ive-year ban on public oice that was part of the original sentence that will enable Berlusconi to remain as a senator and as leader of his centre-right People of Freedom Party for now.
MARIJUANA BILL WORRIES OPPONENTS URUGUAY – The International Narcotics control Board (INcB) says it is concerned by the approval by Uruguayan MPs of a bill which would legalise marijuana. The INcB says the law would “be in complete contravention to the provisions of the international drug treaties to which Uruguay is party”. Under the new law, the state would assume control of growing and selling cannabis to registered users. The bill still needs to be passed by Uruguay’s senate before becoming law. The supporters of the measure argued that the ight against drugs and drug traicking had failed, and the country needed “new alternatives”. The vote comes amid ierce debate about drug legalisation in Latin America.
LEAKER SLIPS OUT OF MOSCOW AIRPORT RUSSIA – US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has thanked Russia for granting him temporary asylum, allowing him to leave the Moscow airport where he has been holed up since June. The US has charged Snowden with leaking details of its electronic surveillance programmes. Washington has expressed its “extreme disappointment” at Russia’s decision. White House spokesman Jay carney said they were considering whether a meeting between US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in September should go ahead. Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said the former cIA contractor had left Sheremetyevo Airport for an undisclosed destination.
EVIDENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGING IMPACT GREENLAND – New data from Greenland ice cores suggest North America may have sufered a large cosmic impact about 12,900 years ago. A layer of platinum is seen in ice of the same age as a known abrupt climate transition, US scientists report. The climate lip has previously been linked to the demise of the North American “clovis” people. The data seem to back the idea that an impact tipped the climate into a colder phase, a point of current debate. Rapid climate change occurred 12,900 years ago, and it is proposed that this is associated with the extinction of large mammals such as the mammoth, widespread wildires, and rapid changes in atmospheric and ocean circulation.
went smoothly. The 89-year-old president was running for a seventh term. The Zimbabwe electoral Commission (ZEC) has ive days to declare who won the poll. Unofficial reports suggest candidates from Mugabe’s Zanu-PF have done well in the parliamentary election, which was also held on Wednesday. extra police units, some in riot gear, have been deployed in the capital, Harare. Legal challenges are now likely to follow, but much will depend on whether Zimbabwe’s neighbours endorse the poll. speaking at the headquarters of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party in Harare, Tsvangirai said: “our conclusion is that this has been a huge farce. “The credibility of this election has been marred by administrative and legal violations which affected the legitimacy of its outcome. It’s a sham election that does not relect the will of the people.” some international observers have praised the conduct of the election. but the largest group of domestic observers, the Zimbabwe election support Network (ZesN), said the voting was compromised. ZesN chairman solomon Zwana said the organisation remained “concerned about some cases of irregularities that have occurred in some areas”. It claims that up to one million of the country’s 6.4 million eligible voters were prevented from casting their ballots. Zanu-PF’s senior members were already celebrating their victory. Zanu-PF’s information secretary, rugare Gumbo, said observers from several countries were all satisied with the conduct of the election. - BBC
Zimbabwe’s long-standing president Robert Mugabe is claiming victory over rival Morgan Tsvangirai in the nation’s presidential election despite likely legal challenges after claims of vote-rigging and other ‘irregularities’. AFP
Facing ‘hell for eternity’ CLeVeLAND – one of three women held in an ohio home for a decade has told their captor he will “face hell for eternity”, as he was jailed for life. Michelle Knight, 32, wept as she delivered her victim impact statement before Ariel Castro. The 53-year- old former school bus driver, who was imprisoned for life without parole plus 1,000 years, told the court he was not a monster. The court heard he kept his victims chained up and repeatedly raped them. The captives, Knight, 32, Amanda berry, 27, and Gina DeJesus, 23, were rescued in May after one of them escaped from the Cleveland home.
Passing sentence on Thursday, Judge Michael russo told Castro there was no place in the world for people who enslave others. Knight told how their captor went to church every sunday, before coming home to “torture” the women. “I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning,” she said. “You will face hell for eternity. “From this moment on, I will not let you deine me, or affect who I am. I will live on, you will die a little every day.” she was the only victim to speak at the hearing. Castro then made a rambling statement to the court in which
he blamed his sex addiction and the FbI for not properly investigating the kidnappings. “I believe I am addicted to porn to the point that it really makes me impulsive and I just don’t realise what I’m doing is wrong,” he said. He told the court that he had been “driven by sex”, adding: “I’m not a violent predator, I’m not a monster, I’m a normal person. “I’m just sick. I have an addiction, just like an alcoholic has an addiction.” He said he never planned to abduct the women, but acted on the spur of the moment when he kidnapped his irst victim. - BBC
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ALL OUT OF SYNC? TIME TO GO CAMPING USA – Researchers say that camping for a week can reset the biological clock that governs our sleeping patterns. The scientists argue that modern life disrupts our sleep through exposure to electric light and reduced access to sunlight. But after spending time in the great outdoors, the researchers say the body clocks of eight volunteers synchronised with sunrise and sunset. All life forms on earth have evolved biological rhythms that anticipate sunrise and sunset, the report in the journal current Biology states. Researchers have found that the widespread availability of electric lighting from the 1930s onwards has afected our internal circadian clocks, allowing us to stay up much later than evolution intended.
Today’s Daily bread And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
Matthew 7:21-29 read: read: John 14:1-7
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A Japanese celebrity poses for a photo session at the opening of a dinosaur exhibition at the Marunouchi building in Tokyo this week. The 18-day exhibition features nine dinosaur skeletal models from the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum collection. AFP
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Inquiry into refugee camp abuse Diiculty identifying all alleged abusers at PNG detention centre CANberrA – Australia’s Immigration minister Tony burke says not all of the alleged perpetrators of abuse within the Manus Island detention centre have been identiied. In recent days, a whistleblower who worked at PNG’s Manus Island centre has raised allegations of rape and torture
inside the facility. burke has told AbC’s Lateline he had met a number of people in connection to the allegations, and there would be an announcement soon about the progress of an investigation. He says some of the alleged perpetrators of abuse are now being held in Australia.
paciic BRIEFS MEETING ‘REINVENTING’ ISLANDS FORUM FIJI – The director of Fiji University’s Centre for International and Regional Afairs says an inaugural Fiji-led Paciic Island gathering next week is clearly intended to re-invent the Paciic Islands Forum without Australia and New Zealand. The three-day Paciic Islands Development Forum succeeds Fiji’s Engaging with the Paciic meetings set up by Fiji following its suspension from the Paciic Islands Forum. China, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates are among those funding the meeting in Denarau. Professor Richard Herr says the three-day gathering is intended as a rival to the Paciic Islands Forum. Fiji’s Foreign Minister says the 23 Paciic countries attending will be able to discuss their own challenges and formulate solutions free from outside interference.
REFUGEE DEAL CHALLENGED IN COURT PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Papua New Guinea’s opposition leader, Belden Namah, has re-submitted his court challenge to the government’s decision to allow Australia’s detention centre on Manus Island. The opposition’s court challenge was iled yesterday as the irst 40 asylum seekers arrived on the island under the new policy for dealing with would be refugees. The reference basically asks the court to rule that the MOU signed by PNG and Australia is unconstitutional and should be scrapped. Namah wants the court to declare that the arrangement is contrary to the constitutional rights of the asylum seekers to personal liberty. The matter will go to court on Monday for a directional hearing.
INQUIRY INTO EAST SEPIK PMV ACCIDENT PAPUA NEW GUINEA – The police commander in Papua New Guinea’s East Sepik says his investigators are waiting for a mechanical report before taking any action over the worst vehicle accident in the province. 11 people were killed and 23 injured when a PMV, or public motor vehicle, crashed last Friday morning on its way into Wewak. chief superintendent Joseph Poma says that is more than the annual number of road deaths that typically occurs in the province. Poma says they are not yet sure what caused the crash. “The driver is claiming that it was brake failure. We also suspect that it could be the driver at fault because of the load coming down, he was on high speed, he may have panicked a bit and lost control of the vehicle.”
