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Articles by Losirene Lacanivalu

More alleged brawlers expected in court this week

Monday 5 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Court, National

More alleged brawlers are expected to appear in court on Thursday after facing charges of fighting in a public place and assault with intent.


Sporting body questions Lewis’ dual roles

Saturday 3 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Other Sports, Sports

A national sporting federation has voiced concerns about the concurrent roles of Owen Lewis, the Secretary for Education, who continues to serve as secretary general of the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC).

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18-year-old seeks help for urgent medical treatment

Saturday 3 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Fiji, Health, Local, National, Regional

Fundraising efforts are underway to help 18-year-old Valyla Hickes get the medical treatment she needs in Fiji.


No person is above the law: Brown

Saturday 3 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Court, Economy, Local, National, Politics

Prime Minister Mark Brown confirmed Tongareva seat is vacant after former deputy prime minister Robert Tapaitau’s conviction, triggering a by-election within 60 days.

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Mixed Touch off to exciting start

Friday 2 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Sports, Touch Rugby

The Cook Islands Touch Association weekly mixed division competition got off to an exciting start on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Nikao.


Filipino community welcomes changes to immigration policy

Friday 2 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National

The Rarotonga Filipino community has welcomed the recent change in immigration policy allowing foreign workers to have a secondary job.


Heatwave to last until April, says weather office

Friday 2 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Environment, National, Weather

Cook Islands is expected to experience temperatures close to 30 degrees Celsius until April, according to the Meteorological Service.


Tapaitau remains in office, awaiting removal process

Friday 2 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Court, Economy, National, Parliament, Politics

Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister remains in office despite conviction while awaiting formal removal process and potential appeal.

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Tourism rebound strong, despite challenges

Thursday 1 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National

The Cook Islands Tourism Corporation had highlighted some of its key challenges and mitigation strategies in its annual report for the year ending June 30, 2023, submitted to Parliament last December.


Chamber of Commerce and Tourism welcome immigration policy changes

Thursday 1 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, Local, National

The Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce welcomes the recent immigration policy changes, though some of their proposed revisions were not adopted.


Touchdown! Defending champs crush rivals in season kickoff

Wednesday 31 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Sports, Touch Rugby

Cook Islands Touch Association’s 2024 season kicked off with the women’s Nukz Power team defeating FBI in the opening match on Monday.


Police probe Nikao brawl, video shows violent attacks on teenager

Wednesday 31 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime, National

The Cook Islands Police are investigating a brawl that took place on Sunday outside the Super Brown store in Nikao.


Cruise season kicks off with 500+ visitors on Europa 2, Star Breeze

Wednesday 31 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, Local, National

More than 500 cruise ship passengers arrived in Rarotonga, with the Europa 2 inaugurating the year’s cruise season on Saturday, followed by the Star Breeze on Monday.


37 complaints spark environmental action

Tuesday 30 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Environment, National

The National Environment Service (NES) received 37 complaints between 2022 and 2023 regarding environmental concerns, according to their annual report for the year ending June 30, 2023.


JCPC delay frustrates Police as backlog of cases piles up

Tuesday 30 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Court, Crime, Local, National

Police seek swifter activation of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Committee to address a backlog of cases, including a burglary involving a 13-year-old suspect. Losirene Lacanivalu reports.

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Cricket Association looks at more team development

Monday 29 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Cricket, Sports

Cook Islands Cricket Association (CICA) is developing a New Zealand based training programme for their players, to work in conjunction with their local programme.


Brown prepares for busy 2024

Monday 29 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, Local, National

With parliament’s first sitting set to start on February 19, government is planning to work full on once February commences with the supplementary budget.


Covid-19 test kits made available

Monday 29 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health, National

As of January 22, Te Marae Ora (TMO) Ministry of Health reported eight Covid-19 cases.


Landmark tour for Cook Islands Cricket

Saturday 27 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Cricket, Sports

The Cook Islands Cricket national teams have recently completed a historic New Zealand tour with a series of programmes, says association president Grant Walker.


Resort staff ditch the suits, grab the gloves for community cleanup

Saturday 27 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local, National

Earlier this week, Club Raro Resort staff took it upon themselves to step out into the community and engage in some environmental clean-up campaign.


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