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Students take driver’s seat for health and physical education. A cook Islands health team, led by Karen Tairea, will provide access to the stories of health programmes that students can explore. This will allow young people to work out, from looking at cook Islands data, what the issues are and decide on actions for themselves and their community that could reduce the burden of NcDs. “It’s about young people exploring the evidence and working out possible actions to reduce NcDs, rather than being told what to do,” said hermann. Director of the liggins Education Network for Science (lENScience) at the University of Auckland Jacquie Bay, who has visited the cooks to help implement the project, said student’s ideas and behaviours about their lifestyles will be measured at several points during the programme, to measure the change that occurs. They are also hoping to get enough funding to be able

earlier than their parents did. The programme is based on stories of health issues in the community, and stories of those who are working globally to solve these issues. Twelve months after the programme began in Auckland, there were measurable changes in the student’s behaviour which had, in turn, impacted the behaviour of their families. With the programme in Auckland showing good success and being particularly well received by Maori and Paciic youth, the cook Islands team, led by Ina hermann, is adapting the model to the local context. Next year in Rarotonga, year 9 and 11 students will be involved in the programme, with year 10 students joining in 2015. The year 9 programme will offer participating schools – which include Tereora, Nukutere and Titikaveka colleges – the option to use it across English, science, social studies, maths, and health

School students will be the

drivers behind a programme that aims to reduce non-communicable diseases (NcDs) in the cook Islands. A partnership between the cooks, New Zealand and Tonga is aiming to support Pacific youth to take action on health and science issues, with the week seeing the creation of a programme plan for the 2014 school year. With funding from New Zealand Aid, Maraurau o te Pae Apii, Tereora college and Te Marae ora (Ministry of health) have been working with Auckland University’s liggins Institute for the past 12 months to plan the project and secure funding through until 2016. The project follows on from a programme that has seen success in New Zealand. Auckland students have been exploring issues such as diabetes, nutrition, heart disease, and why they are reaching puberty

Those helping to implement the programme met at the Ministry of education on Thursday to discuss the work’s current status and the next steps in the process. 13092752 to also talk to the parents about the results of the programme, to further measure the wider beneits to the community. New Zealand high commissioner Joanna Kempkers said the programme has attracted

attention because it puts young people in the driver’s seat of positive health changes in the community, passing health messages on to their family and friends. “The data (in New Zealand) is really telling,” said Kempk-

ers, adding there were clear improvements in student’s health habits in Auckland. “Even if some of that is just what they’re reporting, you’ve already made that change in their mind.” - Briar Douglas

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irst Takitumu school principal Tautara Purea (centre) and his wife Tekura took part in the joyful church service at the Cook Islands Christian Church in Matavera which marked the beginning of anniversary celebrations for the school yesterday. Takitumu anniversary celebrations underway, page 9 . 13092910

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worldNEWS nuti no TEIA NEI Ao Jewels found in mountains A French mountain climber has found a box of precious jewels thought to be debris from a plane crash in the French Alps decades ago. The hoard of sapphires, emeralds and rubies worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was found near Mont Blanc. The metal case is believed to have come from an Air India crash in 1966. The author of a book on the crash says the intended recipient of the parcel of jewels was a “Mr Issacharov” of London whose descendents are being sought. Police praised the honesty of the anonymous climber for handing the treasure in.

Nigerian school massacre rebels storm school dormitory, students shot dead in their sleep DAMATURU – Suspected Islamist gunmen have attacked a college in north-eastern Nigeria, killing up to 50 students. The students were shot dead as they slept in their dormitory at the college of Agriculture in Yobe state. North-eastern Nigeria is under a state of emergency amid an Islamist insurgency by the Boko haram group. The college is in the rural Gujba district. Boko haram is fighting to overthrow Nigeria’s govern-

world BRIEFS TOURISTS RESCUED AFTER BOAT ON FIRE ENGLAND – Thirty tourists were rescued when an amphibious vessel on the River Thames caught ire close to the Houses of Parliament. Many people jumped into the river from the London Duck Tours craft. All the passengers and crew were rescued by the emergency services and a passing tourist boat. Those rescued were mainly “wet and cold”, said London Ambulance. Some people had sufered the efects of inhaling smoke. Three people were taken to hospital “as a precaution” said an ambulance service spokeswoman. London Fire Brigade station manager Simon Tuhill said: “Our crews worked really hard to extinguish that ire and get the people out of the water. “There were 30 people on the boat and most of them ended up in the water.

MALL ATTACK PLAN MAY HAVE BEEN KNOWN KENYA – Kenya’s interior minister has refused to answer questions about possible intelligence failings in the wake of the Westgate shopping centre attack. Joseph Ole Lenku said intelligence issues were conidential and would not be discussed in public. The questions arose after Kenyan papers reported that the intelligence agency had issued warnings a year ago. Some 67 people were killed after al-Shabab militants stormed the Westgate centre on September 21. The minister also repeated Kenya’s anger at a US decision to reissue a travel advisory that urges Americans to take precautions following the attack. Lenku said it was “unfriendly” and “counter-productive in the ight against global terrorism”.

WEAPONS EXPERTS DISPATCHED TO SYRIA SYRIA – The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is despatching inspectors to start preparing for the destruction of Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons. The BBC reports the OPCW has set an accelerated programme for achieving the elimination of the weapons by mid-2014. In a statement issued in The Hague, the agency said inspections in Syria will commence from October 1. The UN Security council on Friday unanimously adopted a binding resolution instructing Syria to abandon its weapons stockpile and give chemical weapons experts unfettered access to them. Michael Luhan of the OPCW says that with international support, the plan should be carried out by the middle of next year.


ment to create an Islamic state, and has launched a number of attacks on schools. The politician said two vanloads of bodies had been taken to a hospital in Yobe’s state capital, Damaturu. A witness quoted by Reuters news agency counted 40 bodies at the hospital, mostly those of young men believed to be students. college provost Molima Idi Mato, speaking to Associated Press, also said the number of dead could be as high as 50, adding that security forces were still recovering the bodies and that about 1000 students had fled the campus. A Nigerian military source told media that soldiers had collected 42 bodies. The gunmen also set ire to classrooms. In May, President Goodluck Jonathan ordered an operation against Boko haram, and a state of emergency was declared for the north-east area. Many of the Islamist militants left their bases in the north-east and violence initially fell, but revenge attacks quickly followed. In June, Boko haram carried out two attacks on schools in the region. At least nine children were killed in a school on the outskirts of Maiduguri, while 13 students and teachers were killed in a school in Damaturu. In July in the village of Mamudo in Yobe state, Islamist militants attacked a school’s dormitories with guns and explosives, killing at least 42 people, mostly students. Boko haram regards schools as a symbol of Western culture. The group’s name translates as “Western education is forbidden”. half the country’s 160 million citizens are christian. - BBC

It’s been a horriic weekend of terror attacks. Up to 50 students were shot in their sleep in Nigeria, 40 killed at a market in Pakistan and another 25 in a suicide bombing at a mosque in Iraq. AFP

Market place blast kills 33 PEShAWAR – An explosion has

ripped through a market in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar, leaving at least 40 dead and scores wounded. Police said a bomb had exploded in a market, with shops and vehicles set alight. The blast comes a week after a double suicide bombing that killed at least 80 people at a church in the city. on Friday, at least 17 people were killed in the bombing of a bus carrying government employees near Peshawar. Peshawar, the main city of

