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Final counting underway

Wednesday 10 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

The make-up of the next government is expected to be confirmed by Friday as the Electoral Office starts the final count of the 2022 general election.

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Survey reveals Pacific Island businesses struggling in Covid-19 environment

Wednesday 10 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in

A major business survey which included Cook Islands has found that Pacific Island businesses are still struggling in the Covid-19 environment – but are optimistic that things will change.


Air New Zealand adds extra flights

Wednesday 10 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Travel

Air New Zealand has doubled the weekly number of flights coming to the Cook Islands over the November to April period from five to 10.

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Bail altered to allow accused time for work

Tuesday 9 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

A man who went on the run from the police for a week is now allowed to work while on bail, but he is not allowed to participate in rugby matches.


Establishment of Human Rights Institute proposed

Tuesday 9 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National

The Ombudsman’s Office of the Cook Islands is looking to establish a Human Rights Institute.

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Mangaia’s Demos MPs ready for the challenge

Monday 8 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

The capture of the three Mangaia-based seats in the Cook Islands general election was a rare bright spot for the Democratic Party in an otherwise disappointing result.

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Learning to live a subsistence lifestyle

Saturday 6 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Culture, National

A group of more than 40 Rarotongan students from an environmental advocacy group have been learning about the lifestyles of the people of Atiu, and sharing their own knowledge.


Mangaia’s Covid-19 cases wane

Saturday 6 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Outer Islands

The outbreak of Covid-19 in Mangaia appears to have reached its peak, according to Te Marae Ora.

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Tourism operators discuss lack of flights with NZ High Commission

Friday 5 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Business, National

Concern about the future of the tourism industry in the Cook Islands has led to operators holding a meeting with the New Zealand High Commission.

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‘Super Browns’ side CIP in coalition talks

Friday 5 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

The governing Cook Islands Party is all but confirmed to retain power after receiving support from the re-elected Independent Members of Parliament (MPs) from Atiu.

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Coalition talks – CIP ‘confident’, United Party up for the challenge

Wednesday 3 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

Coalition talks have begun in earnest, with the governing Cook Islands Party confident they have the edge in the race.

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Mangaia records almost 200 Covid-19 cases

Tuesday 2 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Health, National

Covid-19 case numbers in Mangaia are just about top 200.


Early turnout in the Pa Enua for General Election

Tuesday 2 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Outer Islands

Executive officers of the Pa Enua (outer islands) are expecting a good turnout this election, with some of the islands completing votes before lunchtime.

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Defendant told ‘courts cannot save you’

Monday 1 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

A Cook Islands man has been sentenced to a week in jail after repeatedly breaching his community service orders.

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Drink driving cases top Court list in Rarotonga

Monday 1 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

There were several cases of alcohol-impaired driving heard before the Court in Avarua on Thursday.


Capping visitor numbers

Monday 1 August 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

Cook Islanders seem to be divided about whether there should be a ‘cap’ on tourism numbers, according to a recent poll.

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‘Not sure’ tops paper’s pre-election poll results

Saturday 30 July 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

The outcome of the 2022 General Election appears to be uncertain, just two days out from the country going to the polls.

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Medicinal cannabis poll result delights

Saturday 30 July 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

A local lawyer is delighted with a poll indicating many Cook Islanders want to see medicinal cannabis legalised.


Man accused of assaulting woman bailed under strict conditions

Friday 29 July 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

A man who went on the run from the police for a week has been granted bail under the strict conditions of a 24/7 curfew.

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Crown opposes judicial review over Tapaitau’s reinstatement

Friday 29 July 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

A lawyer representing an anti-corruption group wants to take a judicial review over the reinstatement of Robert Tapaitau as Deputy Prime Minister to the Court of Appeal.

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