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NEWS FROM THE ISLANDS     An exclusive summary
Islands' First Lady joins fight against controversial gay law
Northern group islands facing food and fuel shortages
Deaths prompt push for new crash helmet law
Penrhyn fears beetle could damage their livelihoods
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A Russian explorer gave the Islands their name
Deserted MANUAE was the first of the Islands to be discoverd by Captain Cook
The remains of a WWII bomber lie in the undergrowth on PENRHYN
Captain William Bligh discovered AITUTAKI 18 days before the mutinty on the Bounty
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22-29 Nov: Vake Eiva (canoeing) festival
27 Nov-3 Dec: Netball in paradise
30 Nov: Tangaroa 18ft Vaka National Championship
2-6 Dec: Motu2Motu, Aitutaki
2019 events diary in detail
NEW Provisional calender for 2020
Also in the news:  61 years on, a former islander returns to now uninhabited Manuae to find his mother's grave

"Our people are naturally hospitable and friendly.  You don't often see an islander without a welcoming smile on their face.  And why shouldn't we smile?  We have so many things to smile about."
Local children writing about the islands


Islander addressing meeting
There are 5 living languages in the Islands...including one which has just a few thousand speakers worldwide.   But nearly everyone speaks English, albeit on one island with remnants of a UK regional accent.
A papa'a's guide  (and find out what a papa'a is)
Gigantic banyan
Colourful Maukeans
MAUKE is the garden of the Islands....and although it's only a 45 minute flight from Rarotonga, it's a world away in lifestyle.   It also boasts the world's largest banyan tree and a church which was literally divided down the centre because of an argument over interior decoration.  Visitors are few, but can expect great warmth and hospitality - 'ui tupuna' as islanders call it

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The unique Divided Church
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