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KR attended taxpayer funded Samoa school reunion in ‘official capacity’

The King Representative’s attendance at a Samoa agricultural college anniversary was an official trip funded with public money, despite initial claims it was a personal reunion.


Search called off for missing crew member of Lady Moana

Cook Islands Police are expected to finalise their investigations into the missing crew member of the inter-island vessel Lady Moana and submit their report to the coroner.

Local

No footpaths or parking planned for ‘congested’ Muri 30km/hour zone

Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) has no plans to construct footpaths or additional car parks in the Muri 30 kilometre/hour zone.

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Expatriate workers urged to review contracts for repatriation coverage

The recent death of an expatriate worker has highlighted the importance of having clear provisions in employment contracts and insurance plans to cover repatriation of human remains in case of unforeseen circumstances.

National

Business

Inaugural Taki Tahi Summit tackles challenges faced by women in business

The inaugural Taki Tahi Women in Business Summit has been successful in reaching its goal of encouraging and inspiring women in business and entrepreneurs while also helping them overcome the challenges they face daily.


Environment

Growers receive training in plant health

Local growers gathered at a Plant Health Clinic on Friday last week, designed to offer expert diagnosis and management of weeds, insects and diseases.

Sports

Rugby Union

Lady Panthers win season opener

The Cook Islands Women’s Rugby Union season kicked off with a thrilling match between the Arorangi Lady Bears and the Tupapa Lady Panthers at Raemaru Park in Arorangi on Saturday.


Rugby Union

Bears stun defending champions

The week three Cook Islands Rugby Union Rarotonga Club 15s competition saw thrilling matches and impressive displays of talent.

Football

Young talent takes centre stage as Rarotonga Football Season begins

The 2024 Rarotonga Football Season gets officially underway today, marking the start of an exciting new chapter as teams across the island gear up for intense competition.

Sports

Cook Islands swimmer Roberts in last-minute bid for Olympics spot

Team Cook Islands is hoping to add swimmer Wesley Tikiariki Roberts as the third athlete to compete at the Paris Olympic Games, which start this Friday in France.

Sports

Cook Islands Aquatics secures funding to expand life-saving swim programme

Cook Islands Aquatics Federation has secured timely sponsorship from ANZ Cook Islands.

Opinion

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Election gimmick or real progress?

Dear Editor, The Sovereign Wealth Fund meetings by Government is a real farce. There is no harvesting, no transportation of minerals to markets, no pricing, no sales, nothing!

Letters to the Editor

Letter: The ‘butchering’ of Toa trees

Dear Editor, Kia Orana. Reading about the major destruction of Toa trees in the Akapuao/Fruits of Raro area, and NES’ comments in the Cook Islands News (20 July, 2024).

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Privacy versus public interest

This fiasco surrounding the Ombudsman’s Office and its supposed enquiry into allegations against our former Police Commissioner must stop.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Paris trip: Junket or necessary expense?

Dear Editor, This Olympics thing from CISNOC (Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee) is the biggest junket ever and historically always has been.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Toa trees

You have reported that construction company T&M Heather Ltd appears to admit to an ‘offence’ under the Environment Act 2003 by cutting mature trees on the foreshore at Tikioki, not only without consent, but after being told by National Environment Service (NES) that the cutting was not allowed. Perhaps a legal type can correct the writer, but is ‘offence’ just a nicer word, at law, for ‘crime’?


Editorials

Ruta Mave: Can you trust your government?

Constant lying by governments is not aimed at making the people believe a lie, but at ensuring that no one believes anything anymore. When the people can no longer distinguish between truth and a lie they then cannot distinguish between right and wrong. With such people, you can do whatever you want. It is how you sell it – ‘Water will be Free.’


Letters to the Editor

Letter: ‘Equity’ in water tariffs

Dear Editor, I write to you in response to your contributor Ruta Mave in her column in the Monday, July 15th edition titled ‘Water tariff public consultations a tick-box exercise?’.

Features

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Seafarer dad devastated: This event has changed my relationship with the sea forever

The seafaring father of the 22-year-old crew member who fell overboard during the weekend’s return voyage to Rarotonga of the vessel Lady Moana is devastated as search efforts are ongoing.


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Church Talk

Bishop Paul reflects on 13 years of service in the Cook Islands

Bishop Paul Donoghue, the eighth Bishop of the Cook Islands Catholic Church who served for 13 years, has retired, leaving a legacy of strong faith development, good relationships with other religions and the community, and overcoming administrative challenges.


Church Talk

Church Talk: True happiness lies beyond the material

By focusing on faith and fearing God’s judgment, we can avoid prioritising worldly possessions and lead a more meaningful life, writes Bishop Reynaldo Bunyi Getalado msp of the Catholic Church.

Business

Family business builds on legacy: Wichman children lead Cook Islands Building Supplies expansion

The Wichman family-built Cook Islands Building Supplies has grown from a small store to a leading supplier with a new fleet, bigger warehouse and expansion plans.

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Features

Cook Islands sets sights on bringing Traditional Polynesian Games home

Cook Islands’ participation at the Heiva Tū’aro Mā’ohi traditional games in Tahiti has sparked interest in bringing similar events to the country and potentially boosting tourism.

Features

Family reunites to celebrate WWII Coastwatcher

A former Coastwatcher who served in World War II, the late Tai-O-Tonga Henry, who passed away in the 1980s, remains an embodiment of unity for his family in Rarotonga.

Pacific

New Caledonia

Pacific media in midst of geopolitical rivalry

Geopolitics in the Pacific has become so intense that it permeates the national life of some island countries. Jostling for influence between the United States, China, their allies and partners was one of the hot topics of the recently concluded 2024 Pacific International Media Conference in Suva, Fiji (July 4-6) hosted jointly by the University of the South Pacific Journalism Programme, the Pacific Island News Association (PINA) and the Asia Pacific Media Network (APMN). By Shailendra Bahadur Singh and Amit Sarwal.

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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.

Environment

PM Brown to lead Pacific effort to find peace in New Caledonia

Prime Minister Mark Brown will be part of a high-level delegation to New Caledonia to help resolve the political crisis facing the French territory since May this year.


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.


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Economy

Expatriate workers urged to review contracts for repatriation coverage

The recent death of an expatriate worker has highlighted the importance of having clear provisions in employment contracts and insurance plans to cover repatriation of human remains in case of unforeseen circumstances.

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