FAILED DOPE TEST AFTER 8-0 DRUBBING FRENCH POLYNESIA – The football governing body FIFA says a Tahiti player failed a doping test at the Confederations Cup in Brazil. FIFA did not identify the player or details of the violation. However, Radio 1 in Tahiti says the player suspected of doping is Vincent Simon. The player’s sample was taken after Tahiti lost 8-0 to Uruguay in June. FIFA says the player has been provisionally suspended for 30 days. FIFA said the player and the Tahitian Football Association have two weeks to collect evidence and submit a statement to the governing body.
REPORT OF DEATH IN PAPUA CRACKDOWN WEST PAPUA – A man has been shot dead amid an exchange of gunire in the Puncak Jaya region of Indonesia’s Papua province. Tabloid Jubi reports the head of Papua Police, saying that police had been deployed to the area to deal with armed criminal groups. Several Papuans are reported to have been injured and one killed in the shooting exchange in Mulia District. It is the same area where reports from rights activists and church groups in May claimed that up to forty Papuans had been executed in a mass killing by Indonesian security forces. The reports were dismissed by Indonesian authorities but a reported increase in the security forces deployment in the area is being linked to casualties.
VOLLEYBALL STARS AWARDED MEDALS FIJI – A Fijian academic in New Zealand says the Australian and New Zealand policies on Fiji are slowly changing, as they are under pressure from the business community. Steven Ratuva from the Centre for Paciic Studies at the University of Auckland says both countries applied for observer status at the Paciic Development Forum in Fiji next week, which shows they don’t want to further miss out on inluence in the region. Australia’s opposition coalition has signalled it would make a change to its policy on Fiji should it win the upcoming election. Steven Ratuva says Australia has faced increased pressure to do so with a general election looming. However, Ratuva says New Zealand risks embarrassment with an abrupt change and likely to evolve slowly.
“We don’t have names for all the people. For the people who have been identiied to me, the information that I’ve received is that they are now in detention within Australia, away from the individual who is the alleged victim,” he said burke says another of the alleged victims has voluntarily returned to his country. “so that part of the claim will be very difficult to ever deal with,” he said. “There is another person who is in Australia where there’s particular attention being given to making sure that he’s not in contact with any of the other people who are alleged to have potentially done this to him.” burke says police were called in over the alleged abuse but one of the alleged victims declined to make a statement. “There is a whole context around that which has to be sensitively unpicked, in a context which is not unusual in sexual assault cases,” he said. “so it’s not something that I’m rushing with. I’m dealing with it sensitively, I’m working it through.” Australia has announced the first asylum seekers under its new offshore settlement policy have been moved to Papua New Guinea after all the original detainees were moved out in recent weeks. on Thursday a group of predominantly Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers from the Christmas Island detention centre arrived on Manus Island. burke said it showed the government was “serious” about its policy not to resettle asylum seekers who arrive by boat in Australia. With a general election looming, burke told Lateline that the government was not in any “race to the bottom” with the opposition coalition on who could deliver the harshest policy. “I’m not in that race. So if there’s somebody in that race, they’re not racing against me.”
‘There is a whole context around that which has to be sensitively unpicked in a context, which is not unusual in sexual assault cases.’ He said if the government wanted to deliver the harshest policy there would be other things it could be doing. “I’m not aiming for that. If I was aiming for that then I wouldn’t be doing what I’ve said – which is I’m not ready to send children there at the moment, I’m not willing to send family groups, because I don’t believe the conditions are appropriate,” he said. “My priority on this is simple – all the different things that have been tried to give out a very strong message, that trying to be as tough or as cruel or however you want to describe it, doesn’t make a difference,” he said. “even knowing that people might drown on the high seas doesn’t make a difference. “The one thing I believe might make a difference is whether or not you take away the product that people are actually paying for.” “People smugglers no longer have a product to sell. There is no point getting on a boat anymore.” He was referring to the ability of people smugglers to sell the concept of easy entry into Australia and the promise of an Australian lifestyle. The government has been criticised for showing footage of asylum seekers breaking down in tears upon hearing that they would not be resettled in Australia. burke says he is not proud of
The irst group of 40 asylum seekers have arrived in Manus Island under the new deal where no refugees arriving by boat will be able to settle in Australia. DIAC the footage. “It’s something which, if it were only for a domestic audience in Australia I would never allow to be released. Never,” he said. “but we are in a situation, we’re trying to reach the people in the pipeline before they board a vessel – and we’ve had no shortage of drownings, including on my watch.” burke said the temporary centre at Lombrum will be expanded to 2000 beds from its current capacity of 500. A proposed permanent centre will also be built for 1000 people instead of the previously planned 600.
More than 1300 people have already arrived in Australia since the government announced the new deal with the Papua New Guinea government. The first transfer comes as P NG prime minister Peter o’Neill outlined the costs of major projects Australia has agreed to fund as part of the deal. Australia has agreed to fund several major infrastructure projects in the country, including upgrades to a hospital, a highway, a university and the country’s courts. o’Neill said the costs of the projects would exceed $750 million, with Australia paying almost $500 million. - ABC
Tension mounting in Tuvalu FUNAFUTI – Tuvalu is facing
a constitutional crisis with the country’s prime minister and governor general both making orders to remove each other from ofice. Governor General Iakoba Italeli has ordered that Prime Minister Willy Telavi be removed from his position. In response Telavi has ordered that Italeli be removed from his ofice as governor general.
Italeli has also ordered that parliament sit to allow a vote of no-conidence in Telavi and his government to take place. Tuvalu’s speaker of parliament on Wednesday blocked the country’s opposition from tabling the no-conidence motion after Health Minister Taom Tanukale resigned from parliament. speaker Kamuta Latasi said the house would be in recess
until a by-election could be held. The governor general has issued a proclamation removing Prime Minister Telavi and appointing the opposition leader enele sopoaga as caretaker prime minister. The governor general has sent letters to all members of parliament and the police commissioner announcing his action. He has also ordered parliament to meet and that is now
underway. Telavi earlier made a public announcement that he would be removing the governor general. opposition member of parliament Taukelina Finikaso says his group is conident the no-conidence motion has majority support in the 15-seat parliament. “We have the eight members solidly as one, very conident,” he said. - RNZI/PNC
Electoral system needs an overhaul PorT VILA – There are calls for a complete overhaul of Vanuatu’s electoral system after the release of a report on last year’s national election. Transparency Vanuatu’s says the problems range from large scale fraud involving proxy votes to a lack of transparency during vote recounts.
The report also shows major flaws with voter registration, estimating nearly 40 per cent of eligible voters were either invalid, disallowed or fraudulent. Transparency Vanuatu’s president says the entire electoral system needs to be reviewed. “The politicians are used
to the system the way it operates and they have found their way around it,” Marie-Noelle Ferrieux-Patterson said. “every time we speak about electoral reform we get the opposition of everyone, because they all have their little system in place and they know how to get what they want.”