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has been hit by numerous bomb and gun attacks blamed on Taliban insurgents in recent years. Police said they suspected the explosion was caused by a car bomb. Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper quoted the health minister as saying that the main Peshawar police station may have been the main target. however, bomb disposal chief Shafqat Malik said it appeared the blast had taken place some way from the station. he told Agence France-Presse

that a parked car had been “converted into a remote controlled bomb”. one shop owner, Nazar Ali, told Associated Press: “It was a huge blast that was followed by ire in vehicles. Thick black smoke covered the air and splinters spread all over. I saw people lying dead and bleeding.” An emergency situation was declared at the lady Reading hospital as it received the injured, many of them badly burned. officials said at least 100 people had been hurt. - AFP

Suicide bomber targets mosque BAGhDAD – At least 25 people

are reported to have died after a suicide bomber targeted mourners at a Shia Muslim mosque south of Baghdad. The blast, which collapsed the roof of Al-hussein Mosque in the Musayyib area, also wounded 50 people. It came just hours after at least 11 people were killed and dozens injured in a double sui-

cide-car bombing in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, an area usually spared the violence plaguing other parts of the country. The victims of that attack were believed to be members of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces, known as asayesh. A senior security oficial said the irst blast was a suicide car bomb, while an explosives-

rigged ambulance was detonated when people rushed to check for casualties. Sunday’s blasts were the irst to hit Erbil since May 2007. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s spokesman said the deadly attack may be linked to the bloody civil war in neighbouring Syria, where fighters have battled Kurdish forces. - BBC

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USA – A US ‘psychic’ has been convicted of duping clients out of US$25 million after she convinced them she could see the future. Rose Marks, 62 of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, allegedly told her customers she could predict the future and modify the past – as well as inluence the Internal Revenue Service. A jury found Marks guilty of 14 counts of fraud. Bizarre testimony from her victims detailed how Marks masterminded the $25 million scam. clients, including a best-selling romance novelist, testiied that Marks had exploited their emotional vulnerabilities, their spiritual beliefs and developed friendships in order to leece them of their money.

WOMEN DRIVING ‘BAD FOR THEIR HEALTH’ SAUDI ARABIA – A conservative Saudi Arabian cleric has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems. A campaign calling for women to defy the ban in a protest drive on October 26 has spread rapidly online over the past week. On Sunday, the campaign’s website was blocked inside the kingdom. In an interview published on Friday on the website, Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan said women who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees. No speciic medical studies were cited to support his arguments. The ban on women driving is not backed by a speciic law, but only men are granted driving licences. Women can be ined for driving without a licence.

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Climate change action demanded Paciic leaders use United Nations to call for global warming action NEW YoRK – leaders from the

Pacific have urged countries around the world to step up their efforts to combat climate change. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the presidents of the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, and Palau all asked for more support in deal-

ing with rising sea levels The President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau, told the assembly his country faces certain demise if nothing is done to curb rises in temperatures. “our global warming doomsday is already set in stone if we fail to act,” Remengesau said. “It is therefore our job, as

paciic BRIEFS WEST PAPUA PLIGHT COMPARED TO SYRIA VANUATU – Vanuatu’s Prime Minister has used his address at the United Nations General Assembly to urge the UN to appoint a special representative to probe alleged human rights abuses in Indonesia’s Papua region. Moana Carcasses said that West Papuans have been consistently denied any sort of recognition by the UN for 50 years. Comparing Papua to the UN’s preoccupation with the conlict in Syria, Carcasses questioned how the world body can ignore what he says are hundreds of thousands of West Papuans who have been brutally beaten and murdered. The Prime Minister has also reiterated Vanuatu’s longstanding support for the de-colonisation process in the Paciic.

NO COMMENT OVER PAPUAN DEPORTATIONS AUSTRALIA – The Australian government has so far declined all comment about last week’s deportation of seven asylum seekers from Indonesia’s Papua province who Canberra lew to the Papua New Guinea capital. The seven arrived in Queensland and claimed to be persecuted by the Indonesian security forces for their links to activists highlighting ongoing human rights abuses in Papua. The group was reportedly denied access to a lawyer before being lown to Port Moresby, with refugee advocates fearing the seven may be returned to Indonesia. Under a new policy adopted in July, Australia sends asylum seekers arriving by boat to its detention centres on PNG’s Manus Island or Nauru for processing and possible resettlement anywhere but Australia.

PENALTY SHOOT OUT PUTS TAHITI FOURTH PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Tahiti have inished fourth at the Beach Soccer World Cup in Papeete after an agonising penalty shoot-out defeat to Brazil in the playof for third place. Despite having two players sent of Brazil took the lead with just 52 seconds left before Naea Bennett headed home with the last act of open play to make it 7-7 and force a sudden death penalty shoot-out which Tahiti lost. Tahiti and Australia are the only nations from the Oceania Football Confederation to advance as far as the semi-inals of any FIFA event. Meanwhile Russia defended their World title, beating Spain 5-1 in the inal.

ATTRIBUTES LONG LIFE TO LOCAL FOODS FIJI – Advanced old age has not stopped a Fijian woman from waking up early in the morning to prepare her own breakfast and clean her room. Mereani Silibakola, aged 102, of Nakavika Village in Seaqaqa, is living testimony of how a healthy diet can contribute to a healthier and longer life span. Her son, Baisova Posiano, said: “Her age is no barrier – she talks properly, walks around and helps out in the house chores. She still reads newspapers without having to use spectacles and she remembers people very well. We have not known her getting sick and she often tells us that it’s because she eats healthy food and drinks boiled water.” Silibakola believes in consuming locally-grown foods because she said, “its much healthier and abundant.

BREAKFAST DELAY SAVED FIJIANS’ LIVES FIJI – A Fijian missionary and her parents can only thank God for being delayed to a meeting in Nairobi in Kenya on Saturday. It saved their lives. Lorna-Jayne Waqanivavalagi, dad Wame and mum Ella were supposed to have been at a cafe on the ground loor of the popular Westgate Mall when it was raided by the Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group, Al Shabab. Waqanivavalagi told The Fiji Times from Nairobi that divine intervention saved them from the terrorists who went on a killing spree. “The cafe we were supposed to be at was the exact place where most of the people died. We were supposed to meet an uncle and aunt for breakfast but by God’s grace, we were delayed,” she said.

SPOT FINES FOR BREAKING BETELNUT BAN PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Spot ines will be re-introduced when a betelnut ban comes into efect in Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresby tomorrow. NcD Governor Powes Parkop said they make will sure the avenues where betelnut are brought in bulk will be monitored and PMV owners and people bringing in betelnut will be charged accordingly and prosecuted if necessary when caught. He said he was not stopping people from chewing betelnut but it was the actions of ignorant people not being responsible for their own rubbish, which has made him come up with the ban. “There will be certain points where people can go and sell their betelnut,” he said. “People wanting to chew and buy their betelnut can go there, but not in the city,” Parkop said.

leaders, to take all necessary actions to eliminate the current threat. “My country, along with other Pacific island countries, is unwilling to even discuss a three degrees to five degrees temperature increase scenario by the end of the century, for this will ensure our demise. “We are also unwilling to discuss the issue of migration.” “Instead, we will continue to work with our developed partners to implement strong mitigation commitments and follow-through actions to hold the line on this increase to the more realistic 1.5 degree level.” Remengesau told the assembly response to rising temperatures has been too slow, and there has been a failure to act on goals set by the global community. “Today it appears that the United Nations Framework convention on climate change has stalled, that the Kyoto Protocol is on life support and that the Rio+20 conference has not done enough to strengthen our three pillars of sustainable development,” Remengesau said. “our job as leaders is to reinvigorate our efforts by establishing real mitigation commitments and in identifying immediate, suficient and long-term implementation inancing.” “It is clear that what is needed today is leadership – leadership from the developed world and leadership from the developing world – leadership that focuses beyond borders and looks past today’s problems. “In the end, leadership that creates a broad consensus vision to preserve our planet for tomorrow’s children.”

