Residents around the eastern side of the island are without water today after heavy rainfall caused blockages to several water intakes. 

With the first cases of Zika recorded in Vanuatu this week, the Ministry of Health say they are watching out for a return of the virus here in the Cook Islands.Currently, the only dengue-like virus affecting the islands is Chikungunya, as Dengue Fever and Zika were contained towards the end of last year with no cases reported since.

Live ura a swinging hit

Friday May 01, 2015

It was all sweat, swinging hips and smiles on Wednesday afternoon when Ura Fitness fanatics gathered together opposite the Banana Court for their first of five live Ura Fitness shows.

According to the Ministry of Health, the Chikungunya outbreak is on the rise and it’s the community that have brought about this increase.

The staff at Rarotonga Hospital can finally catch a breath as their collapsed computer system comes back online following weeks of repairs.

For second-year nursing students at the Rarotonga Hospital, it’s a case of things getting easier the second time around.

Although she is now back in Cairns, Cook Islands woman Takaivaine Tetini Hakaoro is still working hard for kidney and diabetes awareness and her goal to get a dialysis machine in the Cook Islands.

Mosquito-borne illnesses are increasing in the Cook Islands, with 18 cases of chikungunya confirmed and 187 cases of a ‘dengue-like illness’ reported in the past three months. 

A Cook Island woman’s weight loss journey sparked a walk around Rarotonga last Saturday to raise awareness for dialysis. 

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