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Community libraries for Raro

Friday 19 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Education

More community libraries are planned for Rarotonga after the contribution of a set of bookshelves to the Tupapa Clinic.

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Young dad gets bail

Friday 19 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Tereanu Teava breathed a sigh of relief and smiled in the court room yesterday, after Justice of Peace Bernice Manarangi granted him bail – the culmination of a long-running saga.


Cooks ship detained

Thursday 18 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National

A Maritime Cook Islands surveyor arrives in Scotland today to check the condition of a Cooks-flagged cargo ship at the centre of an international row.

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'Facebook won't punish crims'

Thursday 18 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Police are calling on the public not to rely on social media for justice but to report any crime to the relevant authorities.

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Back home with a vision to deliver

Wednesday 17 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

Tanga Morris returned to the Cook Islands with a vision to give back to her homeland and to put to use what she has learnt from abroad.

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Model of new patrol boat delivered

Wednesday 17 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A nationwide competition to name the new police patrol boat will soon be on the cards, says the police commissioner.

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Cook Islands language still at risk

Wednesday 17 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Culture

The Cook Islands Maori language continues to be at threat of extinction warns High Commissioner to New Zealand Elizabeth Wright-Koteka, saying recovery needs to start now.

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Better health referral system agreed

Tuesday 16 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health

Cook Islands patients referred for medical care in New Zealand often get lost in the system, unable to understand how it works.

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Indonesians 'the best workers' – Puna

Tuesday 16 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy

As the influence of Asian countries continue to grow in the Pacific region, Cook Islands’ new diplomatic relations with Indonesia will enable an upsurge in migrant workers coming here.

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Penrhyn in 'Immediate threat'

Tuesday 16 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Outer Islands

Islanders won't abandon Penrhyn/Tongareva, yet. Inspection reveals how far the coasts and livelihoods are eroding on our most endangered islands.

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Brigade's message of hope

Monday 15 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

In many places around the world, being a girl is challenging, but there is always hope.

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Police step up patrols of hotspots

Monday 15 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Police are warning locals and visitors to exercise care with high numbers of tourists expected and Te Maeva Nui beginning next week.


Showering inferno

Saturday 13 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

There may be little risk of a Hollywood-style skyscraper inferno in Rarotonga, where few buildings are as tall as the coconut palms.

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Wesley scoops more medals

Friday 12 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Other Sports

WESLEY ROBERTS has continued his dominance in the men’s freestyle swimming competition at the Pacific Games in Apia, claiming two more medals last night. The 22-year-old made Pacific Games history just two days ago, winning the Cook Islands’ first ever medal in swimming and our first gold medal of the 2019 campaign, after placing first in the final of the men’s 200m freestyle event. At the Samoa Aquatic Centre last night, Roberts placed second in the final of the men's 1500 metre freestyle event. Minutes after the presentation, Roberts competed in the 100m freestyle final where he finished third to claim the bronze medal. Following his first gold medal in the 200 metres freestyle final, Roberts qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan but he will now also compete in the 1500 metres and 100 metre events next year. Paddler Andre Tutaka-George claimed his second bronze medal after finishing third in the men’s V1 16 kilometre race yesterday. He earlier managed bronze medal in the men’s V1 500m. Weightlifter Matanoko McDonald missed out on podium finish in the Pacific Games but walked away with two bronze medals each in Commonwealth Junior Women 81kg and Oceania Junior Women 81kg. Team Cook Islands has one gold, two silver and four bronze medals. -Liam Ratana in Apia, Samoa

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Cooks' first woman PM – for one week

Friday 12 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Politics

Low-ranked minister Rose Toki-Brown has leap-frogged her more senior colleagues to serve this week as acting prime minister.

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Vigilante threats to car robbers

Friday 12 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

With dozens of smash-and-grabs from cars at Rarotonga’s most popular tourist hotspots, an opposition MP is leading calls for locals to take the law into their own hands.

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Hi-tech lab to protect fruit exports

Friday 12 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Technology

After 10 years of planning the Ministry of Agriculture has finally opened its very own first pathology laboratory, an essential biosecurity service to allow the Cooks to export produce to New Zealand and further afield.

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Health plan to respond to addiction

Friday 12 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health

The country is urgently working to pull together a health strategy to deal with drug addicts, as part of the Ministry of Health’s plans for next year.

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Gangs and meth threaten

Friday 12 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Six gang members were stopped trying to enter Cook Islands last month, as government prepares drug enforcement strategy.


Cooks goal: The first smoke-free islands

Thursday 11 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health

Vivian Inangaro Taia started smoking at the age of 14. She would have to hide with her friends. By the age of 23, the Mitiaro mum had begun to smoke openly.

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