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Extra legal assistance ‘urgent’ for Ombudsman’s Office

Monday 17 July 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

The Cook Islands Office of the Ombudsman has launched a plea for extra legal assistance.

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Sludge solution canvassed

Friday 14 July 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Environment, National

To Tatou Vai (TTV) – the agency responsible for Rarotonga’s water supply, is in the final stages of finding a solution to dry the sludge that’s a by-product of filtering the island’s water supply.

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Intensive water safety course underway

Wednesday 5 July 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Environment, National

An intensive safety training course geared at Cook Islands marine tourism is underway.


Strumming and drumming in the Cook Islands

Saturday 1 July 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Entertainment, Features

Australian singer-songwriter Bobby Alu has spent the past four weeks soaking up island life in Rarotonga. He talks to Cook Islands News journalist Matthew Littlewood about what he discovered during his stay.


“Tough” Budget passed in Parliament

Saturday 1 July 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National

Cook Islands Parliament has officially passed the Budget after a grueling two-week session.


Major cleanup of Manihiki to take place

Saturday 1 July 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Environment, National, Outer Islands

The Cook Islands Government is spending more than $750,000 over four years on the cleanup of bulky waste in Manihiki.

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Cook Islands Starlink ‘users’ warned

Thursday 29 June 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National, Technology

Starlink is not officially in the Cook Islands market, but several users have already taken advantage of its infrastructure.

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MP calls for more teaching of Cook Islands Māori

Wednesday 28 June 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Education, National

A Cook Islands MP is suggesting there should be compulsory Cook Islands Māori and local dialect teaching for primary school students.

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$400k to be spent on coastal and foreshore erosion research

Wednesday 28 June 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Environment, National

The Cook Islands Government is spending $400,000 to research ways of tackling coastal erosion.

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Flight from New York to Auckland makes stop in Rarotonga

Tuesday 27 June 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National

A plane that was returning to New Zealand from New York had to make an emergency landing in Rarotonga after previously being stuck on tarmac for about five hours.

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Minimum wage increase proposed for next year

Tuesday 27 June 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National

A wide-ranging report on the minimum wage in the Cook Islands suggests a further increase by $0.30 per hour next year.

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Author immerses herself in Rarotonga

Monday 26 June 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Art, Features

New Zealand author Karen McMillan has set her latest children’s novel in Rarotonga. She talks to Cook Islands News journalist Matthew Littlewood about the process of her work and what she enjoys about it.

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MPs worry about Crown Law’s resources

Monday 26 June 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

Cook Islands MPs are concerned that Crown Law’s resources might be stretched.

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MPs drum up support

Saturday 24 June 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Parliament

Cook Islands MPs are asking whether the Ministry of Cultural Development budget could include scope for traditional drumming teaching.

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Cannabis accused allowed to travel

Friday 23 June 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

An incoming passenger who was arrested at the Rarotonga International Airport on Saturday morning has been allowed to travel back to New Zealand.


Opposition leader demands greater transparency on ministerial travel

Friday 23 June 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Parliament

Opposition Democratic Party leader Tina Browne wants greater transparency in terms of how Ministerial trips overseas are reported.

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MP calls for cut back on Parliament lunches

Friday 23 June 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Parliament

Cook Islands United Party leader Teariki Heather feels that Parliament should cut back on its lunches.

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Christmas deadline for medicinal cannabis

Friday 23 June 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Parliament

The chair of the Medicinal Cannabis committee is now saying that he would like to see new measures implemented by Christmas.

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Teacher shortage, 24 vacant positions: Minister

Thursday 22 June 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, Education, National

Cook Islands Ministry of Education has at least 24 vacancies at the moment, and they’re looking abroad to fill them.

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$1.3m agriculture budget insufficient: Heather

Thursday 22 June 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National

Cook Islands United Party leader Teariki Heather is calling on the Agriculture Budget to be doubled in the future.

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