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Exciting year ahead for schools

The past couple of weeks have been abuzz with families eagerly preparing for the new school year with enthusiastic learners and teachers heading back to school on Rarotonga and the Pa Enua on Monday.


Protecting and managing wildlife of Suwarrow

The isolated atoll of Suwarrow and a life of peaceful solitude awaits two adventurous souls who are expected to travel to the remote atoll today.


Nom de plumes letters policy reinstated

Cook Islands News is re-opening its editorial columns to letters to the editor by writers using nom de plumes as opposed to their real names.


Other Sports

Darts Competition declared overwhelming success

The darts Competition which started in late December 2020, took place on Saturday and has been deemed a resounding success.

Other Sports

Sport and leisure focus of Pursuit in Paradise

If you’re looking to add a fitness challenge to your Pa Enua travel plans – then the 2021 Aitutaki Marathon set for Saturday March 27 is for you.

Other Sports

Beach Games enter final stages

The final event in the Cook Islands Beach Games 2021 started yesterday at Nikao beach courts.



OPINION: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know

Is government’s financial assistance and funding going to the right people? Ruta Tangiiau Mave writes.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Aboriginals don't mark January 26

"The arrival of large numbers of people from Britain started a catastrophic change for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations that had lived on the land for over 60,000 years; the oldest living culture on planet Earth. "


Celebrating bond between Australia and Cook Islands

This Australia Day, as Australian High Commissioner to Cook Islands Dr Chris Watkins gathers with ‘Cozzies’ for a sausage at Vaiana’s, and to sing the national anthem’s new words, he will be celebrating the mateship between Australia and the Cook Islands.



‘When Chantal is quiet, she’s learning’

The permanent smile on her face shows that Chantal Napa is a go-getter. In partnership with American Haydn Adams, she turned a bad situation initiated by Covid-19, into a golden opportunity.


Globetrotter says ‘ka kite’ to Cooks and its infamous canines

After an extended stay in the Cook Islands, tourist-turned-volunteer Karolina Szelag is saying goodbye today to a country that gave her so much more than she ever expected.


First wedding of the year

Rarotonga businessman Stephen Lyon and his long-time partner Lovelyn Gatchalian exchanged their vows in front of family and close friends this week. The wedding held at Ra Mura in Betela, Arorangi, was a special one – it was the first wedding of the year.



Forum chair welcomes US re-entry to Paris Agreement

The chair of the Pacific Islands Forum has welcomed the re-entry of the United States to the Paris climate agreement.