The lives of three young children have been saved thanks to a local MP changing his mind twice, and his quick reactions when he saw the youngsters were in trouble.
Childhood obesity has increased more than 10-fold worldwide in the past 40 years and the Cook Islands has some of the highest figures recorded in this alarming growth.
The 10-year-old girl critically injured in a car crash on Saturday morning near the Avarua Cook Islands Christian Church, is no longer in intensive care, and is in a stable condition.
So far, the most disappointing aspect of the debate on the Cook Islands graduating to developed nation status is that there has been no examination through your columns of the issue.
The organisers of the 2017 Matson Vaka Eiva are making great strides in getting sponsors onboard for the biggest event on the Cook Islands sporting calendar.