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Officers and crew of the Royal NZ Navy patrol vessel HMNZS Otago are in town this weekend for a break, after a long stint out on fisheries patrol in the high seas.

The former bishop of Rarotonga, Stuart O’Connell, passed away in Auckland on Friday at the Little Sisters of the Poor, St Joseph’s Home, Herne Bay. He had been ill with cancer for some time.

The race for the Auckland mayoralty is getting it’s biggest shakeup ever this year, and you have a one off-chance to sit down with, and hear from, the person who’s doing that shaking, at Coastal Kitchen this evening.

Two long-serving outer island public servants have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours for their services to the community.

Without legislative powers it’s very difficult to try and help the animals in the Cooks, says outgoing SPCA manager Tony Jamieson.

The Prime Minister is celebrating his 70th birthday today in true Cooks style, enjoying it with his family – and making it last.

Police promise they will keep traffic flowing tomorrow with diversions and control point officers,  ensuring hundreds of excited fans can see the parade launching Te Maeva Nui celebrations.

The difference could barely be more stark: from the tropical atolls of the Cook Islands, to the Great Lakes on the border of Canada and the US, that ice over in winter.

The two-masted Marconi rigged schooner Argo has stopped by in Rarotonga with 17 students from the US and a crew of seven.

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