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Swimming Legend ‘Thorpedo’ Visits

Ian “Thorpedo” Thorpe, a legendary Australian Olympic Gold medallist and World Champion Swimmer, now retired, gives high fives to school kids in the Cook Islands Aquatics Federation (CIAF) programme at the Social Centre beach.


Race still on for Oceania handball crown

Tahiti has stepped up in making their mark at the International Handball Federation Oceania Trophy Tournament on Rarotonga.


Human rights body to tackle LGBT+ issues

A Human Rights Institute in the Cook Islands is a step closer to being finalised, and will tackle LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and others) rights among others.

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Ambassador returns to ‘contact sport’ of diplomacy in the Cook Islands

The European Union’s ambassador to the Pacific says even small nations such as the Cook Islands have a role to play in world diplomacy. Sujiro Seam is in the Cook Islands this week to present his letters of credence to the King’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters.

Fishing

Thrills and spills at Atiu fishing comp

There were plenty of thrills and spills at Atiu Fishing Club’s inaugural five-day ocean fishing competition which saw 11 boats competing.

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Ambassador returns to ‘contact sport’ of diplomacy in the Cook Islands

The European Union’s ambassador to the Pacific says even small nations such as the Cook Islands have a role to play in world diplomacy. Sujiro Seam is in the Cook Islands this week to present his letters of credence to the King’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters.


Local

Anti-Corruption Strategy to be presented early next year.

A multi-department strategy planning to tackle corruption in the Cook Islands will be presented to Cabinet early next year.

Sports

Soccer

Knockout stages arrive for grassroots football.

The Semi-Finals week will kick off with the grassroots division today, the last step before teams get themselves ready for the upcoming Finals Week.


Athletics

Young Cooks athletes set to take on Kiwis at national champs

Young Cook Islands athletes have the first opportunity in two years to stretch their legs at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track, Field And Road Race Championships.

Netball

Rain eases as netball tournament continues

The rain eased off just in time for the 11am start for day three of the BSP Netball in Paradise tournament at the Ngatangiia/Matavera netball courts in Muri.

Handball

Cooks drop the ball as Kiwis step up

Cook Islands lost their pace on the court during the second day of competition in the International Handball Federation Oceania Trophy Tournament on Rarotonga.

Opinion

Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO EDITOR: Give us clean water or come clean

Dear Editor, While the stated “nearly $90 million” cost to date for Te Mato Vai may not be correct (and many think it’s closer to $120m), we all need to be reminded that when the project was announced at a budget of $59 million, multiple Cook Islanders argued that something like $15 million would put […]

Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Time to review electricity rates?

TAU (Te Aponga Uira) were quick to respond to fuel increases by increasing their electricity rates across the board.

Letters to the Editor

Lawmakers – Hypocrites or pearly white?

Dear Editor, This writer sat in the High Court, Criminal Division, on Friday and watched two sentences handed down from the 2021 Police operation on Aitutaki – the operation that brought an end to the international, million dollar drug cartel carried out by the young criminals of that island. I would have sat through more of the sentencing, but it was just too painful seeing young lives destroyed.


Kata: Drama in court

Features

Features

Tivaivai treasures on display in Mangaia

A magnificent display of newly made tivaivai was held on Mangaia recently, organised by the women’s group (vainetini) from the Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC), Oneroa. By Pamela Steele.


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Punanga Nui Market turns 30

It’s been 30 years since vendors gathered to sell their tasty homemade goods, produce, and locally-made wares at what is now popularly known as the Punanga Nui Market. Auntie Mii Upu, aka Mrs Q, was there in 1992 and can be still found at the Avarua site, five days a week, selling her own brand of crafted materials.

Education

From science to fantasy: Cook Islands writer explores new genre to promote Polynesian culture

After releasing her first children’s book, ‘Buzz the Electron’ on Amazon a year ago, former Miss Cook Islands and Miss South Pacific Joyana Finch is all set to release her new book – Merio the Polynesian Mermaid.

Features

The location is just brilliant: Hospo veteran finds his tropical paradise

Aro’a Beachside Inn and its beachside restaurant Shipwreck Hut are getting a makeover after a visiting Kiwi fell in love with the place.

Pacific

New Caledonia

New Caledonian provincial president retrial ordered

Last year, the Appeal Court in New Caledonia gave the president of New Caledonia's Northern Province, Paul Neaoutyine a suspended four-month prison sentence, and fined him $US10,000.

Solomon Islands does not want to be forced to choose sides: Foreign Minister

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele says the country joined an agreement with the US only after changes to wording relating to China.

Papua New Guinea

PNG's budget expectations high

The Papua New Guinea Government is due to present its 2023 National Budget next week, and there is an expectation of increased commitments in critical areas.


Nauru

6 Nauru refugees arrive in NZ

The first group of Nauru refugees have arrived in New Zealand under a resettlement deal.

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