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Major support in bid to repeal anti-gay laws

A Cook Islands-based organisation that supports LGBTQI rights is welcoming the calls from Pope Francis to decriminalise homosexuality and calling on the Cook Islands Government to follow suit.


Manuae Enua Conservation Trust sets out its goals in policy document

Employing rangers, stamping out the illegal taking of pa’ua and establishing eco-tourism are top of the priority list for the Manuae Enua Conservation Trust.

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No changes to Cabinet lineup: PM

Prime Minister Mark Brown says he is not looking to make any changes to his Cabinet.

Education

Steel ‘Guardrail Fence’ replaces removed toa trees at Apii Takitumu

The installation of the new “Guardrail Fence” by the Cook Islands Building Supplies at Apii Takitumu is expected to be completed this week.

National

National

PM Brown holds talks with Japanese Foreign Minister on nuclear wastewater discharge

The incoming Forum Chair and Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Mark Brown, is leading a Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) delegation to Tokyo this week to convey concerns and requests of Pacific Leaders for deferral of Japan’s planned discharge of treated nuclear wastewater into the Pacific.


Environment

Manuae Enua Conservation Trust sets out its goals in policy document

Employing rangers, stamping out the illegal taking of pa’ua and establishing eco-tourism are top of the priority list for the Manuae Enua Conservation Trust.


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Environment

Rarotonga warmer and dryer, reveals climate change report

Rarotonga is getting warmer and dryer as surveys show increasing temperatures and decreasing rainfall. - ‘Annual rainfall has decreased significantly in Rarotonga since 1951’

Sports

Sports

Triathlon gears up for annual Team Tri Competition

Cook Islands Triathlon Association is looking forward to the annual BSP Team Tri Competition this Saturday, February 11.


Sports

Pacific Oceania loses in dramatic tie

Brett Baudinet’s Pacific Oceania tennis team lost a dramatic Davis Cup tie in Barbados by three games to two.

Sports

Tennis eyes international tournaments

Tennis Cook Islands held its annual general meeting this week where president Davina Hosking-Ashford was re-elected to lead the association for another term.

Boxing

Pukapuka boxer reconnects to heritage ahead of Europe tour

A Pukapuka boxer is proudly taking his Cook Islands heritage to Europe to fight for a spot in the 2023 Boxing World Championships. By Atutahi Potaka-Dewes, Te Rito Journalism Cadet, PMN News.

Opinion

Opinion

Ruta Mave: Art for art’s sake – give them some money for God’s sake

Art for art’s sake according to Oscar Wilde meant art need not express anything but itself. He put the value on artistry above anything else and regarded life as a kind of art form, to be lived beautifully, writes Ruta Mave.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Australia’s ‘Invasion Day’ debate

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

Editorials

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.


Kata

Kata: Traffic Police

Features

Features

Serving with dignity and respect

After three years on watch as the Police Maritime Surveillance Advisor, Lieutenant Commander Mark Te Kani MNZM, departed Rarotonga last month with his wife Deb and grandson. He has been described as a ‘true gentlemen’ one with mana, who carried himself with quiet dignity and respect for maritime and the crew.


Features

Providing an experience to remember

An Aitutaki-based lagoon cruise tour company allows guests to choose their own adventure, giving them an experience to remember.

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A failure to connect? Leading telecom provider in spotlight

The status of Vodafone as the lead controller of the telecommunications market in the Cook Islands has come under scrutiny thanks to a major report.

Features

Unlocking dyslexia

Early childhood school days for some children have been and are a real struggle. It is particularly harder for those with dyslexia – a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words.

Art

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’.

Pacific

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.

Regional

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.

National

PM Brown holds talks with Japanese Foreign Minister on nuclear wastewater discharge

The incoming Forum Chair and Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Mark Brown, is leading a Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) delegation to Tokyo this week to convey concerns and requests of Pacific Leaders for deferral of Japan’s planned discharge of treated nuclear wastewater into the Pacific.


Fiji

Restoring Pacific Islands Forum to its full solidarity: Puna

Henry Puna, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum says he is delighted with the announcement from the President of Kiribati Taneti Maamau confirming their return to the Forum.

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