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PM Brown takes stand in Pa Enua tax policy petition case

Prime Minister Mark Brown appeared in the High Court in Avarua on Wednesday defending the Cook Islands Party’s policy of tax exemptions for those earning under $60,000 in the Pa Enua against accusations of bribery.


‘It was a bit of a baptism of fire coming here’: Departing Crown Prosecutor

It’s been an adventure. All of it. But as Crown Prosecutor Annabel Maxwell-Scott sits down over coffee, she wonders whether it’s time for a new one.


Diesel up by $0.79 per litre

Fuel costs rise again with the maximum allowable retail price for diesel at $3.50 a litre overtaking petrol at $3.39 in Rarotonga, however, the next price order should see a drop.

National

Demerits points system finally up and running

More than 300 motorists are registered on the Cook Islands demerit points system following a ‘painstaking’ review by police.

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Superpowers must commit to climate change funding

The world’s largest countries profit from polluting and should finance climate adaption for Pacific Island nations, says a Cook Islands environment lobby group.

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Rarotonga-Tahiti route soars

Air Rarotonga is pleased with the uptake of flights to Tahiti with seating capacity expected to reach 75 per cent in the next quarter.


Health

Cook Islands Child Welfare Association celebrates 89 years

Paunu Day is when a child’s growth, development and general wellbeing is monitored in village clinics to track their health and development.

Sports

League

Cook Islands Moana named for Rugby League World Cup

Titikaveka Bulldogs’ Tehinnah Tatuava has been named in the Cook Islands squad for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup 2021 to be played next month.


Sports

Cook Islands Games swim meet wraps up

The boiler swim and last swimming event for Cook Islands Games was held in large swells and strong winds on Tuesday.

Mangaia maintains Cook Islands Games lead

Athletics

Mokoroa breaks men’s high jump record

The men’s high jump national record was broken during the Cook Islands Games this week. Mitiaro’s Nukumaea Mokoroa cleared the bar earlier this week at the National Stadium in Nikao recording 1.92 metres to beat the record by 3cm.

Opinion

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Wealth, health and spiritual balance

Dear Editor, Replying to ghost writer of 26.09.22, referencing Bishop Pere as to a Freudian’s Id, Ego, and Superego theory, hailed as the founding father of psychoanalysis, which is used in the treatment of mental illness.

Opinion

RUTA MAVE: Challenging the legality of Queen’s Memorial ‘day off’

Government is the largest employer in the Cook Islands so are they paying everyone to have the day off? Are they paying double time for all those employees who worked on September 30 for the opening of the Cook Island Games? Ruta Mave writes.

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‘It was a bit of a baptism of fire coming here’: Departing Crown Prosecutor

It’s been an adventure. All of it. But as Crown Prosecutor Annabel Maxwell-Scott sits down over coffee, she wonders whether it’s time for a new one.


Features

A tribute to Papa John Tansley – A 57-year Rarotonga resident

John Tansley passed away a week ago at his home by the lagoon in Avana. He always told us he wouldn’t leave Raro, and true to his word, he never will. By Craig Tansley (and brothers, Rod, Dale and Paul).

Art

Traditional canoes taking shape

In a bid to revive the art of traditional canoe building, Te Mana O te Vaka boat building and sailing project – a collaboration between the Cook Islands Voyaging Society (CIVS) and the Gallery Tavioni and Vananga – started last week.

Features

Carving a niche in acting

When Dominic Ona-Ariki is not playing Detective Ariki Davis, a Cook Island Māori police officer in the New Zealand supernatural crime drama One Lane Bridge, he spends time discovering himself and his Cook Islands heritage.

Pacific

Regional

Pacific news in brief

October 5, 2022

Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands mini-state plot and the price of sovereignty in the Pacific

Last month’s news of a Chinese couple’s audacious plot to set up a ministate in the Republic of the Marshall Islands by allegedly bribing members of Parliament and officials was deeply disturbing.

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Mosquito-borne diseases remain a significant threat to Pacific says expert

Mosquito-borne diseases remain a significant threat to the health and socio-economic well-being of the region according to the Pacific Community's senior epidemiologist Dr Salanieta Saketa.


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Solomons PM defends China links

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says his nation has been unfairly targetted since it formalised diplomatic relations with China in 2019.

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