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‘Miscommunication’ sparks confusion, Cook Islands delegation ‘not stranded’

The Cook Islands delegation attending the FestPAC in Honolulu clarified that they are not stranded and are returning home in two groups due to pre-planned limited flight seat availability.


Rarotonga burglaries on the rise as businesses targeted

Burglaries are spiking in Rarotonga with two more break-ins reported yesterday by Vili’s Burger Joint in Matavera and Next Shipment in Arorangi.


‘Focus on policing’: MFEM to take over Cook Islands Police finances

Prime Minister Mark Brown says police will now focus on policing matters while the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) manages their finances to improve budget management and staff retention.

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Economy

TTV to introduce water tariffs in Jan 2025 due to budget shortfall

Due to budget shortfalls, Rarotonga’s water authority will introduce water tariffs starting in January next year with a phased implementation.

National

Ombudsman awaits police updates on six complaints

Minister for Ombudsman Vaine “Mac” Mokoroa says the Office of the Ombudsman has received eight complaints from the 2017-2024.

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Local

Vaka Marumaru Atua makes homecoming journey with two women aboard

As the Cook Islands voyaging canoe Vaka Marumaru Atua cuts through the blue waters of the Pacific making her journey back home to Rarotonga, alongside the male crew members are two women.


National

Inmates enjoying ‘high standard’ of living

Minister for Corrective Services George “Maggie” Angene says the inmate numbers at the Corrective Services in Arorangi have decreased since he took on the minister’s role in 2018.

Sports

Netball

Titikaveka and Avatiu top seeds

The Rarotonga netball premiership round two competition concluded last week, setting the stage for the knockout rounds starting today.


Cricket

Cook Islands Cricket gears up for T20 World Cup Qualifier

The Cook Islands Cricket Association men’s team has already begun their training for the International Men’s T20 World Sub-regional Qualifier in Samoa in August.

Cricket

Cook Islands Cricket gears up for T20 World Cup Qualifier

The Cook Islands Cricket Association men’s team has already begun their training for the International Men’s T20 World Sub-regional Qualifier in Samoa in August.

Rugby league

Town Blues triumph in thrilling series opener

The first match of the Cook Islands Rugby League State of Origin series, held over the weekend, was a spectacular showcase of skill and determination.

Opinion

Editorials

Ruta Mave: Embracing moments before they’re gone

Time is money tick tock. We spend time, take time, give time, time and time again. If we invest time, do we get more time back later than invested? Ruta Mave writes.

Editorials

Opinion: Time to rethink fisheries management for local benefit

Last week, former lawyer and columnist Reuben Tylor analysed catch figures for purse seining and longline fishing to investigate the low yellowfin catch in the South. In his concluding article of the three-part series, he examines Vaine Wichman’s 2012 report and argues for increased government support to develop the local fishing industry, following the model of Tahiti (French Polynesia).

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Getting a straight answer …

Dear Editor, Getting a straight answer from the water authority is like pulling teeth.


Opinion

Pet Talk: Caring for newborn pets

Bringing a newborn pet into your home or farm is a rewarding experience that comes with its own set of challenges and responsibilities, writes Dr Rose Hasegawa, medical director Te Are Manu Vet Clinic.

Features

Art

Pacific voyaging organisations forge new path of collaboration

A gathering of all the voyaging organisations from Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, including around 10 Pwo navigators, was held last week before master navigator Peia Patai and Vaka Marumaru Atua left Hawai’i for Rarotonga on Saturday.


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Environment

‘Love our little paradise’ : Cook Islands unites for World Oceans Day

A local non-government organisation nears harvesting a milestone 10,000 crown-of-thorns starfish from Rarotonga reefs since launching Operation Taramea in 2020.


Art

Cook Islands drum up excitement at FestPAC with captivating shows

The pulsating drums, magnificent performers, vibrant costumes and skilled artisans from Cook Islands are capturing crowds at the 13th Pacific Arts Festival and Culture in Honolulu, Hawai’i, with their captivating shows and highly crafted artistic skills.

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Features

Rarotonga a special place for New Zealand Minister Jones

New Zealand’s Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones’ visits to Rarotonga are not just a break from his political and ministerial duties; they’re also a chance to reconnect with friends.

Art

Ukulele maker’s act of kindness at FestPAC Hawai’i

As the vibrant energy of the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) thrums through the streets of Honolulu, Ricky Adamu, the renowned ukulele maker, has his own story that extends beyond his exceptional craftsmanship.

Church Talk

Church Talk: ‘Like Father, like Son – Mei te Metua, e mei te Tamaiti’

To be truly holy and live according to God’s will, we must strive to love, care for, and get along with all people, regardless of their beliefs or actions. Otherwise, we, as members of the church, risk being no different from the unsaved and unbelievers, lacking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, writes Bishop Tutai Pere of the Apostolic Church.

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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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