Vanuatu’s elections were held in october last year, the 10th elections held since the country’s independence in 1980. The report’s findings were made after Transparency Vanuatu observed the election process in Port Vila and efate constituencies. - ABC
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Media’s role vital for democracy APIA – samoa’s deputy prime
minister has emphasised the importance of a vibrant and pluralistic media in the development of any country. Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo said, “that the media plays a pivotal role in the development of any country, and samoa is no exception.” Fonotoe was the keynote speaker during a forum organised by the Paciic Media Assistance scheme (PACMAs) guided by the theme, “The Way Forward: samoa Media in the 21st Century”, which was attended by media representatives from all over the country. The goal was for media representatives in samoa to identify key priorities so that PACMAs would have an idea about where it could assist. During the opening, the deputy prime minister stressed that samoa has an “open government,” and a “fully partici-
patory democracy where the public’s view is expressed and welcomed”. “From that perspective the government and the media work side by side to achieve the ultimate goal which is to improve the quality of life for all as articulated in the strategy for the Development of Samoa,’”said Fonotoe. “All these would not have been made possible if it weren’t for the important role that the media plays in informing our people. It was once said that an informed public is the greatest weapon of democracy. “From this I believe the media’s duty in partnership with government is not only to report the truth but be guided by the fact that its role in society can advance people’s lives or even harm them.” Fonotoe also touched on the proposed media council planned for samoa which has re-
Raising standards THe PACIFIC – A new online course for media professionals in the Paciic region has been developed to raise the standards of investigative reporting. The Pasifika Media Association designed the course to ensure ongoing media education for journalists and media operators in the region. Kalafi Moala, a member of PasiMA’s board, said the online course provides journalists and media operators with additional skills, knowledge and expertise to venture deeper into investigative reporting. “on the job training of existing staff on investigative reporting is really key in the region,” Moala said. “Journalists need to continually be updated on how to carry that out. “ A lot of Pacific journalists came through the ranks as cadet reporters and some of them have not gone through oficial formal training at university level,” he said. Moala says these journalistic
skills are far more relevant to the Paciic region right now than in the years before. “When you go back into the 1960s and 70s, the kind of journalism that was carried out throughout the Paciic, most of them dealt with the very grassroots on reporting stories from people’s lives,” he said. “Issues arose out of governance, the power structure in the village and so on. “They needed more training, they needed to learn and to know how to investigate those things much deeper,” Moala said. He says he hopes for a regional approach to training journalists in the paciic in the future. “We would like to see mentoring and coaching done from newsrooms in the region,” Moala said. “A manager can offer time for the journalists to be able to do this course online and be coached or mentored by somebody at a particular time.” - ABC
Sirens sound after quake jolts Samoa APIA – The Us Geological survey says a magnitude 5.8 quake struck samoa yesterday morning. samoan authorities set off the tsunami sirens and put low lying areas on tsunami watch. “All people living on lowlying coastal areas are advised to take precaution and standby for further updates,” the warning said. The quake which happened after 9am local time was 257 kilometres southwest of Apia at a depth of 39 km. The tsunami watch was cancelled not long after the earthquake. r NZI’s correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, said the earthquake was strong but short, following which the Met office issued a tsunami watch.
“but just after forty minutes of that tsunami watch from the Met office it was cancelled so everything went back to normal. “but some of the schools in town were closed. Parents were being informed by the teachers to come and pick up their kids from schools because they are closed, even though the tsunami watch was cancelled.” Autagavaia says there are no obvious signs of damage from the quake. The quake was also felt in neighbouring American Samoa. The distance was far enough from American samoa to be harmless for the population. In september 2008, samoa, American samoa and Tonga were hit by a 8.1 magnitude earthquake and tsunami, which killed 186 people. - RNZI/PNC
cently been the subject of much controversy with the belief it was being rushed into being established by the government with underlying implications of government control. “To my recollection, and as stated earlier by the prime minister, the media council is not a government initiative but a media initiative which was initiated ten years ago or so by the Journalists Association of samoa – but up to now it has not become a reality,” he said. “As with any good initiative our government has always
been ready to assist where possible to make it a reality. “With the growth in our local media industry as evidenced by the increasing number of outlets ranging from television, radio and newspaper publications in the last ten years, I believe the time is ripe that a monitoring body such as the media council is established.” Fonotoe also emphasised the importance of “the truth” and “trust”. “In one of my earlier addresses to the media I said: “I am aware that the fundamen-
tal principle driving your profession is respect for the truth and the public’s right to hear that truth from information and opinions communicated to them. “Through that, you our media practitioners generate trust, without which, you will not be fulfilling your public responsibilities. “I went on to say I have noticed from time to time that, somehow, the truth gets lost in translation because the writer who iled the news story, could not help but insert his or her
own version of the truth. “That does not mean reporters or writers should not be asking the hard questions, but they must do so without allowing personal interests or belief to undermine the accuracy, fairness and independence of the media.” The PAC M A Forum was hosted by samoa with support from the Paciic Leadership Programme. Members of the media discussed and identiied some key challenges, as well as some suggestions on the way forward. - Samoa Observer
Law to guard tourism APIA – How far should the law
go to guard a country’s reputation in an effort to protect that country’s tourism industry? should a tourism board go to the extent of having the ability to take legal action against those who write negative articles about a country? According to the samoa’s Tourism Development Act 2012, clause 38, samoa Tourism Authority (sTA) can legally undertake to prosecute media or people who publish any false information that intends to harm the reputation of samoa as a tourism destination. If found guilty, a person can be ined or even face time in jail. This has raised the question of reporting on websites. online reviews obviously have an impact not only on products such as hotels but also on a country’s wider reputation amongst travellers. Would website writers sharing their bad experiences relat-
ed to a visit to samoa in a review fall under the Act? Papali’i sonja Hunter, Ceo of samoa Tourism Authority (sTA), says the authority would never take action against those who express their views or opinions in a review of a visit – whether bad or good about Samoa. However, it might consider civil action or prosecution if the review contained information that was false or intended to harm samoa’s reputation as a tourism destination. samoa has limited natural resources when compared to other countries. The economy relies heavily on tourism. samoa Tourism Authority says it has no intention to suppress freedom of expression or the media. People can share their experiences about samoa if they want, whether bad or good, it says. What was the prompt or need for strong and speciic legisla-
tion like this? Hunter says the provision was drafted to ensure the protection of Samoa’s tourism sector. Defamation law on its own is cumbersome and might not apply when someone defamed Samoa’s reputation as a country. Clause 38, under the samoa Tourism Development Act 2012, states: (1) The Authority may take such action as is necessary to preserve the reputation of samoa as a tourism destination by: (a) exercising lawful controls over the publication of false or out of date information by any means, or such information which is prejudicial to a public perception of samoa; (b) otherwise publishing information to correct any fact, matter or detail which the Authority considers to be false or misleading; or (c) doing any other act or thing which may preserve the reputation of samoa as a tour-
ism destination when necessary. (2) No civil or criminal liability shall apply to the Authority in relation to any exercise of a power in accordance with this section. (3) Any person who: (a) publishes or causes to be published, by any means, any information or claim that is false and which is intended or may have the tendency to cause harm to the reputation of samoa as a tourism destination; or (b) refuses to retract such false information or to publish a correction concerning the information when required to do so by the Authority; or (c) fails to retract the information or to publish a correction in the manner required by the Authority, commits an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not less than 50 penalty units, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or both. - Samoa Oberver/ PNC
Looking for Paciic ideas br IsbAN e – Pacific island
communities face huge beneits by developing “their own solutions” – and not relying on help from others to advance their communities’ digital infrastructure, says a central internet organisation. “I believe the power is in Paciic islanders’ ideas and the power is in the knowledge they have about the real situation. “I think it’s very difficult for people, even for those that are very oriented to help them and thinking they are doing the right thing to impose solutions,” Sylvia Cadena told Paciic Scoop. She is the project oficer of the Information society Innovation Fund (IsIF) Asia, which awards grants of up to $A30,000 for internet development in the AsiaPaciic region. IsIF is a programme run by the Brisbane-based Asia Paciic Network Information Centre (APNIC), which is the regional internet registry for the AsiaPaciic region. Among other things, APNIC provides technical training and allocates IP addresses in the region. “I think that internet ideas and solutions for Paciic island-
