Two tankers are expected to be removed from the Cook Islands ship registry this week after allegations surfaced the vessels were transporting Iranian crude oil in defiance of US sanctions, while concealing their movements.
As an Australia-wide ban on news content by Facebook continues, it is emerging just how prominent the social media platform has become for Cook Islands residents and people throughout the Pacific region.
Facebook has blocked the sharing of news content in Australia after its government drafted a law that would force tech giants to pay for content. Now thousands of Australia-based Cook Islanders can no longer see Cook Islands News content on their timelines.
The Opposition Democratic Party says allowing travelling MPs to nominate a ‘proxy’ to stand in for Parliament votes during their absence isn’t a good option to increase the number of days the House sits every year.
As Cook Islands politician Henry Puna prepares to assume the role of Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, he faces a monumental challenge in restoring the spirit of Pacific cooperation at a time when many say the region needs it most.
It’s been a long road for Adam’s Pizza to get their business to where it is today. Along the way, owners and married couple Adam and Sabrina Connelly have caught some lucky breaks, but the backbone of their business is a steely determination to do things right.
With Covid-19 once again in the community in New Zealand, local business owners and workers are conflicted over whether the time is right to relax borders further and pursue two-way quarantine-free travel with New Zealand.