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Telecom prices come under attack BroadBand prices in the Cook Islands are among the highest in the Paciic region when ranked in real dollar terms, says the owner of a local computer business. A recent peer review of the Cook Islands highlighted “the high cost of telecommunications” as being a major issue in the country. Telecom Cook Islands responded with a report showing its plans are generally the most affordable when

ranked against countries like Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu. Mike Pynenburg, director of The Computer Man, has slammed Telecom for “once again trotting out its report that purports to show the Cook Islands has ‘the most affordable’ broadband and telephone services in the region”. Telecom’s report is based on gross domestic product (GDP) and not the actual dollar costs per megabyte (MB), Pynenburg said.

Oriental fruit lies persist in Aitutaki EFFoRTS to eradicate the oriental Fruit Fly are proving challenging in Aitutaki, despite an elimination programme showing good results in Rarotonga. The Ministry of Agriculture’s efforts to achieve zero catches of the pest in baited traps have continued successfully in Rarotonga over the past four months, but eradication efforts in Aitutaki have shown mixed results. The ministry’s weekly data records on oriental fruit fly catches show that from late october to early November there were two flies collected from traps in Tautu and Vaipae villages, and by the second week of November only one single specimen was caught from Amuri Village, next to the Tamanu Hotel. However, by the third week of the month, six lies were caught from around the Tautu and Vaipae areas. By the end of the month, that number had reduced to four lies caught from Vaipae Village. “This inconsistent pattern is an indication of a few female oriental fruit lies continuing to infest ripe fruits, causing eggs and its larvae to survive and become new adult flies in the wild,” reads a Ministry of Agriculture report. Ministry oficials said there is a need to double ield efforts to kill the female lies. additionally, the ministry also seeks the assistance of the public for the collection, disposal and burying of ripe fruits from the ground and on the

trees around homes and plantations to assist eradication efforts. In rarotonga, the ministry has continued to achieve zero catches of the oriental fruit ly for the past 16 weeks. The ministry said hard work and patience is required in the eradication effort, and it plans to continue the process – including baiting, monitoring, and trap checking – to achieve more than four months of zero catches. During the 14th week of the programme, Dr Maja Poeschko and ministry staff re-set bait on the traps, and weekly checking and monitoring will continue with re-assessment of the project at the end of December. A current obstacle cited by the ministry is funding for the programme, as shortages have been reported from donor partners. Alleviating the funding gap, a request was made to government for $30,000 in extra funding to carry on with work through to February next year. It has been reported that cabinet approved the request in october with restrictions, and the money is not yet available to help intensify efforts in Aitutaki. Agriculture ministry oficials said they will follow up on funding requests from government officials, “for their usual support and assistance”. - Emmanuel Samoglou

Fruit transport ban to Pa Enua continues, page 7

“The Cook Islands has one of the highest GDP per capita rates in the region and when compared to countries like PNG, Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu we have double, even triple, the rate of some of our neighbours.” Cook Islands price plans may be more affordable but they are deinitely not cheaper, he said. “When viewed in real cold hard cash terms then we are just simply more expensive than our neighbours, and not just by a little bit either!” Pynenburg points to Tonga’s cheapest home plan, which of-

fers ive gigabytes (GB) of data for NZ$39 a month. He said the equivalent Telecom Cook Islands plan costs NZ$49 for three GB of data; the other two GB of data would cost another $80 based on an ‘excess’ rate of 4 cents a MB. In Fiji and Samoa, unlimited data plans start from just $25 per month, Pynenburg said. He points out similar price differences between the Cook Islands’ business plans and those in other Paciic countries. Telecom sales and marketing manager damien Beddoes said

last week that the peer review indings were based on people’s “perceptions and assumptions”, not hard evidence. “We’re very aware that consumers compare our Cook Islands rates to New Zealand, Australia and the US. We have to balance the true cost of delivering the service from international providers across our small population.” Pynenburg has hit out at those comments. “Mr Beddoes suggests we should not compare the cost of telecommunications with NZ,

Australia and the US so I didn’t. I compared it with our Pacific neighbours. We are not (cheaper), and that is based on ‘hard evidence’ not ‘assumptions’.” Pynenburg argues Cook Islands policy makers should take notice of the peer review’s indings. “When the Peer Review report says the high costs are ‘closely related to government’s guaranteeing a monopoly to the service provider’, then we all need to take notice and listen.” he said. - Ben Chapman-Smith

Recipients of the special awards were nominated by their peers and judged on various aspects including their dedication to students as well as fellow teachers and their ability to overcome obstacles. Secretary of education Sharyn Paio said it was difficult to single any one

person out for the awards because there are so many teachers in the Cook Islands doing great work but those who received awards were those the ministry thought most deserving of rec- PF ognition for 2013.

‘Fast track’ to success

MUM Takau Moeka’a was beam-

ing with pride as daughter Rima received her teaching diploma at yesterday’s Ministry of Education Certificate and Special Awards Presentation. Rima was one of nine recipients of diplomas as part of the ministry’s Fast Track Teacher Trainees pro-

gramme. The training certiicate programme looks to encourage locals who have a passion for teaching to fill the positions needed here in the Cook Islands. Held at the Ministry of Education building in Nikao, teachers and principals were also recognised with six special awards.

Teachers honoured for hard work, page 8

5 honoured with NZ citizenship FIVE Cook Islands residents placed a hand on the Bible, swore an oath and officially became New Zealand citizens yesterday. In a warm, upbeat ceremony, High Commissioner Joanna Kempkers presented certiicates

to Motufaga Tifare Finiasi, Viliame Gukisuva, Teurihei Kainuku, Taniora Lowry and Ariimanu Jean-Marc Shan Sei Fan. About 30 family members and friends gathered for the event, which was held at the High Commissioner’s residence

in ngatipa. Most of the five new Kiwis stood and spoke to the audience, briefly sharing their journey towards gaining New Zealand citizenship. Kempkers congratulated and urged each of them to hold on to

their unique identities. “Becoming a New Zealand citizen doesn’t mean forgetting who you are or where you come from.” - Ben Chapman-Smith

New Kiwis urged to hold on to identities, page 9

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worldnEWS nuti no TEIa nEI ao There's no place like hole A womAn in Beijing has spent the past 20 years living in a hole as she’s too poor to move back to her home city. Quan Youzhi moved into the underground utility compartment in Beijing after her home in the eastern city of Shangqiu collapsed. She uses washrooms in a nearby Park, and quarrels with her husband who lives in a neighbouring hole. The 66-year-old says she would like to rebuild her house but doesn’t have the money. Homelessness and poverty remains a problem for migrant workers and older generations in China.

Farewell to Mandela 95,000 at memorial service for the man called a ‘giant of history’ SoWETo – Tens of thousands

of South Africans joined world leaders for the national memorial service for former President nelson Mandela. The former South African president died last Thursday, aged 95. The country is observing a series of commemorations leading up to the funeral on Sunday. The memorial service at Soweto’s FNB football stadium lasted about four hours. It was one of the biggest gatherings of

world BRIEFS LOOTING SPREE AS POLICE GO ON STRIKE ARGENTINA – At least ive people have been killed as looting spreads through Argentina. Hundreds have been injured as people took advantage of a police strike to rob shops and homes. All of the deaths occurred inside stores which were being ransacked. Police have refused to go on patrol until their demands for a salary rise are met. Seventeen out of Argentina’s 23 provinces have been afected. In 10 provinces police remain on strike, while in another seven, oicers say they may have reached a deal. Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich described the unrest as “treason” aimed at spreading fear and chaos on the eve of the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s return to democracy on 10 December 1983.

PLAGUE OUTBREAK IN MADAGASCAR MADAGASCAR – A village in Madagascar has been hit by a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague, medical experts on the island have conirmed. Test were carried out after at least 20 people in the village, near the north-western town of Mandritsara, were reported to have died last week. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned in October that Madagascar was at risk of a plague epidemic. The disease is transmitted to humans via leas, usually from rats. Bubonic plague, known as the Black Death when it killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe during the Middle Ages, is now rare. Last year, Madagascar had 60 deaths from the plague, the world’s highest recorded number.

COACH’S DISAPPEARANCE A MYSTERY NEW ZEALAND – An Australian tennis coach missing in Hamilton is believed to have been seen wandering into the Waikato River. Melbourne man Paul Arber, 38, had been in Hamilton with a large group of children for a tennis tournament. Detective Inspector Karl Thornton said that two people saw a man in the Waikato River as they walked over the Victoria Bridge in the early hours of Sunday. “Walking down from the bridge to the river bank, the pair have talked a man in shorts out of the water who told them his name was Paul and he was in Hamilton for a tennis tournament,” Det Insp Thornton said. “The pair ofered to take him back to his accommodation but after he had gone with them up to the bridge he changed his mind and walked of, back to the river.”

ROBBER CAUGHT AFTER TAKING ‘SELFIE’ SWEDEN – A teenage girl from Sweden has tipped police of to a robbery she committed after taking a selie on her phone that showed her posing with a knife. In the photo which was taken shortly before the robbery of a fast-food restaurant in Sweden, the 16 year-old and another girl pose in front of a mirror wearing balaclavas and hoodies. Not long after, staf at the Max Hamburgers restaurant reported a robbery to police, describing two young girls in balaclavas and armed with a kitchen knife ran in demanding money. It took police just 47 minutes to track down the pair to a nearby unit where they found two balaclavas, $337 and the girl’s mobile phone which contained photographs of the two girl posing in hoods and with knives.

international dignitaries in recent years, with more than 100 current or former heads of state or government attending. There had been fears people would be turned away. But with heavy rain, security and transport issues, and the fact that Tuesday was not declared a national holiday, areas of the 95,000-capacity stadium remained empty. Introducing the proceedings, the master of ceremonies, Cyril Ramaphosa, said that Mandela’s “long walk is over and he can inally rest”. Current South African President Jacob Zuma made the keynote address but was booed in some parts of the ceremony. He said Mandela was “one of a kind, a fearless freedom ighter who refused to allow the brutality of the apartheid state to stand in way of the struggle for the liberation of his people”. US President Barack obama said Mandela was a “giant of history”, describing him as the last great liberator of the 20th Century. He said nelson Mandela had taught the world the power of action and the power of ideas, and that it had taken a man like Mandela to free not only the prisoner but also the jailer. obama said: “We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. While I will always fall short of Madiba, he makes me want to be a better man.” on his way to the podium, President obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro, an unprecedented gesture between the leaders of two nations that have been at loggerheads for more than half a century. The ceremony was closed by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who asked the crowd to rise to their feet for a inal tribute. - BBC

US President Barack Obama was one of more than 100 world leaders at the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. AFP

North Korean ‘purge’ SEoUL – South Korea’s president has warned that ties with the communist North could become more unstable following the removal of a major player. President Park Geun-hye said the North was “carrying out a reign of terror”, after news of the purge of Chang Song-thaek, uncle of leader Kim Jong-un. North Korea confirmed on Monday that Chang was stripped off oficial posts. The move has been seen as the biggest shake-up in Pyongyang since the death of leader Kim

Jong-il in December 2011. “North Korea is currently carrying out a reign of terror, undertaking a large-scale purge in order to strengthen Kim Jongun’s power,” Park said during a cabinet meeting. “From now on, South-North Korea relations may become more unstable.” Chang, who is married to Kim Jong-il’s sister, was seen as a powerful figure guiding the administration of Kim Jong-un. But on Monday, North Korean state media confirmed

South Korean reports that he had fallen from grace, accusing him of forming factions against the state, corruption and “depraved” acts such as womanising and drug abuse. North Korea television broadcast images of the once-powerful man being removed from a meeting by guards. The state news agency said that Chang dared to “challenge the party through factional acts, while attempting to undermine the unitary leadership of the party”. - BBC

Breast implant boss jailed MARSEILLE – The boss of a

French company which distributed defective breast implants around the world has been sentenced to four years in prison for fraud. Jean-Claude Mas, the founder of the PIP company, was also ined 75,000 euros by a court in Marseille. He will remain at liberty until a French court hears an appeal

lodged by his lawyer. Mas, 74, showed no sign of emotion as sentencing was passed. PIP’s sale of faulty implants caused a global health scare which affected about 300,000 women in 65 countries. The company was found to have used sub-standard silicone gel – rather than medical-grade silicone – which the result that many implants ruptured.

