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Nobody is interested: Opposition leader says no one wants $1.7m electric vehicles

No one is interested in purchasing the $1.7 million fleet of electric vehicles bought by the Government last year, the Opposition Leader told Parliament yesterday.

We are not included: Disability council accuses emergency agency of exclusion

The national disability body has accused Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI) of excluding them in discussions on disaster management and preparedness.


Visitors enjoy snorkelling, sightseeing and exceptional service

The cruise ship Paul Gauguin was in Rarotonga yesterday with 253 visitors on board, enjoying a south Pacific paradise tour.


January arrivals best on record

A record total of 10,368 international visitors were welcomed to the Cook Islands last month according to newly released statistics for January 2024.



Cook Islands enhances data security

For the first time, the Cook Islands has a new classification system for all government documents to better protect its own data and give confidence to colleagues and partners overseas to share confidential information with the country.


Absentee landowners major issue

Cook Islands is reforming its land laws and have started public meetings on Rarotonga to gather suggestions and feedback from Cook Islanders.



CIFA takes football into schools

The Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) has launched a training and competition programme to prepare Rarotonga schools for a football tournament and inspire a lifelong passion for the sport.


Cooks boxer takes another jab at Paris Olympics qualifying dream

Cook Islands will be represented in Italy next month as Māori light middleweight boxer Tawhiri Toheriri takes a second shot at securing his spot to compete at the 2024 Paris Olympics this July and August.


Harmon stars with seven goals as Tupapa Maraerenga FC Thrash Vaiala Tonga SC

Tupapa Maraerenga FC have secured an important 14-0 win in a fiery encounter against a Vaiala Tonga SC that saw four players sent off at Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku’alofa yesterday.


Changing the landscape of women’s football in Cook Islands

In the vast, turquoise waters of the Pacific, stands a modern-day trailblazer redefining the world of football in the Cook Islands.

Other Sports

Marsters, Lindsay among names mentioned for CISNOC top job

Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) has received a number of expressions of interest and applications for the Secretary General’s role, says organisation president Hugh Graham.


Badminton U17 team wins silver

Cook Islands U17 team won silver at the 2024 VICTOR Oceania Championships U17 Invitational Team Challenge in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.



Pet Talk: Five freedoms- the foundation of animal welfare

Justice Potter Stewart, in a famous US Supreme Court ruling, said, roughly, “I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it”. He wasn’t talking about animal welfare, but he could easily have been.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Food for thought

Brilliant idea from our Prime Minister that we common folk grow much of our own tucker. Perfect for the young family with a couple of toddlers and both parents working two minimum wage jobs each just to get through the week.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Rethinking ‘village politics’

Dear Editor, It’s been a few years since I have had to deal with someone having a go at me for my opinion and making it personal (Letter: Village voters, February 20).

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Reconsider land law sub-committee

Dear Editor, I read with interest the appointment of the special sub-committee regarding two private member’s bills currently before the house. (Cook Islands News, Friday 23 February).



Descendants reunite across the Pacific

Over 300 descendants from Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Marquesas, Rarotonga, and Mangaia participated in the George Outher Brown Reunion this week at Te Are Kariori National Auditorium.

Church Talk

Church Talk: Did Jesus just ignore her?

It is in God’s nature to be gracious, and compassionate, full of mercy, so quick to forgive and so slow to become angry, and many verses in the Bible testify to His nature, writes Pastor Paul Kauri, the General Superintendent of Cook Islands Assemblies of God.


Friends use humour, fun in bid to save Cook Islands language

Three friends in Christchurch are using their online platform Kūki Learning to teach Cook Islands Māori language and culture in a fun and engaging way, despite facing challenges with limited time and resources.

Church Talk

Ma’uke Mission: Exploring 200 years of London Missionary Society connection

A book which captures some aspects of the London Missionary Society connections with Ma’uke, will be launched next week.

Church Talk

‘You now have your new shepherd’: Cook Islands Catholic prepares for new bishop

Pope Francis has appointed Reverend Father Reynaldo Bunyi Getalado, M.S.P., as the new coadjutor bishop of Cook Islands. Fr. Getalado is a Filipino priest who has served in various locations throughout his career, including Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Tuvalu. Melina Etches reports.


Personal trainer fights for a happier, healthier community

Heart diseases, stroke, and heart attack made up 53 per cent of NCD (non-communicable disease) deaths in the Cook Islands from October to December last year. A new grassroots initiative ‘Gym and Juice Club’ may help to battle the Cook Islands’ increasing NCD diagnoses and waistlines.


Autism Cook Islands kicks off year with $4000 donation

Autism Cook Islands has gotten off to a great start for this year thanks to a generous $4000 donation from the Rarotonga Growers Association’s special dinner event.


Papua New Guinea

PNG ‘susceptible to rapid increase of transnational crime’ - Research

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) government needs to do more work to address transnational crime in the country.

New Zealand

New Zealand minimum wage set to increase to $23.15 from April 1

The minimum wage will increase by 2 percent, from $22.70 to $23.15, from 1 April.


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.

New Zealand

NZ Minister sets ‘long-term’ house price target of 3 to 5 times household incomes

The new housing minister has set a target of having homes costing just three to five times household incomes - well below what they are now in most of New Zealand.


Criticise ‘stars of Fiji politics’ on performance ‘not other things’, political expert says

Victoria University of Wellington Comparative Politics professor Jon Fraenkel said the management of Fiji is far more important than what he considers to be "private matters" between the Women's Minister Lynda Tabuya and sacked Education Minister Aseri Radrodro.

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