A rust fungus introduced to Rarotonga in a bid to control the invasive mile-a-minute vine has spread throughout the island since scientists finally confirmed signs of its successful growth back in 2018.
After decades of success in New Zealand’s entertainment industry, Ardijah vocalist Betty Anne Maryrose Monga has been recognised in the 2023 New Year’s honours list, with a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music.
A memorandum presented to the Houses of the General Assembly in New Zealand by the Minister for the Cook Islands, Maui Pomare (he had yet to receive his knighthood), gives a fascinating insight into life on Rarotonga back in 1923. A trained doctor, Pomare presented the report following his first visit to the Cook Islands for almost five years, noting the changes that had taken place since his earlier visit.
Te Marae Ora’s Facebook announcement about the new availability of the anti-Covid-19 drug Paxlovid in the Cook Islands says the medication is expensive, in short supply globally and must be used properly to optimise its benefits and minimise risks.
Cook Islands residents and visitors concerned about catching Covid-19 or suffering a reinfection of the virus should wear face masks as well as applying ‘normal health measures’, says the Secretary of Health.
Smiley Heather rings in the arrival of Christmas morning at the historic Arorangi Cook Islands
Christian Church on Sunday. Residents and visitors alike flocked to churches all over the island for special Christmas Day services, with St Mary’s Catholic Church in Arorangi filled to overflowing.
There was just one place keen fishermen Mani Mamanu and his friend, “Father Christmas” Manu
wanted to be on the morning of Christmas Day, and that was at the Social Centre, where Manu was busy preparing his net in the hope of catching a few fish.