ers have to come from their own thinking and their own understanding of their situations. “That’s where the challenge is because it’s a bit difficult to break a little bit from that relationship of some other people telling them what to do. “breaking the cycle and making decisions about their own contexts and what solutions they are going to implement in those contexts is very important,” Cadena explained. Although there are examples of successful and innovative Paciic applicants, Cadena said she wishes there were more potential Paciic grant recipients. “We are actually looking for more applicants from the Pacific. It’s not that easy to ind them, because they move in their own context. “You know, they talk to each other a lot. Probably with a lot of people from New Zealand, but maybe not outside that environment,” the Colombia-native told Paciic Scoop during the recent Nethui internet conference in Wellington. Cadena highlighted two Pacific projects that IsIF has awarded grants to recently: Firstly, the Internet Niue project, which uses the income
from the domain name .nu to provide internet access across the tiny island country. There is today free wireless internet access in almost the entire country, making Niue the world’s irst “Wi-Fi nation”. secondly, the Pacific Island schools Connectivity, education and solar (PIsCes) project in the Chuuk Islands of the Federated states of Micronesia, which has improved internet access and taught locals how to use the internet. The project has a particular emphasis on providing access to schools. In addition, it also provides solar power to remote island communities. Cadena is hopeful that there will be more projects like Internet Niue and PIsCes in the future, and she encouraged potential applicants to not wait until the “perfect stars align” to submit an application for an ISIF grant. “The time is now. We have money now. You never know for next year if we’re going to have the same support and buyin from donors and sponsors, so please don’t let it to the last minute.” The deadline for applying for this year’s IsIF Asia grant is
August 9. “believe in yourself and believe in your knowledge of what you need. I think Pacific islanders are the ones that have the knowledge about what the future of the Paciic islands is, and we believe in you and we want to hear about your ideas and support you all the way,” the ISIF project oficer said. There is no doubt that improving internet access and teaching people in the Paciic about the internet will be hugely beneicial, according to Cadena. “I think that the beneits of allowing people to live where they want to be, to stay in their islands and preserve their culture, and have a good job opportunity and developed professionally without having to leave behind everything they love and know is a very important beneit from bringing internet technology to isolated areas.” “We just have to be very smart on how we do it to give the same possibilities to people everywhere with no matter how far or how much water is in between. People should have the same opportunities, and that’s what access is all about,” she said. - Paciic Scoop
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Our journey of self-rule and identity Cook Islander Thomas Tarurongo Wynne moved home in 2011 to take on his role as tereora College’s guidance counsellor. Here the ngati io and ngati ingatu descendant shares his views in an op-ed on self-governance and sovereignty as the nation celebrates Te Maeva Nui: AS WE mark 48 years of our Con-
stitution and celebrate our sovereignty as a nation since selfrule in 1965, one cannot help but wonder about the journey that we took and what we have to celebrate since then. sovereignty has been very much a part of the world media and news as sovereignty has been a burning issue through the Middle east and what has now been described by Western media as the “Arab Spring” or Muslim uprising, as they follow the urban upheaval of people determined to ind their voice and identity after years of rule by dictators and militia that have oppressed their people, sometimes for decades. At the tip of the gun - the edge of the bayonet - people throughout the ages have stood up in the face of insurmountable odds and said “this is who we are” and prepared themselves to die for that struggle for identity and self-rule. From Parnell and Eamon De Valera leading the way for Irish Home rule to the ousting of Gadhai and Mubarak in Libya and egypt, people have struggled for self-determination and self-identity and rule through the ages, especially in this modern era. Tino rangatiratanga, a movement in Aotearoa that set about to honour a dishonoured Treaty and allow for a revival of language rights and customs has allowed Aotearoa Maori a place alongside the dinner table of their Pakeha co-signers
and given them the tools to work in partnership however they see fit. In 1978, in Auckland New Zealand, a peaceful occupation lasted for 507 days and was inally ended on May 25 1978, when 800 police and the New Zealand army were used to forcibly remove the occupiers and destroy the temporary buildings. Two hundred and twentytwo protesters were arrested that day. The occupation and use of force to end it played a part in highlighting injustices against Maori, and the occupation was a major landmark in the history of Maori protest. In 1978 Takawharapau or bastion Point became the tip of the spear for Aotearoa Maori and self-determination. Yet here in the pa enua we have not had a story of struggle or revolution. We do not have a tradition that includes the likes of the “Mau” movement in samoa where they stood their ground for who and what they were in the face of an oppressive NZ government that sent troops to ensure their colonial prowess. A samoa who then on December 28 1929, led by Tupua Tamasese Lealoi III in the face of gun ire, walked a peaceful march against this colonial power that resulted in 11 dead and 50 wounded. “Samoa Mo Samoa” was their crySamoa for Samoa. ours is a story that for many seems to start with british navigator Captain James Cook who arrived in 1773 and 1777 and
named the islands the Hervey Is- ter being annexed to a reluctant lands; the name “Cook Islands”, britain we arrive at self-rule or in honour of Cook, appeared on at least a type of self-rule and a russian naval chart published governance, which has been in the 1820s. And yet what and coined by the NZ government all that Cook discovered was as “in free association with New that there were people already Zealand”. Free speaks of no cost here that lived and spoke and at all. Free says given without enjoyed a way of life not too dis- any real sense of expectation or similar than other eastern Poly- payback. But has this free gift nesian communities. They had come at a hidden cost? UNesCo has listed the Cook their own language customs, tatau, structure and government. Islands Maori language as “vulnerable” at stage ours is a story one of four stages that starts at the As we celebrate of critical. Could tip of a pen and Constitution week our language be a not the tip of a and all that is Te cost we have paid sword. The writMaeva Nui with the dearly for this ing of a letter of rebeautiful imene and freedom of assoquest as opposed ura of our many ciation? to protest. With islands, it seems A boom in the the missionaries a reasonable time 1950s meant lasoftening up the to think about bour was needed soil since their arour identity. to ill those freezrival in 1821 and ing works and facthe “conversion” of many to Christianity or at tories supplying the demand of least a very Victorian model of a growing NZ economy. Cook Christianity, the Cook Islands Islanders soon became unwelas they were still not yet known, come guests when the 1970s were concerned at France’s mili- and the oil crisis hit and Multary takeover of Tahiti in 1843 doon’s dawn raids become a and with the petition of Ariki remedy for the “brown blight” Makea Takau and the ive Ariki that was Polynesians in urban ruling at the time we were an- New Zealand. Polynesian Pannexed to Britain in 1888. There thers, of which my uncle was was no debate with the people as a founding member, and the to the implications of this deci- like became a response to this sion, nor forward thinking as sense of disdain at our presence to how this would impact our as surely and slowly we were sense of identity and by 1901 moved out of the inner subwe were annexed to New Zea- urbs making way for the genland and in time became known triication of Ponsonby and Grey as the Cook Islands. How real Lynn to the squalor that would was the threat of France to the become 1970s South Auckland. Dr evangeline Daniela, a pa enua? or was it the establishment of a new order with those Cook Islands Maori clinical in partnership with this colonial psychologist recently spoke to power getting a greater piece of a report where by Cook islands Maori are featuring highly and the pie? In 1946 a Legislative Assem- prevalent, sometimes more so bly was created and 64 years af- than Aotearoa Maori in men-
tal health issues and statistics. Has our sense of well-being and identity in an urban setting been a cost to pay for this relationship with New Zealand? Is it reasonable to wonder what we possess that is indigenously ours? A nameless russian cartographer coined our national identity and how we have become to be known to the rest of the world. I guess we were fortunate he thought highly of Captain Cook,who did a 1771 and 1777 “drive by”, that we weren’t called the Vladivostok Islands. If the grandparents of the Cook Islanders that now live overseas, that first left these beautiful islands in the early 1950s, lured by a sense of a better life and access to education, could see where we are today as Cook Islanders, would they still have made that decision to go? Would they have left their homes and gone to the freezing works of New Zealand had they known the social cost of their leaving two or three generations later? Yes, there has been benefit, and I and many others are living examples of the beneit that can be gained by living and growing up in New Zealand. Though I would hazard to guess that the Mike Pero’s of this world are the few and not the many. Have we ever really considered whether there was a cost to all that we have gained in this free associa-
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tion with New Zealand? As we celebrate Constitution week and all that is Te Maeva Nui with the beautiful imene and ura of our many islands, it seems a reasonable time to think about our identity. To ask questions about our sense of sovereignty and what we have to celebrate as a nation in 2013, fast approaching 50 years of self-rule 2015. I believe our resilience as a people will carry us through for another millennia. The seas and storms our people traversed to bring us to the pa enua are now the seas and storms of living in this modern age. We can draw upon that same strength and determination of our tupuna to bring us through intact and safe as long as we take stock of what we need to hold onto, what we need to let go of and never lose sight of our direction. We should be determined in our hearts and purpose to be Maori and not brown-skinned papa’a.
