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A plan to fix Muri lagoon

In 2015, the state of Muri lagoon was declared to be a national disaster by the then Cabinet – six years later the state of Rarotonga’s most famous tourist spot has worsened significantly.


Connecting Cook Islands youth to their roots

Te Maeva Nui New Zealand 2021 kicked off on Thursday (Cook Islands time) in Tāmaki Makaurau, celebrating the best of Cook Islands dance, language, culture and food.


New ‘secret agent’ to ‘protect country and people’

The Cook Islands’ newest “secret agent” will keep threats at bay and protect the nation.



Celebrating indigenous artists

Sharing, collaborating, and appreciating the art of indigenous Cook Islanders is the idea behind the Toki Cook Islands Indigenous Artist gatherings which was initiated by painter and photographer Shane Andrews and national treasure Michael Tavioni.



Nicholas into semis at Tokyo Olympics

Cook Islands paddler Jane Nicholas has made it into the semi-finals of the K1 Women’s at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Rugby Union

Cook Islands come up short against Tonga in Rugby World Cup playoff

Tonga are through to the Asia/Pacific playoff for a place at the 2023 World Cup in France after beating the Cook Islands 54-10 in Pukekohe on Saturday.

Other Sports

Team Cook Islands travel without physio

Team Cook Islands is still adjusting to life under Covid-19 restrictions at the Tokyo Olympics.



KATA: Lots of pork, no fish

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Thank you for your hospitality

Dear Editor, A big shout out to all the Rarotongans who have been working so hard to welcome visitors back to the islands. We could see the work that has been going on behind the scenes over the 14 months when the borders were closed. The island is looking so good with so much work […]


OPINION: Fashion at the Olympic Games

In the Cook Islands before the missionaries came, we used local plants and rauti to cover our heads, necks, shoulders and hips. It was the missionaries who covered us from neck to toe with colonial clothes especially the muumuu, which was more like a nightdress formless and plain, writes Ruta Mave.



Pride and prejudice: Lobby group takes leap of faith for LGBTQI community

A Cook Islands lobby group is taking giant steps forward in a combined effort to bring about equality. Al Williams reports.


History made as Atiu invests Ngamaru Ariki and Rongomatane Ariki

Hundreds of people descended onto the island of Atiu to witness the historic akamarokura’anga (investiture) of Ngamaru Ariki and Rongomatane Ariki conducted three days apart. By Melina Etches.


The gift of faith - St. Joseph's celebrates 125 years

St Joseph’s Primary School in Avarua celebrated 125 years this week. Al Williams delves into the school archives, talking to former students and teachers who attended celebrations.


French Polynesia

Opposition to Marquesas UNESCO bid

An heir to the last queen of Nuku Hiva in French Polynesia's Marquesas Islands has asked the French president Emmanuel Macron not to endorse the archipelago's bid to become another of France's UNESCO World Heritage site.


Samoa's Tuilaepa not conceding he's lost

The outgoing prime minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is refusing to concede that he lost the election.


Covid-19 in Fiji: New curfew hours for Fiji as more deaths, cases confirmed

Fiji's main island of Viti Levu has been issued with new curfew hours amid the worsening Covid-19 crisis in the country.

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