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More time to make a difference

Monday 4 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

There’s just a few more days left to make a difference for Cook Islands children in need with the BSP Giving Tree…

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Glassie praises JP Act

Friday 1 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

“Ground-breaking” is how Minister of Justice Nandi Glassie described the first Bill passed into legislation by government on Tuesday afternoon during the second sitting of parliament this year.

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UN hopes 'nonsense': PM

Friday 1 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Politics

Prime minister Henry Puna has rejected claims made by Rarotonga resident Papa Williams that the Cook Islands government is aspiring to graduate to developed country status for the purpose of gaining a seat at the United Nations as “nonsense”.

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Timoti to power on?

Thursday 30 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

The Board of Te Aponga Uira (TAU) have been advertising the top job of chief executive for the country’s sole power company.


Titikaveka students set for success

Wednesday 29 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Principal Gaylyn Lockington and teachers of Titikaveka College had plenty of wise words for their pupils at the school’s year 11 prize-giving last Friday.

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FSC under microscope

Tuesday 28 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

The Cook Islands Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) is undergoing a two week “Mutual Obligations” evaluation by an eight-member team of international financial specialists.

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Punanga Nui market turns 25

Friday 24 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Punanga Nui Market was opened with all the pomp and ceremony fit for a king, or at least an heir to the throne, when Prince Edward cut the ribbon in 1992.

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Muri drowning victims identified

Friday 24 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

One of the two men who drowned at Muri lagoon Wednesday morning has now been identified as US Republican State Representative for South Dakota, Craig Tieszen, 68.

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Aitutaki airport marks 75th year

Thursday 23 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Aitutaki airport was built in turbulent times during World War Two, and in its heyday was even visited by internationally-known movie stars.

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Two drown in attempt to cross reef

Thursday 23 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

A small group of visiting family and friends are today coming to terms with a tragedy following the death of two members of their wedding party yesterday morning at Muri Lagoon.

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Few MPs at legislation workshop

Wednesday 22 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

MPs are this week attending a workshop facilitated by representatives of the United Nations Development Program to learn how to better scrutinise and review bills that are to be debated in the second and final sitting of parliament for the year, starting on Monday.

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ADB opens local office at Nikao

Tuesday 21 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

The Asian Development Bank now have their own premises in Nikao following a grand opening on Friday afternoon attended by around 30 guests, including deputy prime minister Teariki Heather.

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Bishop to pay over $250,000

Tuesday 21 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Former MP and One Cook Islands Party leader Teina Bishop, convicted of corruption in July 2016, has settled out of court, agreeing to pay the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development a total of $254,000.


Huge cost for vaka repair

Tuesday 21 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Getting the damaged vaka Marumaru Atua back into the water could cost up to $250,000.

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Teina Rongo's theory of migration

Monday 20 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Having had a nasty bout of ciguatera poisoning for the seventh time, you’d think Dr Teina Rongo would have learned his lesson once and for all about eating reef fish.

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Aussie's generous gift of bras for Pa Enua

Monday 20 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Living in a town nearly two-hour’s drive from Sydney with a population of only 2,500 people, Elizabeth Cranny says she sees some similarities to calling Rarotonga home.

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Local link to Paradise Papers

Monday 20 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Asiaciti, a trust specialist headquartered in Singapore with a Cook Islands branch in Avarua, has been implicated in the Paradise Papers saga.

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Motorcycle crash victim laid to rest

Monday 20 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

A motorcyclist who died following a crash in the early hours of Wednesday morning was laid to rest yesterday at the Ngati Ora Burial Ground, after a service at the Arorangi Seventh Day Adventist Church.


All go for Queen's Baton

Thursday 16 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

The Queen’s Baton Relay organisers won’t forget their trip to the Cook Islands in a hurry.

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Plastic fires prompt another warning

Thursday 16 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

A spate of publicity about island residents burning plastic has prompted Community Health Services to issue a reminder that they will take action against offenders - despite the fact they have never taken legal action against anyone for the offence.


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