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Air New Zealand wins long-haul tender Kiwi airline Air New Zealand
has won the tender to provide long haul aviation services for the Cook islands. The official announcement was made by Minister of Finance Mark Brown at Friday’s 2013 Air New Zealand Cook islands Tourism Awards. As a result, the airline is now expected to enter into an agreement with the government for the provision of long-haul services from November 2014 toNovember 2018.
ment and Air New Zealand for the Los Angeles and Sydney underwritten lights came in at $9.45 million for the 2012-2013 iscal year, and $11.8 million for 2011-2012. The underwrite was the second largest single payment on behalf of the Crown in the 2012-2013 iscal year. Details of the new deal are unknown, but price and costs, access to the airlines overall network, marketing, plane types and seating coniguration, and
Brown said the government and the airline will begin to “work out details on securing that long-term access.” it was an appropriate setting to make the announcement, as prominent members of the tourism industry and primary stakeholders – including Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon – were in attendance at the evening gala. The current underwritten contract between the govern-
airline inancial stability were discussed with different tenderers, according to financial secretary Richard Neves. The tender was part of a comprehensive government review of the underwrites in the lead-up to the October 2014 expiry date of the current contract. An NZ-based marketing research irm contributed to the government review by producing a report assessing the economic impact of the underwrite
on the nation’s economy. Covec Economics, the authors of the report, said government could work out a more favourable agreement to provide long-haul air services compared to the current underwritten contract. According to the report, the government guarantees to cover all of Air New Zealand’s costs of the Los Angeles-Raro service and a 10 per cent return on costs of the Sydney-Raro service under the current arrangement.
The tender process was scrutinised by opposition leader wilkie Rasmussen recently, who said it was highly unlikely the government would consider awarding the contract to another airline, adding more airlines should have been invited to submit bids to provide the services. “It would be dificult for the country to not consider giving it to Air NZ,” said Rasmussen. - Emmanuel Samoglou
UN Climate talks important for Cooks A vuLNERABi LiTy and ad-
aptation study in Penhryn, Manihiki, Rakahanga and Atiu identiied coastal erosion, salt water inundation, droughts and availability of water as some of the climate change impacts experienced by the communities. At the 19th Conference of the Parties to the united Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change, these very real experiences are propelling the Cook islands delegation as they negotiate for assistance to adapt and mitigate climate change, including the issue of loss and damage. "This is very important for us, from what we are hearing from our northern group islands is that they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change through coastal erosion resulting in land loss. in our northern atolls there are some areas that are less than 300 metres wide - ocean on one
side, lagoon on the other," said director Ana Tiraa of the Cook islands Climate Change Division. "Losing a little bit of land has a big impact on low lying communities with limited land area. Loss of land is not easily replaced." Loss and damage refers to a range of damage and permanent loss associated with unavoidable climate change impacts that cannot be avoided through mitigation or adaptation. These can include impacts from extreme weather events such as tropic cyclones or looding events and slow onset events, such as sea level rise and ocean acidiication. "I was at a workshop on isheries and climate change, and the delegates from Penrhyn island shared that parts of the road between Omoka to the airport had been washed away
due to extreme high tides," said Tiraa. "if people ask why we are in warsaw at this meeting, then this is a perfect example of why,” she said. “we are battling for a global agreement so that our people can continue living on their islands and to preserve a standard and quality of life that is rich, rewarding, and ultimately one that i hope will actively contribute to the global effort of combating climate change." The Cook islands delegation is led by Tiraa, who is attending the Loss and Damage negotiation thread. Other members from the Cook island government include Mii Matamaki, who is covering national communications - the extension of the Consultative Group of Experts Mandate, Amelia Fukofuka and Lavinia Tama are covering climate inance.
Other self funded delegation members include Cook islanders, Diane McFadzien and Ewan Cameron of SPREP, who are providing support to the Paciic including the Cook islands in
the Loss and Damage negotiation thread, Nanette woonton of SPREP who is providing media support to the Pacific and the Cook islands. Linda Siegele is a legal adviser
providing support for the issue of Loss and Damage. The uNFCCC COP 19 is hosted in warsaw, Poland from 11 to 22 November. - OPM Release
Pa flies Cooks flag
2013 Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards – Winners LAsT Friday, tourism players gathered to salute excellence in their industry. Below is a complete list of winners in the various categories.
Air New Zealand Tourism Industry Support Award
Air New Zealand Festival and Events Award winner – vaka eiva
Cook Islands Sun Tourism Attractions Award winner – highland paradise cultural centre
Air Rarotonga Outer Islands Award winner – paciic resort group
Air New Zealand Customer Care Award winner – makayla palms
The Bond Store Hotels and Resorts Award
ANZ Bank Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award
Cook Islands Tourism Budget Accommodation Award
winner – paciic resort group
winner - pa teuruaa
ANZ Bank Environment Award
winner – puaikura reef lodges
winner – muri beach resort
The Bond Store Lifetime Achievement in Tourism Award
Pitt Media Group Private Rentals Award
Telecom Internet Marketing Award
winner – robert skews of turama paciic travel group
winner – taakoka muri beach villas
winner – paciic resort group
ANZ Bank Self Catering Award winner – makayla palms
Westpac Bank Culture Award
Air New Zealand Supreme Award Winner - paciic resort group
winner - the mooring fish cafe.
winner – highland paradise
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On hand to grab his 2013 ANZ Bank ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism’ Award was Pa Teuruaa of Pa’s Nature walks. On receiving his award – Pa unravelled two Cook islands lag and gifted one to Cook Islands Tourism Corporationg chief executive oficer Halatoa Fua telling him that the tourism office in Avarua ought to have a Cook Islands lag lying
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worldNEwS nuti no TEiA NEi AO Has anyone seen my car? AN Italian man who forgot where he parked his car during Munich’s Oktoberfest celebrations has been reunited with his vehicle after advertising in the local paper. The 40-year-old man parked his Volkswagen Golf and spent the day drinking and eating – and when he went to ind his car the next day he realised he had no idea where he had parked it. A search failed to turn up the vehicle and the man had no choice but to return to Italy. But before he left he posted a reward in the local paper and five weeks later he got a call from a reader who spotted the lost car safely parked on the side of a city street.
‘We still believe in God’ Filipinos attend Sunday masses to pray for the living and the dead GuiuAN – On Sunday, thou-
sands of Filipinos attended church services across the mainly Roman Catholic country. in many places, including the mostly affected city of Tacloban in Leyte province, masses were held in half-destroyed and looded churches. Survivors attended services for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 3600 people nine days ago. Many came to give thanks for sparing them from the storm,
world BRiEFS POVERTY WORLD’S GREATEST CHALLENGE SRI LANKA – Leaders of Commonwealth nations have issued a inal statement at the end of a summit making no mention of alleged human rights abuses by host Sri Lanka. The communique instead restated the leaders’ commitment to promote “core values” of the commonwealth, including democracy and human rights. The 50 commonwealth countries represented at the meeting focused their talks on development issues, under the title ‘Growth with Equity’. They agreed that eradicating poverty was the greatest challenge facing the world. The commonwealth leaders also agreed that climate change continues to be what they called “a major challenge for all countries, posing a grave threat to some”.
MALDIVES FINALLY GETS A GOVERNMENT MALDIVES – Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen was inaugurated Sunday after his shock election victory that ended nearly two years of turmoil that threatened to turn the honeymoon islands into an international pariah. Yameen, the half-brother of the islands’ 30-year ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, was sworn in by the chief justice at a nationally televised ceremony attended by his defeated opponent Mohamed Nasheed. The 54-year-old politician’s irst address to the nation pledged to work with neighbours and the international community. Nasheed conceded defeat after a bitterly fought battle, saying he was pleased that the country inally had a democratically elected leader. “Today is a happy day for the Maldives,” Nasheed said. “We now have an elected government.
THOUSANDS RALLY TO KEEP CARBON TAX AUSTRALIA – Tens of thousands of Australians turned out for climate change rallies across the nation, calling on the Abbott Government to keep the carbon tax. The National Day of climate Action was organised by activist groups and the organisers say about 60,000 participated at the rallies, which were held in capital cities and more than 130 towns and regional centres. Emergency workers played a signiicant role in warning about the dangers of unchecked global warming, while Labor and Greens politicians, along with climate scientists, also participated. In Brisbane ireighter Dean McNulty spoke of the huge concern climate change posed to his colleagues, who battle natural disasters from the front line.
while others prayed for their loved ones that were killed. in Tacloban, Father Amadero Alvero led a service for some 500 people in the half-destroyed and looded Santo Nino church. “Despite what happened, we still believe in God,” he said. visiting the worst hit areas, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has criticised local authorities in some parts of the country for not being fully prepared for the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. During a visit to the coastal town of Guiuan, he praised oficials for carrying out a proper evacuation, but said it was in contrast to other towns. Guiuan, in Samar province, was the first town hit by the typhoon as it came ashore on November 8. Aquino said the evacuation ordered by the mayor had limited deaths there to fewer than 100. But he suggested oficials in other places had not been so well prepared. He also urged people to show patience. “Our main problem now is feeding 1.4 million people every day. But the government has the resources and we’re moving faster.” The typhoon has left about 500,000 people homeless. Aquino also visited Tacloban, and said the government would provide everything people needed. As the morning masses were held, the international relief effort continued to build. uS helicopters have been dropping food, water and other supplies from the aircraft carrier uSS George washington. Navy helicopters have been mobbed by hungry villagers, as they deliver desperately needed aid to remote areas. - BBC
A survivor ofers prayer during a mass at the Santo Nino church in Tacloban as Filipinos across the typhoon battered nation attended church services on Sunday. AFP
All die in Russian crash KAZAN – A passenger plane
has crashed at an airport in the Russian city of Kazan, killing at least 50 people, oficials say. The Boeing 737 had taken off from Moscow, and was reportedly trying to land but exploded on impact. Russian officials told local media there were no survivors. The plane belonged to Tatarstan Airlines, and crashed about 7.20pm local time on Sunday, reports said. The Emergencies Ministry said there were 44 passengers
and six crew members on the light. There were no immediate indications of what may have led to the crash, but reports said the pilot had already tried to land twice before – and crashed on the third attempt. The airport in Kazan –- the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan – has been closed since the accident. Kazan is about 720 kilometres east of Moscow, where the light originated. Russia has seen a string of
deadly crashes in recent years. Some have been blamed on the use of aging aircraft, but industry experts point to a number of other problems, including poor crew training, crumbling airports, lax government controls and widespread neglect of safety in the pursuit of proits. The last fatal airliner crash was in December, when a Russian-made Tupolev careered off the runway at Moscow’s vnukovo airport killing ive people. - PNC
‘Go away, they’re all mine!’ MuNiCH – The German owner of more than 1400 art works – many believed to have been stolen by the Nazis – says he will not give them up voluntarily. Cornelius Gurlitt, who inherited the hoard, told Der Spiegel magazine the paintings were “acquired legally”. investigations are continuing to establish who the original owners might be. The haul, estimated to be
worth $1.35billion, was discovered in Gurlitt’s apartment last year. The trove includes works, long thought to have been lost or destroyed, by Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Otto Dix and Max Liebermann. Art experts say many of the paintings and sketches, some unframed, are of exceptional quality. The works were discovered in
Gurlitt’s home in March 2012 during a routine tax inspection. Many appear to have been seized by the Nazis from their owners or were seen as “degenerate”. Gurlitt’s father was a dealer who dealt in art which had been coniscated or bought by the Nazis. German prosecutors have said they do not have “a strong suspicion of a crime that would justify an arrest”. - BBC
Filipinos pray in ruined churches
MANDELA STILL UNABLE TO SPEAK SOUTH AFRIcA – Former South African president Nelson Mandela is still unable to speak but uses facial expressions to communicate, his ex-wife has told a local newspaper. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said the 95-year-old remained “quite ill” but she dismissed speculation that he was on a life support machine. In September Mr Mandela returned home after nearly three months in hospital with a recurring lung infection. The government has said his condition is critical and sometimes unstable. He is no longer talking “because of all the tubes that are in his mouth to clear luid from the lungs”, Ms Madikizela-Mandel said. “He can’t actually articulate anything. He communicates with the face, you see. But the doctors have told us they hope to recover his voice.”
