Journalists from around the Pacific were recently invited to join a media training exercise in New Caledonia, designed to improve media reporting of the tuna fishery.

“The island that can’t seem to get any respect,” writes Papa Mike Hollywood, in his Cook Islands Handbook.

Tourism forum finds lots to talk about

Thursday February 06, 2014

Members of the wider tourism industry gathered this week for a major forum designed to stir up fresh debate and discussion about the country’s number one industry. While there are many reasons to celebrate - visitor numbers are rising at five per cent annually – there are also some significant threats to the sector.

Asbestos: Into the red zone

Friday January 31, 2014

This week, the Cook Islands Investment Corporation has been co-ordinating the large-scale removal of soil from Avarua School, after it was found to be contaminated by asbestos. The truckloads of soil were taken to a site in Arorangi, to be disposed of in a hole dug especially for this purpose.

The Cook Islands Library and Museum Society will hold a special ceremony on Monday to celebrate the society’s 50th anniversary.

Atiu nearly free of myna birds

Friday January 10, 2014

After nearly five years of trying to trap, poison and shoot every myna bird on their island, the people of Atiu could be free of the destructive bird within six months.

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