Four other former PIP executives were convicted and given lesser sentences. About 300,000 women in 65 countries are believed to have received PIP implants. With more than 5,000 women registered as plaintiffs in the case, and about 300 lawyers, the trial was considered one of the biggest in French legal history. - BBC

Dancing on the trains

LEG PERvERT GOES TO ExTREME LENGTHS CHINA – A Chinese man has gone to extraordinary lengths to fulil his perverted leg fetish, disguising himself and hiding under train seats so he could ilm and feel the legs of women who sat down. The man was captured by another passenger known only as Mr Zhou wearing a blue mask and coat and lying beneath the trains blue seats before reaching out to touch the legs of female passengers. Zhou told the Daily Mail that when the man noticed he was ilming he hid even deeper under the seats but “after a short while, he started to touch the legs again.” Bizarrely, none of the women who were being touched reacted or looked down to see what was happening.

Today’s Daily Bread If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Matthew read: read: Philippans 4:4-97:21-29

Text: Matthew 7:26 12:18 Text: romans

The irst princess of Rio’s Carnival 2014 performs with a samba band on a special ‘samba train’ in Rio de Janeiro. This week the samba expresses are providing direct 20-minute train rides to the venue of a six-day-long samba festival which is taking place on the outskirts of the colourful Brazilan city. AF


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Thousands pay their respects SoWETo – Joyous, singing South Africans gathered in the rain to honour Nelson Mandela at a massive memorial service alongside some 100 heads of state and other luminaries, united in tribute to a global symbol of reconciliation. Crowds converged on FNB Stadium in Soweto, the Johannesburg township that was a stronghold of support for the anti-apartheid struggle that Mandela embodied as a prisoner of white rule for 27 years and then during a peril-fraught transition to the all-race elections that made him president. “I would not have the life I have today if it was not for him,” said Matlhogonolo Mothoagae, a postgraduate marketing student who arrived hours before the stadium gates opened. “He was jailed so we could have our freedom.” Rohan Laird, the 54-year-old CEo of a health insurance company, said he grew up during white rule in a “privileged position” as a white South African and that Mandela helped whites work through a burden of guilt. “His reconciliation allowed whites to be released themselves,” Lair said. “I honestly don’t think the world will see another leader like nelson Mandela.” Workers were still welding at a VIP area as the irst spectators arrived amid an enormous logistical challenge of organizing the memorial for Mandela, who died December 5 in his Johannesburg home at the age of 95. Tuesday was the 20th anniversary of the day when Mandela and South Africa’s last apartheid-era president, F.W. de Klerk, received the Nobel Peace

Prize for their efforts to bring peace to their country. Mandela said in his acceptance speech at the time: “We live with the hope that as she battles to remake herself, South Africa will be like a microcosm of the new world that is striving to be born.” The sounds of horns and cheering filled the stadium ahead of the ceremony. Rain sent those who arrived early into the stadium’s covered upper deck, and many of the lower seats were empty. People blew on vuvuzelas, the plastic horn that was widely used during the World Cup soccer tournament in 2010, and sang songs from the era of the anti-apartheid struggle decades ago. “It is a moment of sadness celebrated by song and dance, which is what we South Africans do,” said Xolisa Madywabe, CEo of a South African investment irm. The 95,000-capacity soccer venue was also the spot where Mandela made his last public appearance at the closing ceremony of the World Cup. Police promised tight security, locking down roads kilometers around the stadium. In a ceremony that lasted nearly five hours, Mandela’s life and greatness was praised in song and speech. Thousands of people walked and queued to take their place in one of history’s moments. However, internal politics threatened to derail proceedings, with a noisy section of the crowd booing South African President Jacob Zuma when he arrived and then again when his image showed up on the giant

Tens of thousands of South Africans, world leaders and many celebrity igures gathered in a soccer stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, to show both grief and joy as the life of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was remembered at a memorial service. AFP screens in the stadium. Zuma is facing pressure from a breakaway faction and his controversial plans to put e-tolls on Johannesburg’s motorway network and his decision to spend hundreds of millions of rand to build his family compound in KwaZulu Natal. The booing of the president was in stark contrast to the cheers reserved for US president Barack obama, former South

African president Thabo Mbeki and Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Even Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was cheered. The booing stopped after master of ceremonies and African National Congress deputy president Cyril ramaphosa spoke sternly to the crowd. By then the monitors in the stadium had been turned off. After the ceremony, media

and other sections of the crowd were scathing about the inappropriate behaviour of a small group of people. anC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said the memorial service had become very politicised. He said it was not the best platform for people to voice their dissatisfaction with President Zuma. In his speech, Zuma announced that the amphitheatre

at the Union Buildings in Pretoria where Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the irst democratically elected President of South Africa would be renamed in his honour. The amphitheatre, in the seat of government, will also be the place Mandela lays in state until his casket is taken to the small Transkei village of Qunu, where he will be buried with his ancestors. - PNC/sources

Nelson Mandela: Six things you didn’t know JoHAN N ESBURG – Nelson

Mandela was a igure of international renown, and many details of his life and career were public knowledge. But here are six things you may not have known about the late South African leader, compiled by the BBC. He was a boxing fan. In his youth, Nelson Mandela enjoyed boxing and long-distance running. Even during the 27 years he spent in prison, he would exercise every morning. “I did not enjoy the violence of boxing so much as the science of it. I was intrigued by how one moved one’s body to protect oneself, how one used a strategy both to attack and retreat, how one paced oneself over a match,” he wrote in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. “Boxing is egalitarian. In the ring – rank, age, colour and wealth are irrelevant. I never did any real ighting after I entered politics. “ My main interest was in training. I found the rigorous exercise to be an excellent outlet for tension and stress. After a strenuous workout, I felt both mentally and physically lighter,” he wrote.

Among the memorabilia in the Mandela Family Museum in Soweto, visitors can ind the world championship belt given to Mandela by American boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. His original name was not nelson. Rolihlahla Mandela was nine years old when a teacher at the primary Methodist school where he was studying in Qunu, South Africa, gave him an English name – Nelson – in accordance with the custom to give all school children Christian names. This was common practice in South Africa and in other parts of the continent, where a person could often be given an English name that foreigners would ind easier to pronounce. rolihlahla is not a common name in South Africa. It is Xhosa, one of the 11 oficial languages in the country, spoken by about 18 per cent of the population. It literally means “pulling the branch of a tree”, but its colloquial meaning is “troublemaker”. However, in South Africa, Mandela was most-often called by his clan name Madiba, which South Africans used out of respect. He was on a US terror watch

list until 2008. Prior to that, along with other former ANC leaders, Mandela was only able to visit the US with special permission from the secretary of state, because the ANC had been designated a terrorist organisation by South Africa’s former apartheid government. “It is frankly a rather embarrassing matter that I still have to waive in my own counterparts – the foreign minister of South Africa, not to mention the great leader, nelson Mandela,” thenSecretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in 2008. The bill scrapping the designation was introduced by Howard Berman, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, who promised to “wipe away” the “indignity”. ronald reagan originally placed the anC on the list in the 1980s. He forgot his glasses when he was released from prison. Mandela’s release on February 11, 1990 followed years of political pressure against apartheid. on the day, he was “astounded and a little bit alarmed”, he recalled later. on the day of his release, Mandela and his then-wife Winnie

were taken to the centre of Cape Town to address a huge and euphoric crowd. But when he pulled out the text of his speech, he realised he had forgotten his glasses and had to borrow Winnie’s. He dressed up as a chauffeur to evade police. After going underground because of his ANC activities, Mandela’s ability to evade the securities services earned him the nickname “The Black Pimpernel”, after the novel ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’, about a hero with a secret identity. Mandela is known to have disguised himself as a chauffeur, a gardener and a chef in order to travel around the country unnoticed by the authorities. Nobody seems to know how Mandela, who had been operating underground with a false identity, was ultimately exposed and arrested. He had his own law firm, but it took him years to get a law degree. Mandela studied law on and off for 50 years from 1939, failing about half the courses he took. He persevered to finally secure a law degree while in prison in 1989. - BBC

Nelson Mandela appears to be in a similary meditative mood as Mahatma Gandhi depicted in a painting on a 1990 visit to India. AFP


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Sorcery deep-rooted in culture Providing more police seen as one answer to sorcery killings in PnG GoRoKA – There were some harrowing stories and some tense exchanges during a three day conference on sorcery killings in Papua New Guinea, this week– but has a strategy emerged from the talks that can start to do something to stamp out attacks on individuals accused of witchcraft? one of the participants, the

director of the Melanesian Institute, Reverend Jack Urame, believes it is an issue for the law – but also an issue for the village communities to address. “At the end of the conference, we all agreed that the government should increase the presence of police and then give more power to the village courts in the

paciic BRIEFS FIjI wITHDRAwS FROM ACP MEETING FIJI – Fiji’s government says it has withdrawn from the trade meeting of the Paciic bloc of the African, Carribean and Paciic group in Solomon Islands “as a matter of principle.” The current meeting, meant to prepare PACP trade ministers for trade deal discussions with the European Union later in the week, was called by the Paciic Forum Secretariat. Only six of 14 PACP trade ministers were able to attend on such short notice. In a statement, Fiji’s Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum said that PACP countries need to meet without the EU’s presence or pressure from the Forum Secretariat. He says that by calling “rushed” trade talks with the EU before the main meeting, the Forum Secretariat has not fulilled its responsibility to action the wishes of the member states.

TRADE PACKAGE GETS MIxED REACTION SOLOMON ISLANDS – The Solomon Islands minister of foreign afairs and trade, Clay Forau, says decisions at last week’s World Trade Organisation ministerial conference in Bali should lead to gains for Paciic countries. The meeting concluded the trade facilitation agreement and agreed rules for better access for Least Developed Countries. Forau says it is important Paciic states are provided with adequate capacity building assistance to help them comply with the changes. He says the LDC package, which comprises preferential rules of origin, services waivers and duty free quotas will enhance market access for both goods and services. The non government organisation, the Paciic Network Against Globalisation has rubbished the deal, saying it beneits the rich countries, allowing them to increase exports at the expense of the poor countries.

DISSAPOINTED wITH TUNA MEETING THE PACIFIC – The executive director of the Western and Central Paciic Fisheries Commission says last week’s meeting should have made tougher decisions to combat overishing. The annual tuna commission meeting has been labelled a failure for its inability to agree to tuna ishing cutbacks demanded by 17 Paciic Island countries. The head of the tuna commission, Glen Hurry, says the decisions do not go far enough and do not relect well on the commission, whose members provide about 60 per cent of the world’s tuna. Hurry says the Tuna Commission will be reviewing the measures over the next few weeks and will start a process to ensure that better results are reached at next year’s meeting.

FUNDAMENTALISTS SECTS INCREASING PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Papua New Guinea’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference says fundamentalist christian sects are on the rise in PNG. The comment by the conference general secretary Father Victor Roche, comes after a move by the speaker of parliament to remove traditional carvings from the iconic parliament building’s facade. Speaker Theo Zurenuoc says the carvings are elements of cult and demonic practices and unworthy of a Christian country. Father Roche says fundamentalists cannot seem to distinguish between the novelty of the Gospel and the need to preserve PNG’s cultural heritage.

REEFS STRIPPED BARE OF SEA CUCUMBER AMERICAN SAMOA – A isheries oicer in American Samoa says a moratorium on sea cucumber ishing was urged because reefs were being stripped bare of the species. For the irst time, a six month moratorium has been placed on the taking and removing of sea cucumbers in American Samoa, in its Exclusive Economic Zone. A isheries biologist with the department of marine and wildlife resources, Alice Lawrence, says Samoans would take sea cucumbers for personal use only, or sell a small amount at the markets. “But what we were seeing was thousands. Thousands and thousands of sea cucumber being removed from the reef. They were just removing everything.”