Forecasters say Super typhoon Haiyan has strengthened to mind-boggling levels. It is now among the most intense storms to form on the planet in modern records. BBC
BIGGEST HEROIN BUST IN TWENTY YEARS TAIWAN – Taiwan police say they have made their biggest heroin bust in 20 years, coniscating 229 kilograms found in ampliier boxes airlifted from Vietnam. The criminal Investigation Bureau say they have arrested eight people and are pursuing other suspects. Bureau commissioner Lin Te-hua said the 600 heroin bricks would have a wholesale value of US$30.5 million, but said its street value in Taiwan could be ten times more. In October, authorities seized almost 100 kilograms of heroin smuggled in a cargo container in the southern city of Kaohsiung. Under Taiwan’s anti-drug laws, transporting and dealing in heroin is punishable by death.
Today’s Daily Bread
i am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary; “may it happen Forto inme himas weyou livehave and move and have ourangel being.left As some said.” And the her. of your own poets have said, ‘we are his offspring.’ - GNB
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In Tacloban a service is held in the half-destroyed and looded Santo Nino church as Filipino Catholics locked to the nation’s churches on Sunday to pray for the victims and thye survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. AFP
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Is climate change to blame? The Philippines has been hit by 24 typhoons in the past year but the power of Typhoon Haiyan – a super storm the size of Europe – was of the scale, killing thousands and leaving millions homeless. Was Haiyan the harbinger of even more catastrophic weather events to come? EUMETSAT
wARSAw – Just as the world was beginning to take in the almost unimaginable devastation wrought by typhoon Haiyan, a young Filipino diplomat, Naderev Sano, was getting ready to lead his country’s negotiations in the uN climate talks in warsaw, Poland. yeb, as he is known, is a scientist and head of his country’s national climate commission and had flown out of Manila just hours before the vastness of Haiyan had become apparent. By Monday morning, Sano knew that the Philippines had been struck by possibly the strongest storm ever measured, killing many thousands of people and making millions homeless. He took the floor and, in some trepidation in front of the delegates of 190 countries, gave an extraordinary, passionate speech in which he clearly linked super typhoon Haiyan to manmade climate change and urged the world to wake up to the reality of what he said was happening from latin America to south east Asia and the uS. He lambasted the rich countries, and dared climate change deniers to go to his country to see for themselves what was happening. when he sat down, sobbing, he was given a standing ovation. This was not just diplomatic theatricals or righteous grandstanding by a developing-country diplomat about the snail-like speed of the climate talks, which have dragged on for years and are not likely to conclude until 2015. what few people in warsaw knew until Sano had nearly inished his speech was that even as he was addressing the uN, his brother was digging people out of the rubble of the ruined city of Tacloban and he and his family still did not know the fate of other relatives. Normally stone-hearted diplomats broke down, and Sano, who calls himself a “revolutionary” and a “philosopher” on Twitter (@yebsano), said later he would go on hunger strike for the whole of the two-week meeting.
Just as significantly, his speech has reopened the growing debate about whether the extreme weather events seen around the world over the past few years, including Hurricane Sandy, the melting of the Arctic sea ice and heatwaves in the uS, Russia and Australia, can be attributed to manmade climate change. if they can, the argument goes, then the urgency of addressing the problem becomes incontrovertible; if it doesn’t, then it allows countries to continue delaying action or reducing their commitments. Logic, at least, suggests a clear link between Haiyan and a warming world. Storms receive their energy from the ocean and the warming oceans that we can expect from global warming should therefore make superstorms such as Haiyan more likely. New research suggests that the Paciic is, indeed, warming – possibly at its fastest rate in 10,000 years. if the extra heat stored in the oceans is released into the atmosphere, then the severity of storms will inevitably increase. in short, a warmer world will probably feature more extreme weather. This week, atmospheric scientists were clear. “Typhoons, hurricanes and all tropical storms draw their vast energy from the warmth of the sea, said will Steffen, director of the Australian National university (ANu) climate change institute. “we know sea-surface temperatures are warming pretty much around the planet, so that’s a pretty direct inluence of climate change on the nature of the storm.” “The current consensus is that climate change is not making the risk of hurricanes any greater, but there are physical arguments and evidence that there is a risk of more intense hurricanes,” says Myles Allen, head of the climate dynamics group at the university of Oxford. The consensus of climate scientists is increasingly that super storms will become more
frequent. According to a recent special report by the intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change: “The average tropical cyclone maximum wind speed is likely to increase, but the global frequency of tropical cyclones is likely to decrease or remain unchanged.” In September, the IPCC’s ifth assessment stated, more cautiously: “Time series of cyclone indices such as power dissipation, an aggregate compound of tropical cyclone frequency, duration, and intensity that measures total wind energy by tropical cyclones, show upward trends in the North Atlantic and weaker upward trends in the western North Paciic since the late 1970s, but interpretation of longer-term trends is again constrained by data quality concerns.” in other words, the best science says there is some evidence that storm intensity has already increased, at least in the North Atlantic, but there’s not enough data to say categorically that any particular weather event can be linked to climate change. But the science is moving on quickly and it is now possible, with new modelling methods, to quantify and attribute the changed odds of any given event happening. “Because of the random nature of weather, it had been assumed until recently that no single event can be attributed to climate change,” says James Bradbury, formerly a researcher with the world Resources institute in washington and now with the uS department of energy. “However, with new research methods and better quality data, scientists are increasingly able to connect the dots between extreme weather events and climate change,” “For example, one can quantify the odds of a typical heatwave happening and estimate how much a warmer world would load the dice toward the more frequent occurrence of a similar event. “Or, to understand the causes of melting sea-ice or severe
drought, researchers can use sophisticated climate models to help identify – and potentially isolate – various factors that could individually contribute or dynamically interact to inluence climate conditions in a particular region,” he says. Evidence that climate change makes heatwaves, superstorms and droughts far more likely is growing. Earlier this year, scientists at the uS National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the uK’s Met Office, and the research teams from 16 other global institutions tried to calculate how much climate change had possibly inluenced 12 extreme weather events that occurred in 2012. By no means all could be linked, they concluded, but they agreed that it had helped raise the temperatures during the run of 100°F (37.7°C) days in last year’s uS heatwave, and was behind the record loss of Arctic sea ice and the storm surge of hurricane Sandy, plus several other extremes. They were less certain about Britain’s wet summer and the drought in Spain. “Determining the causes of extreme events remains challenging,” says Thomas Karl, director of the national climate data centre. Myles Allen, whose work has shown that global warming tripled the odds of the severe 2010 Russian heatwave and tripled the risk of the widespread looding in England in 2000, says extreme weather can be linked to climate change given enough computer time. He says the influence of climate change on typhoon Haiyan could be calculated in future: “if we used the same tools as are used now to make seasonal weather forecasts, there would be a straightforward answer.” A 2013 study by MiT’s Professor Kerry Emmanuel found that the most intense cyclones – category 3 to 5 – will increase with climate change and also found that “increases in tropical cyclones are most prominent in the western North Paciic”. Ordinary people have less trouble untangling climate
change from natural events. Talk to farmers in the Philippines, Nepal, south east Asia, Latin America, much of Africa and Latin America – and most will say that they are seeing more extreme storms, unseasonal rains, and more droughts and heatwaves. Their observations are not “peer-reviewed” by scientists, but their memory is usually good, and invariably supports national records. The Philippines has been particularly hard hit by extreme events, being the first land mass that typhoons encounter on their usual track westwards from the mid Paciic. Haiyan was the third superstorm to strike the archipelago in a year, coming after seven major typhoons in October alone. Typhoon Trami caused massive flooding on the island of Luzon in August, while Bopha killed around 2000 people in December last year. Moreover, the Philippine government’s raw statistics suggest the region’s typhoons are getting stronger. From 1947 to 1960, the strongest to hit the country was Amy in December 1951, with a highest wind speed recorded at 240kph in Cebu. From 1961 to 1980, the highest wind speed recorded was 275kph in October 1970. in the past 13 years, the highest wind speed has soared to 320kph, recorded by Reming in November to December 2006. “Menacingly, the Philippine typhoons are getting stronger and stronger. if this is due to climate change, we’d better be prepared for even stronger ones in the future,” says Romulo virola, head of the government’s national statistics board. what is certain is that extreme weather events are on the rise globally and that greenhouse gas emissions are rising inexorably. The uS alone has experienced 25 extreme weather events since 2011 that each caused more than uS$1 billion in damages. A new report by the Norwegian met office shows that precipitation in Europe has
become more severe and more frequent, that winter rainfall has decreased over southern Europe and the Middle East and that there are more and longer heatwaves and fewer extremely cold days and nights. The evidence is overwhelming that climate change is happening in developing countries, says Oxfam, which works in most of the world’s most vulnerable nations. “in 2012 the drought in Russia cut the grain harvest by nearly 25 per cent, in Pakistan the devastating 2010 lood destroyed over 570,000 hectares of crop land and affected more than 20 million people. The 2011 drought in East Africa affected over 13 million people and led to a famine in Somalia,” says a recent Oxfam report. According to NOAA, July 2013 marked the 341st consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th-century average. Thomas Karl, director of NOAA’s climate ofice said: “We believe there is an important human component explaining these record-breaking temperatures, and that’s the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.” Extreme weather killed 530,000 people between 1993 and 2012 and caused more than $2.5 trillion of damage, according to an annual risk report published on Tuesday by Germanwatch, a thinktank partly funded by the German government. The Philippines was rated second most affected country after Haiti, which lost 9.5 percent of its economy, just above Pakistan, which was hit by immense loods. The Philippines diplomant Sano has called for a redeinition of “disaster”. “we must stop calling events like these ‘natural’ disasters,” he told the uN. “it is not ‘natural’ when science already tells us that global warming will induce more intense storms. it is not ‘natural’ when the human species has already profoundly changed the climate.” - The Guardian
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Hand grenade attack conirmed Over 600 dwellings destroyed in ongoing highlands tribal conlict PORT MORESBy – Papua New
Guinea police have conirmed a hand grenade was used during a tribal ight in Southern Highlands early last Monday morning in which 14 people died, the ABC reports. Last week the provincial police commander, chief inspector Sibron Papoto, visited the Kagua valley area where the violence
occurred, and says the 14 dead included four women, one of whom was six months pregnant, and two children. The police commander said it appeared the people who were trapped in the houses couldn’t escape because they were being shot at. He said around 600 dwelling houses and 12 permanent
paciic BRIEFS TRANSPORT MINISTER RISKS JAIL SENTENCE FRENcH POLYNESIA – French Polynesia’s former transport minister, Bruno Marty, risks a jail sentence after alcohol blood tests revealed he was almost ive times over the legal limit. Marty, who had been in charge of road safety, resigned after crashing his car and being taken to hospital nine days ago. His resignation was irst rejected by the president, Gaston Flosse, who defended him, saying he had worked long hours and didn’t have a driver. However, he changed his mind as media reports said Marty had already accumulated three drink drive convictions – the last one in February. The media reports say the last conviction meant that he lost his driver’s licence but for reasons not explained it was only withdrawn last Wednesday.
MINISTER DENIES OBSTRUCTING POLICE SAMOA – Samoa’s Deputy Prime Minister says he denies any wrongdoing in an incident investigated by police and says he has not been served any charges. Speaking in Auckland, Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo, says he did not instruct his associate minister Muagututagata Peter Ah Him to drive away from police last month when they were attempting to take a breath test. The police iled a report and last week the Minister of Police and Prisons, Sala Fata Pinati, conirmed that police would charge the ministers. Fonotoe says he has not been approached by police and he denies the accusations.
COMMUNICATION COULD IMPROVE EXPORTS SAMOA – Samoan businesses and exporters say better communication is needed to boost New Zealand importing their products. The Samoan Association of Manufacturers and Exporters held an export trade show at the Mangere Arts centre on Friday. The vice president and coordinator of the event, Tagaloa Eddie Wilson, says Samoan products like taro, coconut cream and beer are making their way to New Zealand, but barriers like quarantine could be overcome easily with better communication. Samoa exports around 20 per cent of its produce to New Zealand, but Tagaloa says New Zealand exports almost 20 times the amount back to Samoa, and there needs to be more balance.
DOCUMENTING VICTIMS OF SORCERY PAPUA NEW GUINEA – A Russian documentary photographer and consultant to the United Nations says he has witnessed horriic cases of violence against women and children in Papua New Guinea. Vlad Sokhin is a Russian photographer and has travelled widely in PNG over the last two years. Speaking at an Oxfam and Amnesty International event in Auckland on Friday, Sokhin showed graphic photographs of people accused of sorcery who had been killed, or badly maimed. He says one reason why innocent people are accused of witchery causing the death of others is that they don’t understand disease, and want to ind someone to blame. But Sokhin says the other reason is far more sinister. “If a mother died and she left her a house to her daughter, not to her son, then he’d just need to accuse his sister of sorcery.”
crown of thorns cull takes 2000 AMERIcAN SAMOA – Over 2000 crown of thorn starish have been killed in American Samoan waters in an efort to halt the damage caused by the marine pest. The Crown of thorn starish poses a threat to coral reefs because it preys on coral tissue. The National Park of American Samoa brought in nine scuba divers to remove the crown of thorn in Fagasa waters. The crown of thorns eradication is a joint efort by the National Park, Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources and National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. Marine Ecologist for the National Park, Dr Tim clark, says there’s alarm at the amount of damage caused by the marine pest.
