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Court

Minister Angene makes ‘humble request’ for Police portfolio to address youth crime

Minister for Corrective Services George “Maggie” Angene has asked Prime Minister Mark Brown to consider giving him the Minister for Police portfolio.


‘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.

Education

Pay rise for teachers, Concerns remain about quality and qualifications

Parliamentarians discussed the Education Ministry’s budget increase, with some welcoming the teacher salary rise but highlighting the need for improved quality and qualified teachers, especially in the outer islands.

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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.

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Culture

Tereora, Titikaveka vie for Tangi Ka’ara title

A group of enthusiastic Api’i Tuarua secondary school students will perform in tonight’s highly anticipated CITC Pump the Beats Emo’anga Tangi Ka’ara Drumming Competition at the National Auditorium.


Economy

Airport upgrades key to unleashing economic potential of Pa Enua: PM

Prime Minister Mark Brown emphasises that the Manihiki Airport upgrade is not a political promise or a vote buying attempt but a project designed to improve the lives of people in the Pa Enua (outer islands).

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.


League

Town Whites take first step towards Conan’s Cup glory

The Town Whites, who have never hoisted the prestigious Conan’s Cup women’s rugby league series trophy, took a step closer to glory on Saturday by beating Country Blacks in the opening match.

League

Sword brothers share expertise with aspiring sporting stars

Cook Islands brothers, home for a break from the international rugby scene in Japan, are sharing their expertise and inspiring the next generation of sports stars.

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.

Opinion

Letters to the Editor

Letter: ‘Fiddling the books while Rome burns’

Dear Editor, Scrutiny of the Cook Islands Government bookwork is normally a job for the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). By withdrawing from deliberations, the Opposition MPs have left the public without a defender.

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.

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

Church Talk

Looking back, looking forward: Mangaia reflects on 200 years of Christianity

Mangaia celebrated 200 years of Christianity with a week-long festival featuring chants, dances, historical reenactments, book launches and memorial plaque unveilings.


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.

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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.

Pacific

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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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