Opening ceremony torch carriers

These mamas and papas have done their country proud with their past and present sporting achievements and they were honoured at the 2009 Pacific Mini Games opening ceremony with carrying the games torch.


Tupui Ariki Henry From 1943 – 1946 played for the Waikato Colts rugby team and was a member of the Waikato College Athletics Team. Tupui was also the winner of the Rowe Cup in long jump and triple jump. From 1947 – 1950 Tupui won the East Coast Bays cup in athletics. Tupui was also a trialist for the 1950 NZ Empire Games team, also winning the Dominion Breweries Cup in long jump. 1951 – 1966 he was a member of the Glenfield Bowling Club. In 1967-1979 he returned home to the Cook Islands. In 1973 he coached the Avatiu rugby team, 1974 coached the Matavera rugby team and was president of the Takuvaine Sports & Culture Association Inc. In 1979 he was selected as a member of the Cook Islands bowling team to the South Pacific Games held in Suva, Fiji and won gold in pairs. 1981 was appointed a life member of the Rarotonga Bowling Club. In 1985 at the Mini SPG held in the Cook Islands, he was the chairperson of ceremonies. In 1987 he was appointed as a life member of the Avatiu Sports Association. Still at it in 1999 age 70 he participated in the North Harbour Masters Games in Auckland winning long jump, shot put and javelin. He has over time achieved what some only dream of. (Courtesy of CISNOC).


William Heather (Senior) In 1965 William organised a sporting event to celebrate the Cook Islands becoming self governing. In attendance were Sir and Lady Ferguson. William called the sporting clubs on Rarotonga together to celebrate this prestigious event. Sports on the programme include rugby played at Raemaru, netball played at Arorangi School, tennis at the Arorangi CIIC residence and athletics at Raemaru among others. William was not only the games coordinator but he was also the head coach and trainer for the rugby team and an athlete in the athletics team, throwing the shot put and claiming first place as well as playing tennis doubles with the late George Robati, and taking out first place. In 1968 Wiliam Heather was elected as the president of the Arorangi Sports Federation and today he still holds that position - the longest serving member of the Arorangi Sports Federation. In 1970 during the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh to the Cook Islands, William Heather was again called upon to organise the first Duke of Edinburgh sports events. Again William used the sources on the island, utilising club officials on Rarotonga, and also getting support from the outer islands to assist and run the programme. In 1971 William was appointed as team manager for Team Cook Islands to the South Pacific Games in Tahiti. He was accompanied by Pokoina Tommy as assistant team manager, Tuaine Keene as chaperone and William Hosking as team captain. (Courtesy of CISNOC).



Inatio Akaruru represented Cook Islands in Commonwealth bowls, Pacific bowls and World bowls, in Fiji in 1979 and 1983 in Western Samoa for the South Pacific Games. In 1985 when Cook Islands hosted the South Pacific Mini Games, he won a silver medal in the men’s pairs for lawn bowls with his team mate, Waitari Arama. For the PMG09 Papa Akaruru was very happy, proud and pleased with our team because he was coaching them and they won 4 gold, 1 silver 2 bronze medals - a great achievement.


Niotangi Heather represented Cook Islands in tennis 1971 in the fourth South Pacific Game that was held in Tahiti.


   Kura Strickland was the team manager for athletics at the 1971 games in Tahiti and became the president of CISNOC after the games.

Jim Little has been involved with sport in the Cook Islands for many years. In particular he has been a stalwart of boxing and he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the international boxing association AIBA at the Pacific Games Council meeting in Rarotonga in September.  

   Rosie Blake is the current secretary general of CISNOC and has been involved in Cook Islands sport and particularly netball for many years.

Rebekah Daniel, PMG News Team


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The 8th Pacific Mini Games have come to an end

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