GIANT SNAIL ON THE MOVE IN SOLOMONS SOLOMON ISLANDS – Solomon Islands biosecurity oicials are investigating reports that an invasive snail species rife in Guadalcanal province has reached the neighbouring province of Malaita. The Giant African Snail eats more than 500 plant species and has cost other countries millions of dollars to eradicate. The director of biosecurity Francis Tsatsia says since the irst incursion on Guadalcanal in 2006 attacks have occurred in other provinces but they been dealt with swiftly. He says the latest sighting – of empty shells – is associated with a shipment of telecommunications equipment to Malaita.
buildings were burnt down in the recent attacks, while the iron was removed from the roof of the only high school in the area. Chief inspector Papoto said a 50-strong police team will shortly be installed to conduct investigations and maintain order. “we were shown the empty hand grenade shell, which was brought in when we went there, by the victims. That was used, as well as three of the empty bullet shells that were shown to us by the victims, which were collected from the scene of the incident. “it was believed that the attacking tribes got in there by vehicles and then they had to walk on foot to the exact location of the incident. “At around 1am on Monday they went in to the villages and locked the doors from outside and then they set fire to those dwelling houses. “So when the people wanted to come out of the houses they were shot at and their bodies thrown back into the ire. That was the information we got from
“when the people wanted to come out of the houses they were shot at and their bodies thrown back into the ire.’ the victims we interviewed.” He said the conlict had now stopped because the clans-people who sustained the attack have all left the area. “The victims have been displaced. The warring tribes have moved further outside. So the area the battlefield, or where the incident happened, it’s quiet but tense. “we were given assurance by the majority, the bulk of the people in that valley, Sugu valley in Kagua, that the police deployed at that location, they will have the support of the community. Police will have the support. “we also appealed to them to look after the policemen and
help them as much as they can with any vital information.” Papoto said the recent violence is just the latest chapter in ongoing tribal fighting in this area. “it actually happened after the death of one of the former national parliamentarians, David Batsua. There were rumours, speculations around who really caused this death. “Suspicious, superstitious beliefs in sanguma, sorcery and this kind of thing. So it built on and built on up to this stage. He said he could not conirm reports that scores of people have been killed in the tribal war in recent weeks. “Those reports have not been reported to police. There was media speculation as well as the reports coming in from a third party. But right now the conirmed report we have is 14 only. “There may be other related deaths, but i’m not in a position to give you the details of that. “i just moved in as the new provincial police commander, so I am not really aware of the igure, exact igure that I can give,
but the recent ight – conirmed deaths are 14.” Early last week The National newspaper reported that the ongoing ight between the Wambea and Kambia clans has resulted in the killing of 34 people. it also reported that the latest casualty was Napa Romba, 70, of waimaloma village, who was killed wednesday morning in a separate attack. Romba, from the Kambia clan, could not walk and was left inside his home which was burnt to the ground. Kambia clan member Jacob walega said as of wednesday last week, all homes belonging to his clansmen had been razed. He said all homes belonging to his clan in the Raku, Robolora, Pora, Kepayari, Embare and Karex villages were burnt. walega said his clansmen were now scattered all over the district. He said they could not defend their land and property because their enemies were armed with high-powered guns and hand grenades. - RNZI/PNC
Departure tax increased SuvA – The Fiji government is hiking its airport departure tax by more than uS$25. But players in the tourism industry don’t believe that will stop tourists visiting the popular Paciic travel destination. As part of its budget, the government has announced its airport departure tax will increase from uS$81 to uS$108 from January next year. Fiji’s new departure tax is far higher than its direct competitors, including Samoa and the Cook islands. According to the Fiji regime, nearly uS$3 of the tax will go to the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji and uS$5 will be given to Airports Fiji Limited. The tax, which is included in the price of the ticket, will also include a what the regime is calling a uS$5 “environment levy”. Brent Thomas, a spokesperson for New Zealand’s largest
travel agency, Flight Centre, says the departure tax increase probably won’t have too much of an effect on most people’s decisions about where to spend their holidays. “ well, obviously we don’t like to see any prices moving up – it’s adverse for the consumer. However, given the relatively small size and given the popularity of Fiji as a destination we don’t believe it is going to materially affect the number of New Zealanders going to Fiji over 2014.” Thomas says Fiji caters to all travellers from the budget-conscious to fans of luxury ive-star hotels. But he also says the holiday market in the Paciic is very competitive and price-sensitive. “ when you add it up for four people going away, you know, it certainly does become a little bit more expensive and that’s where Fiji will need to be careful in terms of its overall pric-
ing relative to other islands and other destinations. “Having said that, people love Fiji and it will continue to be a very popular destination for New Zealanders.” in contrast to Fiji increased tax of uS$108, the Cook islands tax is about uS$54, Samoa’s is uS$28 and Tonga’s is uS$30. A professor of economics in Fiji, Biman Prasad, believes tourists will happily absorb the extra cost. “ it is something that the tourists can afford and people who travel are usually people who are not poor and so raising revenue and earmarking it for some environmental and other policies is not a bad idea in my view.” But one of the directors of the Maqai eco surf resort, Shaw Mead, says further hikes would be cause for concern. “ it is getting quite substan-
tial, that is a bit jump as well at 25 per cent, so if it kept going up i’m sure there would be some reaction. There are other tropical paradises in the Paciic for sure.” Auckland university of Technology’s Tourism Research institute director says it is a fairly substantial increase but will be invisible to most travellers since it is embedded within the ticket price. But Professor Simon Milne says he would like to see more details about where the environmental levy will go. “ i guess the question really has to be asked though – will this money go into a speciic environmental protection fund or is it really just a bit of lip service being paid and the money is just going to go into the general government coffers. Milne also says the local tourist industry is no doubt disappointed by the hike. - RNZI
Case came back to haunt him APiA – An indecent assault case
before the Apia District Court last week proved that even after several years unreported, an incident can still result in a criminal conviction. The District Court found a former commissioner of Samoa’s Fire and Emergency Services Authority guilty of indecent assault in relation to an incident that occurred in 2007. The complaint was not lodged against Seve Tony Hill until May this year. Last week, Judge Mata Tuatagaloa found Seve guilty of touching and squeezing the complainant’s breast. Previously, the court had heard that Seve had asked the complainant, another fire officer, for a sexual relationship and touched her breast before she pushed his hand away.
The complainant, Sefulu Siaosi, was then 23 years old. The assault took place on on November 6, 2007, while she was in a car with Seve, driving from the Tuanaimato fire station to the main ofice in Apia. During the hearing, Seve agreed that they had both been together after he asked her to accompany him on a routine inspection of a gas plant at vaitele. Seve however strongly denied touching and squeezing the complainant’s breasts. Judge Tuatagaloa said the real question facing the court was whether or not the indecent assault actually took place. “The essence of the case and the decision will come down to the complainant and the accused and who the court believes,” said Judge Tuatagaloa. During the trial, the court
also heard that, in 2012, after Cyclone Evan, the two were driving back from Aleisa when Seve asked her to ring him after work to come around to his home for a drink. Siaosi said that after she failed to call him, in the days following, he began ridiculing her in front of other staff. Humiliated, she finally decided to lodge a complaint over the 2007 incident, having held back because Seve was related to her mother. in her written decision, Judge Tuatagaloa said the case came down to the credibility of the two witnesses. Judge Tuatagaloa said: “i do not think there is any doubt in this case that there were elements of indecency. if there was touching of the complaint’s right breast then there is no
doubt in my mind – that is indecent. “There is also no doubt in my mind that the accused would have known that such actions were indecent in that sense. “There is also no doubt that the complainant did not consent to such touching.” Seve’s contention that the woman’s complaint was “politically motivated” to support another applicant for the top job in the ire service and to stop him being reappointed was rejected by the court. in her conclusion, Judge Tuatagaloa said she was satisied that the prosecution has proven beyond reasonable doubt each of the elements of the crime of indecent assault. The defendant was remanded in custody to appear on November 20 for sentencing. - SA
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Diabetes may bankrupt the Samoas APiA – Diabetes could bankrupt the Samoas. On Thursday last week in Apia, Australian expert, Professor Paul Zimmit reminded that diabetes is this century’s number one health crisis. Professor Zimmit is a Professor at Monash university in Melbourne, with much of his research focussed on diabetes in the Paciic speciically in Samoa. “This is likely to be the largest public health challenge globally in this century,” he said. “until a few years ago, people were not recognising its impact and the huge numbers. “There was a much greater focus on infectious diseases world-
wide. And we now realise that diabetes, and along with obesity, are probably the major health crises of this century. “we could virtually say it’s a question of partners in crime and we now use the term diabesity. “A number of other people globally have pointed out that diabetes, the actual costs of managing diabetes and its complications, can bankrupt economies of smaller nations.” At last week’s Fourth Annual Health Bilateral Summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Apia, Samoa’s Ministry of Health Director General, Palanitina Tupui-
‘The actual costs of managing diabetes and its complications, can bankrupt economies of smaller nations.’ matagi Toelupe agreed with Dr Zimmit. “i won’t be surprised if it happens, because it is deinitely becoming a reality, the cost of NCDs,” she said. “And it is true we are already very concerned with the health
Global rise alarming APiA – Poor diet is driving an alarming global rise in diabetes, with countries in the AsiaPaciic region seeing some of the biggest increases. Figures released to coincide with world Diabetes Day reveal almost 400 million people have the disease. it’s predicted that number will increase by roughly 50 percent by 2035, when one in ten people will be affected. The international Diabetes Federation (iDF) predicts most of that increase will involve Type 2 diabetes. whereas Type 1 diabetes is a genetic condition, the more common Type 2 is caused by a high-sugar, high-fat diet and lack of exercise.
Melbourne-based Associate Professor Jonathan Shaw contributed to the global study, the 2013 iDF Diabetes Atlas. He says the igures show diabetes has become a developing country disease. “where the population is ageing, urbanising, is westernising and all of these influences are leading to rapid growth.” The study shows a disproportionate number of diabetes cases are found in the Asia-Paciic region. There are 100 million sufferers in China and 65 million in india, while seven of the ten countries with the highest rates of diabetes are Paciic Island nations. The iDF’s honorary president
Professor Paul Zimmet says the Paciic islands were once virtually diabetes-free zones. “it’s been with what (Hungarian-British author) Arthur Koestler called the ‘Coca-colanisation’ or the intrusion of western lifestyle into these populations who did live traditionally in the past,” he said. Dr Zimmet says the soaring numbers of diabetes cases can be linked with economic development across the region. “Japan has rates now probably twice the rates in Australia, Korea similar, Singapore has a prevalence rate of diabetes about twice the Australian level. So with economic development diabetes has taken off.” - Paciic Beat
'David Tua has left the building' HAMiLTON – Boxing legend
David Tua has called it quits, after losing a unanimous points decision to giant Belarusian Alexander ustinov in Hamilton tonight. Conceding almost 30cm in reach and height to his massive opponent, Tua, 40, never troubled Ustinov and could not ind the opportunity to land any of the sledgehammer blows that have been his trademark. Afterwards, he admitted his time had come. “i did the best i could,” he told the Claudelands Arena crowd. “i actually got myself into great shape, because i believed i could do this and i believed that the ire still burns. “But sad to say, my heart’s not in it any more – it’s time for me to try something else. There will be two people at home right now who will be happy with this decision – my mum and dad. “That’s it for David Tua. i’d like to thank the public of New Zealand for their support and the people of the Paciic – your support has been absolutely ‘O for Orsome’ from Day One. “David Tua left the building tonight. Thank you very much and God bless,” Tua said. Tua first sprang to prominence as an amateur, winning bronze at the 1991 world championships and another at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, turning professional later that same year. He quickly became respected
financing and the escalating costs.” She said Dr Zimmit in 1978 predicted the NCD and diabetes situation in Samoa would get worse. “And it is deinitely now,” she said. “Paul Zimmit was the irst to do the NCD prevalence study in Samoa so we know Paul Zimmit.” “He called the process of NCD related problems in the Paciic as the “coca-colanisation” of the island countries. That was Paul Zimmit.” Her American Samoa counter part Motusa Tuileama Nua said if American Samoa does not do anything about diabetes now it will cost the territory dearly. “The statement is correct,” he said. “if American Samoa does not do anything or something with the diabetic patients it’s going to cost us a whole lot more.
