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Cooks border closed to incoming passengers

Cook Islands government has reinstated the temporary closure of the air border until midnight Tuesday after new Covid-19 community cases in Auckland.

Outer Islands

No funding for airport upgrade

Covid-19 had disrupted plans to start Manihiki airport upgrade work, but construction could be ready as early as July, if funding is available for the project.


Couple say ‘I do’ at midnight

These are extraordinary times, when planned events are disrupted due to Covid-19 restrictions and weddings are no exception.



Lifeline for the economy

Government’s Economic Response Plan (ERP) is a lifeline for the economy, says the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) economic analyst Dr. Willem Ysbrand Borren.


Touch Rugby

Close battles in Mixed Touch

The Vodafone Cook Islands Mixed Touch got underway at the Nikao field with the 16 and under grade last week.


Eels eyeing return to ‘old’ glory days

Avatiu Eels wants to continue the good start it made in the domestic rugby league competition when they take on Arorangi Bears this afternoon.


Arorangi eyes winning start

Arorangi will host Titikaveka in the feature premier match in round one of the 2021 Rarotonga Netball Competition at Raemaru courts today.



Black lives matter

"Blacks, who have their own unique culture and language that was born and derived in their DNA of rhythm and skin pigment to Africa, but is solely Made in America," writes Ruta Mave.


Kata: Potholes


Defining moments

We should know by now that life is defined by moments and especially those we didn’t see coming.



‘We honour you and we make a promise to remember’

Knitting was introduced to Cook Islands Girl Guides in 1936. In 1940, a great deal of work was undertaken by the Girl Guiding Company in Rarotonga that included knitting comforts for men serving in the forces. For years the Guiders knitted garments for children overseas. This week those involved in the project were honoured at a special event.


Christchurch earthquake, ten years on: The trauma, chaos and the compassion

A decade ago, on February 22, 2011, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch at 12.51pm, causing widespread damage across the city, killing 185 people, in the nation’s fifth-deadliest disaster. Cook Islands News columnist Ruta Mave had just dropped her children at school when the incident happened.


Bid to diversify local economy

E-sports, intuitive accounting and digital TV out of Aitutaki, Caleb Fotheringham talks to some businesses on how they plan to use the government’s SMART Economy grants.



Tonga aims to get 70 percent of people vaccinated by year end

Tonga's Ministry of Health says it plans to vaccinate up to 70 percent of the population by the end of the year.