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Cook Islands maintain unbeaten record

The Cook Islands have retained their unbeaten record at the OFC U-19 Men’s Championship 2024 – Qualifying after a 3-2 win over American Samoa in stifling heat at VFF Freshwater Stadium in Port Vila yesterday.

Proposal to regulate turtle tour industry ‘welcomed’

Government agencies are considering regulating the turtle tour industry through a licensing system to manage it after a public consultation showed support for the idea.

Cook Islands and Bangladesh establish diplomatic relations

The Cook Islands and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh formalised diplomatic relations via an Exchange of Note Verbales via respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

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Rarotonga residents push back on water tariff plan

A public meeting about potential water tariffs received mixed reactions, with some attendees concerned about affordability and others in favour of charging businesses.


Australia’s Gender Equality Ambassador here to discuss key issues

Australia’s Ambassador for Gender Equality, Stephanie Copus Campbell, is visiting the Cook Islands from April 11–15 to discuss issues including the elimination of gender-based violence, economic equality and security, health and political participation.



Eight Rarotonga bridges to undergo maintenance: ICI

Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) will be carrying out remedial works on the island’s eight bridges, including culvert structures, in the coming months.



Social media campaign to unearth players paying dividends for Cooks

From Asia to the Netherlands, the Cook Islands national team is casting its net ever wider in search of players. Craig Stephen reports.


Cook Islands athletes battle through World Cross Country Championship

Cook Islands athletes Adrianna Skurosz and Rupeni Mataitoga have completed their course at the World Athletics Cross Country Championship in Belgrade, Serbia.


Late Tonga goal denies Cook Islands victory in OFC U19 Championship

The Cook Islands U19 men's team conceded a last-minute goal to draw 1-1 with Tonga in the OFC U19 Championship qualification.


Electrifying start! Netball season promises high levels of competition

The Netball Cook Islands domestic season is off to an electrifying start with the annual Rarotonga club competition commencing on Saturday.


Mixed Touch gears up for semi-finals

Cook Islands Touch 2024 Mixed Competition will hold its final round of preliminary games today at the National Stadium in Nikao before heading into the playoffs.


Athletics re-elects president, focuses on building infrastructure for future growth

Simone Fe’ao was re-elected for a second term as president of Athletics Cook Islands at the Annual General Meeting held a week ago.



Pet Talk: Making the difficult decision - when euthanasia is the right choice for your pet

For pet owners, the decision to euthanise a beloved companion animal is undoubtedly one of the most agonising choices they may face, writes Te Are Manu’s medical director Dr Rose Hasegawa.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: ‘No to paying for my water’

Dear Editor, Well, aren’t we busy bees on this island coming up with all sorts of ideas and ways to make money. Way to go whoever you are that comes up with these brain waves and of course, always including the people in the decision making as you go. Now it’s water.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Is UN seat worth the risk?

Dear Editor, We like to think that we march to the beat of our own drums when it comes to our lives but do we?

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Letter: Don’t touch our New Zealand ties!

Dear Editor, I write with palpable gloom and deep concern about this subject matter (Referendum needed to decide UN membership, says Elikana, Cook Islands News, April 6). We need to sift through the issues carefully and be able to anticipate the full consequences.


Church Talk

Church Talk: Our pursuit of God requires grit

I have learnt over the years that progress is neither swift nor easy and that success requires grit, writes Pastor Eric Toleafoa of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Anuanua Week kicks off with art, pride, and powerful discussions

Anuanua Week will officially open tomorrow evening with a brilliant display of Art Installations and Wearable Art Piece competitions, showcased by models on the catwalk and talented designers.

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Cook Islands playwright tackles taboo topics in new production

Award-winning Cook Islands playwright Teherenui Koteka is sparking conversations about sexuality, safe sex, and healthy relationships for Pacific youth with her latest project, which will be showcased in Rarotonga next week.


Cook Islands history gifted to upcoming generations

Author and historian Howard Henry has gifted his monumental effort of 16 publications of Cook Islands history to the Tauranga Vananga Ministry of Culture Development Library for generations to peruse over and enjoy.


Cook Islander at heart of world’s biggest school cultural show

As the dust settled at the Manukau Sports Bowl at the end of the ASB Polyfest last week in Auckland, four women, including a Cook Islander, finally breathed a sigh of relief.



Electoral Amendment Bill: Samoa will not be governed by outsiders

Samoa’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries La'auli Leuatea Schmidt says the country would not be ruled by outsiders, should a change to the electoral act go through.

New Zealand

Leader was an ‘extraordinary man’, widow says at funeral

The late Green Party MP Fa'anānā Efeso Collins has been remembered by his widow as an "extraordinary man" at a service in South Auckland.


Fiji court grants bail to 13 people charged in relation to 4800kg meth bust

A Fiji court has granted bail to 13 people charged in relation to the seizure of almost five tonnes of methamphetamine.

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Teen pregnancy is high in Pacific countries, so what are the options for young mums?


Kiribati judge hopes to finally have day in court

An expatriate judge in Kiribati hopes he will get a chance to make his case on Tuesday over his controversial suspension three years ago.

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