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Articles by Losirene Lacanivalu

Fur love: Adorable dog steals hearts as Valentine’s cupid

Thursday 15 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Business, Local, National

Adorable “Mackintosh” was Rarotonga’s cute cupid star on Valentine’s Day yesterday, allowing people to snap a photograph with him and post it on social media.


Aitutaki schools closed as tropical depression looms

Thursday 15 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Education, National, Outer Islands, Weather

Schools in Aitutaki have closed following reports of an approaching tropical depression, but Emergency Management Cook Islands says the system does not pose a threat ‘at this moment’.


Development programme aims to prepare young women for contact sports

Wednesday 14 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in League, Other Sports, Rugby league, Rugby Union, Sports, Touch Rugby

A 10-week under-16 and U18 girl’s rugby development programme has been organised to help boost and prepare young women for contact sports.


Daytime vs. nighttime: Conflicting accounts cloud erratic driving case

Wednesday 14 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Court, National

Driver charged with failing to stop and refusing breathalyser awaits verdict after conflicting testimonies about the incident’s time and details.


Nukz Power and GAT remain unbeaten in open Touch comp

Tuesday 13 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Sports, Touch Rugby

Defending champions GAT and Nukz Power remain unbeaten after round one Cook Islands Touch Association open men’s and women’s competition.


Cook Islands aims to bridge digital divide with new national strategy

Tuesday 13 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Technology

Cook Islands’ first Digital Transformation Strategy was launched last week by the government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) team.


Discipline tested in close Mixed Touch contest

Monday 12 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Sports, Touch Rugby

Tempers flared in last Wednesday’s Cook Island Touch Association mixed competition match between defending champions 007 and Team Outlaws, held at the National Stadium in Nikao.


Lady Panthers ready for Bulldogs battle

Saturday 10 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Lady Panthers are keen to get back on the paddock after a disappointing Nines tournament earlier this year, but they are excited to field a team in the 2024 Cook Islands Rugby League 13s competition.


Tourists reunited with stolen bag, minus cash

Saturday 10 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime, National, Travel

French tourists’ stolen bag was found in a bush, missing only cash, with police investigating and Tourism Council urging vigilance and stronger security measures.


Local rivals clash in league opener

Friday 9 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Titikaveka Bulldogs are ready to get their boots dirty today when they take on arch-rivals and neighbours Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles in the opening match of the 2024 Cook Islands Rugby League 13s competition this afternoon.


66 years strong: Valentine’s Day message- Trust God, stay committed, thrive

Friday 9 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Features, Memory Lane, Weekend

A Titikaveka couple who have been married for 66 years share their secret to a successful marriage: commitment, belief, and faith in God. Losirene Lacanivalu reports.


Palmerston Island braces for impact as Cyclone Osai lingers

Thursday 8 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Outer Islands, Weather

Southern Cook Islands remained under threat as Tropical Cyclone Osai circled closer to Palmerston Island yesterday afternoon.


Mammogram machine ‘ready’ for procurement, says TMO head

Thursday 8 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health, National

A new mammogram machine is ready for procurement, and preparatory electrical and renovation work is still in progress, says Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health.


Five clubs battle for glory in rugby league 13s comp

Thursday 8 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in League, Sports

The 2024 Cook Islands Rugby League 13s competition kicks off tomorrow with all five clubs fielding formidable teams in the fiercely contested premier men’s grade.


Team KAPs takes first win

Wednesday 7 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Sports, Touch Rugby

Team KAPs took their first win in week two of the 2024 Touch Rugby Competition against Nukz Power in the men’s division on Monday.


Weather office monitors another tropical cyclone

Wednesday 7 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Weather

As Tropical Cyclone Nat (NET) decreased to a category one and moved towards Tahiti yesterday, Cook Islands Meteorological Service is monitoring another tropical cyclone.


Penrhyn by-election date confirmed

Wednesday 7 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Outer Islands, Parliament, Politics

Cook Islands United Party will not nominate a candidate for the Penrhyn By-election.


TC Nat set to hit the Southern Cooks now cancelled

Tuesday 6 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local, National, Outer Islands, Weather

The weather warning that was in force for the northern waters of the Southern Cooks is now cancelled. The public is advised to remain vigilant as the Southern Cook Islands was set to feel the brunt of Tropical Cyclone Nat (N-E-T) as it was expected to have affected Aitutaki and Mauke last night.


Tapping into more tourism plans for the Pa Enua

Tuesday 6 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National, Outer Islands, Travel

Through destination development, Cook Islands Tourism Corporation is looking at opportunities, stating that “an opportunity exists to expand the tourism offering and amplify community-led tourism in the Pa Enua”.


Tolosa prepares for Glasgow

Monday 5 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Athletics, Sports

Athletics Cook Islands is ready for another busy year and looks forward to more achievements.


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