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Chris Taylor

Freelance Photojournalist / Writer

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An extremely versatile and energetic photojournalist with an eye and an ear for a unique story.

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Charlotte's life: Picture perfect

She free-dives her favourite Ava'avaroa passage spot, an exposed reef break on the western side of the island, using her incredible lung capacity and extra-long flippers that propel her several meters down to the ocean floor.

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Cook Islanders on front line of world coral reef challenge

Two Cook Islanders have recently been involved in a project that is using cutting edge technology to examine coral reefs around the world. Rarotonga-based Marine Scientist Dr Teina Rongo and research assistant James Kora of local environmental NGO Korero O Te 'Orau, have just spent three weeks working with researchers from Southern California-based Scripps Institute of Oceanography on their "100 Island Challenge".

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'Digital Nomads' cross the Pacific

That search led two edgy creative gurus to the shores of Rarotonga, as they sailed into port last week from Tahiti, on their 33-foot Yamaha sloop Pino. Novice skipper Devine Lu Linvega, 31, and partner Rekka Bellum, 32, are digital game designers from Montreal, Canada. And they are very different from your average sailors.

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Chasing the wind across the world

Aristos (Arry) Georgiou, is living his dream of chasing the wind across the globe, traveling from one tropical island paradise to another. His life, however, started out like it does for most of us, conforming to society's norm of getting a job, finding a house and settling down into the monotony of modern life.

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Space travel youngster's dream

While most youngsters are content to just play games on their smartphones, Tai Eraio is searching deep into space above Rarotonga every day and night, tracking the International Space Station on his phone.

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Ngaa's quest to reveal the past...

That's what the parents and the elders of Arutanga would say to a young and inquisitive Ngaakitai Pureariki whenever he wanted to visit a local ancient ceremonial site. As with most boys, that scary warning only made him even more curious as to why visiting ancient marae on the island was considered taboo.

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Tuhe's super-healthy recipe for happiness and a long life

He says their coconut water base will make you look younger and even more beautiful or handsome than you already are. After you drink his "Cheeky Monkey" banana smoothie, Piho also promises everything you say will make others happy.

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A model lesson in marine biology

Not something I expected on a Sunday afternoon cruise on the Raro Reef Sub. Although, I shouldn't be surprised, as apart from posing in front of cameras for top fashion labels, the 32-year-old from Australia is also a well-known marine biologist and environmental campaigner.

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Marae Moana becomes reality

The Cook Islands is now the largest multi-use marine park in the world. Marae Moana - spanning a total ocean area of nearly two million square kilometres - became a reality on Tuesday. A massive feat for a country with only a tiny 237 square kilometre land area.

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Muri drowning victims identified

One of the two men who drowned at Muri lagoon Wednesday morning has now been identified as US Republican State Representative for South Dakota, Craig Tieszen, 68. A source said Tieszen was attempting to help his brother-in-law, Brent Moline, 61, who had got into difficulties on the reef, when his kayak capsized.

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'Peoples' Budget' passes muster

The "Peoples' Budget", with its social focus on families with children and people on lower levels of income, has been passed into law. This follows an almost unprecedented 15-day sitting of the Cook Islands parliament.

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Local link to Paradise Papers

The Paradise Papers is the name given to the recent leak of over 13.4 million documents, some of them revealing corruption and impropriety within the global financial market.

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FIU intercepts range of crimes

The Cook Islands Financial Supervisory Commission's Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) are consistently thwarting transnational and locally based anti-money laundering and fraud crimes, as well as potentially countering the financing of overseas terrorism. In a "Typologies" report due out today the unit highlights some of their more sensitive cases, as they circulate their data from 2016.

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All go for Queen's Baton

The Queen's Baton Relay organisers won't forget their trip to the Cook Islands in a hurry. From a leisurely start at Punanga Nui Market on Saturday, to a speedy lap of the island's schools on Tuesday, the Queen's Baton relay was all go.

