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In the line of duty

Saturday 7 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Weekend

They have both battled personal tragedy. Now, these two proud Cook Islanders are fighting back at the international Invictus Games for those who have suffered injury and sickness in the armed services.

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Burgled chef says, 'enough is enough'

Saturday 7 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

On The Beach Restaurant owner Phillip Nordt has welcomed the two-and-a-half year jail sentence imposed on a burglar for taking a safe from his restaurant.

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Hit-and-run driver feared for his life

Saturday 7 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Night clubber was fleeing debt collector when he hit an innocent motorcyclist.


Big boys break boozed bad boy

Saturday 7 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

John Harry thought he had moved the gear of his rental car into reverse. He was wrong.


Cook Islands strengthening capability to combat illegal drugs: Herrmann

Friday 6 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy

Cook Islands is working on strengthening capability to combat illegal drugs, says Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.

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Repeat crim gets 2½ yrs 'to think about his life'

Friday 6 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Daniel Akama has been sent down for a long jail sentence, after breaking into On The Beach Restaurant in Arorangi, damaging the property and taking a safe box.


100-plus kids a year nursed for mental illness

Friday 6 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

United Nations human rights committee challenges Cook Islands to tackle rising suicide rates, substance abuse and mental health issues among Cook Islands youth.

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Motorist powerless to argue

Thursday 5 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A builder who knocked down a power pole with his pickup truck is now paying the price – literally.


Smile, you're on candid camera!

Thursday 5 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

Big brother is watching you – but you have nothing to fear as long as you behave!

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Seven police officers corner fleeing driver near a bar, with two women

Thursday 5 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Driver breath-tested at twice the alcohol limit tells JP he had drunk only two cans of Woodstock.


Doubt cast on MP's claim to UN human rights body

Thursday 5 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy

A United Nations human rights committee grilled the government yesterday about treating people in same-sex relationships as criminals.

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100,000 Cook Islanders in 'brain exchange'

Wednesday 4 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy

More than 100,000 Cook Islanders, scattered around the world like atolls in an ocean. 85,000 in New Zealand. 25,000 in Australia. More dotted around the fringes of the Pacific, the US and further afield in Europe.

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Ship beached as, bro

Wednesday 4 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

Crew are reported safe after their Cook Islands-registered cargo ship ran aground in contested waters between Greece and Turkey.

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Cruise tourists to be evacuated

Wednesday 4 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy

The troubled cruise ship MSC Magnifica left two passengers behind in Rarotonga hospital, when it left Cook Islands on Monday night.

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Run on masks, sanitiser

Wednesday 4 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health

CITC says customers shouldn’t panic at not being able to buy any hand sanitiser, amid scenes of reported pandemonium in other countries as coronavirus draws nearer.


UN to hear child rights challenges

Wednesday 4 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

Internal Affairs officials must report Cook Islands progress to first-ever UN committee hearing in the Pacific.

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Customs' new place

Tuesday 3 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

The opening of a new Customs office in Avarua is a small step towards bigger plans to strengthen Customs in the Cook Islands, says the Financial Secretary.

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Tex Mart accused requests for medical assessment

Monday 2 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Defence counsel Mark Short has requested the High Court to order a medical assessment for his client, Elijah Trego.


Drug matter involving three adjourned

Monday 2 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Teatuaaveroa Tuakanangaro, who is alleged to have been involved in a drug operation between Rarotonga and New Zealand, has been advised by the court to get a new lawyer.


Police officer faces four counts of assault

Monday 2 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

The police officer alleged to have assaulted a young father outside the Raro Fried Chicken is facing four counts of assault with intent to injure.


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