BANK TO DELAY ITS DEPARTURE AMERICAN SAMOA – The Bank of Hawaii is delaying its closure in American Samoa in response to a plea by the Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga. The Bank, which has been in the territory for more than 40 years, closed its small Tafuna branch earlier this year and extended the close of the Utulei branch to March next year. But the CEO Peter Ho says the Utulei branch will stay open beyond that until a suitable replacement can be found. Ho says it’s evident that additional time would be beneicial for the local community and the bank’s commitment is to provide a smooth transition for its customers and the American Samoa government.

cases of sorcery and mistrust in the villages. “But also the villagers should come up with their own community laws and with community policy strategy on how to react in a positive way in times of crisis, like sickness and death in the community. But some believe there is a danger in allowing the community to have a say in dealing with sorcery,which might in fact retrain the the status quo. But Urame says the government has an insuficient number of policemen and in the rural communities there are often no policemen. It has been suggested that in some of the sorcery-related killings that the local police stood back and allowed the incidents to unfold So how do you deal with a situation where it may well be that the police themselves believe in sorcery? “There is a fact that the police themselves believe in the systems of the existence of power of sorcery and witchcraft and they can’t do anything because the communities believe,” Rev Urame says. “It’s very dificult to prosecute and arrest the community, because you can’t just bring in and arrest everybody. It’s always the young people who are now claiming authority and control in the community and the traditional leaders are overpowered. They stand there, but they are very helpless at times.” He agrees that the problem is being exacerbated by the fact that educated people, some in high places, believe themselves in sorcery. So when discussions on sorcery centre around the argument about education might improve the situation, it appears even those who have a good educa-

‘That is something that for many people is deeprooted and it will continue and the killings will continue to increase every year’. tion in Papua New Guinea still believe in something which the rest of the world’s thinks is just outdated. “ I think many people believe in the existence of sorcery and even the medical workers, doctors and nurses that believe in the power of sorcery. “In Pidgin they call it ‘the sick room plas’ when people come with illnesses to hospitals, they refer them back to the community and that is really indicating how deeply sorcery is rooted in the traditional belief system. “and also I think people in high ofices in the government and oficers or in big companies, who are uneducated, who have some kind of exposes to Western scientific knowledge and education they made awareness and they made knowledge and therefore the belief in sorcery continue to exist and therefore accusation increases every time.” Rev Urame says it still comes back to the simple fact though that there just aren’t enough police oficers in Papua New Guinea to deal with the situations that face them. “I think that the police department has also indicated at a social conference last week that they are planning to recruit more to increase their numbers in the rural communities. “Another way of approaching

Combating the deep-rooted belief in sorcery is a complex issue for Papua New Guinea. this one is to give more power to what they call village court peace oficers and village court magistrates, because they are not really empowered enough to approach sorcery and witchcraft issues. “So they can be I think promoting or increasing the level and given police uniforms and give some kind of empowerment to react to sorcery issues in the communities.” Discussions on sorcery come at a time that the government has reactivated capital punishment in Papua New Guinea. They say the reason they’re doing that is to act as a deterrent, not just in the case of sorcery attacks, but in terms of violent crime in general. But Rev Urame doesn’t believe the death penalty will make a diffrence and could, in fact, inlame the situation. “ I don’t think that will make a difference, because in Papua New Guinea, people live in tribal communities. “ If the government pull the trigger and take the life of one person, the community will retaliate and react and will resort

instead in violence. “So I don’t think this will work, because you can’t remove the belief by just imposing the penalty on people, because the belief is deep rooted. The biggest question and the biggest challenge for me is how we approach in order to change the mindset, change the value of the people, eliminate completely the belief.” That, he says, is the most dificult part – how do you change a culture which is entrenched over many hundreds of years? “That I think is the biggest challenge, because people have the right to believe in what they believe but I think we should change the way they report sickness and death and that in times of crisis like that in the community. “Because I think we have to do more awareness and we have to have more education, so the people see things and interpret things in a different way, because we continue to put cultural lenses when we experience crisis in the communities. So we have to put I think the scientiic lens as well, because that is what is lacking.” Rev Urame believes that despite some positives that have come out of the conference that was held over three days in Goroka – in reality and Papua New Guinea will see more sorcery realted attacks. They’re not going to stop, because so many people believe in the sorcery issue, he says. “What we looked at was generally what we can do to the violence related to the belief, but not actually the belief. That is something that for many people is deep-rooted and it will continue and the killings will continue to increase every year.” - ABC/PNC

No rush to arm police PAGo PAGo – The police commissioner of American Samoa says a move to arm police oficers will not be rushed, despite the arrival of the irst shipment of handguns. The Department of Public Safety has received 24 Glock17s, which only a select group of oficers will have access to after extensive training and psychological testing. The proposal follows the fatal shooting of a police officer outside the High Court in 2010, which contributed to calls to arm oficers. Police Commissioner William Haleck said he is taking a slow approach to introducing arms. “I anticipate this programme to start some time in the middle of next year because there’s a lot of preparation that goes behind this – training exercises. “We’re going to irst pursue the non-lethal training with the use of the baton, pepper spray and then the taser and then the last training will be with the irearms. “Before anybody is issued

‘You would not want to send one of your oficers into harm’s way, especially if there is a gun involved.’ any firearms they will have to undergo psychological testing. And hopefully our oficers are able to pass that. “The psychological testingwill qualify them to do the actual firearms training where they’ll handle the weapon and pass a irearms training course to be able to carry these weapons. “We’re just not going to get these guns and start handing them out. We want to make certain that all the oficers are psychologically it and also physically trained with the weapons so that there will be no issues surrounding anything once they are armed and ready to do their job in the performance of

their duties. “It’s just one of these things. We are a US territory and all police officers carry weapons for their own safety. It’s part of their equipment and assignment. The police commissioner said the decision to arm police was partly prompted by the shooting of a police officer outside the courthouse in Pago Pago in 2010. “That’s one of the contributing factors. If somebody asked me three or four years ago, if a police officer was going to be shot point-blank in front of our courthouse, I would have said ‘no way’. “But given the circumstances of how the world is today – and the progress all of these other elements have come into the territory, as well, good and bad – we need to protect ourselves, and also protect the public. He said he realises there is some resistance from the public to the move. “ There is some resistance. But the public are not the ones that are facing this danger. Every day our oficers are respond-

ing to the unknown. “You would not want to send one of your oficers into harm’s way, especially if there is a gun involved. So they have to be trained and equipped to be able to handle any sort of situation,” the police commissioner said. In July of 2010 a man who had just attended a relative’s court hearing fatally shot a veteran police oficer, Lieutenant Lusila Brown, outside the courthouse in Pago Pago. After iring a irst shot, Siaumau Siaumau Jr, then stood over the fallen 44-year-old detective and fired two more times as other police oficers and several reporters watched helpless to intervene. A second oficer was wounded during the shooting. The last previous time a police oficer in American Samoa had died in the line of duty was 15 years earlier, when an oficer drowned after saving a teenager from rough seas. oficials in Pago Pago couldn’t recall the last time an oficer had been shot in the line of duty. - Samoa News


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The bigger threat to low-lying islands Humans pose more of a threat to Paciic atolls than climate change The facts around rising sea levels are widely misunderstood or misinterpreted. This has added heat to a New Zealand news story that went global: “NZ casts off irst Paciic island climate change refugee”. A man from Kiribati, a Paciic island threatened by rising sea levels, has failed in an attempt to become the world’s irst climate change refugee, reports said. A New Zealand judge dismissed Ioane Teitiota’s case as “novel” but “unconvincing”. Lawyers had argued that New Zealand should not deport Teitiota even though his visa had expired, because climate change was gradually destroying his home land. The dificulties Teitiota and his family would face in the tiny nation – which consists of about 30 atolls, most only a few metres above sea level – meant they should be recognised as refugees, the lawyers said. However, in a column in the New Zealand Herald last week, Chris de Freitas, an associate

professor in the School of Environment at Auckland University, put forward the argument that human interferance is a much larger and more immediate threat to Paciic atolls than global warming “To the surprise of many scientists, sea level rise is barely perceptible in the Pacific,” he wrote. “This is possibly because, at least in part, there has been no global warming over the past 17 years. “Atolls are formed as sea level rises around volcanic islands. The atolls grow as they are replenished by coral that breaks off surrounding reefs and is thrown ashore by storms. In that way atolls are self-maintaining. They have survived several periods of rapid sea level rise in the geologic past. “ All remains well, provided humans don’t intervene, he said. “The digging up of an island’s coral for use in construction work – and the building of lush toilets that discharge the eflu-

ent into the sea where it affects coral – alter nature’s balance. “The environmental challenges of the Pacific atolls are diverse and sundry. They include depletion of near-shore isheries, pollution of freshwater, soil degradation, population growth, reduction of biodiversity, damage of reef-water nursery habitats, waste management problems, and stressed natural resources related to tourism. “The problems are often exacerbated by traditional approaches to land management, limited resources, small and fragile ecosystems and geographic isolation. “Their relative poverty means there is a lack of adequate capacity for response. De Freitas argued that inundation evident on many atolls, is often confused with sea level rise. “It is the result of erosion, sand mining and construction projects causing an inflow of sea water. other factors are also involved. “Excessive use of freshwater for irrigation causes destruction of natural underground freshwater reservoirs. A consequence

The island meeting hall on Niutao – a reef island in the northern part of Tuvalu – surrounded by water that seeps up through the ground during very high tides. ECOFLO is seawater encroachment into vegetable growing pits, but is not the result of sea level rise. He said art of the problem is related also to the paving of the roads and land development. “The effect has been to reduce infiltration of rainwater into the subsurface freshwater lens, which is the water supply source for the islanders. When this increased runoff is combined with

a high tide, looding along the coast makes it look like the sea level is rising.” Perception of trends can also be affected, as increasing population on the islands means people are now living on loodprone land previously avoided, he wrote. “Several years ago the prime minister of Tuvalu said his government was ready to sue the

United States and Australia because they refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol. “He claimed most of his country’s atoll islands will have disappeared into the ocean within 50 years. “The facts show this is not the gravest of the environmental threats the islanders face.” - NZH/PNC

Companies behind malaria initiative PoRT MoRESBY – A new initia-

tive has been launched to make Papua New Guinea malaria-free by 2050. PNG is among the nations most severely affected by malaria and in particular, the provinces of New Britain, New Ireland, Bougainville, Gulf, Manus and Milne Bay have been experiencing extreme rates of infection. Steve Knowles, the director of the initiative, said the PNG Industry Malaria Initiative (PIMI) is the irst time private companies have come together to address malaria.

He says it aims to get all the private sector companies in PNG under an umbrella to have one system of malaria control. “If all companies irrespective of the sector, in a speciic country, could form a collaboration with a common mechanism to channel all malaria spending with the same vision – that has actually happened now in Papua New Guinea for the first time globally” he said. Companies from a variety of sectors, from mining and oil companies to agribusiness, have shown an interest in the fight

against malaria. They include ExxonMobil, New Britain Palm oil, Santa Barbara Gold, WR Carpenters and Newcrest Gold. Knowles says many companies are interested in the malaria control programme because “it makes good economic sense.” “We know that malaria is the most signiicant public health threat to their operations in PNG,” he said. “There’s the medical costs for the clinics and the medical personnel, the cost of medication to the employees and their de-

pendents and their community where their clinics feed into.” Knowles says the PIMI would engage with the national department of health and the provinces as well. “We want to broker publicprivate partnerships between the operating company in that province and the provincial health services people for a symbiotic partnership with them,” he said. “We’ve already had indications that the government will supply test kits and drugs for malaria control to private sec-

tor clinics, which will be a irst as well. “They will also allow the private sector company to piggyback on their initiatives into the community.” Knowles says neighbouring Pacific countries such as Solomon Islands are almost close to eliminating malaria and PNG can follow their lead. “We have the political will from the government. We have the private sector will. We have the community wanting to do something,” he said. “We have the New Ireland

province out in the islands, those are tailor-made to be the first to look at elimination. Then we will move into the mainland.” Knowles says the new malaria control strategy from the national department of health will help in the elimination of malaria. “The prime minister is totally behind it and now we have an entity for the private sector companies to speak as one voice,” he said. - Paciic Beat

Clock starts ticking for Fiji elections in new year SUVA – An expert in transi-

tional politics, Paul Buchanan, says the Fiji regime has until the end of January to announce key election machinery or risk next year’s polls being seen as illegitimate. The regime’s leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama has promised elections by the end of September but his critics says he is stalling on preparations like announcing the Electoral Commission to enhance his chance of winning. Dr Buchanan of 36th Parallel Assessments told Radio New Zealand that everything can be accomplished in that time frame – assuming there is good faith on the part of the military regime and its opposition. “If there is bad faith on the part of the military regime, then certainly the six-month window would be used to hamstring the opposition from campaigning effectively, which is what makes the beginning of the calendar year so important. “Because that’s nine months out and certainly gives from January all the way to the elec-

tions in September the opposition, as well as the regime, more than enough time to get their supporters in order, to get their campaigns in order, and to begin the process of appealing to the public vote. RNZI: What about the fact that Fiji is going to be having a completely new style of election with only one electorate. Would that not necessitate a longer time frame? “True, but it’s been on the books since last March. So people have been very familiar with the intent of the outgoing regime, and that’s what has generated some of the opposition to it, including those who at this point have decided not to participate. “Certainly in terms of the popular mind set, they’ve had nine months or so to digest the fact that his will be a new electoral set-up and the parties that have registered are cognisant of that and are proceeding accordingly. RNZI: Any idea what the delay could be in setting up this electoral commission?