‘Govt have got it right’ Dear editor, To the smoke signaller who speculated in Wednesday’s CINews that I may want a job with the bishop, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am retired and have no need for a job. since this smoke signaller hides behind a smokescreen and doesn’t have the coconuts to name himself, I take it he is of foreign extraction as no Cook Islander fears putting their name to what they have to say. Or perhaps, editor, he is ashamed of his name? If so, go! As for the bishop, it is plain enough that he has achieved what no MMr minister before him achieved: to deliver affordable fish to our people. I bought skipjack from Manea Foods yesterday at $3.90 per kg, which came from Chinese boats ishing our national waters and our greatest asset, so how good is that? It has to be said, editor, that reducing the price of ish so our people can have more money in
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their pocket is as good a start to economic recovery as any. It is also a clear signal that the bishop and government have got it right, that our cost of living at twice that of New Zealand is killing us! I was also disappointed with Wednesday’s CINews lead story ‘bribery investigation underway’, in which the bishop was speculated as being one of those under investigation. My disappointment is that some in our society seem to preoccupy themselves with witch hunts that damage our people and make spectacle of ourselves instead of focusing on the imperative of saving our people and economy. I could be excused for thinking, editor, that the Christian spirit that made us Cook Islanders is leaving our shores, along with our people, and taking hold is the foreign concept of anonymous speculations that inlict damage on our people. If so, God save the Cook Islands! Tim Tepaki
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Details sought in super fund case PreLIMINArY details of the superannuation case remain to be worked out before it can be heard before the High Court next month. Last week’s court hearing on the Cook Islands National superannuation Fund (CINsF), which was about case timetabling and discovery – the accumulation of evidence relevant to the case - ended with a partially-heard defence application for leave of discovery. During the hearing, defence lawyer Tim Arnold, who is representing Andy olah and his company, Arorangi Timberland Ltd, was chastised by Judge Sir Hugh Williams for
not having submitted affidavits – in effect, not indicating to the court how he intended to defend the case. “That crystallises the issue ... that defines what is relevant ... that’s the way judges look at it,” said Justice Williams, appearing exasperated. “It’s becoming increasingly unlikely that we’ll be holding the September fixture,” he said earlier in the hearing. A r n o l d’s r e a s o n i n g f o r not having provided the information to court was that the Crown had not provided documents he had requested in May. He says the documents are
relevant and necessary as part of its defence. The Crown are opposing the defence’s application, saying the request is oppressive, filed late, and is also questioning the relevance of the documents being sought. As the case is currently before the courts, the Crown said it would not be able to comment any further. The Cook Islands National superannuation Fund (CINsF) brought the case against Arorangi Timberland in 2007 for non-compliance with the fund’s Act, specifically, for failing to contribute to the fund. Last week’s hearing is only
a partial element of the case, which observers are describing as one of the most important cases currently before the courts. The heart of the case deals primarily with two matters: whether fund contributions constitute a tax, and if the 2001 super fund act breaches elements of the Cook Islands constitution. Article 64 – Fundamental human rights and freedoms, specifically the right of the individual to own property – and Article 40 – that no property shall be taken compulsory without compensation - were both cited in court during last
week’s hearing. The defence’s main concerns lie with the specific nature of superannuation fund contributions by members and existing fund legislation - the Cook Islands National superannuation Fund Act of 2001. outside of court, defence lawyer Arnold said the rationale behind superannuation is firm, but the existing legislation could leave the fund’s assets susceptible to withdrawal. “The bottom line is superannuation is a good idea,” he said. “The Cook Islands government has never been able to pay a liveable pension.” “My client, and a wide range
of people, believe structural risk exists.” The case is now expected to be split into two parts, firstly, an early september hearing that will hear the remainder of the defence’s application for leave of discovery. Additionally, an early-2014 sitting of the High Court will begin to tackle the tax question and the elements of constitutionality. Individuals with knowledge of the case agree that the outcome could potentially have a significant effect on the administration of the fund and the future business operations of the defendants. - ES
Preventing violence in the Cooks I NTe r P e r so NAL violence
prevention in the Cooks was the topic of a meeting of representatives from 10 stakeholder ofices on July 31. Interpersonal violence is the intentional use of physical force or power, whether threatened or actual, by a person or small group of people against another person or small group. It either results in or has a high likelihood of re sulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelop-
ment or deprivation. Domestic violence, child maltreatment and elder abuse or neglect are examples of interpersonal violence. In the lead up to the meeting, stakeholders were provided with World Health Organisation (WHO) questionnaires and asked to collect data about the violence prevention status in the Cook Islands. The data collection and consensus meeting were coordinated by the Ministry of
Health's national data co-ordinator for violence prevention Dr Teariki Puni. In 2002 the WHO launched the 'World report on violence and health'. This year, in order to determine the extent to which countries are addressing violence prevention, the WHO is undertaking a 'Global status report on violence prevention'. Data collected from the questionnaires and consensus meeting will be collated by the Ministry of Health and
provided to the WHO so that the Cooks will be represented in the 'Global status report on violence prevention'. The participants at the meeting were Catherine evans from the Crown Law office, edwina Tangaroa from Public Health and the Ministry of Health, rebeka buchanan of Punanga Tauturu Inc., Bob Kimiangatau from rotaianga Men’s support Centre, inspector John strickland from the Cook Islands Police, ruth
Pokura from Internal Affairs, eddie browne from the child and family division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Amelia Ngatokorua from the Statistics Office. The keynote
address was made by secretary of health Elizabeth Iro. Funding for the event, which took place at the edgewater resort and spa, was provided by the WHO. - Release
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Thief sentenced to 6 months in prison A ToUGH sentence was handed
down on Wednesday to a young man who stole from tourists. Temotu Arioka, 22, from Takuvaine appeared before three Justices of the Peace and was sentenced to six months’ prison and 12 months’ probation for theft and theft by inding. Police prosecutor Avele Naku told the J Ps that this kind of offence is damaging to the reputation of rarotonga as
being a safe and crime free destination. He had recommended a sentence of 12 months’ supervision including community service. In April Arioka stole a $1400 headset from a rental car at social Centre in Arorangi while the tourist renting the car was swimming. After the theft was reported and a search warrant issued, police then found two sets of keys belonging to
Polynesian rentals and beachcomber in Arioka’s room. He immediately admitted to inding them in a back pack. Defence counsel Charles Petero asked the court to for leniency saying that all three items were returned, that there is an element of peer pressure and desperation in Arioka’s situation, as he was living with a friend where there was a lack of food and relative comfort. He
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also said Arioka’s parents had made arrangements for him to travel to Australia for work. J P Kenning described the crimes as opportunist and emphasised Arioka’s breach of probation charges. “You clearly have little respect for bail. A term of imprisonment is needed, you need to realise that you will have to face the music,” he said. Arioka is currently serving a sentence of 18 months’ probation and 12 months’ community service for a previous burglary and will continue the new sentence straight after that. The High Court was presided over by J Ps John Kenning, Jenna William and Mata Nooroa. - MWK
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Mapu lead Maeva Nui performances CooK Islands youth led the way on the Te Maeva Nui stage on Wednesday night where mapu dancers put on vibrant and passionate performances in the irst night of the annual cultural show. The 10 Te Maeva Nui teams delighted the near capacity National Auditorium with the large crowd showing their appreciation with enthusiastic applauses and cheers. The night’s show began with a stunning imene tuki by a visiting New Zealand Manihiki team before the show began with a lively ute by oire Nikao. Mitiaro lifted the roof of the auditorium with their well-cho-
The beauty of the women from Tongareva was sung in full voice by the Penrhyn island team during their ute while Atiu enua dancers were radiant ura pau (drum dance). Vaka Puaikura then shook the stage with their awesome sportsoriented drum dance dedicated to the vaka’s efforts in winning the annual Queen’s birthday Kumete Sports competition. The village’s athletes were certainly the stars of the show as they proved to also be talented cultural dancers. The inal night of the Te Maeva Nui competition is on tonight and is not to be missed. - Matariki Wilson
reographed and pulsating drum dance before Mangaia enua took to the stage in natural costume to perform a beautiful action song. The beautiful mapu and elders of Takitumu brightened the stage with the ute as the team made a welcome return to the annual celebrations. A thunderous chant by 9-year old Daniel Daniel heralded the start of Henua Manihiki’s kapa rima led by the island’s beautiful youth. Also making a welcome return to the Te Maeva Nui stage were the beautiful dancers from oire Tupapa-Maraerenga with their dancers proudly representing the village.
