Cook Islands patients referred for medical care in New Zealand often get lost in the system, unable to understand how it works.

Chlorination is the most appropriate option to disinfect Rarotonga’s drinking water and protect the elderly and vulnerable from lethal illness, says the ministry boss responsible for the drinking water projects.

The country is urgently working to pull together a health strategy to deal with drug addicts, as part of the Ministry of Health’s plans for next year.

Vivian Inangaro Taia started smoking at the age of 14. She would have to hide with her friends. By the age of 23, the Mitiaro mum had begun to smoke openly.

Keep abreast of your health

Tuesday July 09, 2019

Women don’t like talking about getting their breasts checked. It’s a taboo subject for some.

Banana crops around the world are facing collapse because of a devastating disease – so the Cooks have taken a step to safeguard the country’s colourful range of fruit.

The decision to chlorinate the water supply is a done deal, critics say, despite a public consultation process. 

 “I picked up a child for kindy at one time and the child looked like she was not cleaned the night before. She sat on the car seat, looking like she was not there. Food was hanging on her face.”

Counsellors say they are ready to help young people, regardless of their age, sexuality or psychological issues.

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