‘It is clear that what is needed today is leadership – leadership from the developed world and leadership from the developing world – leadership that focuses beyond borders and looks past today’s problems.’ In his speech to the General Assembly, the President of the Marshall Islands, christopher loeak, told the UN it was time for actions, not words. “Simply repeating well-worn negotiation slogans will get the world nowhere. It is time for new solutions,” loeak said. “I strongly urge my fellow leaders to engage eye-to-eye at the Secretary-General’s climate summit next year – never has the need been so dire for true statesmanship.” loeak believes global efforts on climate change have been falling short. “low-lying island nations such as mine are already paying the earliest costs of what is fast becoming a global crisis. “In every sense, the world must build for future risks, and too often, we are still setting course for current conditions.” “It is the seas that are rising, not the islands that are sinking.” President loeak told the As-

Palau’s Tommy remengesau at the united nations. AFP sembly the world’s biggest polluters need to follow in the footsteps of the tiny Paciic nations. “The Marshall Islands is well on track to achieve complete solarisation of our outer islands, a goal we are meeting with the assistance from Japan’s Paciic Environment Community funds, as well as assistance from the European Union, Taiwan, Italy, France and other donor partners,” he said. “The entire region is also aggressively cutting our own emissions through a Paciic New Energy Drive and the message for our partners, the world’s largest emitters, is clear – if we can do it, so can you.” Kiribati’s president, Anote Tong , says the world owes it to the next generations to act. “I frequently find myself watching my grandchildren and wondering what sort of a future we are leaving them,” Tong said.

“For their sake, climate change is an issue that I will continue to talk about for as long as I have breath in my body. This is a critical issue for the survival of our people and for all of humanity. “It remains the greatest moral challenge of our time.” In 1992 leaders gathered at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro to discuss ways to tackle climate change and protect the environment. Tong told the Assembly that 20 years on, the earth is actually worse off. “Whether or not we are willing to acknowledge it, climate change and sea level rise are a result of the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources,” he said. “Economic growth at all costs must not be our mantra, particularly when it is those who will beneit the least from this growth that will pay the ultimate price. “The earth is not ours to do with as we please – we are merely trustees for future generations. We ignore this reality at our peril.” The president also says Kiribati is taking on measures to ensure the country is habitable for as long as possible, and is preparing for a future where the islands may not be able to sustain the population. “We are looking to improve the skills of our people to a level where they are able to compete for jobs in the international labour market,” Tong said. “We want our people to have the option to migrate with dignity should the time come that migration is unavoidable. And all the science is telling us that it is just a matter of time.” - ABC

Police may soon be armed PAGo PAGo – The arming of

police officers in American Samoa is set to become a reality with the approval of a training programme and a plan to purchase handguns being considered. When the commissioner of Public Safety, William haleck, started his tenure early this year, one of his aims was to allow police oficers to carry guns. In an interview with Radio New Zealand he said while crime involving irearms is not on the increase, it’s better the police have access to guns in the event they need to respond to a volatile situation. “Right now we are just serving the people, but we cannot protect anyone because the bad guys have the guns and we don’t have any guns, so it’s better to be safe than to be sorry. “We’ve already had incidents

in the past. All it takes is a training programme, which I’ve been working on and it’s been approved. And that’s all that’s required. “We’re going to start off with the less lethal types such as the use of the baton, the use of the pepper spray, the use of the tasers. We’re going to start very small, maybe beginning with 20 oficers. “Oficers will also have to be psychologically evaluated before they can even be allowed to get the weapons, and of course there will be extensive training surrounding the use of the irearms, so we have to be very careful. “And we’re moving very slowly. of course, the last resort will be the use of the irearms. “Since the last incident back a couple of years ago where a police lieutenant was shot point-

blank in front of our court, it’s high time we take a very serious look at this, because I certainly do not want to have another person die under my watch. “And that’s my main concern. We are law enforcement oficers. We are here to protect. And right now we’re able to serve, but we cannot protect anyone during these changing times. Earlier haleck said that there were a lot of irearms in American Samoa, many of them in the wrong hands. “Firearms in American Samoa, handguns, it’s against the law to have them. The American Samoan citizens are able to register a .22 rile or a 12-gauge shotgun for the purposes of their plantation. “But handguns, there’s a law against them, you’re not allowed to have them. “however, handguns are be-

ing smuggled into the territory by various means. The bad guys will always ind a way to get the weapons in. “We know for sure, through intelligence that we’ve seen, that there are handguns already here on island. “A few months ago when we did a police raid in one of the villages on one of the suspects, when we hit the place early in the morning he was asleep with a .357 magnum his hand. “We have to be safe when we’re making these drug raids or whatever kind of raids that we’re performing. “I’m just taking measures. I’m very aware of gun violence and what we don’t want to be in is a situation where we are required to have weapons and we do not. It’s better to be safe than to be sorry. - RNZI

UN calls on Fiji to hold fair elections NEW YoRK – The UN chief

Ban Ki-moon has called on Fiji’s leader, commodore Frank Bainimarama, to make sure elections promised next year are transparent and democratic. Ban and Bainimarama held talks after the Fiji leader gave

a speech to the UN General Assembly, in which he criticised international sanctions that Fiji faced. The Fiji leader says some countries chose to support a form of democracy, governance and justice in Fiji that they

would never have accepted for themselves. Ban has encouraged Fiji to restore a legitimate government and constitutional order as soon as possible. The Fiji regime put in place a new constitution which has

granted its members immunity for all coup-related actions and keeps refusing calls to allow for an interim administration running the country in the lead-up to the elections which the regime leader has said he expects to win. - RNZI


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LDS leader refutes language ban BRISBANE – The President of the church of Jesus christ of Latter-day Saints for the Paciic, Elder James hamula, says there is no truth in reports that the church has banned the Samoan language. he has travelled to Apia to give the media that message. At a press conference in Apia and later in an interview with the Samoa observer, hamula was adamant there was no ban of Samoan or any other language. The president for the Paciic region said the issue involves a group of Samoan people in a particular area of Brisbane where there are also Fijian and Tongan church members. he said the church wanted to reorganise and bring this multicultural group together and have their services in English. But the church always makes sure they have a translator who translates all the services into Samoan, he said. he indicated to the Samoa observer, however, that changes made in 2007, which sparked the claim about the Samoan language being banned, might be reversed. “In the future we may return to the circumstances that we had before 2007,” Elder James hamula said. “That this is not working the way that we would have liked it to work.” however, he and other leaders strongly rejected claims that the language reorganisation was in any way a “ban” on the use of Samoan in services. In January 2009, a group of six Samoans laid a human rights complaint with the Australian courts. They claimed that the 2007 “decision” was made preventing worship being allowed in Samoan. Their complaint was dismissed by the Federal Magistrates court in November 2012 last year. The ruling agreed a decision was made but declared that it did not interfere with members’ religious freedoms.