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Same-sex marriage: where the church stands MArrIAGe is created and defined by God in the scriptures as the sexual and covenantal union of a man and a woman in life-long allegiance to each other alone, as husband and wife, with a view to displaying Christ’s covenant relationship to his blood-bought church. This is seen most clearly from four passages where these truths are woven together.
these very two texts from Genesis. Matthew 19:4-6: Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female [Genesis 1:27], and said [quoting Genesis 2:24], “Therefore [linking creation and marriage] a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? so they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” And in our cultural setting, the words “Let not man separate the male and female that God has joined together,” has vastly greater significance than anyone ever thought it would.
is this: God made man male and female with their distinctive feminine and masculine natures and their distinctive roles so that in marriage as husband and wife they could display Christ and the church. Which means that the basic roles of wife and husband are not interchangeable. The husband displays the sacrificial love of Christ’s headship, and the wife displays the sub1. Genesis 1:27-28 missive role of Christ’s body. Genesis 1:27-28: “God creThe mystery of marriage is ated man in his own image, in that God had this double (of the image of God he created wife and husband) display in him; male and female he cremind when he created man as ated them. And God blessed male and female. Therefore, them. And God said to them, the profoundest reality in the "be fruitful and multiply and universe underlies marriage as fill the earth.” a covenantal union between a 2. Genesis 2:23-24 man and a woman. And then God linked his de2. There is no such thing as the children of God. sign in manhood and woman- 4. Ephesians 5:24-32 hood with marriage in Genesis one more text on the mean- so-called same-sex marriage, And we know from verse 23 2:23-24. When the woman is ing of marriage makes the and it would be wise not to call that part of the creation that created from his side, the man distinction between male and it that. was subjected to death and fuThe point here is not only tility was our own bodies - and exclaims: “This at last is bone female - husband and wife of my bones and flesh of my covenantally significant as that so-called same-sex mar- he stresses, yes, the bodies of flesh; she shall be called Wom- a portrayal of Christ and the riage shouldn’t exist, but that the redeemed. “And not only it doesn’t and it can’t. Those the creation, but we ourselves, an, because she was taken out church. Ephesians 5:24-32: of Man. Therefore, a man shall Now as the church submits who believe that who have the first leave his father and his mother to Christ, so also wives should God has spoken to fruits of the spirit, There is no groan inwardly as and hold fast to his wife, and submit in everything to their us truthfully in the they shall become one flesh.” husbands. Husbands, love bible should not such thing we wait eagerly for In other words, God created your wives, as Christ loved concede that the adoption as sons, as so-called the redemption of man male and female so that the church and gave himself c o m m i t t e d , l i f e there might be a one-flesh up for her. . . . Therefore [quot- long partnership our bodies” (Ro same-sex sexual union and covenantal ing Genesis 2:24] a man shall and sexual relations mans 8:23). marriage, cleaving with a view to mul- leave his father and mother of two men or two And I am argutiplying the human race, and and hold fast to his wife, and women is marriage. and it would ing that same sex displaying God’s covenant the two shall become one flesh. It isn’t. God has credesires and same be wise with his people, and eventu- This mystery is profound, and ated and defined sex orientation are not to call ally Christ’s covenant with his I am saying that it refers to marriage. And what in that category of he has joined tochurch. Christ and the church. groaning - waiting it that. In other words, from the be- gether in that crea3. Matthew 19:4-6 for the redempremarkably, Jesus picked up ginning there has been a mys- tion and that definition of our bodies. on this link between creation terious and profound meaning tion, cannot be separated, and Which means they are in the and marriage and life-long to marriage. And Paul is now still called marriage in God’s same broad category with all covenant, weaving together opening that mystery. And it eyes. kinds of disordered bodies 3. Same -sex desires and and minds and emotions. If same-sex orientation are part we tried to make a list of the of our broken and disordered kinds of emotional and mental sexuality owing to God’s sub- and physical brokenness of the jection of the created order to human family the list would futility because of man’s sin. be unending. And all of us are In Genesis 3 we read about broken and disordered in difthe catastrophic moment when ferent ways. All of you are bent the first man and woman re- to desire things in different (TakuvaineValleyRoad) belled against God. degrees that you should not Sunday Service Programme for this week The effects on them and want. We are all disordered in Pastoral team - Poko Matapo, Mann Tuarae. on the world are described our emotions, or minds, our Phone24668forenquiries.Mainserviceat10.30ameverySunday. in chapters 3 and 4, and then bodies. illustrated in the sin-soaked This is a call for careful disand death-ridden history of tinctions lest you hurt people OnbackroadbehindCICCChurch.MainServiceat10.30amevery the old Testament - indeed the - or yourself - unnecessarily. All Sunday. history of the world. our disorders - all our brokenPastor Tevai Matapo. The apostle Paul sums it up ness - is rooted in sin - origilike this in romans 8:20-21: nal sin and our sinful nature. Main service at 10.30am every Sunday. The creation was subjected It would be right to say that to futility, not willingly, but same-sex desires are sinful in Pastoral team: Tina Kauvai. because of him who subjected the sense that they are disorPastor Metuatini Tangaroa. Contact 27668 it, in hope that the creation dered by sin and exist contrary itself will be set free from its to God’s revealed will. But to Service at 9.00am every Sunday. bondage to corruption and ob- be caused by sin and rooted Pastor Beres Rasmussen. Phone 58223. tain the freedom of the glory of in sin does not make a sinful desire equal to sinning. Sinning is what happens when rebellion against God expresses itself through our disorders. Apostolic Church Weekly Programme 4. Therefore, same-sex interSunday to Friday course, not same-sex desire is Rarotonga Apostolic Church the focus of Paul’s condemnaBishop Tutai Pere - 23778/55177 FOCuS 2013 tion when he threatens excludial-A-Prayer 26777 * gET SAVEd IN JESuS! sion from the kingdom of God. Church Services on Sundays at 10am and 7pm The clearest statement is *STAy SAVEd IN JESuS! Radio and Television Ministr y at 11am and found in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. *NEVER LEAVE EARTH 4.30pm. Mid-week services on Tuesdays and Do you not know that the WITHOuT JESuS! Thursdays at 7pm. unrighteous will not inherit OBEy ACTS 2:38 the kingdom of God? Do not “Repent,andbebaptizedeveryoneofyouintheName Aitutaki Apostolic Church - Pastor Noo Mataiti of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall be deceived: neither the sexu- 31269. Atiu Apostolic Church - Pastor Nikau receive the gift of the Holy ghost.” ally immoral, nor idolaters, Tangaroa - 33778. Mangaia Apostolic Church nor adulterers, nor men who Pastor Ngametua Papatua - 34065. All services cater for both Maori and English speaking brethren. Contact: Bishop Pere on email: email@example.com practice homosexuality, nor WE PREACH gOd IN JESuS ANd JESuS IN gOd JESuS IS TRuE gOd thieves, nor the greedy, nor
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drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. T h e w o r d s , “m e n w h o practice homosexuality” is a translation of two Greek words which refer to the passive and active partners in homosexual intercourse. See Robert A. J. Gagnon, The bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics [Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2001], 306-331). The focus is not on same-sex desire, but on same-sex practice. And notice that homosexual practice is not singled out but included with other ways of sinning: idolatry, adultery, stealing, greed, drunkenness, reviling, etcetera. The point is not that one act of homosexual or heterosexual experimentation condemns you, but that returning to this life permanently and without repentance will condemn you. “Men who practice - who give themselves over to this life, and do not repent - will not enter the kingdom of God.” They will perish. 5. Therefore, it would contradict love and contradict the gospel of Jesus to approve homosexual practice, whether by silence, or by endorsing so-called same-sex marriage, or by affirming the Christian ordination of practicing homosexuals. We must not be intimidated here. The world is going to say the opposite of what is true here. They are going to say that warning people who practice homosexuality about final judgment is hateful. It is not hateful. Hate does not want people to be saved. Hate does not want people to join the family. Hate wants to destroy. And sin does destroy. If homosexual practice (and greed and idolatry and reviling and drunkenness) leads to exclusion from the kingdom of God - as the word of God says it does - then love warns. Love pleads. Love comes alongside and does all it can to help a person live - forever. 6. The good news of Jesus is that God saves heterosexual sinners and homosexual sinners who trust Jesus, by counting them righteous because of Christ, and by helping them through his spirit to live lives pleasing to him in their disordered brokenness.
