Koni Raoni 2015

Early this year the students and staff of Araura College took to the streets and danced their way around the island in what is known in Aitutaki as a Koni Raoni. The purpose of the event was to not only raise money for the school but also to give the students a chance to participate in […]

Prize Giving 2015

Araura College recognised the many achievements of students over the last year at the Annual Prize-giving Ceremony at the Prince Edward Hall last Wednesday morning. The Principal, Ms Tracy Spiers, congratulated students and staff for a year of outstanding achievements. The morning was an opportunity to acknowledge and praise students’ achievements. Students received a range […]

Dancer of The Year

It is often said that what defines the Cook Islanders from their neighbours is the call of the drum. Considered some of the best – arguably the finest – entertainers in the Pacific, Cook Islanders (especially the Aitutakians), come by this reputation honestly. Last Friday a group of talented Araura College students proved this statement to be correct. The […]

Enviro Squad present at 2015 Lagoon Day

  With Lagoon Day approaching fast, the Araura College Enviro Squad are in the midst of their preparations. The students are summarising their research, investigations and projects so they can demonstrate all of their work to reduce waste and protect Aitutaki’s land and lagoon by promoting the 3Rs – Reduce, reuse recycle. For their primary […]

The Simona Naku Leadership Award

Araura College held its first ever quarterly leadership award assembly to celebrate the leadership qualities of one particular student prefect – Fasolo Tekatau. The event was made possible by Mr Teina Bishop (the former Honourable Minister of Education) and his family, after he pledged during the Student Leader Investiture Ceremony back in March this year to award an […]

Opera singer wows Rarotonga audience

Mezzo Soprano Elisha Fa’i Hulton told the Saturday night audience at Opera in Rarotonga that it was the mezzo sopranos who got all of the ‘witch parts’ in opera while the supposedly more exulted sopranos played princess roles. There must be some truth in that because she set about bewitching the audience at the Crown Beach […]

Maths competition fun for all

Vaitau School relax before the maths competition

Students from across the Cook Islands had the opportunity to show off their fantastic maths abilities on Wednesday night, at the national maths quiz run by the Ministry of Education. With 16 schools participating, the Ministry of Education says it was a frantic yet exhilarating experience for the crowds of spectators who cheered on their […]

Eco-tourists report back on Aitutaki lagoon

snorkling aitutaki cook islands

A team of eco-tourists was in Aitutaki last month for the Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring Project, a combined research and eco-tourism project run by local organisation, the Pacific Islands Conservation Initiative (PICI). Eight people took part in this four-week project and surveyed 22 sites within the lagoon, inside and outside of ra’ui. The team measured coral and […]

Pink day in Araura

Araura College celebrated the investiture of its student representatives and student prefects last Friday in the school’s Prince Edward Hall.  Guests included Aitutaki Member of Parliament and Minister of Education Teina Bishop, Aitutaki mayor John Baxter, deputy mayor Tekura Bishop as well as various Orometua, Ariki, PTA members, staff, students and proud parents. College Principal […]

Vaka Iti, corporate oe vaka round the bend

Youth paddlers are set for Vaka Iti on Friday, April 11 followed by the popular corporate oe vaka challenge on Saturday, April 12.

More than 440 school students will take to Muri lagoon on April 11 for the annual Vaka Iti oe vaka competition for youth paddlers. This will be the largest field of paddlers to compete in the ever growing annual youth oe vaka competition. Students have been polishing up their paddling techniques through regular training sessions […]