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UN hopes 'nonsense': PM

Prime minister Henry Puna has rejected claims made by Rarotonga resident Papa Williams that the Cook Islands government is aspiring to graduate to developed country status for the purpose of gaining a seat at the United Nations as "nonsense". His fiery comments followed a question posed to Puna on Wednesday afternoon in parliament by Titikaveka MP Selina Napa.

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Cook Islands trust pioneer passes away

Denver based lawyer Barry Engel, who built an international reputation in the practice of trust law, estate planning and offshore asset protection, has passed away following a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 63. Engel was instrumental in the development of the offshore trust industry that we know today, and in particular, the Cook Islands legislative framework that paved the way.

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Emails may provide clues to woman's disappearance

The boat has sailed, but retired Victorian policeman and Rarotongan local Rod Henderson is demanding answers about the disappearance of a woman that went missing from the yacht Zangano over 12 months ago, and is now presumed dead.

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Flood of support for vaka 'Mama'

Messages of support have flooded the vaka Te Marumaru Atua's Facebook page following a damaging fire on board the vessel at Avatiu wharf early on Sunday morning. Cook Islands Voyaging Society member, Thomas Wynne, says a post made on Sunday afternoon notifying followers of the fire, had been viewed over 7,500 times, within 24 hours.

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Rescued man learns boat's dark secrets

A minor disagreement saved Shane Fredericks' girlfriend from being involved in a nautical disaster, following his recent police rescue from doomed yacht Zangano, in rough seas 390 nautical miles from Rarotonga. He says his girlfriend, who he identified simply as "Marie", had travelled to Rarotonga to join him on the voyage, but they had an argument over the boat.

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Dialysis could have saved NZ tourist

A dialysis machine could have saved the life of a woman who recently died in Rarotonga while on holiday. Bruce Robertson, the husband of Waikato woman Michelle Robertson who died on August 5, is now going to raise money for a dialysis machine to be donated to Rarotonga hospital.

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Queen's Representative: A full life of serving others

He is arguably one of the busiest men in the Cook Islands, and wife Tuaine, a busy lawyer in her own right, makes the effort to accompany him to nearly every function he attends. And, even a minor bout of pneumonia didn't stop him recently performing his duties throughout the visit of the Queen's Baton relay to Rarotonga.

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Whale Centre closes doors for final time

Rarotonga's popular Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre has closed its doors for the last time. Although former managers Sheryl and Huw John did not want to comment on the reasons behind the closure of the business, they said their company, Cook Islands Wildlife Centre Ltd, which owns the exhibits that were on display at the Atupa back road centre, may pop up at a new location on the island in the future.

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Rarotonga Gospel Day just heavenly

As the nation enjoyed a public holiday on Thursday, many hundreds of devoted CICC members turned out to celebrate Gospel Day at Teimurimotia Park. The theme for this year was "The Prophecy for Eternal Life- Jesus is Coming Back", said organiser Ken Ben.

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It's the holiday of a lifetime...

The Kulikovsky family from Sao Paulo in Brazil, are on the family holiday of a lifetime, sailing the Pacific in their super yacht Orion. Tatiana Kulikovsky says it has been many years of planning to get this far and so far she and husband Sergio are really enjoying the adventure with their young family.

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Blaze downs mobile network

Mobile network services in Rarotonga and Aitutaki will be unavailable for at least three weeks after a fire destroyed Bluesky Cook Islands' second core site in Aroa, Arorangi yesterday. The site housed mobile exchange equipment and O3B international connectivity equipment. Rescue Fire Services chief fire officer Willy Hagai late yesterday confirmed the fire had completely destroyed the site.

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Weight loss plan a 'winner'

Concerned at the state of his health, he says the light bulb went off in his head, knowing all too well something had to give. And for him, that meant food... It had been a big year for the 51-year-old CINews columnist and prime minister's media advisor.

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Introducing the real 'Moana'

That's what I thought when I first saw Charlotte Piho pull off the seemingly impossible manoeuvre for Australia Channel Nine's Today breakfast show on Muri lagoon a few weeks ago. As it turned out, it's just one of the trademark yoga poses she has mastered over the years.