“it will if we don’t put diabetes up in a level where we can all look at it with awareness and training and make sure that the public know what they need to do. “For the department that handles dialysis and diabetes right now it consumes, for that department of the hospital, 75 per cent of their budget, the money going directly to that division. And it is climbing. “it is an entity that sucks up a lot of money from the entire budget of the hospital.” He said the amount of money that goes to that department in the hospital has been eaten up by dialysis, diabetes related illnesses and even surgery when it gets to that point. “So a lot of the money goes to that department,” he said. “They are also getting ready to open up another wing for dialysis in American Samoa.
“we have close to 140 patients so far and our youngest one i believe is 11 years old. “So that is very alarming and an eye opener to the people of American Samoa. And the fact that a very large percentage of American Samoa does not know that. “it is costing the hospital to lose a lot of money. And it is costing the younger generation, we have to educate them. “Of course i always go back to the food that we eat and the type of food and the amount that the people from American Samoa consume. “it is a big challenge for us and a lot of work for the health care community in American Samoa. “it is going to be a long process trying to cure NCDs, smoking and everything else that contributes to that.” - Samoa Observer
Fiji make the quarters LONDON – Fiji will face Aus-
tralia in the semi-finals of the Rugby League world Cup after a convincing 22-4 victory in a “Battle of the Paciic” with Samoa on Sunday. The Fijians dominated the opening 40 minutes of the quarter-inal, taking a 14-point advantage at the interval before overcoming a brief Samoan revival to power through and set up a repeat semi-final showdown with the Kangaroos at wembley on Saturday. Fiji made the semi finals at the last world Cup in 2008 where they were knocked out by the Kangaroos 52-0, who have
also proved too strong for them this year in the pool phase. Fiji Bati assistant coach Joe Rabele says they are relishing the chance to have another crack at them. “For us we try to learn from every game and try to compete, just as we did in 2008. we gave our best in 2008 against Australia but in 2008 there were more local boys than NRL players, but this year we have a lot of NRL players and only two local boys and some overseas based. “That’s the difference between the team in 2008 and the team in 2013. The Fijians lost 34-2 to the
Australians earlier in pool play and commentators says they are unlikely to improve enough to topple the tournament favourites, but wembley will at least provide a itting venue for popular skipper Petero Civoniceva to bow out of rugby league. The 37-year-old former Brisbane Broncos prop, who is still Australia’s most-capped forward, delayed his retirement in order to lead his country in the world Cup. The irst semi-inal in Saturday’s double-billing at wembley Stadium in London sees New Zealand up against hosts England. - PNC
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david Tua in his prime in 2000 before his challenge against then heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. AFP for his ferocious left hook and was named as the 48th greatest puncher of all time by Ring Magazine in 2003. His career reached its peak with a wBC, i B F and i BO heavyweight title ight against Lennox Lewis in 2000, where he went the distance of a 12-round contest, but lost by an overwhelming points decision. Later, his progress was halted
by contractual disputes with his management company and although he made a successful comeback with a knockout victory over Kiwi Shane Cameron in 2009, he never again generated the same power he had been famous for. He finishes his career with a record of 52 wins (43 knockouts), ive losses and two draws. - Samoa Observer
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Experienced NZ police oficers needed Dear Editor, Having just arrived back on Raro after an absence of 12 months i am saddened and distressed to ind this small island is in the grip of an unrelenting crime wave. i have found foremost in people’s minds is the extreme danger posed by the arsonist(s) who is recklessly destroying public and private property with carefree abandon. The question being asked is not when will he strike again,
but where and will he take someone's life when he sets his next ire? i see forensic arson specialists from New Zealand are brought in, to provide a scientiic analysis of the crime scene. This expert evidence is critical but it is just the first step in a chain of events leading to a successful investigation. in my view the only way to get on top of this crisis, together with the rampant incidences of burglary and theft, is to second
at least 3 experienced New Zealand Police Oficers to the island to take command and conduct effective investigations. with all due respect to the Commissioner his administration has not been able to curb the lawlessness that abounds here. i am certain there are many experienced police officers in New Zealand particularly those with Cook islands blood who would love to serve here for 6 months or so, on a rotat-
ing basis. in my vision, one senior oficer would oversee the administration of the Police Department, another would conduct and oversee all criminal investigations and the other could tackle the escalating trafic fatality rate and training the frontline uniform police. Prior to the implementation of Operation Eagle, it was well known within some sections of the community, particularly the younger generation, who it was
that supplied drugs and where they could be bought. it was no secret, but it took the New Zealand police to get the job done. But when it is all said and done, it is the PM and his government who bear the ultimate responsibility. it is to them the Police Force answer. it is the Government who pay and resource the police. Surely the New Zealand Government is not blind to what is happening here, someone must read the papers.
Knowing how cash-strapped the Cook islands government is, New Zealand could well set aside aid funding to support an effective ongoing law enforcement programme here. if they don’t like this idea then they should advise their citizens to leave all the valuables at home before they make their next visit to this small piece of paradise. Rod Henderson Muri
Get back to eco-warrior roots Dear editor, By their own actions and statements, it would seem that Te ipukarea Society has (temporarily) lost their way as an environmental non-government organization. where is the 'precautionary principle' of environmental law found in Article 15 of the Convention on Biodiversity adopted at the Rio Earth Summit .1992? Have they forgotten that the principle means that it is better
to err on the side of caution when there is a risk of potential harm to nature? in this case, the principle ought to be applied to the purseseine net method which is geared to catch an entire school of ish of tuna (skipjack are the intended target ish in this case). Trouble is that dolphins and the like are attracted to the same school of tuna and while scooping up the catch, the dolphins are also caught up and die in the purse seine as by-catch.
in fact, there is a famous case known as the Tuna-Dolphin 1990 case where uSA banned imports of canned tuna from Mexico because their purse seine methods caused much mortality of dolphins caught up as bycatch. The case involved yellow fin tuna but the guiding principle is the same. in the end, the case was lost owing on grounds nothing to do with harm to dolphins but because of free trade issues un-
der GATT. The case however, garnered much publicity about the harm to dolphins and helped to change Perhaps the marine scientists in TiS could do with a quick refresher course on the CBD to get them back on the right track (http://www.cbd.int/convention/) in the meantime, here is Art 15 in its entirety: in order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach shall be widely applied by States according to
‘Evil is closer to home’ Dear Editor, i have been so privileged to work here in Rarotonga and to be able to listen and counsel many young women and men, adults and parents, teachers and principals, prisoners and businessmen in the three years that i have been home. what a privilege it is to be able to hold their stories, value and be trusted with them and to be able to share truth into their lives so as they can ind the tools within them to create better ways forward. This is how i spend my day and for that i am truly thankful. Sadly in my work there is a story that i have heard over and over again from so many, young and old. A story of abuse and pain that runs so deep, that though for some many years have transpired, the hurt is as if it was yesterday. young women mainly, though not exclusively, sit on my couch and begin to tell the story of sexual abuse, often by one they know and trust, and from within their own families. Abuse that sometimes happened in just a moment and other times over years. As a counsellor, my heart breaks each time i hear their stories and though we are trained to be present but not to show emotion, i cannot help sometimes but cry when i hear their stories. i am so privileged because of moments like these when the pain is just too much and they
just want someone to talk to. with the fear of someone they Sometimes i go home from work know is abusing them again in and just look out over the sea and a way that destroys everything ask God, why? Why does this evil they know and trust. Generaexist in our land and how has it tion after generation, continuing been able to go on for so long? seemingly unabated. is our God so heartless that How strong our people are, our women; somehow able to func- when his voice is heard through his servants, the tion like they do living and working “Does the heartbeat words that come out are concerning the everyday with this of God really beat worship of idols by deep dark secret hidharder because of people that worship den inside them. what this group idols? Is that our Faif churches want has done, while ther’s greatest conto address an evil in countless young our land, and write women and men go cern when he looks over our nation? I strong letters to the to bed each night think not. The church newspaper addresshoping that they has never grown in a ing those, then my won’t be violated vacuum and from question is, why has once again?” the time of its incepthere been silence on this issue? I am disheartened tion to the time of its greatest that some of our church leaders growth it has always been within would rather focus on a small a world that had opposing views group of Hindus, doing what and people that worshipped and Hindus do, than on what are, in believed in something else or my opinion, real issues facing contrary. whether one worships an idol our people today. Edmund Burke was an irish of another religion or money or political philosopher, politician and statesman who is often regarded as the father of modern conservatism said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil COOK islands News would like is that good men do nothing”. to apologise to the Cook islands Does the heartbeat of God Breast Cancer Association and really beat harder because of to senior members of the Celwhat this group has done, while ebration on the Rock Church countless young women and Gus and Sophie Meyer for the men go to bed each night hoping unfortunate error in Saturday’s that they won’t be violated once paper where a photo of the couagain? Who have to go to bed ple supporting the breast cancer
prosperity, or their doctrine, or their brand of Christianity or a priest or foreign preacher, or their car for that matter. False Gods seem to come in many shapes and sizes and some of them in my view, funnily enough look like churches and church leaders. i wonder if we will be seeing letters about these false Gods with the same vehemence. in the New Testament this statement is written in the Book of James and it reads, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world”. i don’t pretend to know the heartbeat of God, but what i can speak on is the heartbeat of the many that walk through my door each day. if we really want to make a stand against injustice, and evil in our land, then i think our stand will need to be closer to home then we think. Thomas wynne
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Finance questions still unanswered Dear Editor, i hear that the minister of rugby league has returned from the uK. A couple weeks ago i posed the following questions to the Minister of Finance to answer. Despite the CiNews asking for a response from him, none was received. He must have been too busy packing his bags. i ask again: Can the Minister of Finance please answer the following questions: 1. which budget did the funds come from? Perhaps the Civil List to demonstrate what public spirited people politicians are, willing to make selfsacriices for the greater good? Maybe the Brown tax on bank accounts?
