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Turtle tour operators call on community to report suspicious activity

A turtle tour operator is urging the community to work together and report any suspicious activity to the police.

Hawaii, Sydney routes to contribute $20m annually

Hawaiian Airlines and Jetstar flights, from Sydney, could bring close to $20 million into the Cook Islands economy every year.


Prime Minister gets ceremonial welcome home

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown got the full welcome when he arrived back in Rarotonga.


Cook Islands to host New Zealand Governor General

New Zealand Governor-General, Her Excellency Dame Cynthia Kiro will visit the Cook Islands this week as a guest of the Head of State, the King’s Representative, Sir Tom Marsters, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) said in a statement.



A hard day fishing – 9 kg tuna wins competition

It was a hard day of fishing on Saturday with a beautiful flat sea and no one claiming the $1000 heaviest tuna prize - which had to weigh in at least 20kg in the 14th Don Beer Snr Memorial Heaviest Tuna fishing competition.



Strong challenge at Kumete Athletics Competition

This year’s Kumete Athletics Competition saw a strong challenge from Tupapa who came a close second to Arorangi as overall winners, says the president of Athletics Cook Islands, Simone Fe’ao.


Cook Islands Residents win Tri Nations Series opener

Cook Islands Residents coach Clive Nicholas acknowledged his boys who answered the call to play against the Fiji Residents-Tabusoro in the first match of the Cook Islands Rugby League Tri Nations Series on Saturday.


Tupapa crowned netball champions

Tupapa is the new premier champions of the Rarotonga Netball Club competition after defeating Arorangi Flames 49-47 in the grand finale at Tupapa Dome over the weekend.

Rugby league

Conan’s Cup holders Country beats Town in series opener

Defending champions Country are off a good start in the annual Conan’s Cup women’s rugby league series.



Ruta Mave: ‘Simply the Best’: Tina Turner changed rugby league forever

The death of Tina Turner had fans all over the world grieving including male Australian league players and fans who to this day hold her song ‘Simply the Best’ as their anthem to the beautiful game, writes Ruta Mave.


Kata: Golden mile


Kata: Ministry annual funding


Pet Talk: Food glorious food

Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Sitting down to dinner is the best. The best. Well at least the best since breakfast. We can eat food for pleasure, but the reason we need food is for energy, writes Te Are Manu clinic medical director Dr Michael Baer.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Home grown medicinal cannabis products

The Government revealed in a press release on 19-5-23 to this paper that it does not have the money to start up a medicinal cannabis programme.



Death of Ariki’s daughter, an attempt to introduce Christianity to Mangaia

Historian and author Howard Henry has been fascinated by the birth of Christianity in the Cook Islands for many years. In a weekly series, Henry chronicles the arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands and its role in building the nation. In his fifth article he talks about how Aitutaki’s Tamatoa Uma-tetiki Ariki embraced Christianity and the first attempt to introduce the Christian faith to the people of Mangaia.

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Church Talk

A lifelong journey of nurturing our people

Pastor Tevai Matapo OBE known affectionately as Bobby is an ‘incredibly extraordinary’ man who has touched the lives of so many people.

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Rediscovering ancestral roots

A Mangaia family has made new connections across thousands of kilometres of ocean through the magic of DNA, oral histories and historical records. On Rarotonga, Geoff Halston shares details of a reunion and emotional ties which now connect them.


Muso brings flavour to Raro dance parties

Dance music comes to Rarotonga this weekend with a music legend leading the way.


Alf – a man who fell in love

When the late Alfred George Manu first came to Rarotonga 22 years ago, he didn’t expect to fall in love. The original plan was to fulfill his rugby league contract as an outstanding premier player, get a few casual jobs and go where the southerly trade winds would take him. But Alf fell in love.


Pacific Islands

Sustainability of Pacific fisheries is compromised by the impacts of climate change

Forum Chair and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown says the sustainability of Pacific fisheries is compromised by the impacts of climate change, marine pollution and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.


Cook Islands will be ready to host Forum Leaders meeting in November: PM Brown

Cook Islands Prime Minister and Pacific Forum Chair Mark Brown says preparations are well underway for the upcoming Forum Leaders meeting in November.


Tonga’s Princess Siu’ilikutapu laid to rest

One of Tonga's most celebrated royals, the late Princess Mele Siu'ilikutapu, has been laid to rest in Nuku'alofa.


Fiji PM admits the Budget won’t win popularity stakes

Fiji's Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has alluded that the upcoming 2023-2024 National Budget will be an unpopular, needs-based one.

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