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Tourists stranded as Backlog of flights continues

A backlog of flights is likely to remain for at least another week in Rarotonga, as the Auckland floods disrupt travel plans for thousands of visitors, with some people having to rebook for the end of the week.

Fire hydrants and valves to be exposed to enable access

Fire hydrants and valves which have been buried along the main road from Matavera towards Tupapa have been marked and will be raised.

Proposed regulations promote multi-sector utilities regulator

People could have a better idea about what they’re getting charged for in their power bill under proposed new regulations.


Marijuana possession laws ‘dated’, says PM

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown says the country’s laws on cannabis possession are ‘quite dated’.

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PM: New High Commissioner to be announced ‘within the month’

Prime Minister Mark Brown won’t be drawn into who might be shortlisted for the Cook Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand job.



Nukutere College inducts new student leaders

Ten, Year 11 students of Nukutere College were inducted as student leaders yesterday.


‘We are one family on this vaka’: Tereora College welcomes new principal

It was back to school for students of the country’s national college, Tereora, yesterday morning with a special welcome assembly at the Princess Anne Hall.


Owner asked to put his dog down: Police

A dog owner in Avatiu has been told to put his dog down.



Tupapa K-11, Muri claim cricket titles

Tupapa K-11 were crowned the new men’s champions while Muri retained the women’s title in the Rarotonga Cricket Club competition finals on Saturday.


Davina takes part in leadership programme

Eight women from the Pacific including Cook Islands’ Davina Hosking-Ashford were in Melbourne to graduate from the Pacific Women Leaders in Tennis programme and watch all the action at the Australian Open finals over the weekend.


Black Caps register first win of the tour

India vs New Zealand – T20 Series – 1st T20i. New Zealand 176 for 6 in 20 overs (Daryl Mitchell 59*, Conway 52, Washington 2/22, Kuldeep 1/20) beat India 155 for 9 in 20 overs (Washington 50, Suryakumar 47, Santner 2/11) by 21 runs.


Touch readies for 2023 season

Cook Islands Touch Association will commence their regular touch season on Monday, January 30, and this year the weekly matches will be held at the National Stadium.

Rugby league

Carlson re-elected League president

Charles Carlson was re-elected unopposed as the Cook Islands Rugby League Association (CIRLA) president at its annual general meeting on Wednesday.



Ruta Mave: Why does corruption continue?

The Transparency International report indicates bribes and sexual favours are part of getting anything done in the ‘Crook Islands’. The mothers fighting for sport funding might need to address their skill set and try again.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Australia’s ‘Invasion Day’ debate

Dear Editor, January 26th is a date that polarises opinion in Australia.


Ruta Mave: The silence is deafening

The Silence of the Lambs is a horror thriller movie from 1991 about a serial killer psychologist Hannibal Lecter helping FBI agent Clarice Starling to track down another serial killer, writes Ruta Mave.


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Redefining ‘sexagenarian’

Aging is not an option, it is inevitable. However, what aging looks and feels like is definitely a choice. Close friends Elizabeth (Etu) Chase and Deb Te Kani who are aged in their early sixties have transformed their body shapes and sizes and mastered the art of incorporating health and fitness into their daily lives, redefining their expectations of a sexagenarian.


‘Believe … and go for it’ – Turning dreams into reality

Matai Price is using his spirit of entrepreneurship to turn a dream into reality. From humble beginnings, he is building a range of quality products on Rarotonga and the market is responding. He chats with deputy editor Al Williams.


Getting creative with Coco Brush

A new Rarotonga art class – with an island inspired twist – allows participants to learn a few simple painting techniques in a relaxed environment with their glass of wine, without worrying about being the ‘next Picasso’.


A leader, mentor and respected man with many talents: leaving a lasting legacy

Uirangi Mataiapo Rei Jack Enoka (OBE) was a respectable leader – a traditional leader, a former politician and Leader of the House, and a man with many skills including a grower, a businessman, a Boys Brigade brass band master and a boxing representative.


Marshall Islands

Activists call for US apology for Marshall Is nuclear tests

Over 100 activist groups, including Greenpeace, Veterans for Peace, and the Arms Control Association have signed a letter calling on US President Joe Biden to apologise for nuclear tests conducted in the Marshall Islands.


Marine geologists investigate connection between Hunga eruption and tsunami waves

Two New Zealand-based marine geologists have been studying the Hunga volcano, to learn more about how underwater volcanos cause tsunami waves.


Kiribati reportedly returning to the Pacific Islands Forum

Forum Chair, the Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, said his office has received a letter confirming this intention from the Kiribati President, Taneti Maamau.


Historic Tokelau election: All three atolls vote in same electoral process

It was election day in Tokelau yesterday, with the population of about 1400 voting across four electoral locations.

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