Star Cook Islander dies
One of the Cook Island's more colourful figures, Dorice Reid, died last night while at a tourism presentation in Auckland.
She was about to take up the post of Cook Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand.
Also known as Te Tika Mataiapo, Ms Reid, cut a legendary dash in Pacific politics and tourism from the 1970s until her death.
"Te Tika was a cornerstone of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation who ensured that everything we do is anchored firmly to the sound and sustainable use of Cook Islands culture and the environment, and in the absolute best interests of Cook Islanders," said board Chairman Ewan Smith.
"She has achieved much in her life not the least of which has been her contribution to the Cook Islands tourism industry."