Despite the dismissal last year, the group has continued to press their claim that the reorganisation amounted to a ban on the use of Samoan language, and, most recently, called on the government of Samoa to intervene on their behalf. hamula admitted that the reorganisation could have been handled differently. “We acknowledge that the decision that was made was not announced well and that there was some local leaders that did not fully understand the decision taken,” he said. “We fully regret that.” While agreeing that the decision taken was to have services in English, this did not and has not stopped services also being conducted in Samoan, with translation services provided. “That was not the intention of the decision and not the policy of the church, in Brisbane or anywhere else.” complaints from the “small group” made no sense when the church spends millions worldwide translating materials into dozens of different languages, he said. Nor did it make any sense to “ban” Samoan from one ward, when there were 68 different Samoan language wards worldwide, including twelve in New Zealand, nine in Australia and 16 in Utah, United States. President hamula was backed up by other senior leaders, including Paciic Area Seventy leader Ututa’aloga Fasavalu Meliula M. Fata, Pesega stake church President Taimalie Sapele Faalogo, and Apia stake President Apia, Fa’amoana Utai. All three men said they had made visits to Brisbane, visiting eight wards where services had been conducted in both English and Samoan. hamula praised the stance taken by the government of Samoa not to comment publicly until all the facts of the situation were known to them. “I think that the government has a right to comment on what it wants to comment on, and to

intercede where it feels it needs to,” he said. “our concern solely was that the Samoan government has all the facts – and waiting to have all the facts is very wise.” News reports had earlier quoted Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi as promising to write a letter to the church regarding the language issue. Said President hamula: “I think he was very wise in not allowing himself, and the government, to be drawn into this without being aware of all the facts.” hamula said that the church had previously on many occasions encountered disagreement over changes to language wards as congregations grew, shifted and changed. Those misunderstandings arose not just from geography, ethnicity or language, he said, but also between generations, as the children of migrant believers grew up learning a different language, such as English. But the 2009 case was the irst he had heard of where misunderstandings had gone as far as court. he hoped that the churches repeated invitations to the group who took the case to court that they could work out their differences as a family would be taken up. But the lawyer representing a group of Samoan Mormons in Australia, who have lodged an appeal in the Federal Appeals court, continues to claim the church is preventing them from worshipping in Samoan. The appeal case is expected to be heard in May 2014. lawyer olinda Woodroffe, says hamula is misinformed if he thinks the Mormon church in Brisbane allows its members to use anything other than English during worship. She says a 2007 court decision proves that. “Is he not aware of the decision of the Federal Magistrate courts in Australia where noone of the Mormon church denied to the court that they stopped the people from contin-

‘No great impact’ APIA – A punishment of rural Samoan villages for the behaviour of residents while in New Zealand will not have a big impact on New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme, New Zealand oficials say. Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele has banned several Samoan villages from taking part in such schemes for two to four years as punishment for shameful behaviour by Samoan RSE workers while working in New Zealand. While New Zealand oficials could not comment on the policy of another government, a spokesperson at the ofice of Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said the punishments were not likely to have a big impact here, as the majority of RSE workers in New Zealand were not from Samoa.

RSE manager Matt hoskin said the scheme had been a big success since it came into effect in 2007, enabling the horticulture and viticulture industries to recruit workers for seasonal work when there are not enough New Zealand workers. “The vast majority of RSE workers who come to New Zealand are of good character and fulfil their contracts without any issues. only a very small minority of RSE workers are deported each year,” he said. During the last inancial year 7456 RSE workers came to New Zealand – 1137 of them from Samoa. The Samoa government has has gone through with its promise recently to introduce tough new measures by banning seven villages from taking part in the seasonal work schemes with New Zealand and Australia af-

ter recent incidents involving workers breaking the law. The people from Tafuatai on Savai’i and Solosolo in Upolu face a four-year ban after some seasonal workers were alleged to have been involved in damaging company cars and a dormitory, theft and leaving employment without notice. The villages of letogo, Samusu, Sataoa, Fagae’e, and Toamua face a two year ban after workers from there were accused of rape, drunk and disorderly behavior, and also leaving the work place without notice. Prime Minister, Tuila’epa Sailele Malielegaoi, has urged the councils of these seven villages to punish the individuals involved. There has been some opposition from the villages but the government said it has had enough. - RNZI

Court action by members is continuing despite Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints for the Paciic leaders insisting there is no ban on the use of the Samoan language at services in Brisbane. uing their worship in Samoan?” Woodroffe says the judge found members’ ability to worship in Samoan had been removed by the church – but doing so did not undermine their human rights. She says a group of Samoans from ive Mormon wards have lodged an appeal, based on an interpretation of the Australian human Rights Act. She says members are being restricted from singing, praying and worshipping in Samoan inside the Mormon temple – but are permitted sometimes to speak it in other church areas. “They never know one Sunday to another what they’re going to be told.”

Woodroffe says she has gained the support of the Samoan prime minister, who is seeking advice from his attorney general. The chairperson of the National Association of Samoan language Teachers in New Zealand, Galumalemana Alfred hunkin, says the ban is a form of neo-colonialism. “It’s saying that this is the way the new order is going to happen. We’ve allowed you to use your language a wee bit, in time and space, but now we’ve decided that, ‘hey, we’re going to control things again’. “I think that’s going back to the old days of colonialism. let’s just make sure that this lan-

guage of dominance continues to be strengthened and used by the church’.” hunkin says language is an important factor in worship. “The church has ignored the most powerful factor that people like Samoans, whose first language is Samoan, can use to communicate with God. “If that is the goal of the use of language, then why did they not think of the most powerful way for people like Samoa’s native speakers to communicate with the God they believe in.” hunkin says such a ban makes younger generations of Samoans born outside of Samoa reject their native language. - RNZI/Samoa Observer


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‘Lack of consultation with landowners’ Dear Editor, Further to the cook Islands News and cI herald articles on the Avana Fishing club and cook Islands government plans relating to the donation of funds from Japan for the dredging of Avana harbour, marina development, harbour facilities –I would like to point out a number of issues relating to the land, Te Tuingara where the Avana Fishing club, Mooring cafe and Moko's Fishing is located but more particularly to the land adjacent to Te Tuingara, Matoteare and Areporia. These three businesses have only been in this present location for less than three years. Firstly, my mother, is one of the landowners on the neighbouring land, Matoteare and Areporia which is directly adjacent to the land called Te Tuingara. My mother has also held a lease on Matoteare and Areporia since 1974. This land is also known to the public as Vaka Village and in 1990 parts of this land was reclaimed by government as the location for the 1992 Festival of Arts. The use of this leased land for the 1992 Festival of Arts was given by my mother on the condition that the reclamation of part of

this land was not to be a burden, nor a cost to my mother who was the leaseholder and also one of the tribal landowners. Secondly, since the 1992 Festival of Arts access to Te Tuingara where the Avana Fishing club, Mooring cafe, Mokos Fishing etcetera is located has been via my mother's leased land. In other words there is no legal public access to Te Tuingara except on the Avarua side of what used to be John Abbott’s homes near the Ngatangiia cIcc church. Thirdly, it appears that whoever assisted the Avana Fishing et al, with their funding application did not fully research nor consult with all the landowners of both Te Tuingara nor of Matoteare and Areporia in particular my mother. Although, Matoteare and Areporia is not title land, my mother asked Manavaroa Mataiapo George Nicholas two weeks ago if he knew about this. To our surprise, he too was not aware of the plans by the Avana Fishing et al. lastly, my mother has been very patient and has expressed to us her children her "Maori Aroa" and to leave the access to Te Tuingara via her leased

avana Fishing association president stephen ‘Moko’ Kavana and Japanese embassy second secretary Kiyo rokutanda at the recent ceremony at Avana Harbour to commemorate the donation of more than $100,000 in funding towards various improvements around the harbour. PHOTO VAINE WICHMAN 13092907 land in the meantime and for coming from the Fishing club, the Ngatangiia people to ac- Moko's cafe etcetera on a daily basis. cess the area for swimIt has now Therefore, in light of ming, kai moana etbecome a recent events with the cetera. My mother has also taught us the his- burden and Avana Fishing club, government’s plans torical and sacred siga cost on nificance of the Avana my mother. with the Japan funding and the Mooring cafe harbour; however, we have noticed an increase in owners is outright disrespectdrinking and alcohol bottles ful for my mother and lack of

consultation from outsiders with the whole of the tribal landowners of Matoteare and Areporia. It has now become a burden and a cost on my mother. We, our mother’s children are finding that it is becoming very difficult to have the "Maori Aroa". We therefore, would like to advise the public, that my

mother is well within her legal rights as a leaseholder and tribal landowner to block the road that is currently being used by the Avana Fishing club, the Mooring cafe, and Moko's ishing. K T Napa-Bergin Daughter of one of the tribal landowners and leaseholder of Matoteare and Areporia

