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Articles by Candice Luke

Cooks boxer takes another jab at Paris Olympics qualifying dream

Thursday 22 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Boxing, Sports

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.


‘Pearl of the Pacific’ - Cook Islands tourism needs promotional boost

Wednesday 21 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Economy, National, Travel

Having returned from an Australian Entire Travel Group Roadshow, Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council president Liana Scott says competition is fierce in the marketplace, and promotions need to start now.


‘I will never return’: New Zealand tourist furious with police response following a brazen robbery

Wednesday 21 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Crime, National

A visitor on his fourth trip to the Cook Islands says his love for Rarotonga has been ruined after a robbery at the accommodation he and his family were holidaying at in Titikaveka, in the early hours of Sunday morning. Candice Luke reports.

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Tourism seeks additional $3.5m to protect Cook Islands’ ‘golden goose’

Monday 19 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Economy, National, Travel

Cook Islands Tourism is requesting $3.5 million in additional funding to invest in optimising the new flight routes, develop outer island tourism, and create a path for diversification in the tourism sector.

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Cook Islands Party picks Wichman for Penrhyn by-election

Monday 19 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in National, Politics

Development economist Vaine Iriano Wichman is the Cook Islands Party candidate for the Penrhyn (Tongareva) by-election to be held next month.

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Friends use humour, fun in bid to save Cook Islands language

Saturday 17 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Art, Features

Three friends in Christchurch are using their online platform Kūki Learning to teach Cook Islands Māori language and culture in a fun and engaging way, despite facing challenges with limited time and resources.


Personal trainer fights for a happier, healthier community

Saturday 17 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Business, Features, Go Local, National

Heart diseases, stroke, and heart attack made up 53 per cent of NCD (non-communicable disease) deaths in the Cook Islands from October to December last year. A new grassroots initiative ‘Gym and Juice Club’ may help to battle the Cook Islands’ increasing NCD diagnoses and waistlines.


Rarotonga businesses ready to weather the storm

Friday 16 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Business, National, Weather

People, protocols and preparation were a key focus for businesses yesterday as gale force winds lashed the north eastern side of Rarotonga.


Nurses cry out for help as NZ pledges millions

Thursday 15 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Health, National

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters pledged $30 million to the second phase of the Polynesian Health Corridor Programme, during the Pacific Mission last week, aiming to strengthen healthcare systems across the Pacific.

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Scam targets Cook Islands accommodations

Thursday 15 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in National, Technology

A new email scam is targeting Cook Islands accommodation businesses.

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Young entrepreneur spreads culture and joy through temporary tattoos

Wednesday 14 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Art, Business, Features, Local

A young Cook Islands teen runs a successful temporary tattoo business at the market, connecting with customers through his art and cultural heritage.


Don’t miss the plane: Time to diversify and future proof tourism, says Eggelton

Wednesday 14 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Business, Economy, National, Travel

At Tuesday’s global business update at The Edgewater Resort, Cook Islands Tourism chief executive officer Karla Eggelton told an audience of about 60 people that 2024 is “shaping up to be a positive year” and now is the time to diversify and future-proof the industry.


‘Stick to politics’: Te Ipukarea Society slams Peters’ deep sea mining comments

Tuesday 13 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Environment, National, Politics

Cook Islands environmental organisation Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) has slammed comments made by New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters about deep sea mining.

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Chinese teacher shares Spring Festival cheer in Rarotonga

Monday 12 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Culture, National

Saturday, February 10, marked the beginning of the most significant date on the Chinese Calendar: Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival.


Cook Islands nursing students off to New Zealand for final year of study

Saturday 10 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Health, National

Twelve Bachelor of Nursing Pacific students have made it to their final year of studies under the programme, run in conjunction with Te Marae Ora (TMO) Ministry of Health, Whitireia Polytechnic and University of the South Pacific


Equality in leadership: Apii Avarua welcomes 24 prefects, no head boy or girl

Saturday 10 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Education, National

Apii Avarua wrapped up the week in celebration with their 2024 Student Leader Investiture yesterday.


Heart disease still top killer

Saturday 10 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Health, National

Cardiovascular disease is still the top killer of non-communicable diseases, according to Te Marae Ora Minister of Health’s fourth quarter NCD report for 2023.

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New Minister ‘hits the ground running’

Friday 9 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in National, Politics

The newly-appointed Cabinet Minister Tingika Elikana hit the ground running, travelling to Fiji yesterday afternoon, hours after he was sworn in at the Office of the Prime Minister in front of the King's Representative, other Cabinet Ministers, and families. Candice Luke reports.

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$16.5 million grant boosts Cook Islands’ climate resilience efforts

Thursday 8 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Economy, National, New Zealand, Regional

A grant of $16.5 million is on its way to help the Cook Islands respond to climate change, announced New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters who visited Rarotonga yesterday.


New Zealand Health Minister offers solidarity, shares health concerns

Thursday 8 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Health, National

Rarotonga Hospital and Te Marae Ora staff received a special visit yesterday by Dr Shane Reti, New Zealand’s Minister for Health and Minister for Pacific Peoples.

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