“I think there are two reasons for it – one of them is that there are many who are reluctant to be part of what they consider to be part of a rubber-stamping exercise that will result in the election of Commodore Bainimarama as the irst supposedly democratic civilian president. “And he may well remain as chief of the armed forces, which would defeat the purpose of the exercise. So there are many of those, both international jurists as well as people in Fiji, who simply don’t want to give legitimacy to something that they think is a fait accompli. “on the other hand, the regime may be delaying in order to ind people who will see the correctness of their views, if you will, with regards to the need for a fundamental change in which the Fijian political process is played out and the way elections are held. “And because there is some reluctance on the part of prestigious jurists and people with good reputations, to participate it may be particularly dificult for them to get people to as-

sociate themselves who would involve themselves in a process that is suspect from the get-go. “But they will, in fact, ind – and I imagine that they would find within the next two or three months – people who are amenable to participating and supervising these elections and that’s where the international community comes in because

the international community is at odds with the regime over a number of items in this process. “The hard fact is that the regime will go ahead with the elections no matter what, whether they’re considered legitimate or illegitimate by the opposition and the international community. “And the regime has the back-

ing of very important international actors who really don’t care about the outcome so long as their investments in Fiji and their diplomatic relations with Fiji are not hindered in any way. “And the two most important of those are the People’s Republic of China and Russia,” Buchanan said. - RNZI

Prison a ‘dumping ground’ PAGo PAGo – A task force has been appointed in American Samoa to address the issues causing overcrowding in the territory’s only male jail. It follows governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s first visit to the Territorial Correctional Facility last week where he described the facility as a dumping ground

used by police. The jail was originally built to house about 100 inmates but it now houses over 200. The governor has issued instructions to get moving on building a new jail house. TheCommissioner of Public Safety Bill Haleck says plans for the new US$3.5 million dol-

lar facility, which will house about 100 inmates, are being reviewed. “We’re making sure that when we build this building it is adequately built to house and accommodate the inmates so that the over crowdedness problem that we have, we won’t have that anymore.” - RNZI

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By-election laws ‘not worthless’ - Beer dear Editor, The standard of evidence required by our courts is quite high. In other words, you can’t make frivolous claims ... but any schoolboy can stand on a coconut stump and shout. Claims of legality and validity made before a sitting judge who has read sworn afidavits and considered the evidence; those mean something. But the same claims baldly asserted without supporting evidence in Monday’s newspaper quote ... those don’t mean so much. The electoral and judicial systems are not clothes one can choose to wear or not depending on how the wind blows. You can’t prance and dance about in the cloak of electoral respectability but discard that when

you want to win. You can’t wrap yourself in public self-righteousness until the last hour before a judicial hearing ... and then throw that garment off, too, when it is inconvenient and it doesn’t serve your purposes, while pretending all along that the irst garment is the one you really meant to be wearing and that you would certainly have won if it only the case had been allowed to go to court. The law was either adhered to or it was not. The evidence brought to bear by the parties will either support corruption ... or it will not. I don’t mind at all losing an election (you will recall I’ve lost one before!) – losses and wins are necessary parts of our system. Without losses and wins, democracy doesn’t work.

But HoW you win is at least as important as WHo wins. Maybe more important, at least to democracy. If the election had indeed been fair, the judicial system would, I am conident, support the result, and I would be happy to respect that. I would be the irst to shake Kaota’s hand and I would be the irst to congratulate my new Member of Parliament on a battle well and fairly fought. If the judiciary deems a new election is required, then I will gladly run again if I am granted the nomination by my party. If someone else is nominated, then I will gladly assist. But I do have a great deal of regard for our centuries-old legal traditions, inherited both from our local people and from

the Commonwealth. They are not worthless rags, to be left discarded at the bottom of the dirty-clothes basket. The electoral and legal systems are not meant to be manipulated to serve venal aims: they exist to ensure the public is properly

and fairly represented. Understand one thing clearly: no matter who is in the right, if we were to present our cases before the judiciary, we could have laid the matter to rest this week at very little cost to the public purse and very little further in-

convenience to the electorate. Ka pou pa $30,000 no teia by-election au. Ko teia moni kai mou mou eia. Na ta tatou tamariki apii teia moni e akutu are apii au, no ta tatou tamariki. Te akaroa! James Beer

Grey Power Xmas wish dear Editor, We, the Grey Power groups, are having a Christmas break BBQ at 4pm on Saturday December 14. one of the Grey Power group, staunch mama, came up with a brilliant idea: how about all Grey Power members buy a $5 Christmas gift and put it into a basket, in or-

der to exchange gifts with each members that contribute to the basket during our merry afternoon. This allows all Grey Power Members to enjoy that Xmas Spirit. Perhaps the Prime Minister may be able to contribute a $5 gift into the basket for the Grey Power members by wiping off the two-years back taxing

and start a fresh tax from January 1, 2014. This Christmas gift from the prime minister will boost and empower the mamas and the papas. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone. E rere ete manu. one Voice, one Choice, Name and address supplied

Chase thieves, not the Queens baton A SMoKE signaller writes: “There was an extraordinary show of police force on Friday escorting, guarding, protecting, defending, shielding, call it what you may, ‘The Baton’, the likes of which can only be compared to an American presidential motorcade. I counted ive police vehicles, one behind the other, and at least six foot soldiers. Who knows, there may even have been snipers up coconut trees. Even if half that force were deployed on catching petty criminals, juvenile burglars, scooter thieves and home invaders, I am sure we would see a drop in crimes. Anything for a photo op I suppose.” SS: on p8 of Saturday’s CINews there’s an article about the arrest of ive men aged between 15 and 31 in relation to a spate of thefts over the past few weeks. of those who had appeared in court to face charges, all were released on bail, which led detective inspector Areumu Ingaua to comment: “That’s disappointing to me. They all have a history of this, but it’s beyond our control.”

‘DON’T SEAL’ RECLAIMED LAND “I AGREE WITH Terry Rangi about that reclaimed land across from

Punanga Nui,” a smoke signaller texts to 188 in response to Thursday’s page 6 article ‘Reclaimed land an eyesore’ which quoted the head of the Business Trade Investment Board. “The reclaimed land needs grass and trees, and barbecue tables, not a car park and no tar seal please,” our smoke signaller says. “There’s already enough tar

seal around, and there’s only one company that will beneit if they decide to tar seal, and you know who that will be.”

‘CONFLICT OF INTEREST’ RESPoNDING To SATURDAY’S letter to the editor ‘Conflict of

interest: an open letter to BTIB minister’ a smoke signaller writes: “Business Trade Investment Board CEo Terry Rangi I reckon has a conlict of interest not only for forming a company that affects other local companies but having inside information about foreign investors. In my opinion doing business with inside knowledge from BTIB and using government time, resources and money would be an abuse of public ofice.”

SwAMP ‘DROwNS’ MACHINE “DID YoU HEAR about that 12-tonne excavator that got stuck in the swamp in Mitiaro a couple of weeks ago?” a smoke signaller asks. “What’s surprising was the operator of the machine jumped on the Air Raro light to Rarotonga, leaving the machine to swim to dry land. Unfortunately, on return to Mitiaro a week later the excavator didn’t make it to dry land but got drowned. Because to salvage it will cost time and a lot of taxpayers’ money, in my opinion the foolish thinking of the operator should be rewarded by standing him down and appropriate authorities should investigate this incident.

Nothing to hide though, the guy is a council member, perhaps his superior should go with him.”

BUT wHAT’S TCI’S PROFIT? “Ho HUM, TELECoM defends its high costs,” a smoke signaller

writes in response to Monday’s page 6 article. “That is ine. Now, in the same spirit of transparency, will Telecom tell us what proit margin they achieve? Is this high as well? But of course, the high prices are public but the high proits are not. Rather strange considering ‘we’ the taxpayers own the company?” SS: Shortly after becoming minister of state owned enterprises, in February 2011 Mark Brown said he wanted to open the books of Telecom Cook Islands Ltd, a joint venture company in which the Cook Islands government is a 40 per cent shareholder after an earlier government decided to sell the country’s majority shareholding to give Telecom New Zealand the major 60 per cent ownership. Shortly afterwards Minister Brown said the government was bound by conidentiality clauses in its joint venture agreement with Telecom NZ and therefore couldn’t open the books. The minister said however he had met with the TNZ representatives on the board and was able to share our government’s views on the telecommunications industry.

MURIENUA QUESTIONS A SMoKE SIGNALLER ASKS: “Why did the new Murienua Member

of Parliament-elect throw in the towel? Was he left without legal help from the Cook Islands Party for the electoral hearing? or did he suddenly have second thoughts about being a politician? or could he not take the pressure? If it is the irst scenario – that would be most unfair on their new recruit. Whatever the reason, it is the taxpayers that will have to pay for a new by-election. What a waste of money. If it’s either of the other scenarios, I feel the CIP must look for someone with fortitude and the courage of their convictions.” Another signaller writes: “Resigning before an electoral petition tells a lot about Kaota and his defence of the treating and bribery allegations. If he was conident he did not do anything wrong then why resign before the case begins? Kaota and his team should pay the costs for another by-election and not the people. It’s a waste of public money since Kaota called off the petition and now he wants to run in the same by-election.”

RAROTONGA’S SIx ARIKI “THE NEWLY CRoWNED Miss South Paciic Teuira Napa is a lovely

young lady but her speech at the 2013 pageant reveals she has no idea of tribal titles,” a smoke signaller writes. “There are six, not three, ariki titles on Rarotonga. of these four, not two, are held by the ladies: Karika, Pa, Kainuku and Tinomana. A man holds the Vakatini title but the Makea Nui title is still in limbo. Teuira’s father is a Ngati Tinomana, so it’s a wonder Teuira did not research the topic before composing her speech.”

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Fate of Murienua seat unknown

AN ANNoUNCEMENT from parliament declaring the Murienua seat vacant is needed before another by-election can be called, says a justice oficial. on Friday, Cook Islands Party candidate Kaota Tuariki – who won a September by-election – tendered his resignation for the Murienua seat only days before a scheduled court hearing concerning a petition filed by democratic Party candidate and runner-up James Beer. Beer had protested the September vote result on grounds of bribery and “corruptly inluencing the elector”.

Late last week, High Court deputy registrar Nooapii Tearea conirmed Monday’s hearing was cancelled. “We are waiting for the speaker to declare the seat vacant and advise the chief electoral oficer who will, in consultation with the government, set the date for the next by-election,” said secretary of justice Tingika Elikana yesterday. When contacted yesterday, Speaker of Parliament Nikki Rattle said she couldn’t comment on the matter. Tuariki’s move sets back the filling of the Murienua seat,

which has been vacant since being resigned by Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters in late July. Initially iled by Beer on october 1, the court was prepared to hear the petition after six summonses for various witnesses to appear in person were issued on December 3. Two days later, court documents revealed that Tuariki was “considering” resignation and had wished to consult on the matter with Prime Minister Henry Puna. By midday Friday, Tuariki had spoken with the PM, and

shortly after that conversation he delivered his resignation letter to speaker rattle. The details of that conversation are unknown, however, through a statement Cook Islands Party President Rau Nga said he respects and supports the decision for Tuariki to relinquish the Murienua seat and stand in another by-election. “We support the decision because ultimately, the choice of representative is by the people of Murienua,” Nga said. “That is the ultimate choice and test, and we believe Kaota has made a noble decision.”