After warning the Corinthians not to fall back into lives of sinful practice Paul says this in 1 Corinthians 6:11, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” This is the heart of biblical Christianity. “Such were some of you.” There are Christians in the church at Corinth who were fornicators and adulterers and thieves and drunkards and “men who practiced homosexuality”. They were not driven away. They were folded in. And the way they were folded in was that they were “justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ”. That is, they put their trust in Jesus, they turned from their practice, they renounced sinful pursuit of their desires, and God justified them - he imputed to them the righteousness of Christ, and counted them as acceptable in his sight, and adopted them into his family - our family. They were washed. That is, God took away all their guilt and shame. “Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24). So when they trusted Christ, all that he did counted for them, their sins were washed away. And then they were “sanctified” - God set them apart for himself and gave them his spirit and was working in them a power for holiness that would swallow up their disordered desires in something greater and more beautiful and more desirable so that they could walk in a way pleasing to God, even in their brokenness. The heart of Christianity is that God saves sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The best news in all the world is that Jesus Christ died and rose again so that the most bizarre sexual predator - homosexual or heterosexual - can be rescued from his path of destruction, washed, justified, sanctified and given a place in God’s allsatisfying presence, by faith in Jesus Christ. This is the heart of our message. reverend Iana Aitau Takamoa Principal Cook Islands Christian Church
Friday, august 2, 2013 cook Islands News
From a seedling to a proit-laden tree IT sTArTeD with the desire to
do something different – and now a family crafts business has taken on a life of its own. Nine years ago when Kimberly Vakapora was 11, her mother Tereapii Vahua Vakapora was sick of working for others and she wanted to branch out on her own. she remembered seeing locals using seeds for various purposes and that is when her idea began to take on life. With just $27 in her pocket, she decided to take on the world – and with it, everyone who said she could not do it. Nine years later and island seeds are the main ingredients for the successful franchise roteek, well known in egypt, sweden, Germany, russia,
America, France, Canada and Italy. The name roteek is derived from the names of Kimberley and her siblings: ro for roimata, Te for Tekura, e for enua and K for Kimberly. Born when Enua was 10, Tekura was nine and roimata was five – and very energetic and eager to help according to his sister Kimberly – roteek Island Franchise is a Vakapora family affair, and it has always been a family affair. The lady of the house employed the help of her young children and according to now nineteen-year-old Kimberly Vakapora, it was hard work. “We started cleaning the seeds with a brick and it was long hard work, but worth it
for mum,” she said. By cleaning the seeds and turning them into bracelets and necklaces, “it became our main money maker”, said Kimberly Vakapora. Years later it was decided they would make new designs and then the problem that arose was one of high demand and not enough hands to help with supply. It was decided they needed to get involved in the food and crafts business and they got themselves a candy loss machine from family members and lavourings from New Zealand. They started making their own candy with lavours such as blueberry and cherry. “Now we do everything and it is good for the family to work together. All thanks to the Lord,”
said Kimberly Vakapora. “In spite of everything we are successful here and overseas. It is very tiring but worth it and at times, nights are spent working on designs, sowing, but the feel-
ing that you get from a job well done is so good. If you love your job, you’ll do well. I thank God for the strength.” It is roteek’s second year at the trade days and it has been
really good for them. The BCI Trade Days will run from 9am to 2pm today – so if you are intrigued, pay a visit to the stall and ind out what their work is about. - SK
Kimberly Vakapora holding up a pair of handmade necklaces. 13073126 the range of jewellery at roteek franchise is made mainly from seeds. 13080183
BCI provides help for Are Pa Metua
Are PA MeTUA has received close to $2000 thanks to the bank of Cook Islands (BCI). The bank gave $1911.55 to the service as part of a regular donation to charity. The money was presented yesterday afternoon at the Are Pa Metua premises. Each year, proits earned from the sale of collectors number plates are donated by bCI to a charity organisation of the company’s choosing. Are Pa Metua Trust provides respite services for the elderly. bCI manager of customer services and marketing rodney Fox said the company is pleased to
offer the donation to help the service continue its care. Are Pa Metua board member Nga Teao-Papatua, who is the senior welfare inspector for the elderly and destitute for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, said she is “over the moon” that the money has been offered to the service. “For the past four years, there has been an on-going lack of funds,” she said. Teao-Papatua said the board of Are Pa Metua, which also includes Mousie skews, Teresa Noovao and Moeroa Tonoriro, was also grateful to receive $31,680 for the year from the social Impact
Fund recently, to help the service continue its work. Part of the donation from bCI is likely to go towards providing food for members of Are Pa Metua when they meet – something that has been part of the service in the past but was not covered by the Social Impact Fund. Fox said next year’s donation from bCI is likely to be put towards road safety. Are Pa Metua meetings are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8am to 1pm. Anyone interested in contributing to the service can contact TeaoPapatua on 53467. - BD
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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
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PURSUANT to Sections 105(2), 30(2), 31(1) and 111(b) of the Electoral Act 2004 (the Act), I, TAGGY TANGIMETUA, Chief Electoral Officer, HEREBY APPOINT the following dates and times for the Murienua By-election: 1. The date appointed for the By-election is 19 September 2013. 2. Nominations of candidates shall close on 16 August 2013 at 12 noon and each and every such nomination together with the sum of Five hundred dollars ($500) shall be lodged with the Chief Electoral Oicer on Rarotonga. 3. The Main Roll shall close on 6 August 2013 at 4pm. 4. Objections to names on the Main Roll shall close on 13 August 2013 at 4pm. 5. The Supplementary Roll shall close on 20 August 2013 at 4pm. 6. Objections to names on the Supplementary Roll shall close on 27 August 2013 at 4pm. DATED at Rarotonga this 31st day of July 2013. Taggy Tangimetua CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER
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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.
Friday, august 2, 2013 cook Islands News
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. gov.ck 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.
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MR & MRS dAVId MOEROA and family would like to convey our sincere appreciation and thank you Maata to everyone who helped welcome the grievingfamilyofthelateTAKAPI RuATOE fromNew zealand on their few hours stop over here. Thank you maata to Enua and Apii Pakitoa for preparing food and drinks for the family with help of the Principal of the Theologicals wife, Emma Aitau, Tuaongo Samuel, Elaine & daryl, aunty Tutu Pita, Toni, Shareeze & Katoa , Metuangaro Vavia & Metua College, also the caretaker of the Mangaia Hostel. Special Thank you also goes to: • Airport Authority Stafs • deacon Lazaro of Nikao for the service at the airport. • Principal Takamoa Theological College - Iana Aitau for the service at the Mangaia hostel, plus transport, Theological college students • Rev Ngatokorua Patia & Avarua Ekalesia, • Families & friends who donated food & money and ofered words of comfort and just your being there means a lot to us. Thank you very much. May god Bless you all. Psalm 46 Verse 1: god is our refuge and strength, a very present, help in trouble.