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Mental health patients being housed in jail

Minister of Health Nandi Glassie has confirmed some mental patients with extreme behavioural issues are still having to be housed in Arorangi prison. He told parliament on Monday, the situation was due to the limited funds allocated to mental health.

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Top cop honoured for courage

Police commissioner Maara Tetava was honoured for his courage and leadership at a special ceremony on Wednesday morning. Deputy prime minister Teariki Heather presented Tetava with a ceremonial spear to mark the occasion. Heather said the presentation of the spear followed the recent police commissioner's awards ceremony held at the Edgewater Hotel, to acknowledge officers of all ranks for their service to the Cook Islands community.

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Help a call away for lost teen

While most parents want their teenagers to get off their smart phones and get outdoors, the parents of a teenage boy who became lost on the cross island trek on Sunday are thankful their son had his cell phone in his pocket.

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Youths call Sheraton 'home'

With a history of bankruptcy, failed rebuild attempts, and more lately of vandals and squatters, the ill-fated luxury five-star hotel has a chequered history - and what some say is a curse hanging over the property. After spotting figures amongst the buildings a couple of times while driving past, I decided to take a closer look to see who had recently checked in.

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Mama holds onto her language

As part of a study into English as a second language used in the Cook Islands, Jane Kora, 70, painfully recalls how she was punished for speaking Cook Islands Maori at school on her home island of Manihiki in the early 1950's.

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Weather presenter in her element

A million viewers across Australia have been tuning into live weather broadcasts in Rarotonga this week shot by Channel Nine's breakfast show, "Today". Roving weather presenter Natalia Cooper, is usually seen around various locations in regional Australia. But this week she got the chance to tick the Cook Islands off her bucket list.

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Internal Affairs minister calls for innovation

Internal Affairs minister Albert Nicholas officially opened the inaugural National Welfare Stocktake Workshop yesterday morning, in front of a small gathering at the National Auditorium. The UNICEF-sponsored event initiated by acting Internal Affairs Secretary Paul Allworth was described by Nicholas as "a very important step forward, designed to review and assess the country's entire portfolio of welfare beneficiary payments."

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Marine students have a whale of a time

The 2017 whale season is officially well underway and it's turning out to be a cracker so far. And a 10-year-old student from Te Uki Ou school has claimed the first recorded whale sighting for the year.

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PM's plane pulls up short

A routine Air Raro flight transporting prime minister Henry Puna to Manihiki on Saturday morning abruptly stopped while taxiing to the passenger drop-off point when its front wheel became stuck in the runway sand. The prime minister was not impacted by the mishap and a number of locals were called upon to lift the plane out of the sand using long pieces of timber.

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Teina Rongo's theory of migration

The problem is, he has a real penchant for eating a variety of the gilled delicacy - grouper, snapper, mullet and trevally, among other reef fishes. With no known cure, the symptoms of ciguatera poisoning alone are enough to put you off trying to achieve your daily intake of Omega-3.

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Maritime exercise is a first

In a Pacific Islands nations first, the Cook Islands Police Service is this month hosting a Pacific-led maritime exercise with Samoan Police and Tongan Naval patrol boat contingents. Maritime surveillance advisor to the Cook Islands patrol boat Te Kukupa, Kerry Driver, said the aim of the large scale operation was to bring about greater "interoperability" or coordination.

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Surfer mates rip 'world's shallowest reef break'

Getting barrelled and fearlessly charging monster waves was how local and visiting surfers spent last Monday at the Social Centre. And while most of us were still working that afternoon, local Donald Hallin, and his childhood friend John Young, from the Gold Coast, were carving it up on possibly the shallowest reef break in the world; right up until clock-off time.

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Doomed yacht in third rescue

Lying on the cabin floor of the yacht Zangano on Monday morning, wearing a wetsuit, and with a life raft at the ready, Shane Fredericks was ready to abandon ship.

