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He might be here on a flying visit to support this year’s Red Cross Charity Ball, but New Zealand doctor Lance O’Sullivan is cramming as much as he possibly can into his three days here in the Cook Islands.

A crowd of around 40 walkers and well-wishers gathered together at the starting point of the Rarotonga cross-island trek yesterday morning to celebrate and commemorate the work of one of the Cook Islands’ most well-known sons, Pa Teuruaa.

After more than 70 days on Aitutaki, Ecuadorian vessel the Nino Maravilla and her South American crew will now be leaving the Cook Islands.

TIS fundraising for lawyer costs

Wednesday May 09, 2018

Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) has started a Givealittle donation page online to help cover some of the costs of taking the government to court over purse seine fishing – but they are still more than $4000 short of their goal.

At the national Anzac service on Anzac Day last month, Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters delivered what several people have since described to CINews as a particularly moving, poignant and powerful speech, with some noting that many present were even moved to tears by the QR’s words. The speech was largely based on two visits made by Marsters to Europe in recent. While space restrictions prevent us reproducing the entire speech, CINews thought it worthwhile reprinting some of the highlights, with thanks to His Excellency Tom Marsters and the QR’s official secretary Anthony Brown.

The Tiare Taporo has returned from its first voyage in almost two years, successfully visiting Aitutaki, Penrhyn, Rakahanga, Manihiki and Palmerston on an 18-day trip of some 1800-odd nautical miles.

Te Aponga Uira’s new computer system went live this week, the culmination of a two-year process that saw the replacement of all the power company’s hardware, servers and software.

Cook Islands’ inclusion in a list published by Forbes earlier this year of “the 33 cheapest places to travel in 2018” has prompted some discussion online as to whether or not being labelled “cheap” is actually good publicity for the country.

The closure of one of the two police cells at Cook Islands Police headquarters last Thursday has meant a number of offenders have had to share the only remaining cell since then.

Hollie Smith at Beats of Betela

Monday April 30, 2018

After taking a break last year, the annual local concert fundraiser Beats of Betela is coming back in 2018 and will feature New Zealand singer-songwriter Hollie Smith as a special guest artist.

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