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TE MAEVA NuI 2013 Monday 29 July – Monday 5 August 2013
gOLd — Mataiapo
Magic times in Manihiki
TrADITIoNAL sports and loads of antics made for a fun illed day on the island of Manihiki on Wednesday. The island is holding an action packed Te Maeva Nui celebrations programme on the northern group island including cultural dancing, singing,
ishing and traditional sports to name a few. Coconut climbing, husking, grating, weaving were among some of the activities villagers from Tauhunu and Tukao competed in on Wednesday. There was even a division for husking a coconut with just
ones feet and another division for husking a coconut with using anything else but your hands and feet. Prime Minister Henry Puna is on his home island enjoying the festivities and his wife Akaiti shares her images from the magic times being held - MW on Henua Manihiki.
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Nehemiah Kaina entertains the crowd on Manihiki gathered together for the traditional sports day. 13080172
PROud SILVER RANgATIRA sponsor Manihiki vainetini get for their weaving competition.
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Manihiki men put their weaving skills to the test.
Friday, august 2, 2013 cook Islands News
FLIGhT FROM ARRIVES FridAy AuguSt 2
AKL AKL AKL LAx
1.45AM 2.25AM 8.15AM 11.59PM
SAturdAy AuguSt 3 VA163/162 AKL 12.50AM NZ748/749 AKL 1.25AM NZ60/47 SYD 7.05AM NZ18 AKL 10.35PM
RARO TO ARR FridAy AuguSt 2 0800 AITUTAKI 0850 1030 AITUTAKI 1120 1530 AITUTAKI 1620 1800 AITUTAKI 1850 0900 AITUTAKI 0950 0900 MANGAIA 0940 1330 MAUKE 1420
Flight Times | Voyage details DEP
0910 1140 1640 1910 1010 1000 1440 1710
RARO RARO RARO RARO ATIU RARO RARO RARO
1000 1230 1730 2000 1055 1115 RARO 1200 1040 1530 1600 MIT 1650 1800
OLOMANA 17 - ETD AUCK 19/07, ETA RARO 02/08, ETA AITUTAKI 05/08 TIARE MOANA 12 - ETD AUCK 25/07, ETA RARO 05/08, ETA AITUTAKI 07/08
TIARE MOANA 13 - ETD AUCK 14/08, ETA RARO 23/08, ETA AITUTAKI 25/08
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By Lee Falk & Sy Barry
Weather Forecast to Midnight A STRONG WIND WARNING ReMAINS IN fOrCE fOr ALL SOUtHErN COOkS WAtErS. Situation: A trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain remains slow moving over the Northern Cooks. A frontal lies slow moving just to the south of Southern Cooks. Meanwhile, a high pressure system to the far south of Southern Cooks directs an east to southeast wind low over the group. Forecast to midnight for the Southern Cooks: Over waters: Easterly winds 20 to 25 knots and up to 30 knots at times. Rough to very rough seas. Moderate southerly swells. Over land: Moderate to fresh east to southeast winds, gusty at times. Occasional showers and possible thunderstorms. Further outlook: Some showers. For Rarotonga: Cloudy periods with some showers. Further outlook: Brief showers. For the Northern Cooks: Cloudy periods with some showers. Moderate easterly winds. Moderate seas. Moderate southeasterly swells. Further outlook: Brief showers.
High 5.57AM 0.78M 6.34PM 0.69M -
SAT High 7.00AM 0.78M 7.36PM 0.70M
Low 12.33AM 0.42M 1.27PM 0.37M
Sun, Moon & Arapo
SE 14ktS new Moon aug 6 9.51PM
First Quarter aug 14 10.57AM
Full Moon aug 21 1.45AM
Third Quarter aug 28 9.35AM
ArAPO - mOtu fri 2 tanu (Planting) auraka e tanu i te niu. don’t plant coconuts.
tautai (Fishing) Motu te po. Po ika e te koura. dark night for ish & crayish.
Rarotonga Friday, August 2, 2013
Forecast Map 2pm Friday
Issued at 2pm at Rarotonga
Swell direction and size
Outer Islands Weather Outlook Friday, August 2, 2013
Forecast thanks to Cook Islands Meteorological Service.
Sun Set 6.21PM
Moon rise 3.56AM Moon Set 3.12PM Sun rise
Sun Set 6.21PM
Moon rise 4.43AM Moon Set 4.02PM
24° SE 15ktS
23° SE 15ktS
23° SE 13ktS
23° SE 13ktS
29° SE 10ktS
23° SE 13ktS
Friday, august 2, 2013 cook Islands News
Manihiki traditional sports day thrills
Youthful strength at college 7s LoADs of youthful energy was exerted at Tupapa field where rarotonga college students have been for the past two days taking part in the CIPs under 15 and under 17 college sevens tournament. The under 15 college sevens tournament held on Wednesday was an exciting tournament that ended in a grand inal match between Mauke College, made up by rarotonga based players with blood ties to Akatokamanava and the national Tereora College. It was an exciting grand inal match with the full time scores locked at 12-all resulting in the game going into ‘golden point’ extra time. This was after Mauke had shocked the favoured Tereora College team by racing to a handy 12-nil score line at halftime break. Tereora then replied in the 2nd half with two tries and a conversion to tie the score to 12-all. right at the fulltime hooter Tereora were given a golden opportunity to win this game when they were awarded a scrum 5 meters from the try line – only for their halfback to dive over and inish short of the line and knock the ball on. From the ensuing ‘goldenpoint’ extra time Mauke were able to turnover possession on halfway for their strong-running winger Taia Taputoa to score the match winning try to give Mauke the under 15 boys college sevens win 17-12 against Tereora. This tournament has been about developing local talent and this was evident with some great showings from teams who deinitely improved with more game time. Papaaroa College were one of the tournament big improvers but just missed out during the 3rd and 4th play-off match 26-28
to Nukutere. It was great to see the Papaaroa participate this year with outstanding performances from their halfback Peter Kureta and big mobile prop Tauraki Hosea – who were both named in the “team of the tournament.” Kureta had an outstanding tournament, scoring a hat trick of tries twice in the one-day! From this under 15 Tournament a 12-man team of the tournament was selected by a group of rugby experts and include: forwards – Tauraki Hosea (Papaaroa), Teava Wichman (Nukukere), Nootai raita (Tereora), sunai Joseph (Tereora), sam Aitau (Mauke), Tanire Mokoroa (Nukutere), backs – Peter Kureta (Papaaroa), Tyronne Marurai (Mauke), Algermaine epati (Tereora), Taia Taputoa (Mauke), Alex Nootai (Mauke) and Taoa Vaevaemaki (Tereora). The player of the tournament went to Papaaroa College’s Peter Kureta who was top try scorer with 7 tries and top point scorer with 37 points from his 7 tries and one conversation. In the girls tournament – Tereora College players proved too strong for Nukutere winning both games 24-0 and 19-0. best for Tereora were their try scoring machine rotana Tuteru who finished the tournament with 4 tries and 5 conversions for a 30-point haul. other players to that shone were Mereina Herman (Tereora) and Ikram elabssi (Nukutere) as well as Hannah Manual-Kora (Nukutere). rotana Tuteru was named player of the girl’s tournament. The under 17 tournament was played out yesterday and we now look forward to the club sevens tournament on Saturday. - ruck and maul
A talented Atiu under 17 college sevens player gaps it to the try line against Tereora at the CIPS sponsored tournament yesterday. 13080181
A talented women’s sevens player warms up with friends before taking to the ield for the college sevens tournament on Wednesday. 13073137
Atiu and Tereora College rugby sevens player dash for the chip and chase ball. 13080179