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Wesley scoops more medals

Friday July 12, 2019

WESLEY ROBERTS  has continued his dominance in the men’s freestyle swimming competition at the Pacific Games in Apia, claiming two more medals last night.

The 22-year-old made Pacific Games history just two days ago, winning the Cook Islands’ first ever medal in swimming and our first gold medal of the 2019 campaign, after placing first in the final of the men’s 200m freestyle event.

At the Samoa Aquatic Centre last night, Roberts placed second in the final of the men's 1500 metre freestyle event.

Minutes after the presentation, Roberts competed in the 100m freestyle final where he finished third to claim the bronze medal.

Following his first gold medal in the 200 metres freestyle final, Roberts qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan but he will now also compete in the 1500 metres and 100 metre events next year.

Paddler Andre Tutaka-George claimed his second bronze medal after finishing third in the men’s V1 16 kilometre race yesterday. He earlier managed bronze medal in the men’s V1 500m.

Weightlifter Matanoko McDonald missed out on podium finish in the Pacific Games but walked away with two bronze medals each in Commonwealth Junior Women 81kg and Oceania Junior Women 81kg.

Team Cook Islands has one gold, two silver and four bronze medals.

                -Liam Ratana in Apia, Samoa

Low-ranked minister Rose Toki-Brown has leap-frogged her more senior colleagues to serve this week as acting prime minister.

With dozens of smash-and-grabs from cars at Rarotonga’s most popular tourist hotspots, an opposition MP is leading calls for locals to take the law into their own hands.

After 10 years of planning the Ministry of Agriculture has finally opened its very own first pathology laboratory, an essential biosecurity service to allow the Cooks to export produce to New Zealand and further afield.

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.

Gangs and meth threaten

Friday July 12, 2019

Six gang members were stopped trying to enter Cook Islands last month, as government prepares drug enforcement strategy.

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.

The grief and loss of loved ones and losing one’s home because of climate change is real, says development consultant Dr Christina Newport.

Effective control of dogs is critical to ensuring the safety of both locals and visitors, says Tourism’s chief executive officer.

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.

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