Cook Islanders queue too! Dear Editor, May I add a little comment on NZ journalist Peter calder’s article in your paper on September 26 ‘NZ journalist fed up with licence lines’. It appears Mr calder has an issue with standing and waiting in a queue and the cook Islands

legislation regarding drivers licensing. Well here are some real facts Mr calder: when you check in at the airport you stand in a queue and wait. When you go shopping you stand in a queue and wait at the checkout counter. When you go to the bank you

stand in a queue and wait. When you go to the public toilets you stand in a queue and wait and the list goes on. And yes us cook Islanders stand in a queue too when we apply for our drivers licences, and we don’t have a problem with that.

If you require us to amend our legislation to suit your concerns, please feel free to march down to Parliament and launch your protest. That’s where they legalised our laws and that’s where they make the changes. Finally, I see that you have visited a lot of countries as you

stated in your article. however, there is one place you haven’t mentioned and that is Rome. Because the Romans once said, “When you are in Rome you do what the Romans do”. That also

Play it live! Dear Editor, Each year cook Islands rugby league season as we know it climaxes with both the local grand inal competition, followed a few months later by the NRl grand final, whereby league fans and supporters get together in their homes around a BBQ with a few drinks to cheer on their favourite teams. The question I would like to ask through your newspaper is what effort has cook Islands Rugby league Association, under president charles carlson, made to organise sponsorship arrangements so that this year's NRl grand final between the Manly Sea Eagles and Sydney Roosters will be played live on cITV? With this match kicking off at 8pm local time in Raro, it is a perfect opportunity for cIRlA to promote the game and bolster support. I hate to say this but in recent years cIRlA’s interest in rugby

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applies in the cook Islands. My advice “Don’t hold your breath, stand in the queue and wait like everyone else”. Sinsel & lincoln (Name and address supplied)

league seems to be confined to jumping on planes and whizzing off to all sorts of international league meetings all over the world rather than trying to organise simple tasks such as getting sponsors to contribute towards the playing of NRl weekly on local television. I therefore challenge both carlson and his cIRlA team to prove their worth and do the right thing by taking a little time and effort to organise sponsors so that rugby league's annual showcase, the NRL grand inal, can be watched live on cITV this Saturday evening. Probably like other league fans, I am more than happy to make a financial contribution that would allow this year's NRl grand inal between Manly and the Roosters to be played live on cITV this weekend. can't wait (Name and address supplied)

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Audiology and health specialists in town SPEcIAlIST health care contin-

ues at Rarotonga hospital this week, with the completion of a three week programme. Audiology specialist and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists have been on the island, providing health services to Rarotonga and the outer islands, with ENT surgeon Robert Allison arriving in the country late last week. Allison, from christchurch, will be holding an outpatient clinic today, which will include follow ups with previous patients and prioritising those who have been identiied over the past two weeks. For the rest of the week he and his team, an anaesthetist from New Zealand and theatre nurse from Australia, will be working hard in the operating theatre. Allison says that the common health issues he sees in the cook Islands include middle ear disorders such as perforated ear drums and other problems related to ear infections and swimming, all of which can result in long term problems. This is Allison’s fifth visit to the cook Islands to assist with medical care, his irst being back in 2000 when he was encouraged to take part in the programme by NZ-based paediatric surgeon Kiki Maoate. “We are trying to make regular visits so we can follow up on patients,” Allison said, with the intention being to visit every year. Rita Nethe, a nurse from Ear health in Auckland, has been screening patients both in Rarotonga and Aitutaki over

rita nethe, from ear health in auckland, has been screening patients in rarotonga and aitutaki over the past two weeks as part of the audiology and enT specialist health care programme. 13092730/28 the past two weeks, a part of the programme that was not in place when Allison irst visited. “The screening that Rita is doing is great,” Allison said. Audiology health care is also

provided by christchurch audiologist Scott Wright. Wright has been in Rarotonga for a week, and spent Friday in Aitutaki, assessing those who have been identiied as needing

hearing aids by Nethe. The individualised hearing aids will be made in New Zealand and shipped to the cook Islands in a few months. As part of the programme the

specialists bring with them all necessary medical supplies, with Allison saying “we try to have minimal impact on the resources here”. The specialist health visit has

been organised through the Paciic Island Programme of the Royal Australasian college of Surgeons, and funded by New Zealand Aid programme and AusAID. - RS

Sky Paciic service to undergo transition ThE MAJoRITY of Sky Pacific customers will be without the service for several weeks in october, as operators work to resurrect the signal following changes in Fiji. Sky TV has been under threat for some time in the cooks, after broadcasters Fiji Television announced a new agreement signing with Intelsat Global Sales and Marketing ltd. The 15-year contract involves moving the service from the current satellite, Intelsat 18, to a new satellite in a different position, Intelsat 19 on october 1 – which will greatly improve service in Fiji. It was initially thought this would cut service in the cooks entirely, or that customers would need to purchase larger satellite dishes. however, staff at cinema limited – which operates Sky in the cook Islands – have done tests showing the current 1.5 metre dishes will in fact receive the new

signal. The problem is, all dishes will need to be re-aligned in accordance with the position of the new satellite – and this will take time. In addition, while the new signal will work with the newer MPEG-4 decoder boxes used by most customers, about 30 per cent of customers still have the original MPEG-2 decoder boxes – which will need to be replaced with MPEG-4. The MPEG-4 boxes can be recognised by the digital display screen on the front of the box. cinema limited managing director Grant Walker said the business has a list of customers who need to purchase new decoder boxes, and will be contacting them to arrange this. All decoder boxes will also require a new ‘Smart card’ – which will be provided free of charge – and will need to be updated with new software settings. Walker said the transition puts

a big strain on the small business, but is necessary for Sky service to continue. cinema limited has taken on three new staff members – one returned member and two recently trained – to help the team visit each satellite dish, re-align it, and update the decoder boxes. As this will take time, some customers are likely to be without service for several weeks, and Walker said the team would greatly appreciate patience from customers. These visits will cost $30 – half the cost of a normal call-out. “We’ll lose more money than we make in this… But we want to do this for the cook Islands, so customers can continue to receive a signal,” said Walker. Some older dishes are likely to have rusted into place and will break if moved, meaning some households will need to purchase replacement parts. While it is not recommended, customers can attempt to re-

align their own dish to avoid the the dish is in a position and $30 fee. Written and video in- condition that makes the transistructions will be provided, and tion easy to perform, and whose will be available online as well as accounts are in good standing. This will be followed from cinema limited by households whose – though for the unThe problem transition requires trained it isn’t easy to is, all dishes more time and effort, get it right, with dishwill need to including those that es that are out of place be re-aligned need parts replaced. by even two millimein accordance lastly, residential custres unlikely to receive with the tomers who need total the signal. customers position of the replacement or have who align their own new satellite outstanding balances dish will still need to – and this will will be attended to. bring in their decoder take time. The transitions will box to receive a new be performed irst on Smart card and have the settings updated. There will, Rarotonga, and technicians will also be sent to Aitutaki – with the however, be no fee for this. Walker said the team is trying vast majority of customers being to perform the transition as fast on these two islands. once this is as possible. They will irst be vis- complete, testing will be done on iting resorts, bars, clubs, commu- the other islands, meaning that nity sites and other commercial service for these outer islands will customers, followed by residen- be down for a longer period – the tial customers who have pre-paid length of which is not yet known. The cinema limited team are their subscription for a year. Next will be those households where hoping to complete about 20

