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Crime

Top cop ‘retiring’

Cook Islands will be searching for a new Commissioner of Police as the incumbent, Turepu James Keenan, is not seeking a second term.


Government invests $400,000 in Tupapa Clinic asbestos removal

The asbestos removal project for the Tupapa Clinic will cost $400,000 and is expected to be completed by August of this year.


Cook Islands Tourism defends emergency procedures after tourist death

Appropriate emergency procedures were followed during a medical event which resulted in the death of a New Zealand tourist on Tuesday afternoon, says Cook Islands Tourism.

Culture

Honouring her cultural heritage

To honour her cultural heritage, rising elite athlete and Cook Islander Tiana Baker Echegaray has chosen a uniquely designed and Polynesian-inspired logo for her promotional apparel.

Culture

Rarotonga, Honolulu to establish sister-city relationship, says PM

As leader of the Cook Islands delegation, Prime Minister Mark Brown will be travelling to the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC) in Hawai’i next month.

National

Art

Atiu Tīvaivai Exhibit showcases generations of craft and culture

An exhibit in Atiu showcases the traditional craft of tivaivai, hand-stitched quilts made by women, with efforts to keep the art alive amongst younger generations.


Features

‘It takes a village’: Rotumans in Rarotonga unite to keep culture alive

The Rotuman community in Rarotonga recently celebrated Rotuma Day, marking the anniversary of the island’s cession to Great Britain on May 13, 1881.

Sports

Culture

Honouring her cultural heritage

To honour her cultural heritage, rising elite athlete and Cook Islander Tiana Baker Echegaray has chosen a uniquely designed and Polynesian-inspired logo for her promotional apparel.


Sports

Touch trio ready for World Cup

Three players from Rarotonga are part of a wider national team including players from New Zealand and Australia that will be representing the Cook Islands at the 2024 Touch World Cup in Nottingham, United Kingdom in July.


Other Sports

Rarotonga’s Goodwin dominates Aitutaki Electron Regatta

Eighteen sailors from Rarotonga, Aitutaki, and New Zealand’s Picton, Buckland’s Beach, and Mangawhai sailing and yacht clubs raced each other in match racing and fleet racing in perfect conditions earlier this month.

Other Sports

Community cheers as Rising Stars take the field in netball and rugby

The annual Rising Stars Championship started yesterday with students from Rarotonga competing in the rugby and netball competitions at Raemaru Park in Arorangi.

Cricket

Oceans 11, Tiger Sharks to battle for final spot

Cook Islands Cricket Super Slam competition heads into round two playoff today at the Turangi Oval, starting at 11am.

Badminton

Paradise serves up Badminton Masters

Badminton Oceania Masters in Paradise 2024 tournament begins today with 60 international and 30 local players participating in the new “golden game” format at the National Sports Arena in Nikao.

Opinion

Editorials

Thomas Wynne: He who holds the pen holds the power

Across the globe, people have had enough of corruption, enough of nepotism, enough of the rule of might by certain families, certain names and political economic and cultural privilege above all others, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Law and order at risk

Dear Editor, With 30 to 40 vacancies for new Police officers, what is needed now is new Police staffing infrastructure, not more buildings and non-urgent infrastructure.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Te Reo Māori in schools

Dear Editor, “Schools told to teach Te Reo Māori ECE to Year 6” (CINews 21 May) would really benefit from a strategic plan (or dare I say it, Master Plan).

Letter: ‘Who stuffed up?’

Dear Editor, Reading about the very many issues raised by Mr. Mike Chase of Te POM, regarding the problems with our mapu yahooing on the roads, doing wheelies, etc. – “showing off to get attention” (Cook Islands News, Tuesday, May 14), he is no doubt correct, and opens up a Pandora’s Box of social issues.


Letters to the Editor

Letters: Sports Awards disappoint fans

Dear Editor, I have some thoughts on the recent Sports Awards. CISNOC (Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee) doesn’t seem to treasure Cook Islands athletes who have previously represented with pride and helped promote the Cook Islands at international events.


Letters to the Editor

Letter: Police need better leadership

Dear Editor, I am writing to bring attention to the issues plaguing the Cook Islands Police Service as highlighted recently about critical understaffing.

Features

Features

From setbacks to glory: Eels coach Nicholas shares story of resilience

In the world of sports, overcoming adversity is often the key to triumph. The victorious Avatiu Nikao Eels coach Clive Nicholas embodies this principle, sharing his story of how they navigated the challenging yet rewarding 2024 Cook Islands Rugby League season. Solomone Taukei reports.


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Features

Service and sacrifice: Puna keeps an ‘open mind’

Former Cook Islands prime minister Henry Puna, who ends his term as Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General later this month, is planning to retire to his island home of Manihiki. But the 73-year-old is keeping an open mind and hasn’t ruled out a return to local political scene just yet. Losirene Lacanivalu reports.

Church Talk

Church talk: Finding peace in the midst of busyness

In today’s fast-paced world, the beauty and peacefulness of the Cook Islands can often seem at odds with the demands of modern life, writes Pastor Eric Toleafoa of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Entertainment

Expatriate dancer returns to defend Te Mire Ura title

The highly anticipated popular Tauranga Vananga (Ministry of Cultural Development) Te Mire Ura dance competition for the Expatriates, Experts, Golden Oldies, and Masters divisions will hit the Rehab Nightclub stage this Friday.

Features

Local hot sauce burns up Australia's Mr Chilli competition

A locally made hot sauce has been ranked the third hottest in an annual competition featuring best of the best sauces from Australia and New Zealand.

Pacific

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.

National

Puna’s final mission as head of PIF

Henry Puna is on his final mission as the Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General in the country where it all began – his homeland, the Cook Islands.

New Caledonia

New Caledonia separatists defy French efforts to unblock roads

Separatists in riot-hit New Caledonia have refused to abandon roadblocks that have paralysed much of the Pacific archipelago and halted commercial air traffic, defying a major security operation by French forces.


New Caledonia

Home detention for New Caledonia unrest ringleaders, Tiktok banned

The presumed ringleaders of the unrest in New Caledonia have been placed in home detention and the social network TikTok has been banned as French security forces struggle to restore law and order.

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