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Entertainment

The return of the champions

Tauranga Vananga’s Te Mire Ura dance extravaganza for the Expatriates, Experts, Golden Oldies, and Masters divisions yet again delighted the audience over the weekend in the grand finale of the annual series of individual competitions.


Top cop ‘retiring’

Cook Islands will be searching for a new Commissioner of Police as the incumbent, Turepu James Keenan, is not seeking a second term.


CISNOC head Graham to step down after accounts finalised

Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) president Hugh Graham will step down from his role once the sporting organisation’s membership approves the 2023 financial accounts.

Economy

NZ commits $20m to Cook Islands budget, $10.5m for public service

Cook Islands has secured $20 million in Core Sector Budget Support and an additional $10.5 million for continued public sector strengthening during the 8th Cook Islands-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Forum last week.

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Environment

Cook Islands aims for final agreement on plastic treaty

Cook Islands is hopeful for a final agreement on a new global treaty to fight plastic pollution with a focus on upstream measures to limit production and control hazardous chemicals.

National

Art

Highland Paradise Competition fights to keep traditions alive

Apii Arorangi was crowned the overall winners of the 2024 Highland Paradise Cultural Competition held on Thursday.


Environment

Te Ipukarea Society: Parrot pandemonium- Celebrating the world’s most talkative birds

Have you ever been under a tree full of parrots, and heard the noise they make? If you have, you would understand why a group of parrots is also known as a pandemonium!

Sports

Bowling

CI Bowling honours Men’s Fours team after awards deadline mix-up

Cook Islands Bowling Association acknowledged their Men’s Fours team’s achievement at the 2023 World Bowls Tournament after missing the nomination deadline for CISNOC Sports Awards due to internal miscommunication.


Culture

Honouring her cultural heritage

To honour her cultural heritage, rising elite athlete and Cook Islander Tiana Baker Echegaray has chosen a uniquely designed and Polynesian-inspired logo for her promotional apparel.


Other Sports

Rarotonga’s Goodwin dominates Aitutaki Electron Regatta

Eighteen sailors from Rarotonga, Aitutaki, and New Zealand’s Picton, Buckland’s Beach, and Mangawhai sailing and yacht clubs raced each other in match racing and fleet racing in perfect conditions earlier this month.

Football

CISNOC head Graham to step down after accounts finalised

Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) president Hugh Graham will step down from his role once the sporting organisation’s membership approves the 2023 financial accounts.

Other Sports

Community cheers as Rising Stars take the field in netball and rugby

The annual Rising Stars Championship started yesterday with students from Rarotonga competing in the rugby and netball competitions at Raemaru Park in Arorangi.

Badminton

Paradise serves up Badminton Masters

Badminton Oceania Masters in Paradise 2024 tournament begins today with 60 international and 30 local players participating in the new “golden game” format at the National Sports Arena in Nikao.

Sports

Touch trio ready for World Cup

Three players from Rarotonga are part of a wider national team including players from New Zealand and Australia that will be representing the Cook Islands at the 2024 Touch World Cup in Nottingham, United Kingdom in July.

Opinion

Letters to the Editor

Letter: SBMA responds to ‘misinformed criticism’

I write in response to the anonymous letter published on May 25 regarding the Police Service, and incorrectly criticising the Seabed Minerals Authority (SBMA) for having major government infrastructure investments and high staff salaries.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: To Tatou Vai in violation of its own Act?

Dear Editor, Re ‘Audit report reveals CIIC overspent budget by $2.7m, Cook Islands News, May 22’, the 2024/25 Budget Estimate has CIIC providing an additional $500,000 to the water authority. This top-up is earmarked for meter installation and user-pays.

Editorials

Thomas Wynne: He who holds the pen holds the power

Across the globe, people have had enough of corruption, enough of nepotism, enough of the rule of might by certain families, certain names and political economic and cultural privilege above all others, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

Editorials

Ruta Mave: Standing up for what’s right in sports and politics

Having a good moral compass in life and standing by ethics that guide you on what is right and wrong is often seen as cutting off your nose to spite your face, writes Ruta Mave.


Letters to the Editor

Letter: ‘Who stuffed up?’

Dear Editor, Reading about the very many issues raised by Mr. Mike Chase of Te POM, regarding the problems with our mapu yahooing on the roads, doing wheelies, etc. – “showing off to get attention” (Cook Islands News, Tuesday, May 14), he is no doubt correct, and opens up a Pandora’s Box of social issues.


Letters to the Editor

Letter: Police need better leadership

Dear Editor, I am writing to bring attention to the issues plaguing the Cook Islands Police Service as highlighted recently about critical understaffing.


Opinion

Virtues in Paradise: The secret of freedom

Have you ever felt truly free? What does that even mean, you may well ask, writes Linda Kavelin-Popov.

Features

Entertainment

The return of the champions

Tauranga Vananga’s Te Mire Ura dance extravaganza for the Expatriates, Experts, Golden Oldies, and Masters divisions yet again delighted the audience over the weekend in the grand finale of the annual series of individual competitions.


Culture

Honouring her cultural heritage

To honour her cultural heritage, rising elite athlete and Cook Islander Tiana Baker Echegaray has chosen a uniquely designed and Polynesian-inspired logo for her promotional apparel.


Art

Highland Paradise Competition fights to keep traditions alive

Apii Arorangi was crowned the overall winners of the 2024 Highland Paradise Cultural Competition held on Thursday.

Church Talk

Church talk: Finding peace in the midst of busyness

In today’s fast-paced world, the beauty and peacefulness of the Cook Islands can often seem at odds with the demands of modern life, writes Pastor Eric Toleafoa of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Features

‘It takes a village’: Rotumans in Rarotonga unite to keep culture alive

The Rotuman community in Rarotonga recently celebrated Rotuma Day, marking the anniversary of the island’s cession to Great Britain on May 13, 1881.

Art

Atiu Tīvaivai Exhibit showcases generations of craft and culture

An exhibit in Atiu showcases the traditional craft of tivaivai, hand-stitched quilts made by women, with efforts to keep the art alive amongst younger generations.

Pacific

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.

National

Puna’s final mission as head of PIF

Henry Puna is on his final mission as the Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General in the country where it all began – his homeland, the Cook Islands.

New Caledonia

New Caledonia separatists defy French efforts to unblock roads

Separatists in riot-hit New Caledonia have refused to abandon roadblocks that have paralysed much of the Pacific archipelago and halted commercial air traffic, defying a major security operation by French forces.


New Caledonia

Home detention for New Caledonia unrest ringleaders, Tiktok banned

The presumed ringleaders of the unrest in New Caledonia have been placed in home detention and the social network TikTok has been banned as French security forces struggle to restore law and order.

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