Cinema Limited managing director Grant Walker. 13092749 dishes a day. Walker said while the disruption may be frustrating for customers, it is necessary for service to continue. “When this dies down, everyone will have a system they can rely on for more than a decade – it’s much better than no service at all.” - BD


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Takitumu anniversary celebrations underway A chURch service led by Takitumu School yesterday, marked the irst day of the school’s week long anniversary celebrations. The Matavera cook Islands christian church welcomed principals, teachers and students of the past and today, to a morning of worship, with current principal Engia Pate and Year Six student Daniel Foster leading the service. The children’s voices soared as they sang each hymn with heart

felt enthusiasm, and Grade one and Three students stood proudly at the front to recite their irava. oirua Rasmussen took the sermon, based on Psalm 85:113 – “Na Ihova oki e oronga mai i te mea meitaki, eka ua mairai to tatou enua – The lord will indeed give what is good and our land will yield it’s harvest.” The entire school and the community made their way back to Takitumu School to share lunch together, with a hush falling over

the excited students as they dug into the delicious food brought by all. Today the celebrations continue at the school. A special assembly will be followed by visits to the classrooms that have been set up as museums, and a speech competition. A sports day for everyone takes place on Tuesday, with Thursday the main day of celebrations with the unveiling of the new school sign, and Fri- RS day a picnic day.

There was food for all at the shared lunch held at Takitumu school, after the church service at Matavera Cook Islands Christian Church yesterday. 13092914

Grade Three teacher Tama Teokotai helps his students at the shared lunch which followed the service at Matavera CICC. 13092911

Takitumu School came together for the irst day of Takitumu School’s anniversary celebrations at the Matavera Cook Islands Christian Church yesterday. 13092908

Takitumu School teachers Tama Teokotai and Vaine Tauakume celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary with ex-student Mary Charlie. 13092913

Takitumu School students illed the Matavera Cook Islands Christian Church yesterday, for the church service which began the school’s anniversary celebrations. 13092912

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Child welfare celebrates 80 years ThE cooK ISlANDS child Wel-

fare Association will be celebrating its 80th birthday along side the 60th birthday celebrations of the hospital comforts committee (hcc) this year. The two non government organisations will be commemorating the community support they have had over the years. The committee held its cele-

brations at the Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar and Restaurant and it was attended by the longest serving members of the committee. The hcc was started by a group of expatriate ladies in 1953 and Maria henderson served with the committee for 55 years and Betty Bailey for 31 years. Started by the late Dr Edward

Ellison in 1933, the association will be celebrating 80 years of service to the mothers and children of the cook Islands today. Ellison’s grandson, local resident Boyd Ellison, has been invited to speak at this evening’s celebration. The celebrations will be held at the Sinai hall in Avarua from 5pm. - SK

The ladies responsible for making the Hospital Comforts Committee a success celebrated its 60th year at the Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar and Restaurant last month. 13092758

The founder of the Cook Islands Child Welfare association, the late dr edward ellison pictured with his wife Mere Karaka Materoa (nee Boyd). 13092757

Apii Te Uki Ou heading to Mitiaro STUDENTS from Apii Te Uki ou

will have the opportunity to experience what life is all about in the pa enua this week. Twenty-four students from Year Seven and Eight and five staff members, will be spending five days in Mitiaro, as part of the school’s two yearly trips to the outer islands. “one of the main reasons is for a cultural experience,” said Te Reo and culture teacher for the school Ana Makara, adding that for most it is their irst experience of how people live on the outer islands. With a population of around 200, life in Mitiaro will be very different from that in Rarotonga. Makara says that there will be different expectations in terms of dress code and traditional gender roles, with values such as respect, family, community and ‘making do with what

you have’ very important. The students have a busy week planned, including assisting with teaching numeracy and reading at the school and spending time with their fellow students at school. They will be taking a tour of the island and its important sites, such as a marae and sandalwood plantation, visiting Vai Nauri for a community picnic and a swim in the cave, and camping out at Roto Nui. Apii Te Uki ou’s trips to the pa enua began around 10 years ago, irst instigated by June Hosking. Since then the students have visited all of the southern group islands, with this being a return visit to Mitiaro. Makara sees the trip as a chance for the students to start to grow and become independent, with time away from family and all that is familiar.


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For Makara it is also a return home. She has spent many years living in Mitiaro on and off, after marrying a man from the island, but has not been back in nine years. “It’s a beautiful island. I enjoyed living there,” Makara said, who was previously the principal at Mitiaro School. All electronic equipment has been banned from the trip, with Makara encouraging them to leave behind any items that they can easily replace and would not


be of use to those on the island. Apii Te Uki ou would like to thank the local community and parents of the school for their support with their fundraising, which has ranged from weekly sausage sizzles to rafles, movies nights and the Spellathon. - Rachel Smith

dishes time for locals and visitors during the school’s visit to Mauke. 11102830


with yoga teacher Diya Welland

yoga; breaking patterns & the absolute admiration of what’s possible navel gazing for a lot of years received a bad rap, yet in today’s world perceptions have shifted enough that the simple (yet often challenging) act of looking within is not as selish as once thought. as a practitioner of health and healing, i’ve encountered few people who do not experience some sense of guilt, shame or even fear when they decide to embark on taking responsible care of themselves. Before we can even begin to move into changing self-negating or unhealthy habits, we must irst break through the conditioning which says it’s selish to put oneself irst. it takes both courage and compassion to break out of a mold, to stop something unhealthy like smoking, to stand up for ourselves in an abusive relationship, to say no to a full plate of food when it’s too much. it takes courage to say yes to ourself and no to external pressures. The challenge of not taking care in the present is that in the future those unhealthy habits catch up. then it’s decision time; turn to medical drugs with all their side efects, surgery to take out the diseased body parts; or make dramatic changes in our diet, mindset and lifestyle hoping we come out better than when we began. the unhealthy ego-mind will tell us tv is relaxing time out, avoidance is ine, confrontation not worth it and anything painful most certainly bad. The ego will also let us know quite matter of fact like that navel gazing or attending to ones own self care is most certainly not necessary as there are far more important things to contend with. Unfortunately our ego most often gets its way. Until it doesn’t! self-relection is the irst step in breaking patterns, unhealthy habits and tendencies that no longer serve us. why do we do what we do? it’s also what leads us to live happier, healthier lives more freely and fully. there’s a diference between being selish and being self-aware, just as there’s a diference between the mind aimlessly wandering and mindfully aimed wonderings. Presence is being aware of what we do when we do it and why. When we begin to use yoga practice as the healing art it is, we have to face hard truths like being willing to be in any kind of internal or wounded space. it’s diicult, yet in order to have true healing on all levels, we need

to be here now, completely present. in yoga practice we learn to treat ourself with gentleness and compassion, and to become strong and clear on decisions about what’s good for us and what’s not. Time on the yoga mat is time for self relection, becoming self-aware and developing internal strength. it is only by taking our awareness completely internal and allowing our body to guide us that we begin to re-align ourselves with our true nature. When we begin to live intentionally we change the structure of our brain and slowly those hard worn trails of negativity let go. However, we have to have willpower, the willingness to let go of our judgements and see how we can live our lives diferently. there is always available the sorta-kinda-maybe path of‘commitment’ to change, then there is the willingness to commit completely to the path we know is right for becoming who we truly know ourselves to be. yoga, its more than just a good stretch… its heart-warming too. for more on yoga - classes, therapy & private sessions; Bodywork - relexology, reiki, craniosacral, massage and coaching, please ph: 50-839. self Practice (ashtanga)

