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Economy

Covid economic package extended

Government has extended the wage subsidy and other grants until the end of June, bringing some relief to businesses and workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Health

Covid-19 tracing app ready by end of April, Chamber of Commerce says

While Prime Minister Mark Brown’s government says the Cook Islands will be “open for business” by May 1, the Chamber of Commerce says the long awaited and required contact tracing app will be ready for download well before then.

Local

Environment boss suspended pending police investigation

Cook Islands Police last night confirmed they are investigating the head of Environment Service after receiving a complaint.

National

Local

Unuia wins Te Mire ‘Atu

Judges had a difficult time selecting an overall winner at the Composers Competition with each contestant showcasing an excellent display of talent.

Sports

Soccer

Sea Eagles beat the Sharks

In what was an intense tit for tat match, the Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles came out the soaring victors in Thursday's premier match game.

Rugby league

Bears to host Panthers

The Women’s Rugby League Competition, along with the men’s competition, will resume this week after a break over the Easter weekend.

Rugby Union

Rugby switch pays off

Two upcoming female players, who picked up the oval ball after successful netball stints, have been recognised for their skills after being offered contracts to join a North Otago-based rugby union team.

Opinion

Kata

KATA: Aitutaki investiture

Editorials

OPINION: Living with nature an inspiration

Living off the grid with limited power and internet might seem a little farfetched to some. But visiting June and Andrew Hosking's self-sustaining homestead in Mauke really does get you thinking twice about off the grid possibilities of day-to-day living. By Te Ipukarea Society.

Editorials

OPINION: A matter of when, not if, Covid-19 arrives in the Cook Islands

Uncomfortable though it may be for some, is it really unreasonable to call for full vaccination before the borders open? By Thomas Wynne.

Features

Features

Are Taunga of Araura - 'We invest our Ariki in our traditional procedures'

The investiture of the second Tamatoa Ariki was held last week, just over a month after Taraota Tom was invested with the title on the island of Aitutaki. House of Ariki, the parliamentary body composed of Cook Islands high chiefs, refused to attend both investitures because of the "ongoing dispute over the title". But the sub chiefs backing the newly-crowned Tamatoa Ariki Teao Tangaroa say they will decide the legitimate holder.

Features

Covid mass testing lab won't be ready when country 'opens for business'

Prime Minister Mark Brown's date for a two-way travel bubble on May 1 will come before the country has a rapid Covid-19 testing system.

Features

Palmerston remembers Prince Philip's 1971 visit

The people of Palmerston Island took a day off from work yesterday to pay respect to the late Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Pacific

Pacific Islands

Major companies call for moratorium on deep-sea mining

Major car companies are among the global companies who have signed up to a World Wildlife Fund call for a moratorium on deep-sea mining.

Fiji

NZ's Fijian-Indians want to be recognised as Pasifika, not Asians

Fijian-Indians living in New Zealand are opposing moves by the government to classify them as Asians and not Pacific Islanders.

Pacific Islands

Industries desperate for workers urge government to open borders to Pacific

Fruit, meat works and food processing industries are calling on the government to open Pacific borders to tackle what they're calling their worst ever labour crisis.