Two schools are now closed on Mangaia, highlighting the effects of continuing depopulation.
A 20-year old man who police said last week was still under investigation for a serious stabbing incident has apparently skipped the country, and is understood to be headed for Australia.
A recent High Court case which saw a young man discharged without conviction on a charge of common assault is being reviewed by Police Commissioner Maara Tetava.
A number of chiefs say they want to remind Pa Ariki the title she holds is not a God-given right and can be removed by the nobles who approved her assuming the paramount title and being invested with it.
While defending BTIB chief executive Teariki Vakalalabure, Business Trade and Investment Board directors have refused to address the issue of a foreigner without a work permit who was allegedly awarded a lucrative IT agency contract, contravening its own investment code.