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PUBLIC NOTICE TO: ThE LANDOWNERS OF RAROPUA SECTION 190M1, KIIKII A meeting of the landowners in respect of the above land will be held at the Tupapa meeting house, Tupapa on Wednesday, 2 October 2013 at 5.30pm. Pursuant to a deed of lease dated 14 December 1978, one landowner has entered into an agreement for sale and purchase to purchase the lease and four landowners have given written notice exercising their right of irst refusal in respect of a proposed assignment of the lease. Would all landowners please attend the meeting for the purpose of determining which of the ive landowners shall be entitled to proceed with the purchase and take an assignment of the lease on the above land. Please note, any landowners intending to have a power of attorney or proxy attend on their behalf must provide a copy of the power of attorney or other documentation to the meeting to be recognised and taken into account with any ballot at the meeting. For enquiries please contact heinz Matysik at Little & Matysik P.c., cook Islands Lawyers, Avarua, rarotonga, Tel: 21619 or email: 73941

ShORT-TERM CONSULTANCY SERVICES Applications are invited from suitably qualiied/experienced individuals or irms to become a preapproved consultant for short-term consultancy services. Services will be called upon as and when required by various government agencies including Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning, cook Islands Investment corporation, Ministry of Finance and Economic Management, oice of the Prime Minister, and Pa enua Island Governments. common services include feasibility and design studies; project and procurement management; engineering (civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, water and sanitation) designs, advice and reviews; quantity surveying; architecture and drafting; project reporting; and secretarial services. Application forms can be obtained from the cook Islands investment corporation oice, MfEM Building, avarua, by email to, or downloaded from Applications will be open for an initial period of one (1) month from 12 September to 11 October 2013. Applications will be assessed during and after this period to allow for contracting of urgent work before the date of closure. For further details please contact Anne Taoro, cook Islands Investment corporation, Tel: (+682) 29391 or by email (as above).

REGISTRATION OF TRADES AND SERVICES – Rarotonga and Pa Enua registrations of Interest for small-works contracts are invited from building-related trade and service providers (individuals and businesses) on rarotonga and Pa enua. Trades and services include, but not limited to, carpentry (repairs and construction), electrical, plumbing and drainlaying, painting, block-laying and concrete work, tiling and carpeting, joinery, landscaping and cleaning. Other trades/services not mentioned are welcomed. The database containing trade and service providers will be updated and will be accessible to Government Ministries and Agencies. Services or requests for quotes will be sourced as required by the individual ministries/ agencies for work valued less than $30K. There is no deadline for registering interests. registration forms can be obtained from the cook Islands Investment corporation oice, MfEM Building, avarua, by email to or downloaded from 73651 /35135 /1948

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50th year for Araura College ARAURA collEGE will celebrate its 50th anniversary during December. The celebrations in Aitutaki will be opened by Prime Minister henry Puna, one of the original students of the college when it irst opened in 1963 as Aitutaki Junior high School. Principal Tarona Daniela says the festivities will take place over two days – Tuesday December 10 and Wednesday December 11. Araura college became a full college in 1977 and has a roll of about 180 students. The statefunded school’s motto is ‘E Ara e Kimi’ (Awake and Seek) and when it irst opened it also catered for students from Mauke, Manihiki, Rakahanga, Puka-

puka and Penrhyn. The school offered both academic and vocational programmes from forms 1 to 4. Aitutaki Junior high School had a roll of 200 students with 10 teachers. In 1977 the school was upgraded to college status with the introduction of New Zealand School certificate prescriptions. The school roll grew to 350 with 24 teachers. Soon form 6 was introduced with the intention of completing secondary education on the island. Form 6 is still part of Araura college today, but with a much smaller roll of only 20 students. This year the school roll stands at 178, with 13 teachers, two teacher aides, a student guidance counsellor and

a school secretary. Araura college is situated right in the centre of Aituaki on a parcel of land given by the landowners to the Ministry of Education for the sole purpose of education for many more generations to come. Daniela says Araura college has a proud and rich history in all aspects of learning. “She stands tall when it comes to academic achievements, cultural pride, social endeavours and sporting accomplishments. To this day, Araura college continues to do well due mainly to the full support of Aitutaki Enua and, most importantly, her total trust in the lord.” If you are a past student or

teacher and you want to share your experiences and memories of Araura college, please contact Daniela at principal@ The college is encouraging past staff, students and the community to contribute their stories and photos in

the lead up to the big anniversary and at the celebrations, which will be held on college grounds. - HG

Araura College staf in 1979. PHOTO ARAURA COLLEGE 13092320

araura College students in 1978—the college has compiled a gallery of old photos on its website PHOTO ARAURA COLLEGE 13092321




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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 Monday 7th October 2013 at 3.00pm. An Application pack is available from the Ministry of education or from the website at: ck 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@

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Puppies looking for new a home

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tion has some cuddly animals who are looking for a home. The foundation is looking for permanent or foster homes for some of the animals in its care. Those who are looking for a pet, or would like to foster a cat or dog on a more temporary basis, it would be helpful for the clinic and likely beneit you and a homeless animal. Esther honey currently has several adorable, cuddly puppies ready to be welcomed into

good homes or to be fostered and trained. The foundation also has older dogs and cats who would bloom with the companionship and affection of a good caregiver. cats and dogs make great companions – they love unconditionally, are always happy to see you and eager to please. having a pet has also been linked to lower blood pressure and a reduction in stress. They lend a listening ear and don’t judge. They are also valuable to kids as

teachers and conidants. Please consider bringing a new pet into your life either as a permanent member of your family or as a temporary member by fostering. Esther honey will provide the food and veterinary care at no cost for foster home placements. Those interested are encouraged to contact the Esther honey Foundation clinic on 22336 or stop by the clinic in Nikao to meet a new furry friend. - EHF/BD

