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Who to hate, who to love?

Thursday 1 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

Driven by his family’s concern about political and land matters, a young man was yesterday admitted as a barrister of the High Court of the Cook Islands.

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Female offender back behind bars

Thursday 1 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A month after being released on bail, a young female offender has again been remanded in custody.


'I lied': Stunning u-turn by arson accuser

Thursday 1 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A young man says he falsely accused his friend of burning down stores, hoping police would give his mobile phone back.


Suspected breast cancer samples sent for testing

Wednesday 31 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health

Ten samples from suspected breast cancer cases have been sent to New Zealand labs for further testing.


Store employee fled flames, court told

Tuesday 30 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

It was June 14, the night of the 2018 general election. Friendly Mart in Arorangi had closed at 10pm, and the workers had gone home to watch the election results roll in. But at around 11.15pm, sharp-eyed neighbours saw smoke billowing from the front and back doors of the building.

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Editorial: Animal abusers are a tiny but ugly minority

Monday 29 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Opinion

Wandering around Punanga Nui market this weekend with our little golden-furred terrier Rusty, everyone wants to come up and pat him. (In some cases, they’re a lot happier to see him than to see me!)


Repeat offender back in custody

Monday 29 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Fewer than 12 hours after the High Court granted him bail, repeat offender Paulo Teio was taken back into custody.


What's in your water?

Saturday 27 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Weekend

When I get sick, I go to the doctors, not the water, and I put my faith in God.”

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Anolyte champion in last-ditch bid

Saturday 27 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health

Scientist Dr Ian Calhaem concurs with the Cook Islands authorities that the water in the islands need to be made safe to drink.

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The family that fight together …

Saturday 27 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A mother and daughter have both admitted charges of common assault, been convicted and ordered to come up for sentencing if called upon in the next six months.


Man admits 'traumatic' Club Raro invasion

Saturday 27 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A young man has admitted the assault and aggravated burglary of an Australian tourist and her husband in their room at the Club Raro resort.


Letters: Remember Bastille Day: Heads must roll

Friday 26 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear editor, The police wage rise for new recruits will take them to $15,000 – that is about five police officers’ annual wages being paid to Te-Hani to do nothing.

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Last chance: Fundraiser extension

Friday 26 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

The creative trail fundraiser for Rarotonga’s Creative Centre has been extended for another week.

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Police inquiry into sawn-off rifle claim

Friday 26 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National

Police are investigating an allegation that MP Albert Nicholas had a .22 rifle sawn off for him.

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Police ready as excitement mounts for Te Maeva Nui

Thursday 25 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

Police promise they will keep traffic flowing tomorrow with diversions and control point officers, ensuring hundreds of excited fans can see the parade launching Te Maeva Nui celebrations.

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Repeat offender: Send me to jail

Thursday 25 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A recidivist drink-driver, who opted to get his court matter over and done with, was this week sentenced to two months’ imprisonment.


Young mum in 4-car crash

Thursday 25 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A 20-year-old mother can no longer drive her child to friends or to the shops, after causing a drunken smash on the main road between Avatiu and Nikao


Two days, two drink-drivers Too many lives torn apart

Thursday 25 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Police warn: Drink and drive and no matter who you are, no matter your profession, they will enforce the law.


Cooks ship released

Wednesday 24 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National

Cook Islands registered vessel Alexander Tvardovskiy has been released from detention and the crew wages have been paid.

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Health leaders' stark warning: Sickness, death – or chlorination

Wednesday 24 July 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health

Health experts have stepped up with forthright warnings about the need for a disinfection tool like chlorine to combat the dangers of waterborne illnesses.

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