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Mentally ill man in cells with no trial

Saturday 17 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A man charged with attacking a woman in church will have to wait for final medical assessments before he can be released from custody.


Cooks hold special place in navy commander's heart

Saturday 17 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

Officers and crew of the Royal NZ Navy patrol vessel HMNZS Otago are in town this weekend for a break, after a long stint out on fisheries patrol in the high seas.

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Cable to damage marine habitat

Saturday 17 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Technology

The new undersea cable comes at the cost of a small area of marine habitat, a new Environment Services report reveals.


Monster wave smashes buildings

Saturday 17 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Environment

Residents evacuate themselves from several inundated homes along Rutaki coastline, report Losirene Lacanivalu and Rashneel Kumar.

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Second chance for sleeping driver

Friday 16 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A woman has been discharged without conviction after falling asleep and running her ute into a tree.

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Repeat offender finally admits charges

Friday 16 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Having been bailed and remanded in custody a number of times this year, repeat offender Paulo Teio has finally admitted to his charges.


Accused denies damaging PM's car

Friday 16 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Jordan Glover has entered a not guilty plea to damaging a vehicle belonging to the Office of the Prime Minister.


Treasurer of sport organisation on $11K theft charges

Friday 16 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Voluntary treasurer of a sport organisation, Melanie Wilson has been accused of stealing $11,000 from her employer.


The Great Wine Robbery

Thursday 15 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

The only item a burglar was able to steal was a bottle of Christmas wine taken from a staff member’s desk, says the National Environment Service.

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'Cook Islands language our greatest strength'

Wednesday 14 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Education

“Speaking Te Reo Maori remains one of my greatest strengths in this role. It allows me to be a better communicator to our people, particularly the older generations and people of Pa Enua origin," says Cook Islands high commissioner to New Zealand.

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Napa first MP to take drug test

Wednesday 14 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health

She walked into the Rarotonga Hospital leading by example, as she became the first Member of Parliament to undergo a drug test, at her own will.

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300-metre ocean outfall on table

Wednesday 14 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National

Government is running out of alternatives to piping Muri's treated sewage 300 metres out to sea – a solution massively unpopular with local community.


Prison 'no good' for teens

Tuesday 13 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Families returning from overseas are not able to cope with the islands lifestyle and so their teens go off the rails, says a professional counsellor.

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Troubled teen sent to jail

Tuesday 13 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A teenager has been sentenced to three-and-a-half months’ imprisonment after being convicted of 32 separate charges.

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Second man now charged with arson

Tuesday 13 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A day after a High Court judge sentenced the Mart Arsonist to prison, another young man has been charged with setting a fire.

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Woman 'asleep' at wheel

Tuesday 13 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A woman faces a charge of careless driving after she crashed at the Nikao main road.

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Tonorio to appeal arson conviction, says lawyer

Monday 12 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

The young man convicted of arson attacks on three stores is to appeal the guilty verdicts, saying he was with his family at the time of the fires.

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MP to undergo drugs test

Monday 12 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

MP Selina Napa is promising to undergo a drug test at Rarotonga Hospital this week, leading by example in her call for all MPs to be tested and have their bags checked when they travel.

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Letters: Enamoured but cautious of Raro hospitality

Monday 12 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear editor, I wish to write and thank the Cook Islands Tourism Marketing Corporation for intervening on our behalf, when I received a deeply shocking and unprofessional email from the owner of private rental accommodation following our stay in Matavera.


Anolyte water a 'better solution'

Monday 12 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health

The 5-star Aitutaki Nui resort has got rid of chlorine and installed an expensive anolyte water disinfection system to give its guests safe and drinkable tap water.

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