The resignation of Tuariki appears to be an unprecedented event according to Beer’s lawyer Tina Browne, who added if the petition was heard, the court would have ruled in favour of the demo candidate. “This is the irst time in history that a candidate has resigned two days before a hearing. It has never happened before,” she said, adding: “There can be no doubt as to their culpability.” “It was quite clear it wasn’t a clean election,” said Brown. “If they thought it was standard, they had no reason to resign.” - Emmanuel Samoglou

Murienua by-election winner Kaota Tuariki of the Cook Islands Party recently resigned from the seat. 13080911

Fruit transport ban to outer islands continues a Ban on the transport of fruits

and vegetables from Rarotonga and Aitutaki to the outer islands will continue until at least the end of December. Due to ongoing efforts with the Ministry of Agriculture’s oriental Fruit Fly eradication programme, officials said the ban will continue which affects a wide variety of commodities. A partial list of affected fruits and vegetables include tomatoes, ripe mangoes, carambola, bananas, watermelon, rock melon, capsicum, egg plant, cucumber, pineapples, guava, cherries, custard apples, and soursop. For Rarotonga, the ban will be in place until at least the end of the current month, when the ministry hopes it will have achieved ive consecutive months of zero oriental fruit ly catches in traps set up around rarotonga. Efforts to eradicate the oriental fruit ly in Aitutaki are proving to be more difficult, and a ban on transporting fruits and vegetables to any other island will be in place until the ministry achieves its goal of zero

catches in its traps. As of late November, flies were still being caught in traps around Aitutaki, with six of the pests caught around the areas of Tautu and Vaipae. Exempt from the ban, travellers are allowed to transport leafy vegetables and imported NZ produce to any other island

from Rarotonga only. “anyone planning or taking any such produce to the outer islands must irst consult with the ministry and must obtain a certiicate prior to export of the produce,” said director of crop research William Wigmore with the Ministry of Agriculture, who also acts as head of the fruit

ly eradication project. “We urge the general public to adhere to this notice to prevent the movement of this destructive species to any other island,” he said. For more information, the public is urged to contact the Ministry of Agriculture on 28711. - ES

Ministry of Agriculture staf bury ripe fruit earlier this year, during eforts to eradicate the Oriental Fruit Fly. A ban is currently in place on the transport of fruits and vegetables from Rarotonga and Aitutaki to any of the outer islands. 13121021

Dr Maja Poeschko displaying a steiner traps and block, which are being used to eradicate the oriental fruit ly. 13073031

Theft and road crashes in Raro CooK Islands police arrested

six people last week for a string of burglaries in Rarotonga, and responded to two motorbike crashes at the weekend. To reduce theft, oficers would like to remind the public to be aware of personal belongings, especially with the holiday season approaching. If you are leaving your home for a day at the beach or to go shopping, make sure your home is locked and secured. At the beach or when shopping, make sure your vehicle is locked. Police are also seeking the support of the community to help solve a number of cases they are

dealing with including motor vehicle crashes and theft complaints. Police attended to two motor vehicle crashes over the weekend. one man was lucky to walk away from a motorbike crash at the Nikao seawall with only abrasions to his body. The second motor vehicle crash occurred in Avarua when a motorist on a bike stopped to give way at the pedestrian crossing in Avarua and was hit from behind by another motorbike. Police are still investigating the matter. Police are looking into two

theft reports that occurred in Arorangi and Nikao as well as looking for two unlawfully taken motorbikes – both stolen from the Avarua area. one of the missing bikes is a black Yamaha Crypton with the registration number 668. Anyone with information on the cases being dealt with by police can contact the police station on 2249 or use the conidential crime stoppers number, 0800 222 00. Police would again like to push the message of consideration to members of the public getting into the festival atmos-

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Teachers honoured for hard work

STUDENTS aren’t the only ones whose hard work during the year has been recognised. The teachers and principals were recognised by the Ministry of Education (MoE) yesterday for their dedication to students and going above and beyond the call of duty. The room was packed to the brim and alive with bright colours and lively chatter as recipients received their awards and hard working teachers were recognised for their good work. Six local teachers were honoured with special awards and participants in the MoE Fast Track Teacher Trainees programme were presented with certificates in their respective ields of teaching. Tuakana Makara, Rouru Motu, Tu Teroi, Tupuna Vaireka, Ngatupuna Manuela, Mina Mataio, Rima Moeka’a, Kimber-

ly Ngatuakana and Samantha Puati were applauded and congratulated by teachers as they accepted their certiicates. For the special awards, schools in the Cook Islands were sent lists from which they nominated their fellow teachers in the six categories. The recipients were praised as they received their certiicates recognising their efforts and a bottle of Lindauer. The irst special award went to Stephanie Puiri for Excellence in Early Childhood Education, the second to Rima Tairea for Excellence in Primary Teaching, third to Roboam Wiriton of Pukapuka for Excellence in Secondary Teaching, Uriaua George was fourth with Excellence in Secondary Teaching and the fifth special award went to a speechless Gaylyn Lockington, who accepted her Leadership award. The supreme honour of the

Principalship award for 2013 went to principal of Avatea School Nga Charlie, who also took home a voucher for a weekend for two at the Edgewater Resort and Spa – a well-deserved rest for the model principal. MoE head Sharyn Paio said

the award was particularly difficult to decide a winner for, but pointed to Charlie’s strong leadership, her role in getting the teachers’ union up and running this year and overcoming the primary school’s biggest obstacle in 2013 – the ire that burnt a block

of classrooms to the ground. Following the presentation of certificates and awards, Fast Track teacher Ngatupuna Manuela thanked the ministry on behalf of all Fast Track teachers for the opportunity they had been given to do what they love.

He particularly wanted to thank their advisors with special acknowledgement to Ani Piri, describing her as their “mother hen” for her persistence and absolute faith in the group’s ability to achieve their dream of becoming teachers. - PF

Looking gorgeous with their lowers Rouru Motu, Tu Tangatataia and Takau Moeka’a after the presentation. 13120934

Rima Tairea with her award for Excellence in Primary Teaching behind her and Uriaua George who was the recipient of the Excellence in Secondary Teaching award. 13120926

The recipients of the specials awards and teaching certificates were all smiles after the presentation. 13120935


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New Kiwis urged to hold on to identities NEW ZEALAND’S five newest citizens were told yesterday that becoming a Kiwi does not mean they have to forget about their culture or their homeland. Cook Islands’ residents Motufaga Tifare Finiasi, Viliame (Bilsy) Gukisuva, Teurihei Kainuku, Taniora Lowry and Ariimanu Jean-Marc Shan Sei Fan all took oaths and became New Zealanders yesterday. In her first citizenship cer-

emony since becoming New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Joanna Kempkers told the five that gaining citizenship is about much more than receiving a passport. “It’s about a sense of belonging, of identity, but it’s also about new rights and new responsibilities as New Zealand citizens.” The ive now have the right to vote in New Zealand elections,

Teurihei Kainuku speaks to the crowd after receiving her New Zealand citizenship yesterday. 13121009

and to access the country’s health and education systems, she said. They also have to abide by the laws of New Zealand and uphold its values. Kempkers then read out a letter on behalf of New Zealand Minister of Internal Affairs, Chris Tremain. “Today you’ve completed your journey towards making our beautiful country your home,” Tremain wrote.

“This does not of course diminish the importance of your homeland or your culture.” Kempkers reinforced this sentiment, urging the five not to forget “who you are or where you come from”. “That’s what makes New Zealand the rich place it is today,” she said. About 30 family members and friends gathered for yesterday’s warm ceremony, which was held

at the High Commissioner’s residence, ngatipa. The event was opened with a prayer from Ted Nia, kaumatua of the Aotearoa Society. After proudly receiving their certiicates, most of the ive stood and spoke to the audience, briefly sharing their journey towards gaining New Zealand citizenship. Kempkers said bringing people into the New Zealand com-

munity is “a really nice part of my job”. Her only previous experience of producing New Zealand citizens had been by giving birth to her three children, she joked. “I’m anticipating today to be much more pleasant and easier than that.” The ceremony concluded with the singing of the New Zealand national anthem. - Ben Chapman-Smith

Standing proudly after receiving their New Zealand citizenship are (left to right) Teurihei Kainuku, Viliame (Bilsy) Gukisuva, Ariimanu Jean-Marc Shan Sei Fan, Motufaga Tifare Finiasi and Taniora Lowry, alongside NZ High Commissioner Joanna Kempkers (third from right). 13121013

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End of travel hassles for Bilsy Gukisuva PRoM I N ENT Cook Islands

sportsman of Fijian decent Bilsy Gukisuva says he is honoured to receive his New Zealand citizenship. Watched on proudly by his family, Gukisuva took the oath of allegiance in the inal process of receiving his New Zealand citizen’s certiicate at the New Zealand High Commissions’ residence in ngatipa. Gukisuva is a well-known sportsman in the community and has represented the Cook Islands on numerous occasions. Since moving to the Cook Islands with his family 13 years

ago, he has donned the green, gold and white of the Cooks to represent the nation in rugby union 7s and 15s as well as rugby league. The staunch member of the Avatiu Eels rugby club, who received his permanent residence status in 2007, says receiving a New Zealand citizenship certiicate means less hassles with visas. “I can walk down the green line now,” says Gukisuva of the next time he travels out of the country. While enjoying the Kiwi moment with family in the Ngatipa

gardens, New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands Joanna Kempkers, who conducted the special ceremony for the irst time in the role, casually mentioned to Gukisuva that he now has a big responsibility in representing New Zealand well on the sports ield. Gukisuva quickly quipped that he couldn’t play for New Zealand as he has already represented the Cook Islands. Cheeky laughs were shared among the group. “Finally I have received this,” he said. - Matariki Wilson

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Cook Islands sports star Bilsy Gukisuva with his wife Elaine and their two children Zechariah (6) and Taleiah (4) after receiving his New Zealand citizen’s certiicate. 13121017

Prominent Cook Islands sportsman Bilsy Gukisuva shares the Kiwi moment with his family including wife Elaine and children Zechariah (6) and Taleiah (4), parents Lai and Luse Gukisuva, in-laws Paul and Kura Turepu as well as members of his Celebration on the Rock church Pastor Jonathan Cargill and Tokerau Jim. 13121015

Smooth journeys ahead

ARIIMANU Shan Sei Fan receives his certificate of New Zealand citizenship from NZ High Commissioner Joanna Kempkers yesterday. The 19 year old was born in Tahiti and moved to the Cook Islands seven years ago.

He inished his schooling at Tereora College last year and is now working as an IT intern at the Ministry of Education. Becoming a Kiwi means “becoming part of the New Zealand culture and speaking the English language”, he said.

Shan has been to New Zealand ive times on holiday and is considering moving there in the future. “I’m thinking when my internship is over, I might move if my job takes me to New Zealand.”

TEUR I H EI Kainuku stands

proudly with son Hiro Kainuku and daughter-in-law Lynnette Karati after receiving her New Zealand citizenship yesterday. “I’m so happy today. I’ve been waiting for a long time. My chil-

dren are New Zealand citizens and now I’m there with my kids,” she said. Kainuku moved to the Cook Islands from Tahiti in 1974 after marrying Cook Islander rongo Kainuku, who passed away 15

years ago. She takes regular trips to Australia to visit her three daughters in Perth. Having a New Zealand passport will make those journeys much easier, she said. “Now I don’t need a visa!”


