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NEWS FROM THE ISLANDS     An exclusive summary
US detained 9 year old back home in Aitutaki
Single-use plastics to be banned
Government is buying its own cargo ship for outer islands
Tourism operators 'should be fined' for swimming risks
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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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15 Jun: Mangaia gospel day
5 July: House of Ariki public holiday
26 Jul-5 Aug: Te Maeva Nui (cultural festival and celebrations)
5 Aug: Constitution day
2019 events diary in detail

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)
"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


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Rakahanga aerial courtesy of Ewan Smith
Looking towards the Rakahanga settlement
"A quiet drowsy atoll, where today is forever and tomorrow never comes..."  That's how an Australian author described RAKAHANGA in the 1940s, and it's almost unchanged since then.  Rarely visited by outsiders, just 83 people live on this remote island with its pristine lagoon and landscape