Gerald McCormack of the Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust wrote this feature disputing the idea that Pacific paddlers might have taken feared mosquito disease Zika to Brazil. The article explains the spread of Zika and how “herd immunity” serves to protect us from an immediate return of the disease. The Cook Islands experienced a Zika outbreak in 2014 and health authorities have since been keeping a close eye on other outbreaks in neighbouring Pacific countries, including Samoa.

The Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards 2016 announced at a gala awards dinner at the National Auditorium last night was a sellout affair with more than 300 guests. The show included entertainment, dinner with Cook Islands fare on show and two international guest speakers – Air NZ’s chief sales and commercial officer, Cam Wallace and prominent New Zealand and internationally known jeweller, Sir Michael Hill.

The ability of sex offenders to disappear into communities has prompted the New Zealand government to begin legislating the setting up of a child sex offenders register.

Voyager embarks on fashion journey

Saturday April 02, 2016

A voyager by day and sewer by night.

One hundred and seventy six years ago – today in Rarotonga, yesterday in Aotearoa – the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in the Bay of Islands.

Island life the way it once was

Monday January 11, 2016

New Zealand residents John and Tuaine Bailey have plenty of reminders of how life used to be in the Cook Islands back in the late 1960s.

I came to Rarotonga in 1980 and over the next few years periodically saw a humpback or two.


Gerald McCormack of the Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust who wrote this three-part feature, says dedicated researchers in the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium, including Nan Hauser, have made a large contribution to the recent explosion of information about humpback whales. “Although science is always a “work in progress” this seems like a good time to review the situation,” he says.

An internationally-renowned documentary crew has finished 46 days of production in Rarotonga, Pukapuka, Aotearoa, and Hawaii.

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