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Woman convicted of breach told not to rely on police THE HIGH Court on December

5 was presided over by Justice of the Peace Carmen Temata, who made the following judgements: Crystal Arona, 22, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of breach of community service despite providing a legitimate excuse for not showing up. Her explanation was that she was called for interviewing by police, in relation to being a witness to the october 20 arson attack on Nukutere College. Her counsel Wilkie Rasmussen asked for a dismissal of the charge, explaining she had told an oficer her schedule, who then told Arona a liaison oficer would let probation services know. “I’m convinced somebody at the police station failed to notify probation,” said JP Temata, “you need to tell them yourself, next time ask [the police] if you could use a phone to tell them yourself,” she said. Regardless, Arona was convicted because she had entered a guilty plea, and the matter discharged. Temaru Goodwin, 25, was let off with a warning, after receiving a six month suspended sentence for ighting in a public place. His lawyer Charles Petero sought leniency, saying a conviction would curtail his client’s plans to travel to Australia to seek work. Police prosecutor Tuaine Manavaroa told JP Temata the ight was an “exchange of ists” that arose out of an argument between Goodwin and a friend, “but is still considered ighting in a public place”. Temata ruled that if Goodwin behaves for the next six months the matter will be discharged. Trevor Tiro, 21, is the second party involved in ighting in a public place. He also pleaded guilty to the same charge, and

police prosecutor Tuaine Manavaroa asked that the same penalty be imposed. Without any objection, JP Temata placed Tiro on six months’ suspended sentence. Iti Ote Ra Matakino, 20, charged on November 28 for burglary on a private home, was released on bail without plea. His matter was adjourned to December 19, on request by his counsel Wilkie Rasmussen. His bail conditions include no travelling from Rarotonga, not to enter a liquor licenced area and not to consume or purchase alcohol. A teenager of 16 years appeared on a charge of burglary. He was charged on November 27 for a theft from a private home. The young man was transferred to the Children’s Court without plea. Teariki Araipo, just arrested for burglary, was released on conditional bail. Araipo was advised to seek legal counsel and in the meantime cannot interfere with police witnesses, not purchase or consume alcohol, not enter a liquor licenced premises and to report to the police station every Friday before 6pm. His matter was adjourned to December 12. Meautoa Putaura, 17, pleaded guilty to a charge of trespassing but did not give police an explanation as to why he was wandering around on the Edgewater Resort and Spa property on october 10 around midnight. Police prosecutor Tuaine Manavaroa explained that Putaura was not employed so had no way to pay any fine and was a first time offender. JP Temata gave Putaura lenience, especially because of his age and put him on six months’ suspended sentence. Tarapi Samuel, 19, was found trespassing on private proper-

ty. According to the facts of the case, the complainant’s daughter had heard footsteps outside and thought it was her brother. Upon opening the curtains to check she saw Samuel. Samuel pleaded guilty to wandering around the premises, but with no intention to take anything. Police prosecutor Tuaine Manavaroa stated that Samuel had appeared in court twice in 2011 for theft, and 2012 for burglary and trespassing. He asked for a prison sentence. “I’m giving you a last chance,” warned JP Temata, “I still have to uphold the law because what you did was wrong.” Samuel was sentenced to three months’ community service. “You don’t have to come back but that is entirely up to you,” said Temata. Karawete Highland, 36, was granted a conditional licence after pleading guilty to a charge of excess breath alcohol, dating back to August this year, without having to wait the usual six months full disqualification from driving. His lawyer, Victor Heather, made the application three weeks earlier, where he outlined the legal basis for the early application under section 31 of the Transport Act. Heather included in his submission the restricted timeframes Highland would be able to drive and a letter from Highland’s employer, Avis Cook Islands, who JP Temata commented “obviously thinks highly of you”. “I am impressed with your work report, you have been with the company for nine years,” she said, “but they are not prepared to move things around to accommodate you. Granting a conditional licence is to assist you... clearly you will otherwise

lose your job.” She convicted Highland and disqualiied him from driving for 12 months, however granted him the conditional licence that allows him to drive to and from his work place and drive for work purposes, particularly using company cars for roadside assistance. “It’s good these conditions are very limited... you have to learn to take responsibility for your actions,” the JP advised Highland. She also ined Highland $380 including court costs, associating the high fine to the high breath-alcohol level Highland was caught with. He had charges of excess breath alcohol and a charge of drunken driving causing injury dating back to 2008 withdrawn to deal with his current charge. Brittany Clementis, 25, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft for taking a ham sandwich, a bottle of oil and dipping sauce from CITC supermarket valued at $17.36. Her lawyer Charles Petero told the court Clementis did intend to buy the items along with a number of others, but was distracted and had forgotten about them. “ The police were called straight away without giving the defendant a chance to rectify her situation,” he said. Petero described Clementis as highly unlikely to be involved in this kind of thing. He said she is a young mother with a very supportive family, who is attending counselling for some personal issues. She had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, returned the items and wrote an apology to CITC warranting a discharge without conviction, according to Petero they had not written back by the time of her court appearance.

‘Storytellers’ to share proits with community ‘SToRYTELLERS’ will be giving guided tours on mountain bikes around Raro, focusing on the cultural and environmental insights of the Cook Islands. A year in the making, Storytellers managing director david Furnell says the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation is excited about this new attraction and that the operation has the full support of the Business Trade Investment Board. Qualiied with post graduate qualiications in Environmental Management from the University of New South Wales, Furnell visited the Cook Islands in 2012 and fell in love with the people and culture, deciding then that Rarotonga was the right location to establish Storytellers. Apart from the manner in which the tours are conducted – via bicycle – being new and different to existing tour operators, Storytellers Eco Cycle Tours differentiates itself with a focus on environmental and cultural aspects, often described as ecotourism. Furnell describes his passion for sharing a love of the natural environment and culture with

the importance of giving back or investing in the local community via a community development fund. “We believe it is important for our business to contribute 10 per cent of our proits with the people whose stories and history we are sharing with our tour guests” he says. At the end of each year the independently selected committee will choose recipients for funds and ideally provide further non-financial services in supporting the development of the chosen community initiatives. It is envisioned that through an application process to be announced later, the board will choose recipients and identify the best means of support. Storytellers also has a policy to employ Cook Islanders. The policy extends to a staff equity programme that provides a share offer to those staff who become long-serving members of the team. This arrangement has been designed as part of the business’s fundamental premise to reward staff contribution and

commitment to the business over the long term. With so many staff going offshore to work overseas, Storytellers would like to attract enthusiastic, confident and knowledgeable Cook Islands staff and keep them here. There may even be Cook Islanders that have been lured away from Rarotonga to over-

seas jobs, who now want to return home to Rarotonga with their families. For more information on employment opportunities, see the classiied advertisement in ‘situations vacant’. And for information on Storytellers, interested people can visit the website at www.storytellers.co.ck. - Release

A new “Eco Cycle Tour” business called “Storytellers” hopes to provide some insight to visitors on the cultural and environmental insights of the Cook Islands. 13121007

JP Temata told Clementis she will sentence her, the principle being to hold her accountable for the offence and deter others who may be thinking to take property that is not theirs. She placed her on six months’ suspended sentence. “I know that sometimes when we realise what we’ve done, we just cannot explain why,” she said. Leroy Robinson, 27, appeared on a call-over at the request of his counsel, Wilkie Rasmussen. He was set for sentencing the next day before visiting judge Justice Christine Grice on charges of injure with intent and common assault. Rasmussen said he called the matter to make sure Robinson was in town. The matter was adjourned to Friday December 6 for sentencing. Samuel Morris, 22, is charged with possession of cannabis. His matter was only recently brought to the attention of his lawyer Wilkie Rasmussen who needed time to consult his client and police. His matter was adjourned for two weeks to December 19 without plea. Ngatokorua Haurua, 55, was set to have a defended hearing that day at 1pm for a charge of driving while disqualified. JP Temata pointed out that according to Haurua’s charge sheet he is due for sentencing, but that that was not possible considering he had pleaded not guilty to the charge. The matter was further adjourned to December 12 at the request of police. Ngavaivai Baxter, 21, appeared on a charge of theft as a servant. She pleaded guilty to the charge, however as the matter was under the jurisdiction of a three JP court, it was adjourned to February 18 for sentencing. Makaatu Lazaro, 29, was due for sentencing on charges of common assault and assault on a female; however a probation report had not been done, so

the matter was adjourned December 12 with bail conditions to continue. Trainee Rakanui, 31, did not enter a plea to four charges of breach of community service. Probation services asked that the matter is adjourned as there are additional charges to be laid. Adjournment was made to December 12. Manoa Mataitini, 35, appeared on a charge of common assault. No plea was taken as his counsel Wilkie Rasmussen was not present at the time. His matter was adjourned to December 12. Rangi Tuaru, 28, pleaded guilty to a charge of excess blood alcohol, for being three and a half times over the legal limit. a probation report was requested for sentencing due to the amount being so high. An adjournment was made to December 19. Tuaru was caught driving with a blood alcohol level of 265mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The limit is 80mg. John Pepe, 20, appeared on charges of possession of cannabis and possessing three utensils. He stated he is being represented by lawyer Victor Heather, who was not present at the time. No plea was taken and his matter was adjourned to December 12. Douglas Taripo, 19, appearing on a charge of breach of community service had is matter adjourned for a week without plea, due to a further charge being laid. The matter was adjourned to December 12. Moearo Ponga, 60, had been summoned on a call-over regarding charges of dangerous driving and excess blood alcohol, dating back to 2008. The matter was adjourned to December 19 without plea. Auemama Rakanui, 42, charged with assault on a female, also had his matter adjourned to December 12 without entering a plea. - Merita Wi-Kaitaia

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Pukapuka hostel welcomes irst guests ARoUND 70 New Zealand residents with Pukapuka roots were the irst guests in a new Pukapuka hostel on rarotonga recently. The guests are members of Te Ulu o Te Watu – an incorporated society in New Zealand for people of Pukapukan decent. The group has been involved in the hostel project from the start, including donating in excess of $30,000 to the cause. The two-storey building, which began construction in May, was unveiled on Friday along with an impressive feast. Te Ulu o Te Watu president Tareni Lulia said the group arrived on Monday last week, with some helping to put the inishing touches on the accommodation unit – being housed at Raka-

hanga hostel in the meantime. They then had the privilege of being the irst guests in the unit. “We came to be part of this historic event – worldwide, this is the only hall we have. It’s our goal and our vision to one day have our own hall in Auckland,” said Lulia. Committee member James Katoa said the hostel in rarotonga is important to the group, being their “port of call” when they are travelling home to Pukapuka. “I think what’s special about this project is the key personnel that did this are all Pukapukan… We’re using our own people and their expertise,” he said. Katoa and Lulia were among those who built the original

hall, situated next to the new building, around 20 years ago – with Lulia saying “it’s great to be back”. He said it is a big achievement to have completed the two-storey accommodation unit on schedule. “There were some hurdles, some self-doubt along the way – looking at the amount that needs to be done and when it needs to be done by, that can be hard. But it was done on time,” said Lulia. “We give credit to (president of the Pukapuka community on Rarotonga) Makirere Poila and his team … for the planning and organisation of the project.” Full coverage of the opening of the hostel extension to come. - Briar Douglas

The new accommodation unit welcomed its irst guests recently – a group of people with Pukapuka blood who visited Rarotonga from New Zealand for the opening of the hostel. 13120906

Makirere Poila (front right) stands on the stairs of the new hostel with (from front left to back) Ngake president Ruaine Katoa, Te Ulu O Te Watu president Tareni Lulia, assistant secretary Tiri Katoa, Roto president Tengaro Tomoare, Justice of the Peace Vavaa Atiau, Yato president Woliwolikata Kainana and Te Ulu Ote Watu committee member James Katoa. 13120905

