Posts Tagged ‘Cook Islands’

Fr Damian celebrates his 89th birthday Comments 0

Thursday, July 26th, 2018
Fr Damian

Father Damian Marinus celebrated his 89th birthday last Saturday. He arrived in the Cook Islands with his life-long friend Father John Rovers on November 11, 1957. His first appointments in the Cook Islands were to Mauke and Atiu. “Over time, Father John identified with Mauke and Father Damian with Atiu,” said Bishop Paul Donoghue speaking Read more

New mobile health Clinic launched in Rarotonga Comments 0

Thursday, June 28th, 2018
health clinic

A former New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands says a new mobile health clinic for Rarotonga has been designed for use in disasters. Kaveinga Ora will begin replacing the island’s 27 medical centres this week as it starts service for the island’s 13,000 people. The project is the result of two years’ work Read more

18 ANZAC graves in the Cook Islands restored Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

The graves of 18 Cook Islands World War I ANZACs have been restored and protected from the encroaching sea in Rarotonga. A group of volunteers, including the descendants of the veterans, have spruced up their grave sites by concreting and painting them. They also repaired the headstones, as part of the Nikao Cemetery Restoration Project. Read more

A story of worker exploitation Comments 0

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Worker exploitation

Joanne (not her real name) has been living and working in a home on Rarotonga for the last six months. (This feature story is was first published by the Cook Islands News.) She gets up at 6.30am every morning to prepare breakfast for her employer’s children, sets out their clothes, makes their lunches and then Read more

Cooks doctor told not to facilitate abortion appointments Comments 0

Friday, December 4th, 2015

The Cook Islands Ministry of Health has told the country’s only gynecologist to stop making appointments at the Epsom Day Clinic in Auckland for women who want an abortion. “Before, I could ring and make an appointment at the Epsom Day Unit, so they could go there,” Doctor May Aung has told the Cook Islands Read more

Denis Browne – 38 years a bishop, 52 years a priest Comments 0

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The retiring Bishop of Hamilton, New Zealand, has been a bishop for 38 years, serving in three dioceses, The Cook Islands, Auckland and Hamilton. He has been a priest for 52 years. “Looking back over nearly 38 years as a Bishop in three different Dioceses, I am grateful for the wonderful support and loyalty that Read more

Cook Islands honours 2 priests and 120 years of service Comments 0

Friday, September 12th, 2014

On Sunday 24th of August, the Catholic church in the Cook Islands honoured 2 priests and their 120 years of service. Fr. John Rovers and Fr. Damian Marinus celebrated their 6oth anniversary of ordination. The entire Catholic Community of Rarotonga gathered at St. Joseph’s Cathedral for the event. A celebration followed at St. Joseph Elementary Read more

College in Rarotonga destroyed by fire for 2nd time Comments 0

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

A fire at Nukutere College in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands’ only Catholic secondary school, has destroyed five classrooms, three resource rooms, a science lab, the tuck-shop and a store. This is the second time in 8 years that the College has been damaged by fire. Approximately two thirds of the College teaching space and most Read more

Millions in NZ aid to Pacific spent on Air NZ flights Comments 0

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

For the past two financial years millions in NZ aid to Pacific has been spent on Air NZ flights.  The Cook Islands has spent half the $3 million of New Zealand aid money it receives for tourism annually on its underwrite arrangement with Air New Zealand.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says a total of $3.8 million in aid money went towards the Samoan and Tongan Governments’ providing a temporary underwrite to the airline between 2009 and 2011.

The director of Victoria University’s Development Studies programme, John Overton, said aid development could be better spent. “I’m definitely uneasy about New Zealand Aid money being used to subsidize in effect the commercial operations of a New Zealand company in this case Air New Zealand, which would seem to be counter to any of the stated objectives of the New Zealand Aid programme either now or especially in the past.”

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Paul Donoghue sm ordained Bishop of Rarotonga Comments 0

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Bishop Paul Donoghue carried in a 'sede gestatoria'

Fr Paul Donoghue recently the Provincial of the Society of Mary in Oceania was ordained Bishop of Rarotonga by Bishop Stuart O’Connell on Sunday last. The people of the Diocese joined bishops, clergy and religious from across the Pacific; friends and family from New Zealand and elsewhere to see Paul Donoghue ordained Bishop. Bishop O’Connell, Read more