The new year has seen a spike in crime on Rarotonga, with a large number of burglaries, thefts and unlawful takings reported to the police in January.
As police battle an increase in reports of theft on Rarotonga, they are also facing attempts to have a high-profile burglary case thrown out of court.
Stranded cargo vessel Moana Nui has been washed off the reef in Nassau and is now blocking the entrance to the island’s harbour as bad weather pounds the northern group island.
Despite the presence of two tropical depressions in the Southwest Pacific this week, the Cook Islands are not at risk from a cyclone, says the Met Office.
As the debate over dog registrations on Rarotonga rumbles on, the police have conceded that “legal clarifications” over the legislation that governs pet ownership are required.