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Port closed as ‘rough weather to continue’

Strong winds and high seas are set to persist this week forcing authorities to close Rarotonga’s port to vessels at least until Sunday.

Environment

Skipper stops in to restock as conditions uncertain

Monday brought a brief respite for Lady Moana skipper Sefanaia Tuwai and his crew of seven, who were allowed to dock at Avatiu port to restock essential supplies.

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Economy

Second overseas bank reduces interest rates

Two of the three main home mortgage lenders have taken steps to ease financial burden, but questions remain as to when the third - a government owned institution - will take advice from the Economic Recovery Roadmap (ERR) and also lower interest rates.

Economy

New Chinese ambassador promotes ‘mutual affinity and understanding’

China’s new ambassador to the Cook Islands arrived in Wellington, New Zealand this month.

Sports

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Black Wolves retain title at beach football competition

Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) says they are pleased with the level of competition witnessed at the 2022 Cook Islands Beach Games beach football tournament last week.

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Sun, sand and plenty of fun

The 2022 Cook Islands Beach Games has reached the halfway mark with some interesting and intense matches in beach handball and football events at Nikao courts.

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LETTERS: Call to legalise marijuana use

Dear Editor, anecdotally, over 50 per cent of the Cook Islands (adult) population uses marijuana, some say it’s as high as 70 per cent.

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Features

Tribute to well-loved educator the late Lionel Brown

Lionel Brown, a fun-loving teacher, storyteller and leader to the countless number of students who passed through his classrooms, and a mentor to his work colleagues, passed away in Auckland Hospital on December 7, 2021 at the age of 82.

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Cook Islander gains PhD in sports and exercise science

One of the first Cook Islanders to gain doctorate degree in sports and exercise science wants to investigate acceptable and effective methods of implementing exercise programmes into Pacific islands communities.

Pacific

Regional

Stranded Tongans better off in NZ, says RSE scheme official

A group of Tongan seasonal workers stranded in New Zealand because their flight home this week has been cancelled are better off staying in Aotearoa, says an RSE scheme official.

Pacific Islands

In brief: News from around the Pacific

Nine more people have died from Covid-19 in Fiji as health authorities continue to battle a surge in cases of the Omicron and Delta variants across the country.

Regional

Tongan government confirms all homes on Mango destroyed, fears death toll to rise

The Tongan government has confirmed that all houses on the island of Mango were wiped out in the tsunami that followed Saturday's volcanic eruption.

French Polynesia

First cruise ship in two years in French Polynesia

Tahiti has received its first trans-Pacific cruise ship in two years, with the arrival of the Viking Orion from the United States.

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