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Articles by Losirene Lacanivalu

‘Miracle baby’ Mana discharged after 128 days in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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

After 128 days in intensive care, “miracle baby” Mana Te-Hine-Toa Pearl Castledine was finally discharged from the Waikato Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in New Zealand.


Environment agency approves plan to remove grounded ship

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

The National Environment Service (NES) has completed its environmental assessment for removing the stranded vessel MV Grinna from the Manihiki reef after multiple failed attempts.


‘We are hurt’: French visitors gutted following brazen theft

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

French tourists Chauvet Pierre and Ledroit Charlotte are pleading with Rarotonga to reach out to those around them for the whereabouts of their stolen documents. Losirene Lacanivalu reports.

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Touch teams ready for battle

Friday 26 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Sports, Touch Rugby

Fourteen teams will be competing in the Annual Touch Rugby Season that kicks off on Monday, January 29.


Tourists robbed in broad daylight

Friday 26 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime, Local, National

Police have labelled an incident where a visiting couple were robbed of their valuables at a Titikaveka beach on Wednesday afternoon as a ‘disgraceful, brazen act of theft’. Losirene Lacanivalu reports.

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Badminton Cook Islands gears up for busy 2024 season

Thursday 25 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Badminton, Sports

Badminton Cook Islands has a busy year ahead, starting with the VICTOR Oceania Championships 2024 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.


High sea swells to subside later today, says Meteorological Service

Thursday 25 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local, National, Weather

The Cook Islands Meteorological Service says the high sea swells affecting both the Northern and Southern groups are expected to calm down later today.


Airport seeks funding for phase two

Thursday 25 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, Local, National

The Cook Islands Airport Authority is moving into the second phase of the multi-million dollar project to replace the old concrete slabs.


Public lands on runway for Airport Authority’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday 25 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National

Close to 4000 delighted people laughed and beamed as they walked, ran, cycled, and skated along Rarotonga’s International Airport runway on Tuesday in commemoration of its 50th anniversary, to be celebrated on Monday next week.


Cooks women take fifth place at Pacific Cup

Wednesday 24 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Cricket, Sports

Cook Islands National Women’s Cricket team has taken fifth place after defeating Fiji at the 2024 SouthSeas Pacific Cup International Women’s Tournament in Auckland.


High sea swells warning issued

Wednesday 24 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Weather

Cook Islands Meteorological Services issued a heavy swell warning for both the Southern and Northern Cook Islands yesterday.


Tourist safe after a night on the mountain

Wednesday 24 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local, National

A 40-year-old tourist was located at the Ikurangi track after a night in the cold, and police say it was not exactly a rescue mission for them since the tourist took care of herself and was still fit.


Drink driving accused appear in court

Wednesday 24 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Court, National

Sailosi Waqalala Ratuvukivuki appeared before Justice of the Peace John Whitta at the Avarua Criminal Court on Thursday last week for a charge of excess blood alcohol and careless driving.


Mix Pac and Bounty Spikers crowned Beach Volleyball champions

Tuesday 23 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Sports, Volleyball

Mix Pac were crowned the 2024 Cook Islands Beach Games Volleyball competition men’s champions on Saturday at the Nikao Beach Courts.


Outrage erupts as CISNOC silent on prize giving delay

Tuesday 23 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Other Sports, Sports

Cook Islands Beach Games participants are outraged by Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC)’s decision to delay the 2024 prize giving by three days.


Miss Cook Islands Association seeks young women for 2024 programme

Tuesday 23 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Entertainment, Features

Miss Cook Islands Association (MCIA) is calling on Cook Islands women aged 18-27 to join their personal development programme.


Meteorological Service gets boost for better forecasts

Tuesday 23 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Weather

Cook Islands Meteorological Service is among five Pacific islands nations with access to approximately US$50 million (NZ$82m) to enhance its capability.


JP wary of pressuring complainant

Tuesday 23 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Court, National

An assault on a female case was adjourned after the defence requested time for family mediation, sparking a debate about pressuring the complainant and cultural practices in domestic violence cases.


Busy year of bulletins, warnings

Monday 22 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Weather

The Cook Islands Meteorological Service’s annual report tabled in Parliament last month, highlighted a busy year of weather monitoring and warnings.


Transport sees rise in licence renewals

Monday 22 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local, National

The Cook Islands Land Transport Authority saw increased licence renewals, policy development, and promising initiatives in Pa Enua, with road safety collaboration and legislative review planned for the future.


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