2. What cost/beneit analysis of such funding was undertaken, if any? If there was one, can he please release this to CINews? 3. Can all other sporting codes expect to receive similarly generous funding to attend international events? If not, can he explain what makes rugby league a special case? 4. Did the inancial secretary agree that this was a good use of taxpayer money? Now that we all know the minister actually attended the world Cup, can the minister advise if any public money was used to pay for his trip? If so, how much and from which budget? Gumboot Maniac Name and address supplied
Where is our heart today? Dear Editor, Please get your facts right before photos go to print. why should i be correcting a photo where my husband and i are in and it has nothing to do with the Diwali festival? This was a fundraiser night for Breast Cancer where, we gave up our Saturday night to help support a cause being auctioneer and helping with the paper work. Our entry in was one pink boa which all 150 guest and committee members wore. it is not fancy dress at a Diwali
festival as we have been accused of today. Speaking of which, the Diwali festival, we are totally against it and all that it stands for and are in full support and honour of our pastors Jonathan & Natasha Cargill. what has happened to the fear of God in our nation. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to him … 2Chron16:9. Where is our heart today? Sophie Meyer
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‘No shadowy dealings’ Rasmussen Dear Editor, Let me respond to the presumptuous letter writer to your paper last Saturday. i have met with Atiu MP Norman George and former Democratic Party Atiu MP. in this meeting Mr. George presented me with his letter of resignation from the Teenui-Mapumai Cook islands Party branch. The letter was dated 21 October 2013. it was signed on 24.10.2013 by Mr George and by Denina Tuariki, Secretary of the CiP MapumaiTeenui branch. Attached to that letter was a page of the CiP Constitution containing Article 6 (1) that says “Any member of the CiP wish-
ing to resign may do so in the following manner: (a) if a registered financial member (which Mr George claims to be) residing in any constituency, by letter to the Secretary of the Electorate Committee of the constituency (which Ms Tuariki is). i received Mr George and Mr Tatuava warmly and cordially and expressed satisfaction that this has been done and said i will have to speak to the Demo caucus and Central Committee. i expressed my vision that this is a “positive development” in the Demo’s intention to win back the two Atiu seats. Both men expressed they will win them for the Demo. Mr George wanted
an announcement of this, but unusually he was coy because it might appear he was being pushy. i agreed to comment about it in the media which i did in the weekly paper and on radio. My comments relected caution and prudency in dealing with Mr George’s intention to cross the political loor. On radio i said, “there might be an expectation by Mr George that i and the Demo would jump up in joy and roll out the red carpet for him to welcome him. That will not happen.” in the weekly paper, i said it is a “positive development” for the Demo’s (considering the impact on the CiP in Atiu), and my orig-
inal position has not changed. That is, Mr George must resign and cause a by-election. it means, he must resign as a CiP MP and win selection from the Demo committee to stand in the ensuing by-election for the Demo. i also said in print that i now want to go to Atiu and basically check out the Demo’s chances. Mr George was unhappy with my media comments, and i refused to change them when he asked me to rectify them to address his expectations, i suppose. i see that patience not being one of Mr George’s virtues, he is now on a public relations exercise so it seems to pit me against him on the presumption that there
are thousands of Demo’s wanting him back in the Demo camp. i have said to Mr George that a lawyer friend had said that his resignation as a CiP member may now prompt the PM to write to the Speaker to declare his seat vacant. Mr George replied “on what grounds?” That’s really not my business but i was prepared to write to the Speaker and have told Mr George explaining this new development. Remember Mr George had already claimed he had resigned but the Court said he had not done so “oficially”. Meanwhile the Demo Party is going ahead and the plans are that it will run two candidates
for Atiu’s two seats, unless the Government wants to abolish one seat - then we will be open to discussions on political reform. Let me emphasize, i hold no ill-will against Mr George, but under my leadership of the Democratic Party, the party will be cleansed of “dirt” and “shadowy dealings” and will hold its own with integrity. Hon wilkie Rasmussen Leader of the Opposition and Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Tongareva (Penrhyn)
Diaries of a climate change negotiator The following guest column is written by director Ana Tiraa of the Cook Islands Climate Change Division with the Oice of the Prime Minister. She is currently in Warsaw, Poland attending the 19th Conference of the Parties to the united Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change. Tiraa recently shared data gathered through a vulnerability and adaptation study in Penhryn, Manihiki, Rakahanga and Atiu that identiied coastal erosion, salt water inundation, droughts and availability of water as some of the climate change impacts experienced by communities in the outer islands. DAy THREE: when i was growing up, the only negotiation in our household was “see that kikau broom” and that was the end. Attending my third Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention in warsaw, Poland, i say bring out the kikau broom. i was privileged to be in the room where yeb Sano, the head of the Philippine delegation, gave one of the most moving speeches i have ever heard in my life. in the wake of destructive Super Typhoon Haiyen unleashing its powerful force on the Philippines, Sano called on the world to unite and tackle the issue of
climate change. what does Haiyen have to do with climate change you may ask? The strength of a tropical storm is linked to sea temperature. As the oceans warm with climate change, there is in an increase in available energy and water vapour, fuelling the storm. Sano called on governments attending the conference to confront the issue of loss and damage – a mechanism that would help compensate vulnerable countries for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. The Cook islands is one of those vulnerable countries. Climate change is no longer an imminent threat, it’s happening
right now. About five months ago, i heard from our northern Pa Enua, the consequences of rising sea levels – coastal erosion. when you live on a narrow strip of land of less than 300m wide in some places and 5m high, losing a small amount of land has a huge impact. This is why we are following Loss and Damage at this conference. Small islands like ours are considered to one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. So why bring out the kikau broom? While it is still early days in the negotiations, it seems that the impassioned plea made by Sano may have fallen on deaf ears? - Ana Tiraa
WEEKLY TRAVEL DIARY FOR cABINET MINISTERS MINISTER PORTFOLIOS TRAVEL Prime Minister, Attorney General, Energy, Justice, EMcI, Public Service, commission, Marine Resources, Transport, Foreign Afairs and Immigration
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Amelia Fukofuka and Ana Tiraa-Passield at the19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change in Warsaw. 13111702
Ministers attend traditional Tinomana Ariki investiture THE PREMiER event of the week that will see most cabinet members in attendance will be the investiture of Tokerau Munro with the Puaikura Paramount Chief title, Tinomana Ariki. The event takes place on Thursday, and is expected to draw huge crowds from across the island. Prime Minister Henry Puna will be in the country all week attending to his regular ministerial schedule. Education and tourism min-
ister Teina Bishop returned to Rarotonga late last week from Paris, France, where he attended the 37th uNESCO General Conference on education, health, and gender issues. On Friday, Bishop attende d the 2013 Air New Zealand Cook islands Tourism Awards. He resumes his regular ministerial schedule for the remainder of the week. Health and internal affairs minister Nandi Glassie trav-
elled to Bangkok on Saturday to attend the 11th international Congress on Aids in Asia and Paciic. According to the minister’s office, this is the first time the Cook islands government will be represented at the conference. He returns on November 23. infrastructure minister Teariki Heather, finance Minister Mark Brown, agriculture minister Kiriau Turepu are expected to be in the Cook islands all week for regular ministerial duties.
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Paciic Resort big winner at awards gala THE 2013 Air New Zealand
Cook islands Tourism Awards gala on Friday was an evening designed to honour what’s most important in the industry – hospitality and “our manuiri”. Last Friday, the sector saluted the Pacific Resort Group with the night’s Supreme Award – recognition to that importance. The company, which operates a number of properties across the country, was also recognised with the hotels and resorts award, an internet marketing award, and the outer islands award. A diverse range of awards were also handed out to select industry players in a diverse range of categories. Two awards were given out to recognise individual excellence, with Pa Teuruaa being acknowledged for his contribution to the industry through his
popular Pa’s Nature walk. Robert Skews of Turama Paciic Travel Group received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in Tourism Award. in the main awards category, popular fish sandwich joint Mooring Fish Cafe in Muri took home the Tourism industry Support Award, Kavera’s Puaikura Reef Lodges was recognised with the budge accommodation award, and Makayla Palms came out on top in the self catering and customer care categories. with vaka Eiva right around the corner, the team behind the paddling festival got an early boost by taking home the Festival and Events Award. Special award winners included Muri Beach Resort for environment excellence, Highland Paradise for promoting Cook islands culture and also
hosting the premier tourism attraction. The nation’s best private rental as chosen by the awards committee went to Taakoka Muri Beach villas. An announcement was made earlier this year that the 2013 awards process would be slightly tweaked. The awards committee made a decision to change the entry process by dividing it into two components: a written element, along with face to face interviews with the committee. According to a tourism awards committee member, the new approach “... is the result of feedback sought from the 2011 Awards and to it with the 2013 Air New Zealand Cook islands Tourism Awards theme of Customer Care”. - Emmanuel Samoglou
Paciic Resort Group’s chief executive Greg Stanaway brought his entire management team on stage after being awarded the Hotels and Resorts award, the irst of four on the evening. 13111608
Puaikura reef lodges team Lotu Vea, Sue Vea, and husband Tom Vea, with their award for the premier budget accommodation. 13111622
Paul and Jane Pearson from Muri Beach Resort, which was recognised for environmental stewardship. 13111619
Robert and Mousie Skews photographed together after the managing director of Turama Paciic Travel Group accepted his lifetime achievement in tourism award. 13111614
Jill Kavana and husband and local isherman Steven Kavana, together with their award for tourism industry support. 13111618
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Traditional master navigator Tua Pittman, Jolene Bosanquet-Heays, Helen Henry, John Hay, and Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt at Fridayâ€™s tourism awards gala. 13111621
With the popular paddling event around the corner, event coordinator Victoria dearlove got an early boost by accepting the Air New Zealand Festival and Events Award on behalf of her team. 13111605
Jill Kavana of the Mooring Fish cafe, accepting the award for tourism industry support. 13111602
Pa Teuruaa of Paâ€™s Nature Walks, pictured here with chief executive Halatoa Fua of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, after accepting the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award. 13111613
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Industry honours excellence MEMBERS of the Cook islands travel industry were present Friday evening at an exclusive gala event to honour excellence in the sector. The theme of “Then and Now” was evident at the 2013 Air New Zealand Cook islands Tourism Award, with sounds from the Tukurima string band who described themselves as “just a bunch of guys and girls enjoying their love of music”, and the adornment of classically styled ei katu – worn beautifully by many women present. A keynote speech was provided by chief executive Christopher Luxon of Air New Zealand – which next month will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of its irst light into Rarotonga. Luxon delivered a speech which included themes of “cooperation”, “opportunity”, and “optimism” – all itting as it was disclosed later in the evening that his irm had been selected as the preferred tenderer to continue providing long-haul aviation services in and out of Cook islands. The chief executive also
elaborated on emerging growth markets, China speciically, and the opportunities that exist in developing the tourism sector. invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt provided a thoroughly entertaining address as guest speaker, sharing his insights on governance and various tales accumulated during his six terms as mayor – including a trip to Mongolia where he worked on promoting education for the South island city. The awards themselves covered a wide range of categories, from budget accommodation to recognising a irm’s initiatives in environmental stewardship and promotion of culture. The premier award of the evening – the Air New Zealand Supreme Award – went to the Pacific Resort Group, which brought home a total of four awards. Rounding out the sensory delights of the evening was the food, prepared by Rarotonga’s own Cook islands Tertiary Training institute. A team from the school – including budding professionals
in service and the kitchen – had the crowds buzzing with a ive course menu using ingredients that can all be sourced in the Cook islands. The particular dish that received rapturous praise was an entree built around a ceviche of Manihiki pearl meat, accompanied with mango, coconut, and ginger lavours and the added kick of chilli. Attendees sang to the tunes of Tukurima as the evening progressed, saluting their efforts in developing the largest economic driver in the country. “At tonight’s gala event, it is these heady days of forty years ago that we are recreating,” read the evening’s welcoming notes prepared by Jenny Elliot of the Cook islands Sun. “in 1974 tourism to the Cook islands was just beginning and was full of opportunity. “This is what the 2013 tourism awards have been about – a reminder that looking after our guests – our manuiri – is the most important thing in our businesses.” - Emmanuel Samoglou
Anne Herman, addressing the audience after receiving one of two awards handed out to Highland Paradise Cultural Centre. 13111606
Yoga and being true Most of us have heard of the saying: “My way or the highway”……. however some of us like to ind our own way in how to do or make things, others prefer to be told how to do something and yet others like to ind balance between both ways. for those of us who like to be told and follow a well trodden already proven path, we may like to learn from diferent people in how they do‘it’, gather all the information together and then create our own special formula. others are happy with one particular teacher and way of doing something for our whole lives never changing or veering of in another direction.The great thing about life today is that there is no one right way for anything, just a whole lot of right ways for any person at any time. when we begin to walk a yogic path, it’s most often because we wish to get it into a itter, healthier, more lexible and stable way of being.Yoga is not actually a form of therapy, yet many people ind the practice of yoga to have various therapeutic results in their life. It is not a religion, and yet also it enhances any spiritual quest of beliefs shared by countless religions around the world, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Bahai’s, hindus and christians alike. It is, however a path we alone get to forge. During myYoga Teacher Training in Auckland a few years ago, a fellow student was a devout christian. he didn’t join in on any of the chanting and instead recited the lords prayer quietly to himself when we were learning chants. his end of Term 2 teaching segment was a beautiful incorporation of the lords prayer with the sun salutations. i asked him where he received inspiration for what he lead us through as I found it deeply moving. he told me that he had at irst found our training terribly uncomfortable and challenging to his own beliefs. he found through google that there were in fact thousands of christians practicing yoga around the world as it assisted the seeker in deepening their relationship with christ and god. he told me that if they could do yoga without prejudice and harmful self / other thought then so could he, and he really wanted to be a yoga teacher. For months I contemplated what he shared, especially his version of a belief which had guided my own life for many years. Find what is true for you but not at the negation of something else. Learn as much as you can about a wide variety of things and take and apply what is best for
Chief executive Christopher Luxon with Air New Zealand, one of the evening’s award presenters. 13111617
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your own path at that time in your life. in 1984 i left rarotonga and moved to new Zealand to apprentice for osteopath / naturopath dr palmer, who ingrained in me in my irst few months how it was imperative we educate people how to look after themselves so they don’t become dependent on him, I or for any one source. he used to say; we are our own best healer, and it is for each of us to ind what works best for us. he said; “Just as there are many ways to injure, harm or become ill, there are many ways to heal and make whole. No way is the only way.” In the years following I’ve found his simple words of advice to hold true on many occasion, even though there’s also been many times where I have encountered teachers, leaders, companies, employers and such who have wanted themselves to be the absolute in any of their clients, students, patients lives. as yoga teachers, we have a choice. we can live and teach the whole of yoga or we can simply focus on the physical practice of asana. we can say that our path is the right path, follow me, let me be your teacher, or we can encourage people to ind the way which works best for them at any given time. Yoga is a path where we peel away the layers that shield our light, just like Michelangelo chipped away the marble to reveal the statue of David. Yoga, it’s more than just a good stretch. for more on Yoga - classes, therapy & private sessions; bodywork - relexology, reiki, craniosacral, myofascial release, massage and life coaching, please ph: 50-839.
