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Face masks included in Covid-19 law

The country’s ongoing response to Covid-19 was front and centre at the last Parliament sitting for the year.


Finance ministry defends tender process

As a review takes place by the Audit Office after a public complaint, a government official has come out in defence of the tendering process for the Penrhyn Cyclone Shelter project.


Getting ready for a Tropical Christmas

Despite Covid-19, the annual Tropical Christmas festive events will be going ahead this year.



‘Agent Tetava’ at your service

Prime Minister Mark Brown was recognised as the new leader of the country and Minister of Police at a special parade in his honour.


Rugby league

Samoa Residents claim inaugural Tri-Nations title

Samoa Residents last night claimed the 2020 Tri Nations Series after beating Cook Islands Residents 28-20.


Clubs to honour legend Maradona ahead of Men's premier action

In honour of the late Diego Armando Maradona and in solidarity with his family and everyone who loved him so much, the flags at Cook Islands Football Association headquarters are being flown at half-mast.

Rugby Union

Tri Nations showdown set for Friday

The winner of Friday's clash between Cook Islands Residents and Samoa Residents will claim the inaugural Tri Nations series title.



OPINION ‘Corruption is never bold; it is always subtle’

We should never be silent when those in power abuse that power for their own benefit, writes Thomas Wynne.

Letters to the Editor

LETTERS: Delaying debate on same-sex rights

"The government’s deferral of accepting same sex relationships will make them the laughing stock, so to speak, of the world."


Avana coastal protection – it’s in the bag

Local environment group Te Ipukarea Society is trying to prevent the Avana lagoon claiming back what was taken. By Kelvin Passfield.



The best things in life are often right under our noses

The internet has brought the world closer together. If you want to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Statue of Liberty in New York, Google will show you the way in a matter of seconds. However, nothing compares to going to a place for the very first time and feeling, smelling, hearing and tasting everything around you as Katrina Tanirau found out in Nga Pu Toru (Atiu, Mitiaro and Mauke) and Mangaia.


The queen of happiness

At 92, Te Maeu O Te Rangi Teikamata Ariki Mii O’Bryan is the oldest and one of the longest reigning royals in the Cook Islands. Mama Mii hesitantly accepted the title in 1985 but has grown into the role, doing her best for the people. Losirene Lacanivalu met the island’s queen on her first-ever visit to Mitiaro.


Time to turn on the tap, but it’s not that simple

It has been a bumpy ride, but work on Rarotonga’s revamped water system is nearing an end. From the outset, elected leaders were committed to delivering potable water to residents. Cleaner water is now coming through the taps, but it’s not up to international drinking standards yet. Te Mato Vai project manager Peter Free is committed to seeing the ultimate goal become a reality. Emmanuel Samoglou reports.


French Polynesia

Two more Covid-19 fatalities in French Polynesia

French Polynesia has recorded another two deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours.

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