Pukapuka embraces tertiary education PUKAPUKA and other Pa Enua

have been running community education and youth-based programmes for the tertiary sector under the Ministry of Education, as part of the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute (CITTI). As part of a fundraising effort to construct a school building, the tertiary programme in Pukapuka is selling “University of Pukapuka” T-shirts at the newly opened Pukapuka Hostel. oficially, the tertiary education institute in Pukapuka is called Te Ulu o Te Watu Learning Center under CITTI and also hosts the resurrected villagerun youth groups called Lopa, Tamawine o Mataaliki, meaning the young men and women of the God Mataaliki, founder of Pukapuka. once fundraising is completed the school will have the students build their own “University of Pukapuka” tertiary building at Niua School with a qualified carpenter, offering

students a trade certiication in the process. This expansion into tertiary follows the overall Ministry of Education goal of providing lifelong education. The name “University of Pukapuka,” often raises laughter. “The students came up with the name University of Pukapuka as a joke and it stuck,” said programme co-ordinator amelia Borofsky. The programme is modelled in part after Barefoot College (http://www.barefootcollege. org), a rural non-government organisation in India that provides training towards self-sufficiency with a focus on solar, water, education, livelihood development, and activism. “We could also call ourselves Jandal College,” joked Borofsky. “We are grateful because the Ministry of Education and CITTI believe in adapting educational programming to the needs of each unique community, especially in the Pa Enua. The

programming in Pukapuka has to be holistic, rural and culturally based providing students with more skills to support their community. ” While the University of Pukapuka is not an oficial institution, the unoficial name gives status to the rich knowledge already on the island. overall, tertiary and community education provides highlevel programming so that existing assets are capitalised on and there is lifelong learning available locally. The image on the “University of Pukapuka” T-shirts is of a Pukapuka voyaging vaka drawn by Herb Kawainui Kane and donated for educational purposes. Kane played a key role in the Hawaiian Renaissance and designed the Hokule’a voyaging canoe. In his book Voyagers (1991), he included detailed drawings of voyaging vaka from Pukapuka, Manihiki, Penryhn and rarotonga. Linguistic, archaeological

and voyaging evidence suggest that Pukapuka was a major stopping point for voyagers throughout the Paciic. A recent article in oceanic Linguistics (December 2012) by Hawaiian linguist Pila Wilson entitled ‘Whence the East Polynesians? Further linguistic evidence for a northern outlier hypothesis’ argues that Hawaii was settled through voyages from Pukapuka, Tokelau and Tuvalu rather than through Samoa and Tahiti. The Pukapuka vaka pays homage to voyaging ancestors and to its revitalisation. The Ministry of Education will roll out new tertiary education programming in 2014. This will include the nursing diploma, trades and technology certiicates, and hospitality and services certiicates and diplomas. It will also include many short community courses such as Star Navigation and Tivaivai and more Pa Enua programming throughout the Cook Islands. - Wale Wawine

Johnny Frisbie, an advisor to the University of Pukapuka from her home in Hawaii, with her very own Pukapuka University t-shirt. 13120912

Tertiary scholarship applications close A NUMBER of scholarships available to Cook Islanders undertaking tertiary study closed last week, with students racing to get their applications in. “We’ve had quite a few applications,” said anna roi, scholarships co-ordinator at the Ministry of Education. With the official closing date of Thursday 5 December at 12pm, Roi said that they had received less applications than last year, with many students leaving it to the last minute to apply.

Three types of tertiary study and training awards through the Cook Islands government were available to the students. The Cook Islands government scholarship awards (CIGS) is awarded for two years, with students who have completed their irst year of study open to apply. It is aimed at providing students with education and training so that they can assist in the social, cultural and economic development of the Cook Islands when their study is completed.

Applicants are selected based on meeting the necessary criteria, which is primarily academic merit, with successful applicants required to work in the Cook Islands in their area of study for two years on their completion. The 2013 overseas private student assistance fund (oSAF), which assists with tuition fees on a reimbursement basis, is also available to students. The fund is granted on a portion of the tuition fees for the paper passed over the 2013 academic

year, with the grant determined by the number of applications received and the availability of funds. For those students who are continuing their studies in the Cook Islands, there is also the Cook Islands government incountry tuition awards scholarships (ITAS). The scholarships are open to current tertiary students who have been admitted into a tertiary-level programme of study and have already completed at

least four courses towards this programme. Studies can be through online, correspondence or distance lexible learning with NZ training providers, the University of the South Paciic or other regional institutes of study. To be eligible for any funding towards tertiary study the students must have been residing permanently in the Cook Islands prior to undertaking their study, and also be intending to return home at its completion.

roi says that all applications will be viewed by the Tertiary Education Committee, and assessed on their academic results. The applicants will be short listed and interviewed, dependant on the number of awards available, and a list of those recommended given to cabinet for their endorsement. Students will be informed of the success of their applications around the middle of January, says roi. - Rachel Smith


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Cook islands Towage Shipping Notice Accepting cargo for Mitiaro and Atiu now leaving on 11/12/2013. Contact 55454 for further details. Meitaki Maata. 75667 /35938 /1931

NOTiCE OF MEETiNG NONO GROWERS Meeting 10am Wednesday, 11 December at Cook Islands Noni Marketing’s factory, Titikaveka. Payment ready for fruit collected. 75618 / /2019

SERVICES Action Man Mowing Services All jobs big or small, free quote. Give Clint a call on 52074. 74266 / /2561

Daycare centre for your child. Inquiries phone 55300. 75662 /35936 /1931

Subaru impreza $4800 Great Car Phone Nic 73108.

FOR HIRE hospital Comforts have Santa suits for hire for a $30 donation. Ph Annie 23358 or 55874.

75691 /35943 /1931

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

SITUATIONS VACANT

SITUATIONS VACANT

Chef with pastry knowledge minimum 5 years experience full time able to work without supervision. Two positions available. Call 23004 or email anchoragerestaurant@gmail. com

Looking for an Accounts person • For Day to day accounting & Operations • Be able to do Cashlow projections etc. Experience & Accounting papers required for the job. Please email C.V to solutions@ oyster.net.ck Or Call Tia #58477 for delivery of your C.V.

75570 / /2505

75623 /35919 /1931

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

FOR SALE

Wanted an experienced seamstress must be able to CMT & Patternmake for further enquiries please submit your CV to myaroha@gmail.com

A unique opportunity to join our super team in id.CK. We are looking for a PART TIME Sales Assistant. Possibility of a full time job after a trial period. If you love fashion and love selling clothing - this is YOUR CHANCE. Please drop a 1 page CV to id.CK in Banana Court and we will call you for an interview. Id.CK, Banana Court, Avarua 25060.

75678 / /2423

75679 / /2500

75649 / /2634

MUST SELL 1x Bedroom set $1,200 2x TV cabinets $70 ea 1x doube & single bunk $900 2x book shelves $60 ea 2x 10 gal igloos $150 ea other household items. Phone 52380. 75587 / /1931

Panasonic Blu-ray 5.1 home theatre system, rear speakers wireless, remote, $500. Phone 20303/71583. 75682 /35941 /1931

42inch Samsung LED Smart TV with glass table, $1300 ono. Sony ipod dock, $400 ono. Xbox 360 with 2 controls, kinectic and game, $450 ono. Phone 77060. 75655 /35933 /1931

Local Xmas Present Cook Islands Distilled Vodka -Vanilla -Banana -Pineapple $12 Ph 50769 Exclusive organic infused 00682 Product. 75643 / /1896

VEHICLES FOR SALE Toyota Duet, 1999. 1000cc, 148 000km. Very reliable, just serviced. $5800 ONO

Suzuki Vitara 2011 SUV in mint condition. 31,400kms, metallic grey. Purchased new, one owner, serviced every six months. $30,000 ono. Ph Dan 22999 or 73507. 75475 / /2171

SITUATIONS VACANT summerield systems Ltd Are looking to hire a Senior Systems Engineer with minimum 7 years experience. Microsoft, Tertiary and ITIL Certiication required. Please email CV to jobs@summerfieldsystems. com Applications close 13 December 2013. 75444 / /2041

LABOURER/PLANTiNG/ CLEANER Job involves digging, planting, cleaning must be reliable, lexible, hardworking. Ph 55041. 75686 /35942 /1931

Autism Cook islands ph 24065/55976

tiateura@oyster.net.ck

Front Oice Assistant Manuia Beach Resort is looking for a bright, highly motivated, hard working and committed person to join our successful team. Your role is critical to the delivery of customer expectations throughout the resort. The role includes ensuring our guests get the very best customer service and assistance from our front oice. Room Master Experience is preferable but not essential. Excellent Customer Service Skills. Full Job Description on request for shortlisted candidates. Alex: 54104 rmanager@manuia.co.ck 75672 / /1798

certiied scUba diver with experience collecting aquarium ish. Must have seamanship skills. Resumes to CI Aquarium Fish, Box 180, Avarua or email cboyle@oyster. net.ck 75507 /35776 /1931

SITUATIONS VACANT

PUBLIC NOTICES

PUBLiC NOTiCE TO: THE LANDOWNERS OF AREARA SECTION 12A, MATAVERA, RAROTONGA A meeting of the landowners in respect of the above land will be held at the Titama meeting House in matavera on wednesday 11 December 2013 at 5pm. Pursuant to a Deed of Lease dated 22 June 1990, a landowner has given written notice exercising their right of irst refusal in respect of the proposed assignment of the Deed of Lease. would all landowners please attend the meeting for the purpose of determining whether consent will be provided to the landowner to proceed with the purchase of the Deed of Lease on the above land and also for the purposes of ixing rentals in respect of rental reviews due under the Deed of Lease. Thank you. Details may be obtained from Charles Little of Little & matysik P.C., Cook Islands Lawyers, Avarua, Rarotonga, Tel: 21619, Fax: 21615 or email: charles@lawyers.co.ck 75642

75703 / /1931

Toyota Trueno car - selling at $3600. As it is. Ph 51883.

PUBLIC NOTICES

75591 /35924 /1931

Yamaha Nouvo $1000, New WOF, Serviced. Call 71923. 75640 /35929 /1931 Vehicles for Sale

TENDERS

PRiCE ORDER 17/2013

The New Zealand high Commission has made the following vehicle available for tender:

2003 hOLDEN STATESMAN V6 Petrol engine, Automatic Transmission, Seats:5 The vehicle can be inspected outside the nZHC Building, Takuvaine Rd, Avarua by appointment from monday to Friday between 9am and 3pm during the week of 9th December. Please contact mere Kamana on 22201 ext 21 to arrange a time for inspection. The vehicle is tendered on an as is basis and the highest price will not necessarily be accepted. Tenders must be made in writing and addressed to the Administration manager at the nZHC, Takuvaine Road, 1st Floor nZHC Building, Avarua, Rarotonga. Tenders close Monday 16 December 2013. 75663

SITUATIONS VACANT

EXCAVATOR OPERATOR REQUiRED TOP RATE OF PAY PHONE 23 415. LANDHOLDINGS LTD - MANGAIA HARBOUR PROJECT.

PURSUANT to the Control of Prices Act 1966 and the powers delegated to me as provided under section 30 of the said Act, I hereby make the following order: 1. This order is cited as Price order 17/2013 and shall come into efect on the 11th day of December 2013 for TRiAD PACiFiC PETROLEUM LTD. 2. maximum selling prices for fuel imported into the Cook Islands shall be at a rate speciied in the schedule below except the island of Aitutaki. 3. For the outer Islands, prices established have been reviewed and updated to include freight, wharfage, boating, reeing, drum/container cost, evaporation and cartage costs. 4. Value Added Tax is included in the prices herein set. Import Levy is exempt for outer Islands excluding Aitutaki as per Exemption order 03/09/2010. 5. All previous references in any Price order as to the selling prices listed in this order are hereby revoked upon efective dates above. 6. The prices herein set are the maximum that may be charged although less may be charged if so desired. Given under our hand this 10th day of December 2013 Brian Terrence, Hagan Chairman of the Price Tribunal Madeilene Sword, Member of the Price Tribunal.

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2.12

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Southern Northern Group Group

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December 11, 2013

ENViRONMENT SERViCE PUBLiC NOTiCE Environmental impact Assessment (EiA) Reports Government Departments, Agencies and the General Public are hereby advised that the national Environment Service has received the following application for a Project Permit as required under Section 36 of the Environment Act 2003. Application: PA ARiKi – ROCK REVETMENT PROTECTiON ALONG ThE FOREShORE Project: Rock Revetment wall for Foreshore Protection. Land: Papua Part Section 4, Vaimaanga, Takitumu District In accordance with subsection 5 a) and c) of Section 36 of the Environment Act 2003, any person, Government Agencies or organisation who wish to make a written submission for or against the granting of a Project Permit by the Environment Service for this applications, may do so within 30 days commencing on the 27 day of november 2013. written submissions may be in Cook Islands maori or English be submitted to the national Environment Service no later than the 27 December 2013. EIA Reports for the above applications may be viewed at the following venues: • Environment Service Oice • Takamoa Library and museum • national Library The report for the above application will also be viewed on the NES WEBSiTE, (www.environment.gov.ck) Director national Environment Service. 75371


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‘Go Blue’ with ANZ for Christmas!