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Chief executive Greg Stanaway accepts one of four awards for the Paciic Resort Group. 13111610
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Assault natural reaction to ‘testicle grab’ THE HiGH Court on November
11 was presided over by Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro, who made the following judgements: Jim Arai, 46, appeared in court to face sentencing for a charge of assault on a female. Both police and Arai’s lawyer Norman George recommended a six month suspended sentence for the charge as it was agreed that the assault was just a reaction to having ones private parts yanked. According to a probation report prepared for sentencing, Arai had been convicted 16 years ago for assault but it was not in his nature to be violent. in the incident that had occurred at Raro Fried Chicken, Arai and his partner had been arguing when she grabbed his testicles, making him react by pushing her. Arai had said he was angry at the time, upset his partner brought her six-year-old son to the bar where she had been drinking.
George told the court that Arai and his partner have since resolved their issues and are happy. JP Taoro convicted Arai and placed him on six months’ suspended sentence. if he commits another offence in that time he will be sentenced for this assault charge. Netani Cataki , 31, and his lawyer Tony Brown have been given time to prepare their defence against a charge of theft as a servant. Brown told the court he had only just received full disclosure from police of information relating to the charge and had submitted a memorandum to request a time extension of at least four weeks. Police prosecutor Tuaine Manavaroa had no objections to an adjournment. An amendment was also made to the monetary value of the food and beverage Cataki is accused of stealing, from $250 to $34.90, with Brown comment-
ing it made things a lot easier for him and his client. The matter was adjourned to December 12 and Cataki was released on bail. Cataki had pleaded not guilty to the charge in October; however Brown said a hearing for this case won’t be until May next year. Apera Ngatokorua , 17, has been charged with excess blood alcohol, and was only just arrested. He did not appear to court even though police said he had signed a bail release form understanding he had to appear. A warrant for his arrest was granted. George Rongotaua, 45, was expecting to enter a plea for a charge of common assault however Rongotaua’s lawyer, wilkie Rasmussen, was not in court. JP Taoro had no choice but to adjourn the matter, telling Rongotaua he will need to talk to Rasmussen as the court
Prison escapee released on bail iT HAS been decided that prison escapee and repeat offender wilfred Dauvois will be released from prison and is no longer regarded as a danger to the community. Tahitian man Dauvois, 34, appeared in court on Thursday for a call-over where his lawyer, Norman George, maintained that his client had a medical condition possibly brought on by a tumour re-growth. with the intention to organise a CT or MRi scan for Dauvois, George spoke to New Zealand neurologist Dr Mark Simpson who recommended that Dauvois be placed on prescribed medication before a scan is done. in a letter submitted to the court, Simpson wrote that he suspected Dauvois was suffering from peri-ictal psychosis, a form of psychosis related to hyper-religiosity, cognitive disturbance and hypo-manic states, which would explain Dauvois’ antisocial behaviour. George said he
has noticed a change in Dauvois’ condition after a month of taking the medication and believes he is ready to come out. “The police are happy to release wilfred and are now fully aware of his condition. He has a family to go to who are very supportive,” he said. “i seek an adjournment to January next year and for Dauvois to be bailed at large. wilfred should grasp this as an opportunity... we hope the charges will be dropped,” he added. Police prosecutor Tuaine Manavaroa told the court it was good to know the defendant was receiving medical treatment. He had no objection to Dauvois being released on bail, but insisted bail conditions are imposed barring him from purchasing and/ or consuming alcohol, and entering liquor licenced premises. “Most of the crimes he committed were alcohol related,” he added. Dauvois, looking a lot hap-
pier and settled than in previous appearances, was released from prison and placed on bail without entering a plea to any of his charges, which range from unlawful escape, theft, common assault and injuring with intent. An adjournment of the case was made for January 23, to send Dauvois to New Zealand for a full MRi scan, if needed, and to give George time to meet with police and discuss the best way forward. Speaking directly to Dauvois, Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro told him that the court was impressed with his progress. “Please take this opportunity and continue your medication. All the best to you,” she said. Dauvois made headlines in September when he tricked prison guards into opening the Arorangi prison gates and took the opportunity to escape. He was found seven hours later and remanded back into custody. - Merita Wi-Kaitaia
Criminal association revealed in Wade trial A DEFENCE witness in the trial
of burglary-accused william wade had admitted to receiving black pearls from well-known criminals Michael Brown and Riki Carlson. wade, 27, accused of stealing 4000 black pearls from the home of the prime minister, appeared for his inal trial session last Friday. wade’s partner, Clare Piniata, and mother-in-law, Fialoma Piniata, were brought in as defence witnesses, both claiming during cross-examination that 60 black pearls confiscated by police during a search on their home were given to them by the patriarch of the family Papa Samson Piniata. it was then revealed that Clare Piniata had said in a statement to police the coniscated pearls came from Brown and Carlson. She had also mentioned being associated with repeat offender
Ponatu ua. During the Crown’s closing statement to the court, prosecutor Cheryl King recapped the events of the trial, reiterating that Samson Piniata had told the court his inal harvest was in 2010. He had said that most of his oysters died during that time and that the resulting pearls were low grade, mostly “rubbish”. King added that one witness, a Fijian woman who had bought pearls from wade, had said she could tell some of the pearls wade had were of high quality, pouring doubt over whether all the coniscated pearls belonged to the Piniata's. During his closing statement, defence lawyer Norman George emphasised the lack of evidence linking wade to the act of breaking and entering. He said there were no dirt marks or broken louvers on or near the bedroom window where wade's finger-
prints were found, and that a laptop bag the pearls were kept in was not found during the police search of the Piniata residence. The only thing proven was wade was peeping into the Puna residence, which he had admitted to doing since his arrest, said George. George asked for a dismissal of the charge saying there was no element proving without reasonable doubt that wade had stolen the pearls. “There was no criminal intent,” he said as he closed his inal address. The presiding Justices of the Peace John Kenning, Georgina williams and Mata Nooroa told the court they will need time to make a decision on whether or not to permanently suppress some details relating to wade’s defence. Their decision is to be presented on Friday. - Merita Wi-Kaitaia.
wants to move the case along. “we need to know how to move forward,” she said. The matter was adjourned to November 21 for a call-over. Exham George, 22, for the first time in a long while appeared to court to enter a plea of guilty to charges of excess breath alcohol and dangerous driving. Defence counsel Charles Petero told the court George is due for sentencing in December before Justice Grice for drug related charges, and asked that sentencing for these charges be adjourned for then as well. The sentencing date was set to December 4. Ngatokorua Haurua, 55, appeared to court on a charge of driving while disqualiied. Police prosecutor Sonny Tararo explained to the court that Haurua had been told to appear for this charge on August 29, but due to a “slip up” by police, the matter did not appear on the court list and was not called. The charges were therefore not read to the defendant and he had to be called to court again. Tararo apologised to both the court and the defendant. Haurua, unfazed by the apology, accused the police of poor performance. “why did it take so long? The matter should have been settled earlier on,” he ar-
gued. He explained that three weeks after he appeared in court in August the police had turned up at his house and questioned his brother-in-law. A week later they both felt they were being trailed by police. He also said the incidents that led to the arrest were a result of not having anyone else help him pick up his scooter from the panel beaters. He pleaded not guilty to the charge, and the matter had to be adjourned for a defended hearing. JP Taoro adjourned the matter to December 5, telling the police if they are not ready the court will deal with the matter without police input. She said the court acknowledges Haurua’s input. Ponatu Ua, 17, had his matter adjourned to January 30 for a defended hearing for two charges of burglary and one charge of receiving stolen goods. Manu Robert , 36, pleaded guilty to an excess breath alcohol charge. A blood analysis taken at the hospital revealed Robert had been driving with 194 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milligrams of blood, over two times the limit of 80 micrograms. Robert had admitted to consuming 12 bottles of beer at home before driving to town and drinking a further three bottles at whatever Bar and the
Garden Bar. while driving home he said he fell asleep and had crashed into a concrete pole. it was revealed he had previously been convicted of drink driving in 2007. Police prosecutor Sonny Tararo recommended Robert is ined and disqualiied from driving. He said Robert was married and had one dependent. J P Taoro told Robert he should be “thanking his luck stars” the accident wasn’t deadly or that no one else was involved. “This is a very high reading,” she added. Robert was fined $450 plus $30 court costs and asked to pay reparation of $150 for the medical blood analysis. Christopher Tangatakino , 20, pleaded guilty to a charge of breach of community service. Probation oficer Tuaine Manavaroa Jr told the court that on the way to a community service course Tangatakino “disappeared” and did not show up to the course at all. Tangatakino explained to the court he had a lat tyre and went to repair it. “It took you ive hours to pump up your tyre?” JP Taoro asked him. She ined Tangatakino $100 plus $30 court costs and recommended he ind a job to pay his ine. - Merita Wi-Kaitaia
Operation Eagle appeals today AN ARRAy of public interest
cases will be heard in this year’s court of appeal session starting today. Disgraced New Zealand excop Mark Franklin is scheduled to appear in the annual Court of Appeal session beginning next Monday, in an attempt to appeal his 12 month prison sentence. Franklin will be joined by fellow Operation Eagle offender Mere King, who is also appealing her seven month prison sentence. They will both be represented by lawyers Paul Dale and Tony Manarangi. Crown lawyer Martha Henry will be challenging both appeal cases, joined by New Zealandbased criminal lawyer Sarah McKenzie, briely returning to the Cook islands for the appeal session. On Tuesday and wednesday two civil cases will be heard with an appeal by former director of
immigration Kave Ringi and an appeal hearing for businessman Tata Crocombe. Ringi, represented by local lawyer Brian Mason, is appealing a decision by Justice Sir Hugh williams validating Ringi’s dismissal from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and immigration by former MFAi secretary Jim Gosselin, while Crocombe has a second ground of his appeal to be heard – namely alleged improper conduct by former inland revenue collector Geoff Stoddart. Stoddart will be represented by NZ-based lawyer Mike Rufin. in the land division, a dismissal made by Justice Patrick Savage of applications for the right to “uninvestigated” Pokoinu land sections 227 and 228 in Nikao will be appealed by applicants Taare Mataiapo, descendants of Makea vakatini, descendants
of Tupa Tuerei, Makea Davida, successors of Makea Takau and Philip Nicholas. Savage had ruled that according to evidence brought forward during the land court session in May, the land right to 227 and 228 were in fact investigated by Chief Justice Gudgeon in 1905. This appeal case will be heard on Thursday, while Friday will be left as a reserve day. The court of appeal is held once a year when needed. Presiding court of appeal judges are Justice Sir ian Barker, Justice Barry Paterson and Justice David williams. During the session Justice Barker will retire the title of president of the Court of Appeal, with Justice williams resuming as president. All judges are scheduled to arrive this weekend, and will depart on Saturday November 23. - Merita Wi-Kaitaia
PM burglary accused acquitted BuRGLARy accused william
wade has been found not guilty of breaking in to Prime Minister Henry Puna’s house and taking 4000 black pearls. Justices of the Peace Gina williams, John Kenning and Mata Nooroa relayed their decision to an empty court room on Friday, saying prosecution had not proven that wade broke into the house with the intention to take the pearls. “We are not satisied the defendant had entered the house and was inside with the intention to commit a crime, the evidence was not conclusive enough to prove he was in the house,” announced JP Kenning. Kenning also said there was
too much confusion relating to the identiication of the coniscated pearls used as exhibits during the trial, with both wade’s father-in-law Samson Piniata and the PM’s wife Akaiti Puna both saying they belong to them. They also permanently suppressed details of why wade was at the house, despite his fingerprints being found on a window, saying that it was not critical to his defence and publication could bring trauma to the victims disproportionate to the public’s need to know. wade was acquitted of the charge and the matter was withdrawn, drawing great relief from his family in the public gallery and air punches by his law-
yer Norma George. According to Cook islands legislation, the maximum penalty for burglary is 10 years’ imprisonment. wade, 27, was charged with the burglary in June 2012 and pleaded not guilty earlier this year. His trial began on October 29 and took three days. - Merita Wi-Kaitaia
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Tertiary Study & Training Awards Expressions of interest are sought for the following awards: •
Cook Islands Government Scholarships (CIGS) & Overseas Private Student Assistance Fund (OSAF) from suitably qualiied Cook Islanders for study at an approved NZ tertiary institution commencing 2014. • In-Country Tuition Awards Scholarship (ITAS), from suitably qualiied Cook Islanders who are currently studying in the Cook Islands. 1. 2013/2014 COOK ISLANDS GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS (CIGS) The purpose of this scholarship is to provide you with education and training so that you can assist in the social, cultural and economic development of the Cook Islands on your return home at the completion of your studies. Applicant selection will be based on meeting the scholarship eligibility criteria, primarily that of academic merit (i.e. have completed a minimum equivalent of one full academic year with a B grade average); This scholarship has a tenure of 2 years of which your qualiication is to be completed within that time to be eligible for the award. Awards will be considered for Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies. 2. 2013 OVERSEAS PRIVATE STUDENT ASSISTANCE FUND (OSAF) Cook Islanders who are pursuing tertiary studies privately overseas may now apply for assistance for tuition fees on a reimbursement basis. This is granted on a portion of the tuition fees for those subjects or papers passed during the calendar year 2013. Applicants will need to provide their results and original evidence of payment of tuition fees such as tertiary institute receipts (showing institute logo), enrolment records etc. Students who have held scholarships this year are not eligible for this scheme. The grant is determined by the number of applications received and availability of funds • 2013/2014 In-CoUnTry TUITIon aWardS SCHoLarSHIP (ITaS) Cook Islanders who are pursuing tertiary studies privately in-country can now apply for the In-Country Tuition Awards Scholarship. Applicants must have successfully completed at least 4 courses at an approved tertiary institute and the course of study should be pursued here in the Cook Islands even if the provider is located of shore.
