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PhD student develops innovative exercise programme using Cook Islands dance

Troy Tararo-Ruhe (Ma’uke, Cook Islands/Tuwharetoa, Ngā Puhi, Aotearoa) loves his sport and is passionate about dancing. The 26-year-old PhD student from the University of Otago has developed an exercise programme called Niu Movement, which uses cultural performance and blends it with contemporary resistance training to make a high-energy fitness regime. The programme will inform Troy’s […]

Talanoa: Overstayers in New Zealand

A petition backed by the Pacific Leadership Forum is asking the Government to provide pathways for overstayers to gain residency in New Zealand. They say with Covid-19, it's crucial the issue is addressed.

Cook Islands leader Pa Ariki celebrates 30 years in leadership

The people of Takitumu, Rarotonga celebrated their traditional leader Pa Ariki for 30 years of leadership. She is well-known for fostering relations between her people and the tangata whenua in New Zealand.

NZ-Pacific travel bubble needed but caution required

Public health expert Dr Colin Tukuitonga says a Pacific bubble is still needed urgently to help the economies in the islands, but has become more cautious following three new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand this week.

Joint effort under way to repatriate stranded Vanuatu nationals

A massive joint effort between New Zealand Government agencies, employers, and the Vanuatu Government is underway to repatriate over 1000 Vanuatu nationals stranded in New Zealand, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark say. “With no commercial flight options available, the Vanuatu nationals who are largely made up of Recognised Seasonal Employment (RSE) workers, […]

Tuvalu family in lockdown in Morocco

With Morocco still under lockdown since 20th March, Tuvalu-born Bill and his wife Aimee and twin boys Ronaldo and Zindane have been staying safe in their apartment in Casablanca.They've spent the last three years volunteering and 'worldschooling' in over 30 countries. But due to the Coronavirus lockdown, the family are now overstaying in Casablanca. Soana Aholelei caught up with the family to see how they are doing during lockdown and how their “eat, pray, love” journey is thus far...

Pages from the book of Marjorie Crocombe’s life

  This article was first published in Cook Islands News and has been republished with permission When she was in her 20s, Marjorie Crocombe was barred from Australia by its racist immigration policy. Now, as Cook Islands’ most venerated living author turns 90, she switches off the TV news coverage of BlackLivesMatter protests, and wonders […]

Mutton flaps to be banned in Tonga

Mutton flaps will be banned in Tonga from 1 July. The announcement was made by Hon. Minister of Finance Hon. Tēvita Lavemaau during his discussion of the Minister of Inland Revenue and Custom’s vote on Monday. The ban is part of the Tongan Government’s effort to fight against non-communicable diseases like diabetes and obesity and […]

Tongan castaway story to be made into a Hollywood film

Hollywood studio New Regency has won the rights to make a film about the six Tongan teenagers stranded for 15 months on an uninhabited island in the mid-1960s. 55 years on and one of the six survivors, Tevita Siola'a, spoke to John Pulu about their adventure that will be on the big screen.