SITUATIONS VACANT

OFFICE OF THE PuBLIC SERvICE COMMISSIOnER (OPSC)

VACANCiES Two exciting employment opportunities exist at oPSC for the positions of:

Performance Advisor and Policy & Planning Oicer For more information the application form including Job Descriptions can be downloaded from www.psc.gov. ck and sent with cover letter & CV to: CEo oPSC, Policy and Planning Oicer vacancy or Performance Advisor Vacancy, P.o.Box 24, Rarotonga, or email applications to daphne.ringi@cookislands.gov.ck by 4pm on 13 December, 2013. 75401

THE Tropical Christmas in Rarotonga movement is amplifying the Christmas spirit around the island as local businesses and community groups show their support. Not one to miss out on spreading the joy, ANZ is getting behind the initiative and is encouraging everyone to wear blue and get into the spirit of the season. The bank staff will be sporting their shirts from the bank’s 25th birthday this year and will be volunteering an hour of their time to sell sausage sizzles outside the bank entrance for $3 each this Friday. The money raised will be matched dollar for dollar by the bank and donated to the Are Pa Metua. There will even be an appearance by the big man himself as Santa Claus takes a break from the north Pole to spread the cheer in paradise with his little helper marketing officer and customer advocate Julz We-

SITUATIONS VACANT

school support staf Applications are invited from experienced and motivated individuals for the following part-time positions to commence in 2014: 1. Teacher Aides (Inclusive Education): 4 positions, one each for Rutaki, Arorangi, and Papaaroa SDA schools (Rarotonga), Araura Primary School (Aitutaki). 2. Grounds & maintenance person: Avatea School 3. Oice Secretary: Takitumu School Applications close on Friday 13 December at 3pm. Job Descriptions are available from the ministry or at: www. education.gov.ck Please submit an application letter with CV and references to: Director HRM Division ministry of education Po Box 97 Rarotonga, Cook Islands Ph (682) 29357, Fax (682) 28357 or email: vacancy@ education.gov.ck

staf solicitor We are a law irm looking for a staf solicitor to join our busy team. Our practice covers all areas with an emphasis on land law, commercial transactions, banking and inance. Ideally you will have at least 2 years post admission experience. We are looking for someone who has integrity, is eicient, has attention to detail and can cope with pressure and high volumes of work. Litigation experience an advantage. Please contact Maara Toleafoa on 21619 or send your cv to maara@lawyers.co.ck 75220 /35534 /1780

strupp. “We’ll have spot prizes for anyone who walks into the bank wearing blue and they’ll go into the draw to win a Christmas Hamper worth $200,” she says. The bank will also be giving away spot prizes to those wearing blue in participating stores in the Tropical Christmas movement. Santa will be visiting the stores between 12pm and 2.30pm and will be giving out spot prizes to anyone wearing blue and will put them into the draw for the hamper. In support of the initiative the bank will be entering a loat in Thursday’s parade with tennis stars from the ANZ Junior Tennis development programme and the Pukapuka Cricket team. Sausage sizzles start at 9am and the hamper will be drawn on the day at 4pm, so get your blue shirts, skirts and knickers ready for Friday and get behind the initiative. - PF

SITUATIONS VACANT A full time position is available in our accounting dept. Qualiications and experience with inventory accounts, costings & purchases from foreign suppliers, & well-versed in MS Excel is preferred. Please submit your CV to Prime Foods Store if interested. Attn: Accounts Dept Or email accounts@primefoods.co.ck 75571 / /2502

WANTED TO BUy We will BUY your old or broken gold jewellery. FISHERS BLACK PEARL JEWELLERY. 75423 / /1889

Vegetable/fruit juicer. 2nd hand or new. Phone or text 57736. 75676 /35940 /1931

75472

SITUATIONS VACANT

ANZ staf during their 25th birthday celebrations earlier in the year. The team will be at it again on Friday at the Blue Day as part of the Christmas in Rarotonga movement. 13092736

NCEA exams all completed SENIoR students across the country will be breathing a sigh of relief this week, with the completion of NCEA examinations. The last annual examinations to take place were Horticultural Science Level Three on Sunday afternoon, ending three weeks of study and assessment for year 11-13 students. “It went very well,” said Bali Haque, principal of Tereora College, adding that the process ran smoothly. “And now we wait with the students.” Colleges and students will be keenly awaiting news from the oficial results, which will be released in mid-January. Students will be able to access their results online as long as they have their National Stu-

dent Number (NSN), which is their unique identification number with the New Zealand Qualiications Authority. Haque says any students who cannot remember their number can contact their school, who has it on record. Tereora College students who are unable to access results online from home will be able to come into the school to check their results, with the school also able to print out a hard copy for them. NZQA will be sending out oficial physical notiication to all colleges from the end of January. Students will now be enjoying a well-earned end of year break, with the last day of school in the Cook Islands on Friday 13 December. - RS

SITUATIONS VACANT

Storyteller (Tour Leader – Guide) “Storytellers” is a new Eco Cycle Tour business launching soon in Rarotonga with a focus on leading mountain bike tours around the Island. we are seeking interest from enthusiastic Cook Islanders available from 8am – 2pm to lead our tours. Job description: our tour guides will be the story tellers who lead our customers on mountain bike tours, where environmental and cultural anecdotes are shared with our guests on route. Essential Criteria: • Cook Islander • Passion and knowledge of Cook Island Culture and Environment • Articulate Personal Qualities: • Sense of humour • Honest • Reliable • Punctual • Conident • Great people skills Desirable Criteria but not essential: • Bike riding experience • Charisma • Fitness • Drivers license • First aid certiicate Full training is provided along with ongoing programs of continual improvement to nurture our stafs’ growth. For a full position description email your resume to davidfurnell@yahoo.com or call 53450, 23450 for more details.

Rarotonga’s newest luxury resort is currently under development in muri and is due to open in 2014. As the irst stage of this development, the resorts exclusive beachfront restaurant & bar will be opening in January, and we are now inviting applications for the following positions. Front of house • Food & Beverage Manager • Duty Managers • Restaurant Supervisors • Restaurant Cashiers • Restaurant Service Staf • Bar Service Staf • Wedding & Functions Coordinator Kitchen • Head Chef • Chefs – Sous, Jnr Sous, Chef de partie, Commis • Stewards & Kitchen hands Other Areas • Food & Beverage Controller • Purchasing Oicer • Accountant • Sales & Marketing Coordinator • Property Maintenance - Landscaping & Gardening • IT Technician • Security If you would like the opportunity to join a team of hospitality professionals and have a rewarding career with great working conditions at Rarotonga’s new premiers resort, please email Erika on gm@ nautilusresortrarotonga.com or call Ph 22779. Further information regarding above positions available upon request.

75664

75379

Teachers Applications are invited from qualiied and experienced teachers for the following three positions to start in 2014: 1. Teacher in Charge, Tetautua School, Penrhyn 2. Teacher (Primary), omoka School, Penrhyn (outer island travel and other incentives will apply) 3. Part time Teacher, Corrective Services Education Programme, Arorangi. working 3 days a week, teaching in the areas of mainly literacy and numeracy, applicants must have high expectations of students and student achievement, strong in behavior management, able to access and create resources including online reources; lexible, with a sense of humour and identiies well with the programme and its objectives. Applications close on 13 December 2013 at 3pm. An application pack and detailed information is available from the ministry website at: www.education. gov.ck Send completed application forms with CV and references to: Director HRM Division ministry of Education Po Box 97, Rarotonga Cook Islands Ph (682) 29357, fax (682) 28357 or email vacancy@ education.gov.ck 75470


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International Flights

FLiGhT FROM ARRiVES thursdAy DECEMBER 12 NZ46/45 AKL 4.10PM VT35/34 ppt 2.50PM NZ748/749 AKL 12.30AM VA163/162 AKL 11.55PM FridAy DECEMBER 13 VA163/162 AKL 11.55PM NZ46/61 AKL 1.55PM

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Issued at 2pm at Rarotonga Situation: An easterly wind low prevails over Southern Cooks. meanwhile, an eastward moving trough of low pressure to the far west of Southern Cooks is expected to afect Southern Cooks from Thursday. A weak trough of low pressure lies slow moving about Penrhyn. Forecast to midnight for the Southern Cooks: Cloudy periods with brief showers. moderate easterly winds. moderate seas. Further outlook: Rain developing with few thunderstorms. winds turning northerly. For Rarotonga: Cloudy periods with brief showers. Further outlook: Rain developing with few thunderstorms. For the Northern Cooks: Some showers about Penrhyn. Fine elsewhere. moderate easterly winds. moderate seas. Further outlook: Some showers about Penrhyn. Brief showers elsewhere.

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ArAPo - tAmAteA wed 11 Tanu (Planting) Tanu i te painapa, maniota e tae ua atu ki te 13 o te po. Time to plant pineapple and maniota right through to the 13th night (from Akaoti Amiama).

TauTai (Fishing) Tautai te opunga marama. Fish when the moon is setting.

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Avana set for tamariki ishing comp E TAMARIKI ma – grab your fishing

rods and bait and get along to the Avana coast for the popular Coca Cola Junior Fishing competition this Saturday. CITC and Coca Cola along with Captain Moko (Stephen Kavana), Avana Fishing Club and The Mooring Café have come together again to run the popular junior fishing competition, aimed at getting local children hooked on ishing. In fact, kids don’t have to have a ishing rod or bait to join the fun competition. Captain Moko will have some old-

school bamboo takiri (rods) and the Avana Fishing Club members will have bait at the ready for kids to catch ish. Fishing rods and loads of other prizes are up for grabs for a number of categories from the biggest ish caught to the most different ish caught. CITC key brands manager George George says the event is also about getting parents and children together to learn and enjoy ishing. Parents are encouraged to cast out a line with their kids and enjoy the competition and bonding with their children. Registration for the competition, which drew over 200 kids last year, will

run from 7.30am to 8.30am on Saturday and ishing will get underway at around 9 o’clock. The competition is for kids aged 5 to 15. “Captain Moko is really good with the kids, and will organise them into groups and help them learn to ish,” says George. “I will be expecting all those kids that won ishing rods last year to come down again with their rods and catch even bigger ish.” The day’s ishing is set to wrap up around 1pm with a sausage sizzle for all the mini anglers and prizes for the best isher of the day. - MW

Brothers Temarii and Jubilee Jubilee take their catch to be weighed at last year’s competition. 13121024

Kent Baxter was crowned the overall junior isherman of the day after landing this lovely 2.3kg trevally last year. All kids are invited to Saturday’s second CITC/Coca Cola junior ishing competition in Avana. 13121023

Titans take Tupapa and conference title TH E TUPAPA men’s cricket team had been unstoppable all season having won every match this year – that is except for the second biggest game of the season, The Computer Man East versus West final showdown against the Titans on Saturday. Electing to bat first, Titans captain Glenn Miller’s strategy was simple. “Put runs on the board, ask the boys to bowl and ield hard

and put the Tupapa batters under pressure,” commented Miller. Chauncey Flay (46 runs) and youngster Pastor Zekaria (56) answered the captain’s calls with match winning batting performances that lifted the Titans to a healthy 197 for 8 wickets from their 20 overs. Tupapa’s Wayken Punga provided the only real display of ight in Tupapa’s run chase.

Punga’s 54 runs was a lonely sight in the scorer’s runs column as Shane Cutsy (2 overs for 4 wickets) inlicted real damage as Tupapa slumped to 117 all out, losing their inal 6 wickets for just 15 runs. With the win goes the title as The Computer Man’s East versus West inal winners. The Titans and Tupapa meet again this weekend in the Champion of Champions inal. - CIC

Youngster Pastor Zekaria scored a half century in the weekend in a match-winning performance for the Titans against Tupapa. 13121025

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