General Eligibility criteria: 1. Must be a Cook Islander who was (or is) residing permanently in the Cook Islands prior to undertaking studies at an approved institution with the intention of returning to the Cook Islands upon completion of study. 2. Must provide a current (or proposed) course programme outline sequenced by papers/subjects to be taken in each semester per year and duration of study (start date and proposed inish date). Application forms and further information are available from the Ministry of Education in Nikao or ring Anna Roi on Ph: 29-357, emai: email@example.com or visit our website: www.education.gov.ck. Application forms must be received no later than 12pm Thursday, 5th December 2013. 75089/75090
KAPIKIANGA UIPAANGA Ki te au metua katoatoa o te Apii Nikao e te Apii Avatea, e pera te au taeake o te oire Nikao, kia tae mai ki tetai uipaanga puapinga a te: Paraparau ra 21 no Noema Ora: Apa no te ora 4 (4:30pm) Nikao Hall (ite pae mai ite are pure) Ka uriuri tatou no runga ite au parani e tamanakoia nei no teia nga apii. Aere mai kia rauka iakoe ite oronga I toou manako. Ko teia tuatua akakite na te puapii maata o nga apii. GENERAL MEETING An important meeting will be held for parents and caregivers of Nikao School and Avatea School and the residents of the Nikao village. When: Thursday 21 November 2013 Time: 4:30pm Nikao Hall (Next to the cIcc church) There will be discussions on the proposed plans for the two schools. This notice is from the principals of both schools.
Lady Moana Voy 12 Sailing for Penrhyn Island only Tuesday 3 December 2013. All enquiries to Taio Shipping Ltd. Phone 24905/24912.
Public Notice - Fuel Tender 02/2013 Te Aponga Uira (TAU) invites tenders from qualiied companies for fuel hosting and delivery services. The tender documentation is available from TAU oices during business hours, and can also be emailed out on request. completed tender forms and templates will be accepted by mail, email or hand delivery until 3pm, Monday 25 November 2013 cook Islands time. contact Marlene cuthers, PO Box 112, Rarotonga, cook Islands. Phone +682 20054, Fax +682 21944, email: marlene@ electricity.co.ck
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75101 /35672 /2415
ShIPPING NOTICES Lady Moana Voy: 11 Now accepting cargo for Mangaia, Mauke, Mitiaro and Atiu. Sailing 24 Nov All enquiries to Taio Shipping Ltd Ph: 24-905 / 24-912. 74937 /35657 /1857
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An application for a declaratory order in relation to landowners unreasonably withholding their consent to a proposed assignment of part of the land known as Tutakimoa Section 14D2, Avarua, will be heard in the High Court of the Cook Islands in Avarua, Rarotonga on Thursday, 5 December 2013 at 1.00pm. Any landowner of the above land, wishing to be heard in relation to the application, is invited to attend the hearing at the High Court in Avarua, Rarotonga. Should you have any questions in relation to this notice please contact Heinz Matysik at Little & Matysik P.C., Cook Islands Lawyers, Avarua, Rarotonga, Tel: 21619, Fax 21615 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
casual ads must be prepaid. cancellation fee $6.40 incl. VAT. Quotations on request.
1pm sharp. Material deadline for display adverts 24 hours prior.
RATES Minimum $5.80 incl. VAT for 1-15 words.
DEADLINES Deadline for next day’s classiieds is
Self Storage Raro U Store it!! -Secure & Private -Short or Long term -For oice, Shop or Home Storage. Phone 22188 or 26189. Email beach@moanasands. co.ck 73693 /35140 /1744
Action Man Mowing Services All jobs big or small, free quote. Give clint a call on 52074. 74265 /35497 /2561
FOR RENT Beach front bungalow, short or long term, available now for 4 months. Phone 71570. 75023 /35500 /1931
FOR SALE Mountain Bike Near new condition, 2 months old $200 ono. Phone 58642. 75104 / /1931
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Expression of Interest Cook Islands Renewable Energy Project Four international companies have been short-listed as lead contractor to deliver photovoltaic/ diesel hybrid mini-grid systems in Northern Group islands. Each company has signalled an interest in engaging local companies in sub-contracting roles. Beca International Consultants, on behalf of the Governments of the Cook Islands and New Zealand, is calling for expressions of interest from local contractors and sub-contractors to support delivery of photovoltaic/ diesel hybrid mini-grid systems in Northern Group islands. Desirable experience includes: • Electrical installation work, especially involving photovoltaic systems • Delivering, or sub-contracting, relevant civil works, building works, electrical distribution and cabling • Managing complex shipping and freight logistics options to/in the Cook Islands. Interested parties should email summary of relevant skills, experience and contact details to John Youdale (email@example.com) no later than 5pm, Thursday 21 November (Cook Islands time). Responses received by the closing date will be compiled by Beca International and provided to the four shortlisted candidates for the lead contractor role for their consideration. Further contact with local companies will be at the discretion of the short-listed lead contractors. 75065
FRONTLINE SALES PERSON We are looking for a well presented person with an outgoing personality to join our frontline team at Avis cook Islands. If you enjoy meeting people from all walks of life, then this customer service position could be for you. You need to have some basic computer knowledge. You must have excellent communication skills. You must be available to work in the weekends. This position requires a clean current driver’s license with experience in driving a range of manual & automatic vehicles and motorbikes. For more details please call Phillip on Phone 22833. 75027 / /1648
Graphic Artist Trainee This position is suitable for an artistic minded person with basic computer skills. Must be honest, reliable with good communication skills, willing to learn and be responsible. For an appointment contact Donna at Rarotonga Printing Ltd on Ph: 20940 74988 /35473 /2203
Accountant First Windows is looking to employ a full time Accountant, commencing January 13, 2014. Qualiications and requirements: A degree in accounting with a proven work history Experience in preparation of annual inancial accounts Applications along with a current cV to Mike Allen at First Windows in Nikao or contact Mike on 20645 for any further enquiries. 74960 /35467 /1960
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Monday, noveMber 18, 2013 cook Islands News
Filipino community appeals to Cook Islands generosity have families in the region affected by the super typhoon yolanda.
APPRECIATION the filipino community on rarotonga would like to take this opportunitytothankyoueveryone,thecookIslandspeopleand thetouristsforyourgeneroussupportduringourrun-athonround ofrarotonga,foodandribbonboothfundraiseronsaturday morningtosupportthevictimsofthephilippinesthathasbeen afected by the typhoon haiyan/Yolanda. Meitaki maata to the following people for your support: 1. hon. Minister Teariki heather 2. mr. robert heather (t&m heather) 3. pastor metuatini and Ura tangaroa 4. t & m contractors drivers 5. mp george maggie 6. cisnoc oice 7. makea pauka & your drummers 8. Tukua Tangaroa 9. father fernando alombro 10. punanga nui market management 11. westpac bank 12. Avarua Bakery 13. rarotonga printing services 14. our employers Meitaki maata for all the cook Islanders for giving heart & your prayers.MaygodblessyouallandthisBlessednationofthecook Islands.
MEITAKI MAATA SALAMAT
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yolanda, a super typhoon that left over 4000 people – and counting – dead in the central Philippine region of visayan on November 8, has sprung the Filipino community in the Cook islands to action. “it is really sad for us and especially for the workers whose families have been affected by the typhoon. These workers are so far away from their homes, but we would all like to do as much as we can to help out,” says president of the Cook islands Filipino community Julian Perla. “international aid agencies like Red Cross assessed it would take 18 months of relief efforts to rebuild the lives of our dispossessed kababayans or countrymen.” The Filipino community is seeking the Cook islands’ generosity and is holding fundraisers to support their fellow countrymen. A run-a-thon was held on Saturday starting at 7am from Punanga Nui Market and a barbeque at the westpac Bank and Punanga Nui Markets as well.
contact our advertising department phone 22999 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ph 22336 SITUATIONS VACANT
Part time bar/waitress person wanted. Experience is essential and must be reliable. Excellent hourly rate and good staf beneits ofered. Phone 21546. Between 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday. 75091 /35668 /1873
Experienced cook & asst cook. Require 2 make workers to work in a takeaway shop. Send cV to PO Box 920. Raro Family Fried chicken. 75057 /32512 /1931
Small Hotel seeking someone with 5yrs experience in waitressing/ bar work/ cleaning rooms/ oice duties (QuickBooks/ Room master). Must be lexible with hours, honest, reliable and have 3 references. Please apply in writing to “The Manager” P.O Box 3091, Rarotonga.
SITUATIONS VACANT Head Mechanic/Foreman Rarocars Ltd require a suitably qualiied person to oversee the running of our Service Department. Please email your cV to email@example.com
iN THE Cook islands there are about 200 Filipino workers and out of those at least 10 people
Plates of Phillipine food at Te Atu kura will be for sale and entertainment will be provided by a string band at the tentative date of November 22. “we will also have a concerto of local Cook islands artists spearheaded by Sisi Short and Filipino performers but we have not decided on the dates yet,” says Perla. Philippine aid donation boxes will be placed at some busi-
May you have many More to come! we love you to the moon and back! FromMummyandfamily near and far.
WANTED TO BUy We will BUY your old or broken gold jewellery. FISHERS BLAcK PEARL JEWELLERY.
Expressions of Interest! Newspaper Delivery Contract
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SITUATIONS VACANT MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT
CONSULTING OPPORTUNITIES FINANCIAL EXPERT (2 months) & CIVIL ENGINEER (3 months) Two exciting consulting opportunities exist to assist the Cook Islands Government in preparing a country led, medium term, prioritized National Infrastructure Investment Plan (CI-NIIP) which will provide a roadmap for the country’s infrastructure sector for the next 5-10 years. The programme will be operating under the guidance of the Infrastructure Committee (IC) and the team will consist of 3 international consultants and 2 Cook Island national consultants - an Infrastructure Specialist/Civil Engineer and a Financial Planning Expert. Please refer to www.procurement.gov.ck for full documentation on the Terms of Reference. Applications will need to be made on the Asian Development Bank website (www.adb.org/cms) and closing date for applications is 3.00pm, 24 November 2013. For queries please contact anne.taoro@cookislands. gov.ck. 75096
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and aid and 1.5 million children affected. Participation and donations for the fundraisers are welcome, and for more information on how to participate please contact Sisi Short on 22254 or 52881. To offer any donations, please contact Julian Perla on 57745, Marijoe on 51644, Gemma on 77281 and Carmela on 71822. - Sahiban Kanwal
Members of the Filipino community in the Cook Islands donated $500 to the Aitutaki Cyclone Appeal Committee out of their own pockets. Treasurer of the Filipino community in the Cook Islands, Julian Perla, presented Mona Ioane (pictured) with the cheque. 1003091
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Sales Manager We seek a motivated, energetic person to join our company. Key skills - maintaining our online presence, developing new customers and strategies. Remuneration is commensurate with experience. Send cV to Po Box 3017, Rarotonga or email to weddings@ oyster.net.ck Applications close 30 November 2013.
ness establishments. “we would like to appeal to the Cook islands community to open their hearts so that we can help our fellow countrymen in these hard times by raising funds for our devastated and beloved Philippines,” says Perla. Known in international code as super typhoon Haiyan, the typhoon left at least 3365 dead, 80 missing, 600,000 homeless, 2.5 million people in need of food
An opportunity exists for a team to work handling folding, collating and delivery of Cook Islands News. This is a night time job that follows printing of the daily newspaper. It ranges from two to four hours per night. Ideally, this contract would suit a family or team to work without supervision, to handle of-site folding and collating of the newspaper, then delivery to shops and homes around Rarotonga. The successful applicant(s) will start with supervised training for several weeks from early-January 2014. Collation can be done in your own home. Two company vehicles are available for deliveries however a team that will have their own means of transport is an advantage. Applicant(s) families or teams must have mature and experienced drivers with a good clean driving records and be of sober habits. For more information about duties and remuneration, phone Tony Fe’ao on 22999 or visit our oices at Taputapuatea to convey expressions of interest. Applicants who are selected for an interview will be required to provide character references. Please contact Tony Feao, General Manager Phone 22999 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EXCITING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES!! NZQA Accredited training – Earn while you learn! We ofer great career opportunities, great staf beneits and a great team to work with.
