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Father who alleged police assault further charged

Tuesday 25 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Aue Vakatini was looking forward to his charge against a police officer being withdrawn in April.


Cruise ships 'safe'

Tuesday 25 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health

The national tourism body has assured public that “due diligence is carried out” when cruise ship passengers enter the country.

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Go straight to prison, do not pass go

Monday 24 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A 61-year-old road cleaner Ngatokorua Tariu has been convicted and fined $300 for an excess breath alcohol charge.

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'Never trust a skinny chef'

Saturday 22 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Hot on the Rock

Lickity splitz, get a move on! You can now get your best ice cream sundaes with homemade sauces in Arorangi.

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Emma's fresh local flavours go global

Saturday 22 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Entertainment

A young environmentalist and entrepreneur is keeping Cook Islands food fresh on oversea TV.

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Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the Raro rain

Saturday 22 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A drunk British tourist smashed his way into a Muri store to get out of the rain.


'No professional misconduct'

Saturday 22 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

Ousted football executive Tai Nicholas has escaped being struck off as a lawyer – because he did not have a practicing certificate when he made and received allegedly improper payments.

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Vet clinic's fur-vent plea

Saturday 22 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

Te Are Manu veterinary clinic is calling for support for a fulltime vet on Rarotonga.

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Youngsters getting hooked on booze – expert

Friday 21 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health

The Alcoholics Anonymous group is getting increased participation, amid fears about the impact of alcohol on young and old.

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Fugitive breaks into Police HQ yard to steal bike, court told

Friday 21 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Ngatokotoru Nicholas was unhappy at being stopped by police and having his bike seized after he refused a breathalyser test – so he allegedly took the law into his own hands.

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Cook Islands-flagged ship safe

Thursday 20 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy

The Cook Islands registered Turkish cargo ship and its crew are safe after a military attack on the port it has berthed in Tripoli, Libya.

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Chemical water trial is 'lawful'

Wednesday 19 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health

Government-owned water authority To Tatou Vai is pressing ahead with turning on the taps in trials of the new waterworks, even though the environmental impact of a new chemical has not yet been fully assessed.


New legal challenge to school's haircut demand

Tuesday 18 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Culture

The Cook Islands Council of Queensland has taken up the legal cudgels for a young Cook Island boy’s cultural rights to keep his hair long until his haircutting ceremony.

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Man's drink-drive admission was because of fear of police

Tuesday 18 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Discharge without conviction sought for expat worker accused of drink driving.


Lax parents let kids drive, say police

Tuesday 18 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Despite the death of a man and a boy in a fatal head-on smash last month, police say Rarotonga’s roads were “noticeably” full of underage drivers this weekend, with no helmets and driving dangerously.

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Cabbages for dinner tonight!

Tuesday 18 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Education

Senior students at Apii Avarua are participating in the first school growing programme to encourage them into agriculture careers.

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Chasing storms in Raro

Tuesday 18 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Weather


Bid to sail vaka in international waters

Monday 17 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

Traditional Cook Islands vaka Marumaru Atua is all set for a new skipper with the assistance of Maritime Cook Islands.

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Local film on colonialism and warlike nature

Saturday 15 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Entertainment

A short film shot in Aitutaki addresses colonialism and the warlike nature of the past.

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Valentine's Day wedding

Saturday 15 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

After 17 years of being together and working hard to ensure they have a beautiful family together, Stewart Pita and Apii Tua decided to tie the knot.

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