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Govt remains tightlipped

More than two months after the Cook Islands Government announced it had dropped legal action against a Chinese company for poor workmanship in a multi-million-dollar water project, questions as to why and how this happened remains unanswered.

Rain provides slight relief to Rarotonga’s depleted intakes

The recent rainfall in Rarotonga should provide a slight respite for the island’s depleted catchment intakes, but more rain will be needed to get them back to full health.

Motorists not getting the drink drive message as silly season approaches

Motorists are not getting the drink drive message following another weekend of chaos on Rarotonga roads.


Cook Islands people need to value their language: Turua

Secretary of Cultural Development Anthony Turua said if one did not know their Cook Islands language, then they are not a Cook Islander.


Authenticity of culture promoted in tourism industry questioned

Businesswoman and cultural expert Jackie Tuara questioned the authenticity of the Cook Islands culture being promoted in the tourism industry.


Being prepared for future emergencies: Govt supports refurbishment of community halls

Cook Islands Government is scoping and partly funding refurbishment of community halls on Rarotonga so when there is a cyclone or emergency, there will be suitable centres or facilities available to accommodate the wider community.



Traditional master navigators lead mission to pass on the art of voyaging

Traditional navigator Tua Pittman is back on the island taking a break from sailing around the world on Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic cruise ships which deliver programmes in education, empower local artisans and protected wild areas.


Hosking-Ashford wants a second bite at the cherry

Democratic Party candidate and businesswoman Davina Hosking-Ashford says her challenge in joining politics was understanding the political platform.



Big win earns Avatiu semis spot

Takitumu Field had supporters stunned after Avatiu trampled hosts Matavera in the premier men’s knockout battle on Saturday setting themselves up for an epic semi-final next week.


Sizzling reboot to Netball in Paradise

Saturday saw a sizzling start to the ninth edition of the BSP Netball in Paradise tournament – both on and off the courts!

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Women’s rugby gains momentum

Exposing more women and girls to rugby and hopefully inspire them to take up the sport was one of the drives for the ‘train and play’ rugby game held last week.


Grassroots football season wraps up

The Rarotongan Grassroots football season ends today with the final knockout matches at the Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) complex.


Black Caps win rain affected ODI series

It’s been a soaking wet start to the New Zealand summer and mirroring India’s 1-0 victory in the rain affected T20 series the Black Caps came up trumps in the ODI series winning it 1-0. Cricket analyst Rahul Patil back from a five-week tour of Australia and New Zealand reports.


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 […]

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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.

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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



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.


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.


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.


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.


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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