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18 year old guilty of arson

Wednesday 7 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A 12-member jury delivered a guilty verdict on the arson case before Judge Colin Doherty at the High Court yesterday.

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Aunty Ake honoured for public services

Tuesday 6 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

Ake Te Ariki Lewis dedicated much of her life to teaching and is well-known as a human rights advocate and community leader.

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Public servant receives weighty honour

Saturday 3 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

Unakea Kauvai has carried enormous weight on his shoulders, in every role from treasurer of St Joseph's Cathedral Parish to chairman of the Airport Authority – but the greatest weight he carries is in a lesser-known capacity.

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Arson accused: I wouldn't say a lie

Saturday 3 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Arson accused David Tonorio was playing video games at home on the night of the Friendly Mart fire, he says.

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Hotel owner: Staff should work harder

Saturday 3 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy

If workers want an increase to the minimum wage, they should be more productive – or face being replaced with technology.

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Barge reaches Bahamas

Friday 2 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

The former Cook Islands barge once named Layar Mas is now docket at the Nassau port, in the Bahamas.

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Mart Arson trial: Lying witness is recalled to stand

Friday 2 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Prosecutors called a self-confessed liar back to the stand in the Raro Mart arson trial, to quiz him on unexpected new evidence – the latest surprise in an already twisted courtroom tale.

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Drink-drivers fined

Friday 2 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A man was lucky to escape injury when he crashed his car on Wednesday – but he wasn’t so lucky as to escape conviction.

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Minimum wage to $8

Friday 2 August 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy

Low-income workers’ pay was increased to $7.60 last month and now, government has signed off a further increase to $8 an hour next July.

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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.


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