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Family dogs shot by a sniper

Friday 21 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Fears that someone using a rifle fitted with a silencer is targeting the animals.

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Puna: 'Conservation is in our blood'

Friday 21 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National

Cook Islands’ declaration of two million square kilometres of ocean as “sacred” captured the imagination of delegates at a major oceans conference in New Caledonia this week.

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Pacific Games delegate charged with thefts

Friday 21 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A member of the Cook Islands’ big Pacific Games delegation appeared in court yesterday accused of theft.


Humbled by walker's dedication

Thursday 20 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

Creative Centre volunteers say they are proud to be a part of a hugely successful fundraising effort – by just one person.

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The engagement ring that flew round the world

Thursday 20 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

Roberta Rangiteavae’s prayers have been answered. The mama who lost her bag during a trip to the Bahamas earlier this year, in it was the diamond engagement ring given to her by her late husband.

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Walker's personal motivation

Wednesday 19 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

James Talbot has walked the length of New Zealand to raise funds for the Creative Centre. Only now has his family revealed the personal impetus that put an extra spring in his step.

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Talbot is back in Raro

Tuesday 18 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

Creative Trail endurance walker James Talbot returned to Rarotonga this morning – and after spending more time away from his kids than he expected, he’s looking forward to just one thing.

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Te Kukupa returns

Tuesday 18 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

The crew of Te Kukupa, Cook Islands Police Patrol Boat arrived at the Avatiu Harbour today.

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Lawyer airs frustration

Monday 17 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Frustrated defence counsel Norman George has questioned how long his clients would have to be in custody for a psychiatric assessment.

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Islands group barge is off to the Bahamas

Monday 17 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Outer Islands

The Cook Islands barge once named Layar Mas left our shores for the Bahamas.

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Drunken brawl in Avarua, three charged

Sunday 16 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

A young man charged with common assault has been convicted and ordered to come up to the High Court if called upon in the next six months.


Curfew checks were not abusive – police

Sunday 16 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Cook Islands Police have rejected accusations that a police officer abused his authority in repeatedly banging on a family’s door at night and waking them up.


Club Raro tourist couple traumatised

Sunday 16 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Husband and wife describe ordeal at hands of alleged resort intruder.

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Dogged defence wins the day

Friday 14 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Justice of the Peace Carmen Temata was meant to be judging serious crimes in the High court yesterday.

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Tourist says she suffered attack at Club Raro

Friday 14 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Australian couple blame resort’s lack of security fences and cameras for alleged bashing and indecent assault, writes Losirene Lacanivalu.

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3200km mission accomplished

Thursday 13 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local

After covering 3,029,385 steps on the 3200 kilometre track, it was finally mission accomplished for James Talbot who completed The Creative Trail in New Zealand on Tuesday (NZ time).

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Cleaning up the roads

Thursday 13 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

Police are filling up the courts with alleged dangerous drivers as they try to clean up problems on the roads.


Health plans traditional medicine use

Thursday 13 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health

Health secretary Dr Josephine Herman said the general consensus is that it is a good idea for the ministry to be working alongside traditional medicine practitioners.


Cash-strapped officers use icecream tubs as mozzy traps

Wednesday 12 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health

International experts on mosquitoes brought in to train Cook Island health protection officers, as dengue outbreak escalates.

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Puna case: 'I had 6500 photos on my phone'

Wednesday 12 June 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National

US Customs most likely offended by photos of ‘Cook Islands dancing ladies shaking bottoms’, claims 72yo caregiver.

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