esther honey has some cuddly puppies who are looking for a home. 13092401


Tonumaivao navy epati

ia orana and Talofa. We the family of Tonumaivao navy epati would like to take this time to sincerely thank each and every person for your compassion and assistance during the sudden passing of our dearly loved husband, father, son, Brother, Uncle and friend. navy’s death was unexpected and heart breaking for our family. however, the warm consolation and heartfelt kindness we have received from everyone has been a great comfort to us. There are many people we would like to acknowledge at this point for their infallible support. we sincerely acknowledge the hon prime minister henry puna and government for the beautiful service conducted in honour of our beloved navy. it was heartwarming for our family to see and hear each speaker share such fond memories and perspectives of navy. We convey our sincerest appreciation to various persons, church groups, sports clubs and organisations for sharing with us your prayers, service, comfort and kind tributes. we sincerely acknowledge his excellency tom marsters & mrs marsters, hon minister kiriau turepu & mrs turepu, Joseph ngamata- Board & staf of airport authority, rev papa aratangi, pastor russell puna, rev ngatokorua patia, Bishop tutai pere & the apostolic church, pastor clerk turua & the holy spirit revival church, pastor eric toleafoa & the matavera sda church, rev tereora viniki & the ngatangiia ekalesia, rev iana aitau & ex mangaia college pupils, pastor Urirau aratangi & the advent truth ministry, pastor Jonathan cargill, kevin iro, gus meyer & celebration on the rock church, matavera catholic church, tupapa maraerenga sports club, mongoose golden oldies, rarotonga golf club, ciBa, cirla, cisnoc, cina, cirU, ciml, nikao sokatak, tennis assoc & atheletics, avatiu young guns, hom’s, opsc, mac mokoroa & moip, samoan community, fijian community, kervin aroita & avarua Bakery, courtney raita, maeva-leigh iro, terii pittman, vaiana dance & d-vent sheet metal ltd, edwin and elena pittman, fraser nooroa & citc, henry and rae tupa and tnm ltd. we extend special acknowledgement to the following people: to rev oirua rasmussen, the matavera ekalesia and the matavera sunday school for

navy’s inal church service and function. to atatoa herman, george george, mousie skews, tukua tangaroa and daphne ringi for your invaluable assistance in the administration and programming of each commemoration service. to navy’s friends and acquaintances from here in the cook islands and afar, we warmly thank you for making navy’s farewell a memorable and auspicious occasion. To all our close family and friends, of whom there are too many to name, that have been with us throughout this entire ordeal helping in any way possible, please know we are forever grateful and forever blessed to have you all in our lives. To everyone who has ofered their time, assistance, support, food contributions, money and lowers, no words can fully express our appreciation for your presence, warm thoughts and helping hands in laying to rest our dear navy. navy was a loving husband, an adoring father and a truly beautiful soul. His commemoration services and funeral were momentous occasions that honored his strong and zealous character. as a family, we could not have asked for a more beautiful send off for our navy. may he rest in peace. aere ra navy, alofa pea mo oe. may god bless you all. from mrs florence epati and children Jana, maureen and al Jermaine.

psalm 62:7“in god is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in god”


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BCI Rarotonga Round the Rock Relay


SPoRT Tupapa outscores Titikaveka in soccer —APOPO, 4pm across from the Banana court

TUPAPA Maraerenga proved

too strong for Titikaveka in the main lotto Premiership men’s soccer match played on Saturday at the Titikaveka ield. however it was Titikaveka that scored the first goal through speedy defender Bill Tangapiri who caught the goal keeper off guard. Tupapa responded with a penalty kick on the spot ive minutes later to equalize through Geoffrey Strickland. The men in black didn’t waste time and scored another three goals before the half time break through Anthony Samuel, campbell Best and Geoffrey Strickland adding another goal to his name. In the second half campbell Best continued to bombard the goal mouth adding another four goals for his team while Grover harmon inserted his name onto Tupapa’s score card with a goal of his own too. overall it was a fast match with Tupapa dominating towards the end of the game to bring the inal result nine goals to one in favour of Tupapa Maraerenga. In the other games played during the weekend Avatiu drew two all in an exciting and close encounter against a deter-

mined Matavera outfit while competition leaders Puaikura demolished Takuvaine who were still celebrating their rugby win last week by fourteen goals to one. In the senior women’s championship Tupapa Maraerenga defeated host Titikaveka by four goals to nil while Puaikura beat Takuvaine by three goals to nil. Thursday’s contest between host Avatiu and Matavera saw the yellow and blue Avatiu comfortably beat Matavera by four goals to nil. The junior division also provided a promising match in the weekend with host Titikaveka taking the under 14 boys category while Tupapa bagged the under 14 girls division. At the Raemaru Park it was also a shared win with Puaikura winning the under 14 boys match while Takuvaine claimed the under 14 girls. In the Avatiu and Matavera contests, Avatiu comfortably won the under 14 boys while Matavera ran away with the under 14 girls - CIFA Media match.

Full results from the weekend:

Under 11 Mixed 2-1, Puaikura vs Takuvaine (Puaikura scores irst) – Premier Men 14-1, Sen-

ior Women 3-0, Under 17 Men 13-4, Under 14 Boys 4-0, Under 14 Girls 0-2, Under 11 Mix

3-0, Avatiu vs Matavera (Avatiu scores irst) – Premier Men 2-2, Senior Women 4-0, Under 17

Men 1-3, Under 14 Boys 3-0, Under 14 Girls 0-3, Under 11 Mixed 4-3.

Titikaveka’s sole goal scorer Bill Tangapiri defends his goal mouth against Tupapa’s Grover Harmon. 13092906

Titikaveka vs Tupapa Maraerenga (Titikaveka scores irst) – Premier Men 1-9, Senior Women 0-4, Under 17 Men 1-0, Under 14 Boys 1-0, Under 14 Girls 0-4,

Singapore set to tour ThE SINGAPoRE national netball team is set to play against hosts the cook Islands in a three match test series in November. The Singapore team, and not Scotland as incorrectly stated in Saturday’s back page story, is coached by former New Zealand Ferns coach Ruth Aitken. Aitken is a supporter of cook Islands netball and her touring team will be up against a cook Islands squad combining fresh talent and experienced netball campaigners. Mii Maui is charged with preparing the local side with help from assistant coach Margaret Matenga. The three test series will be played on November 18, 19 and 20 at the Telecom Sports Arena in Nikao. The series will begin an ex-

citing end of year netball bonanza for local fans which includes the second running of the Netball in Paradise Tournament in early December for junior and open netball grades. The national netball squad includes – luciana Matenga (Titikaveka), Ashleigh Iro (Titikaveka), Natalia Short (Titikaveka), Rosa Kauvai (Avatiu), clarista Andrew (Arorangi), Patricia Te huna (Titikaveka), Alanna Smith (Titikaveka) lenae Tiati (Takuvaine), Marjorie Toru (Avatiu), Antonina Browne (Avatiu), June George (Ngatangiia) , Richelle Topui (Titikaveka), Tatiana hirovanaa (Avatiu), Pamela Bond (Aitutaki) and Noni Watt (Aitutaki). cI News apologises for confusion caused by the error in Saturday’s story. - Matariki Wilson

Garden hash hASh house harriers heads to the other side of the island for their run this evening. hares are colin & Jan-Marie. Venue is their hydroponics garden in Tupapa – turn at o’oa Petrol Station (Manea Foods)

and head inland. hash sign and flags will direct you. The run commences at 5.30pm and all runners and walkers are welcome.

a Matavera senior women’s soccer player heads the ball away from avatiu defenders. 13092904

Jessica Puiri of the avatiu women’s soccer team was on form and slotted in goals to help her team beat Matavera 4-0. 13092905

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ThE VIcToRIoUS Takuvaine Rugby club shared their pride and showed off the 2013 club championship trophy the clubs senior A grade won two weekends ago in a historic rugby grand inals match against the Titikaveka Bulls. The club beat the Bulls 22-

18 to lift the championship trophy – the irst time the club had done in some 38 years. The rugby victory highlights the long years of work injected into the development and growth at the club and the win was certainly owned by the entire village of Takuvaine which

poured out on grand inals day to cheer their team on. The staunch Reds army of supporters along with the clubs various grade players joined their winning team on Saturday for their very own cup parade that brought trafic to a standstill through Avarua as the club

showed off their prize and pride. Among the supporters was long time Takuvaine club sportsman and administrator – sports minister Mark Brown who snapped this photo of the loud and proud parade on Saturday. - MW

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