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Cook Islands live, on Aussie TV

For the past four days Channel Nine Australia's breakfast show Today has been broadcasting live weather crosses from sunny Rarotonga back to over one million Australians. The show's visit is the brainchild of Cook Islands Tourism Australia and New Zealand general manager Graeme West, who is aiming to significantly boost future tourist numbers from Australia.

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Punanga Nui notches up 25 years

A quarter of a century of Punanga Nui market vendors selling their tasty homemade goods, produce, and locally-made wares was celebrated on November 24 with the unveiling of commemorative plaques set in stone, by Queens Representative Tom Marsters and New Zealand deputy High Commissioner Samantha Beckett.

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Our 'prime minister' still seeking payments

The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) are warning of a fresh round of an online scam under the guise of an email emanating from Cook Islands prime minister Henry Puna. Earlier this week the FIU head Phil Hunkin sent a warning to government agencies and financial institutions saying that the email fraud attempt requests receivers of the message to send off funds to a Commonwealth Bank (CBA) account in Australia.

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Major step forward for Cook Islands organics

In October 2015, Titikaveka Growers' Association (TGA) chairman Teava Iro said the organisation aimed to put organic food on the map as well as on the table locally. Now, two years later, they have gained the required certification, and he says: "It's a big step forward for the Cook Islands in terms of certification, and we've been working on this for years and finally that has arrived."

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He's working to make our roads safer

A genuine community champion, would be an accurate description of Henry Napa. And it's an even more appropriate description now that he has delivered a project that aims to change driver awareness and attitudes across the roads of Rarotonga.

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Air crash exercise closes seawall

EMERGENCY workers responded in a multi-agency coordinated emergency response exercise run by the Rarotonga Airport Fire Authority on Wednesday morning. In the simulated exercise, the fire service, police, ambulance staff, the red cross, and other key agencies, as well as actors, were on the scene of a crashed aircraft at the airport seawall.

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Two drown in attempt to cross reef

A small group of visiting family and friends are today coming to terms with a tragedy following the death of two members of their wedding party yesterday morning at Muri Lagoon. The men, aged 68 and 61, from the United States drowned when they attempted to cross the reef on their kayaks opposite Koka Lagoon Cruises.

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Vaka Eiva crews are in safe hands

HEAD Vaka Eiva lifeguard Rene Hand is hoping for a much safer and less dramatic paddling competition this week, with calmer conditions forecast than in 2017. "Last year we had some big swells and there was a lot of drama out on the water. "One six-man vaka tipped going over the reef opposite the sailing club.

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Electric vehicles drive the future

Te Ipukarea Society technical director Kelvin Passfield, is passionate about the environment. For example, you only have to look at his work truck to confirm his anti-purse sein fishing stance, with his eye-catching "WTF Where's the Fish?" bumper sticker. Look a little closer at the Mitsubishi MiEV minicab and you'll also see that it is electric.

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A year since triple shootings

A year ago today, the country reeled in shock and disbelief when a 47-year old escaped male prisoner took a .22 rifle, murdered two people, then killed himself 16 hours later with the same gun.

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Missile threat fails to delay police chief meeting

The US Territory of Guam was under the potential threat of missile attack from the North Korea a couple of weeks ago. But this hasn't deterred a group of police chiefs from around the Pacific region from meeting there this week.

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Holiday adventure turns into an ordeal

What should have been an enjoyable experience for two visitors to Rarotonga turned into a painful ordeal for one of them last Sunday. But it hasn't stopped Charlie Ebrahimi, 28, of Tahiti, from enjoying the rest of her holiday. Charlie and her friend, Mathilde Gobert, 33, a French national living in Melbourne, met in New Zealand while backpacking two years ago.

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Students study healthy lifestyle choices

Students at Nukutere, Titikaveka and Tereora Colleges are taking part in a Healthy Lifestyles programme being taught at secondary schools, and the results will be used to track their future health. The joint effort by schools has been supported by the Liggins Institute (University of Auckland) and Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health.

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A beautiful 'patchwork' marriage

Behind every good woman is a good man. That's what Mama Tekura Tereora says of her husband, Reverend Tereora Tereora. "He looks after the grandchildren, does the washing, cooks and cleans, so I can make my tivaivai", she says with a smile, standing next to one of her amazing visual displays.