SALES & MARKETING Trade Sales Manager – Great communication skills a must!! • This role is a challenging, exciting opportunity to assist in the preparation and implementation of sales & marketing plans, develop strong working relationships with our wholesale customers and suppliers and drive a small dedicated team to provide the best customer service. You will need strong organizational skills, the ability to prioritise and work to deadlines, supervisory experience and strong communication and interpersonal skills.
PHARMACY Sales Assistant/Cashier – Go local! • Exciting opportunity to sell a world class skin care range that is made with Bioactive Cook Island Oils working with an international marketing team to drive promotions and help boost sales. Suit an enthusiastic person who enjoys a challenge and working with people!
BUILDING CENTRE Cashier/Clerical Assistant – Good computer skills! • Busy varied position that involves completing point of sale transactions, data entry, prepares and writes up banking and clerical duties. Suit someone with strong excel skills who is good with igures.
OPERATIONS Warehouse/Delivery Assistant – C Class drivers licence an advantage! • Assisting with the assembly, dispatch and delivery of internal transfers, devanning containers and assisting with rolling stocktakes. You will need to be it and healthy with the ability to work well within a small team. Talk to us today about starting a career in Retail! For further details and a full job description contact Eileen or Kai on phone 23-191, Email: KLouis@citc.co.ck 75081
Monday, noveMber 18, 2013 cook Islands News
Depopulation and debt discussed with peer review team THE COOK islands recently underwent a two-week peer review – organised by the Paciic Island Forum Secretariat – focusing on monitoring and evaluation of national development. At the invitation of the Cook islands government, the peer review team held consultations and discussions with health, education, private sector, employment, climate change, culture, and environment oficials. The team also travelled to Mangaia and Aitutaki, where they met with island and youth councils. in its recently released ‘Aide Memoire’ – a product of their research in the Cook islands – the peer review team released some common themes raised throughout their consultations. The issue of depopulation, along with associated issues such as the import of migrant labour, was discussed with the team and continues to be a frequent issue cited in political
circles. Regarding migrant labour, the team identiied a risk that it “drives a rift between the country’s owners of capital and the rest of the population and results in growing unease about local culture and management of natural resources, ampliied in the outer islands and with lower income families.” The nation’s budget priorities were also raised in the team’s research, including concerns about the amount of resources being devoted to renewable energy projects and water infrastructure, “that will mean a substantive increase in public debt”, along with the cost and economic impact of the Air New Zealand underwrite – which it describes as the largest item in the national budget. The high cost of telecommunications “that will increasingly hamper and even prohibit access to new markets, economic opportunities and even health
and education services” is also addressed. The peer review team said the high cost of the services, which include telephone and internet, are closely related to “Government’s guaranteeing a monopoly to the service provider”. Consultations also provided input on problems associated with the land tenure system, including unresolved issues and “no meaningful plan to address the systemic land tenure problems that continue to undermine the investment environment and particularly the agriculture sector”. Lastly, the finance ministryled tax review, along with its potential impact on the whole population in terms of disposable income, was also discussed with the peer review team. A inal report from the team is expected in early December. The Cook islands peer review team included manager Collin Tavi from the vanuatu Office
of the Prime Minister, assistant chief executive Henry Ah Ching of economic planning and policy with the Samoan government,
and regional counsellor Solistice Middleby from Australia. Feedback can be sent to the review team for consideration
by emailing Charmina Saili at the email@example.com - Emmanuel Samoglou
Manager Peter Tierney of the inance ministry’s development co-ordination division said he hopes the recently concluded peer review will help improve public service efectiveness. 13101822
Work together for a safer community urges police COOK islands Police are calling on the community to do their part in ensuring all visitors to the island be vigilant in safeguarding their belongings. Three separate incidents of theft by visitors to the island were reported to police over the weekend. All three complaints were theft of property from under the seat compartments of motorbikes. Personal items including money and electronic goods were stolen from locked motorbike compartments. vehicle rental companies
along with tourist accommodators and the public at large are being urged to better inform visitors of the dangers of leaving personal properties in unattended vehicles. Two people were arrested at the weekend – one for a common assault after a night out on the town and the second for a domestic abuse case in Tupapa. Police also attended to two motor vehicle accidents at the weekend in Tupapa and Ruatonga and both incidents are still under investigation. Excessive noise is still an ongoing concern for local police
who attended to four excessive noise complaints at the weekend. “They lowered their sound and it is just common sense that during those hours of the night, your neighbours are sleeping and want a peaceful time,” says inspector Tepaki Baxter. Baxter encourages the community at large to work together in better informing our visitors on being vigilant with looking after their personal belongings and for neighbours to watch out for each other’s property for a safe community. - Matariki Wilson
Youth not allowed to call a lawyer while imprisoned A yOuNG man accused of assault claims he was not given the opportunity by prison officers to use the phone and contact a lawyer while he was imprisoned for 10 days. Maara Teretaiti, 18, had been in remand at Arorangi Prison after being arrested for assaulting a female, and appeared on Thursday for a call-over without a lawyer. The only counsel present, Norman George, sympathetic to Teretaiti’s plight, volunteered ‘out of public interest’ to represent Teretaiti in court. George said he was concerned people are not being allowed to contact a lawyer while in remand.
“ten days is a long time! People in remand are not prisoners, they have rights that they should be allowed to exercise,” he argued. After speaking briefly to his new client, he told the court it was possible for the matter to be resolved domestically and that the couple were together. He sought an adjournment to December 12, and for Teretaiti to be bailed at large without entering a plea. He said they will then be able to resolve their options. Police prosecutor Tuaine Manavaroa stood to explain the seriousness of the assault. “As a result the victim was unable to work for a week. The victim was six months pregnant at
the time and believes the assault would have continued if neighbours hadn’t intervened. The couple are not together,” he said. George asked for full disclosure and assured court Teretaiti will not contact the victim. Teretaiti was released on bail without entering a plea, with the conditions that he not contact the victim and report to the police station every Friday. The matter was adjourned to December 12. Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro said she appreciated George standing to represent Teretaiti. - Merita Wi-Kaitaia
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By Dik Browne
By Lee Falk & sy Barry
Forecast Map 2pm Monday
Issued at 2pm at Rarotonga
Rarotonga Monday, November 18, 2013
MoN High 10.15AM 0.85M 10.23pM 0.93M
Situation: A weak trough of low pressure remains slow moving over the Southern Cooks and is slowly moving east. A trough of low pressure lies slow moving over the Northern Cooks. Forecast to midnight for the Southern Cooks: Cloudy periods with some showers. Moderate east to southeast winds. Moderate to rough seas with southeast swells. Further outlook: Some showers For Rarotonga: Cloudy with some showers. Further outlook: Some showers. For the Northern Cooks: Occasional Showers. Moderate easterly winds. Moderate seas. Further outlook: Brief showers over most places.
Low 04.05AM 0.24M 04.19pM 0.30M
Tue High 10.54AM 0.85M 11.00pM 0.92M
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ArAPo - TUrU mon 18 TANu (Planting) Tanu i te kai katoa. Good time for all planting.
TAuTAI (Fishing) Po ika. Kua torotoro te tupa/koura. Fish night crabs & crayish crawling
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10th Vaka Eiva
22 - 29 NOVEMBER 2013
Oe’a te vaka ki mua!
Vaka Eiva festival organisers, volunteers and supporters (from left) Brent Fisher, Victoria dearlove, Tina Newport, Emilene Taulu, Annie Fisher, Liz Sosene, Teina Taulu and John Taulu proudly represented the paddling family at the Air New Zealand Tourism Awards on Friday night where the popular Vaka Eiva Festival won the Air New Zealand Festival and Events Award for the second time in the awards 3-year history.
Award boosts morale ahead of 10th festival CLAiMiNG the Air New Zealand
Festival and Events Award at Friday night’s prestigious Air New Zealand Tourism Awards is being seen as a morale booster by organisers, volunteers and supporters of the vaka Eiva Festival now in its 10th year. The festival will soon be in full swing as just over 1000 international paddlers begin to lock to the shores of Rarotonga for the milestone 10th anniversary of the festival set to run from November 22 to 29. This is the second time in the awards 3-year history that the vaka Eiva Festival has been recognised as a top class event after
taking out not only the festival and events division but also the supreme award at the inaugural tourism awards in 2009. “it’s a great morale booster for all volunteers working tirelessly to make the event a success,” says vaka Eiva co-ordinator victoria Dearlove. “This also gives our sponsors assurances that this is a worthwhile event to support.” Dearlove says that one thing they do as organisers of the paddling event is make everyone feel like a welcomed visitor to the island and not just as athletes and competitors here to race on the water.
“it’s not just about competitors – we make sure all our visitors are taken care of. we want to share what we have here in the Cook islands and that’s why we have a great on the water programme and off the water programme too.” The vaka Eiva family stick to the mantra, “we strive to host an event with social, environmental, cultural and financial integrity.” The festival will begin on Friday with the traditional vaka blessing before the attention turns to the Moana for oe vaka racing starting Saturday.
Netball game time! NATiONAL netballer Alanna Smith and the newly selected Cook islands national netball squad will take to the Telecom Sports Arena court this evening for the first of three test matches against the visiting Singapore team. The three test series against Singapore, coached by ex-Silver Fern coach Ruth Aitken, is set to be a thrilling spectacle of netball for local supporters and fans. The series is also a ranking tournament where 15th ranked Cook islands will want to improve their world standing with great performances against the 21st ranked Singapore team. Team Singapore arrived on Saturday as well as the inal overseas members of the Cook Islands national netball squad coached by Mii Maui assisted by legendary netballer Margaret Matenga. The Cook islands squad is a great mix of young talents mixed in with a few experienced old heads to guide the team against Singapore. All three games will be played at the Telecom Sports Arena. The irst game gets underway at 6.30pm after a short welcome followed by the second game on Tuesday at 6.30pm and the inal game will be played out on wednesday also at 6.30pm. Admission is $2 and the sports loving community is encouraged to get out to the TSA and cheer on the local girls and well as their visiting opponents from Singapore. - MW
Scores all drawn in premiership match iN THE main Lotto Premiership
men’s football match on Saturday host Matavera drew one all against Avatiu at the Takitumu School grounds. Matavera scored mid-way through the irst half via speedster Paul Poila. Avatiu tried tirelessly to equalize in the irst but was not able to do so. During the second half Matavera tried to extend their lead however it was Avatiu who were rewarded with their efforts when big Ngati Manuela scored
the equalizer, bringing the inal score to one all. in the other premier men’s match, Tupapa Maraerenga and Puaikura easily defeated their opponents Titikaveka and Takuvaine with an 8-0 score-line. in the senior women’s championship, Tupapa Maraerenga defeated Titikaveka by two goals to nil while Avatiu won over Matavera, 1-0. - CIFA Media Below are the full results from the weekend – Matavera vs Avatiu (Matavera scores irst) - Pre-
mier Men 1-1, Senior women 0-1, under 17 Men 1-4, under 14 Boys 0-2, under 14 Girls 1-0, under 11 Mixed 4-1, Tupapa Maraerenga vs Titikaveka (Tupapa irst) – Premier Men 8-0, Senior women 2-0, under 17 Men 0-1, under 14 Boys 1-1, under 14 Girls 7-0, under 11 Mixed 2-0, Takuvaine vs Puaikura (Takuvaine scores irst) – Premier Men 0-8, Senior women 1-3, under 17 Men 1-11, under 14 Boys 0-9, under 14 Girls 0-0, under 11 Mixed 2-0.
Titikaveka’s Edwina Matenga tries to intercept the ball from her opponent. 13111624