Government has revealed that it was threats from some Manihiki landowners that drove the prime minister and officials to pay them out early.
Prime Minister Henry Puna was a long way from tropical temperatures when he visited the Cook Islands community in the chilly South Island last week.
New Zealand MP and Cook Islander Poto Williams says the Labour Party has not given up on further easing the way for retiring Cook Islanders to collect their New Zealand pensions while living in the Cooks.
Cook Islands Water Safety and Surf Lifesaving Council is concerned at some peoples’ continuous disregard of the ‘no parking’ signs at the Cook Islands Canoeing Association (CICA) Water Rescue Unit shelter at Avarua.
Deep sea mining is an emerging industry in the Pacific region and has the potential to become a major new revenue stream for Pacific Island countries.