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House of Ariki considers range of issues

The 46th session for the House of Ariki is officially underway, with a formal opening ceremony held at the House of Ariki marae at Arorangi on Monday morning. Members of the Cook Islands Religious Advisory Council and Agriculture minister Kiriau Turepu were welcomed onto the site by paramount chiefs Andre Tapena, and George Ngapare.

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Marine pest could threaten Cook Islands

New requirements for international shipping in New Zealand next year could save the Cook Islands marine environment from an invasive marine pest that threatens the country. This follows concerns that the Australian droplet tunicate, a type of sea squirt, could spread to the Pacific Islands on visiting container ships or yachts after gaining a foothold at some Auckland beaches.

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Maritime Day makes a big splash

Around 500 excited students from around the island descended on Avatiu wharf yesterday morning for a fun-filled World Maritime Day celebration. Learning how to tie a bowline, getting on board police patrol boat Te Kukupa, and watching a search and rescue demonstration in the harbour, were just some of the activities on offer to capture the children's imagination and interest in all things nautical.

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Police community service celebrated

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Exercise puts Aitutaki on alert

EMERGENCY workers responded in a multi-agency coordinated emergency response exercise run by the Aitutaki Airport Authority on Tuesday afternoon. In the simulated exercise the fire service, police, and ambulance staff, and other key agencies, as well as actors, were on the scene of a crashed-landed aircraft that had veered off the runway.

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Generous community aids house fire victims

The island community is rallying around a family who lost everything in a devastating fire that destroyed their home on Tuesday evening last week. The fire, which broke out on a remote section of the Avatiu valley, is thought by the home owner to have been deliberately lit.

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Alaskan sailor enjoys ride to retirement

Bobbing at the far end of Avatiu wharf was Danika, from Sitka Alaska, a 15.4 metre cutter carrying 755 litres of fuel and 755 litres of water. It also sported 665 watts of solar panels and a D-400 wind generator - making the vessel all set for coping with the Pacific's unpredictable weather.

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Barge's journey to the water hits dramatic snag

The journey of the new Ports Authority Aitutaki barge has been one long adventure - before it's even hit the water. The barge was due to be lifted into the harbour yesterday afternoon using the container ship Imua II's cargo crane.

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Upgrade ahead for Muri road

Infrastructure Cook Islands has confirmed preliminary works have been proposed for a project to improve the main road at Muri. Manager of Project's unit, Gareth Clayton, says the initial stage of the "Muri Road Improvement Project" will include master planning work for Ara Tapu, from the Avana Bridge, to the Nautilus Resort.

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Aitutaki airport marks 75th year

Aitutaki airport was built in turbulent times during World War Two, and in its heyday was even visited by internationally-known movie stars. Things have certainly changed since those early days, and now the airport welcomes over 40,000 visitors who cross the tarmac every year from around the world.

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Tiare Taporo's days numbered

Time is running out for the abandoned Pacific Schooners Ltd vessel, which has sat inoperable at the wharf since August last year. Unless, a last minute "white knight" creditor can save the ship, there are few options left on the table for the Ports Authority to deal with the rusting and inoperable boat, apart from having it towed out to sea and sunk.

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Scientific sleuths get to the bottom of Muri lagoon's murky algae problem

in preparation for principle hydro-geologist and environmental scientist for Te Vai Ki Te Vai project Anthony Kirk. He has been living and breathing this subject at home in New Zealand, devouring vast amounts of previous scientific data, before starting the most comprehensive study on how ground water is entering the lagoon this week.

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Bodybuilders take on the world

Two Cook Islands body building champions are set to take on the world's muscle elite in the 10th World Body Building and Physique Sports Federation from 11 - 17 December in Chiang Mai City, Thailand. Joshua Goodrick of Raro Muscle Gym will compete in the Men's Classic Physique alongside Mr Cook Islands Aaron Enoka in the Under 85kgs section of the competition.

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