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Environment

Construction company faces fines after cutting trees without consent

A recent cutting down of several ironwood (toa) trees at the Fruits of Rarotonga waterfront is in breach of the Environment Act 2003, says the Cook Islands environment agency.


Jetstar scrambles to rebook passengers after tech outage cancels flights

Air New Zealand flights to Rarotonga were unaffected by a global tech outage that disrupted flights and other services worldwide, while Jetstar cancelled some flights but was working to rebook passengers.

Health

TMO approves nearly 90% of tobacco vendor applications

Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health has approved 37 out of the 43 applications received for selling tobacco in the Cook Islands.

Crime

Police urge drivers to abstain from drinking and driving

Cook Islands Police hope to see another quiet weekend in terms of road accidents especially alcohol related crashes.

Editorials

Thomas Wynne: Who is a patriot?

What is a patriot? Is it simply a green, red, blue, or gold flag waved, anthems sung, or a political position or party held high like the only hope of a country being great or even great again? Thomas Tarurongo Wynne writes.

National

Environment

Public backs proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund

Cook Islands is establishing a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) to secure the nation’s financial future potentially funded by revenue from future seabed mining.


Education

Penrhyn schools celebrate culture in historic festival

While schools in Rarotonga showcase their cultural heritage, the small but mighty schools of Omoka and Tetautua in Penrhyn/Tongareva, 1400 kilometres away, are making history.

Sports

Sports

Aitutaki swimmers set to make history

Six young, sensational swimmers from Aitutaki will be making history as the first to represent their small island paradise overseas on the international stage.


Athletics

Two athletes, many supporters: Government, sports leaders travel alongside Cook Islands athletes to Paris Olympics

Team Cook Islands, with only two athletes, will be supported in Paris by officials, coaches and various dignitaries whose expenses are covered by the International Olympic Committee and government grants.


Football

Women’s teams ready for battle

As the 2024 Rarotonga football season approaches, anticipation is high for the Women’s Championship, where teams will vie for glory and a chance to qualify for the prestigious OFC Women's Champions League (OFC WCL).

Sports

Cook Islands Aquatics secures funding to expand life-saving swim programme

Cook Islands Aquatics Federation has secured timely sponsorship from ANZ Cook Islands.

Rugby league

Eels survive scare, Bears face Panthers

The unbeaten Avatiu Nikao Eels had a close shave in week three of the Cook Islands Rugby Union Rarotonga Club 15s premier men’s competition last night.

Paddling

Junior paddlers fundraise for world event

The Cook Islands Under 16 junior oe vaka girls team made history by winning bronze medals at the 2023 IVF World Paddling Distance Championships in Apia, Samoa.

Other Sports

Cook Islands delegation makes strong showing at Traditional Games

Team Cook Islands put on an impressive display of skill and athleticism at the recent Heiva Tū'aro Mā'ohi Traditional Games held in Tahiti, French Polynesia.

Opinion

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Privacy versus public interest

This fiasco surrounding the Ombudsman’s Office and its supposed enquiry into allegations against our former Police Commissioner must stop.

Editorials

Michael Tavioni: Proposed water charges: A betrayal of the people?

Water is one of the most essential resources we have, required by everyone in order to stay alive. This present Cook Islands Coalition Government thinks that it is their right to charge for water to those who elected them into office, writes Michael Tavioni BEM.

Opinion

Pet Talk: Foods to avoid feeding cats and dogs to prevent gastric obstructions

As pet owners, we often want to share our favourite snacks with our furry companions. However, some foods can pose serious health risks to cats and dogs, particularly those that can cause foreign body obstruction, writes Dr Rose Hasegawa, medical director Te Are Manu Vet Clinic.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Appointment process

How interesting that the PSC keeps saying that the Mr Lewis was one of the top three candidates for the role of Secretary for Education - when he was the first of the five interviewed to receive an email saying he was not successful in his application to become the Secretary.


Letters to the Editor

Letter: ‘Equity’ in water tariffs

Dear Editor, I write to you in response to your contributor Ruta Mave in her column in the Monday, July 15th edition titled ‘Water tariff public consultations a tick-box exercise?’.


Letters to the Editor

Letter: ‘Education is in a real mess’

Dear Editor, The Ministry of Education is in a real mess.

Features

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Bishop Paul reflects on 13 years of service in the Cook Islands

Bishop Paul Donoghue, the eighth Bishop of the Cook Islands who served for 13 years, has retired, leaving a legacy of strong faith development, good relationships with other religions and the community, and overcoming administrative challenges.


Church Talk

Church Talk: True happiness lies beyond the material

By focusing on faith and fearing God’s judgment, we can avoid prioritising worldly possessions and lead a more meaningful life, writes Bishop Reynaldo Bunyi Getalado msp of the Catholic Church.


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Cook Islands sets sights on bringing Traditional Polynesian Games home

Cook Islands’ participation at the Heiva Tū’aro Mā’ohi traditional games in Tahiti has sparked interest in bringing similar events to the country and potentially boosting tourism.

Business

Family business builds on legacy: Wichman children lead Cook Islands Building Supplies expansion

The Wichman family-built Cook Islands Building Supplies has grown from a small store to a leading supplier with a new fleet, bigger warehouse and expansion plans.

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Cook Islands sets sights on bringing Traditional Polynesian Games home

Cook Islands’ participation at the Heiva Tū’aro Mā’ohi traditional games in Tahiti has sparked interest in bringing similar events to the country and potentially boosting tourism.

Features

Family reunites to celebrate WWII Coastwatcher

A former Coastwatcher who served in World War II, the late Tai-O-Tonga Henry, who passed away in the 1980s, remains an embodiment of unity for his family in Rarotonga.

Pacific

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Fiji

Tourism industry, Fijian residents welcome NZ scrapping transit visas

Cook Islands tourism industry and Fijians residing here have welcomed New Zealand’s decision to lift transit visa requirements for Fiji nationals travelling through NZ.

Economy

‘Talanoa’ key to Forum’s seabed mining approach

A talanoa session expected to be held later this year would see Pacific Island Forum leaders coming together in a collective position on seabed mining.

French Polynesia

Environment kept in play at Kwajalein army base

The US Army says it's prioritising 'responsible stewardship' of the environment of its garrison at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Papua New Guinea

Support ongoing for landslide survivors in Papua New Guinea

Mounting challenges remain for the authorities and humanitarian groups supporting survivors, including women and children disproportionately, affected by the Papua New Guinea deadly landslide.


New Caledonia

EU elections, Olympics overshadow New Caledonia crisis

People in New Caledonia are disappointed that the riots last month are now being overshadowed by the Parliament elections and the Olympic Games.

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