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Business

Beyond the numbers: How tourism benefits everyday life in the Cook Islands

January saw a record breaking 10,368 visitors arrive on our shores. They’re staying longer, and spending more on average. But what do these facts and figures look like in the daily lives of Cook Islanders? Cook Islands News journalist Candice Luke spoke to locals about how the tourist dollar is affecting them, their families, and their businesses right now.


Education ‘master plan’ to improve NCEA pass rates

The Ministry of Education has started developing a new education master plan with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and with this they aim for an 80 per cent pass rate for NCEA levels.

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Crime

Man sues Police for $275,000

A Tupapa resident has filed a civil claim of $275,000 against the Cook Islands Police for alleged wrongful arrest and detention.

Business

Cook Islands balances tourism growth with sustainability

Cook Islands emerged from the Covid-19 slump with a tourism boom in 2023.

National

Environment

Te Ipukarea Society: Pacific partners talk tourism

Te Ipukarea Society recently participated in the Pacific Tourism Partners Immersion Programme organised by Griffith Institute for Tourism based in Brisbane, Australia.


Environment

Delayed marine and lagoon assessment to begin in Aitutaki

After months of delay, the National Environmental Services (NES) has finally secured technical expertise to undertake a detailed marine biological baseline assessment of the marine benthic biomes and resources (biotic and abiotic) within the Aitutaki project sites.

Sports

League

League pays tribute to Bulldogs star

Lady Panthers are hoping to continue their winning streak in the 2024 Cook Islands Rugby League 13s competition after last week’s victory against Lady Bears.


Football

CIFA takes football into schools

The Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) has launched a training and competition programme to prepare Rarotonga schools for a football tournament and inspire a lifelong passion for the sport.


Boxing

Cooks boxer takes another jab at Paris Olympics qualifying dream

Cook Islands will be represented in Italy next month as Māori light middleweight boxer Tawhiri Toheriri takes a second shot at securing his spot to compete at the 2024 Paris Olympics this July and August.

Football

Changing the landscape of women’s football in Cook Islands

In the vast, turquoise waters of the Pacific, stands a modern-day trailblazer redefining the world of football in the Cook Islands.

Other Sports

Marsters, Lindsay among names mentioned for CISNOC top job

Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) has received a number of expressions of interest and applications for the Secretary General’s role, says organisation president Hugh Graham.

Badminton

Badminton U17 team wins silver

Cook Islands U17 team won silver at the 2024 VICTOR Oceania Championships U17 Invitational Team Challenge in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

Opinion

Opinion

Virtues of Paradise: The Gethsemane Secret: Trusting God during difficult times

The Lenten period is here now. A perfect time to reflect on our lives. The world’s sacred texts contain great wisdom on the virtues, which are the very purpose of our lives. By Linda Kavelin-Popov, co-founder of The Virtues Project.

Opinion

Pet Talk: Five freedoms- the foundation of animal welfare

Justice Potter Stewart, in a famous US Supreme Court ruling, said, roughly, “I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it”. He wasn’t talking about animal welfare, but he could easily have been.

Editorials

Thomas Wynne: A man of mana - A tribute to Fa’anānā Efeso Collins

What is mana? At a funeral this week in Auckland where thousands attended, including many from our Cook Islands community, a man with mana, who loved God, his family and our community was honoured and laid to rest., writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.


Letters to the Editor

Letter: Rethinking ‘village politics’

Dear Editor, It’s been a few years since I have had to deal with someone having a go at me for my opinion and making it personal (Letter: Village voters, February 20).

Features

Education

Education takes flight as Manihiki and Penrhyn learners graduate for first time

The Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute (CITTI) is expanding its reach to offer accredited qualifications to learners in the Pa Enua, with this week’s graduation ceremony celebrating the achievements of students from Manihiki and Penrhyn.


Art

Artist gifts Cook Islands themed collection to university

University of South Pacific’s Rarotonga campus has received a donation of 11 screen printed original works by New Zealand-based artist Jean Loomis.


Church Talk

Church Talk: Ignite your prayer life

Greetings to all you lovely people: To those who are prayer lovers and prayer warriors. I thought to bring our message this morning in support and recognition of the Women’s International Prayer Day coming shortly. I thought how fitting this message is for all of us to ignite our prayer life.

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Features

Aere ra e Papa Harry: A tribute to the life and legacy of beloved Suwarrow Park Ranger

“Suwarrow belongs to you and me and to every Cook Islander. This is our home. We have the responsibility to protect and to take care of our home.” – Tuakeu “Harry” Papai.

Features

Turning illness into inspiration, Upokoina’s story of resilience

Upokoina Bishop-Cuthers, a Cook Islands woman who battled cancer, created her own homeware brand CuBis Creations to inspire others and support her family.

Health

Autism Cook Islands kicks off year with $4000 donation

Autism Cook Islands has gotten off to a great start for this year thanks to a generous $4000 donation from the Rarotonga Growers Association’s special dinner event.

Pacific

New Zealand

Leader was an ‘extraordinary man’, widow says at funeral

The late Green Party MP Fa'anānā Efeso Collins has been remembered by his widow as an "extraordinary man" at a service in South Auckland.

Papua New Guinea

PNG ‘susceptible to rapid increase of transnational crime’ - Research

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) government needs to do more work to address transnational crime in the country.

Fiji

Fiji court grants bail to 13 people charged in relation to 4800kg meth bust

A Fiji court has granted bail to 13 people charged in relation to the seizure of almost five tonnes of methamphetamine.

New Zealand

NZ Minister sets ‘long-term’ house price target of 3 to 5 times household incomes

The new housing minister has set a target of having homes costing just three to five times household incomes - well below what they are now in most of New Zealand.


Fiji

Criticise ‘stars of Fiji politics’ on performance ‘not other things’, political expert says

Victoria University of Wellington Comparative Politics professor Jon Fraenkel said the management of Fiji is far more important than what he considers to be "private matters" between the Women's Minister Lynda Tabuya and sacked Education Minister Aseri Radrodro.

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