New requirements for international shipping in New Zealand next year could save the Cook Islands marine environment from an invasive marine pest that threatens the country.

Ministers at home this week

Monday October 23, 2017

After attending various meetings overseas last week, the government’s Cabinet ministers are expected to remain in Rarotonga this week.

Australian minister visits

Monday October 23, 2017

Australian senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has become the latest high-profile politician to visit the Cook Islands.

Building work at Apii Nikao is progressing well and New Zealand supplier class* has signed a contract with the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation to provide furniture for the new school.

Checks for Lady Moana after crash

Monday October 23, 2017

Damage to a Taio Shipping vessel caused when the Tiare Taporo colliding with it in Avatiu harbour on October 8 appears to have been minor, but engineers will check the vessel thoroughly now that it is back from a voyage to Manihiki.

THE superyacht catamaran Mousetrap has spent several days off Rarotonga, berthing at the port before going back out to sea on Saturday.

The Lonely Wheel

Monday October 23, 2017

The 2017 Writing Competition received a good response last month from a number of students who wrote original memoirs for the contest. Ministry of Education learning and teaching advisor Jessica Le Bas coordinated the competition for Year 7-13 students.

This is the second in a series of stories provided by the National Museum. It describes a legend relating to the creation of Cook Islands weapons.

The late (and very eccentric)  US rock musician Frank Zappa once famously said, “you can’t be a real country unless you have beer and an airline”.

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