Not many professionals crack the 40-year mark of service then take up a new career. John Strickland took that turn on Monday, transitioning from 41 years of serving the community with the Cook Islands Police and onto a new path as the incoming director of Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI).
Edmond Tupuna is among 50 Cook Islanders employed at Alliance Group’s Lorneville site near Invercargill at the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island, unable to return home because of the border closure.
A man accused of rape and other indecent behaviour relating to girls aged 10 and under has been denied bail for the second time in two weeks after two further complainants, both aged under 10, come forward.
Internationally-renowned Kiwi artist Billy Apple had been scheduled to land on Rarotonga today for his second exhibition in the Cook Islands. Apple died after a short illness at his Auckland home on Monday. Rarotonga Bergman Gallery owner Ben Bergman connected with Apple over several years and shares his memories of the artist with Al Williams.