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Tri Nations showdown set for Friday

Friday 27 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Rugby Union, Sports

The winner of Friday's clash between Cook Islands Residents and Samoa Residents will claim the inaugural Tri Nations series title.


Mauger boost for Pacific rugby

Tuesday 24 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Rugby Union

Newly-formed Moana Pasifika team has brought hope to Cook Islanders and other Pacific rugby players.


Captain leads by example

Monday 23 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Samoa will take on Cook Islands in the Tri Nations series decider this Friday.


Licences for four new internet service providers paves the way for competition

Monday 23 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National

Four new local internet operators have been granted licences in a bid to improve services and provide competition to Vodafone Cook Islands.


Adapting to food and nutrition security needs

Monday 23 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

Ministry of Agriculture is urging local growers to maintain the health of their soils amidst fears Covid-19 pandemic could spark a food crisis in the Pacific.


Samoa edges Fiji in Tri Nations action

Saturday 21 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Samoa Residents beat Fiji Residents 22-21 in a nail-biting Tri Nations match at Raemaru Park in Arorangi last night. Fiji who lost the opener against Cook Islands 10-15 a week ago, led 16-13 at halftime against Samoa.


Criminal cases adjourned for callover in December

Saturday 21 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Crime, National

A number of cases that were brought before the Criminal Court this week were adjourned to a later date. Itio te ra Putaura Matakino, who is facing charges relating to assault on a female, entering with intent and obtaining by false pretence, had his matter adjourned to December 17. Defence counsel Norman George requested Justice […]


The battle of Pacific heavyweights

Friday 20 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Rugby Union, Sports

Fireworks are expected on and off the field when arch-rivals Fiji takes on Samoa in the inaugural rugby series.


Holmes inspires upset win

Thursday 19 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Queensland Maroons hold off late NSW Blues surge to win 20-14 in Brisbane. Valentine Holmes, who has maternal links to Cook Islands, scored the opening try in the final leg of State of Origin series


Govt set to spend extra $15m in wage subsidy

Tuesday 17 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National

The business community has welcomed a Government announcement to pay an additional $15 million in wage subsidy payments by extending the financial support programme until the end of February 2021.


Mike Pero hopes regional award will inspire others

Tuesday 17 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

Cook Islands real estate mogul Mike Pero was honoured with a prestigious award at a regional business event in Auckland over the weekend.


Returnee in quarantine cops ‘unwanted criticism’

Monday 16 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Health, National

A parent of one of the returnees who has been put in quarantine is disappointed with Te Marae Ora health ministry’s public response on the matter.


Health secretary resigns, will vacate position in February 2021

Friday 13 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Health, National

Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health Secretary Dr Josephine Aumea Herman has tendered her resignation.


New chair’s appointment to key government agency questioned

Thursday 12 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National

Questions have been raised over the appointment of ‘controversial’ local broadcaster George Pitt to the role of Business Trade and Investment Board chair.


Cricket’s top of the table clash

Wednesday 11 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Cricket, Sports

Tit-for-tat battles are expected in the final rounds of Rarotonga Club cricket competition.


Fiji Residents eye flying start

Tuesday 10 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Rugby Union, Sports

Domestic competition stars to boost Fiji Residents team at the Tri Nations rugby series.


Questions raised over recruitment for key public service roles

Tuesday 10 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

Government assures they are following due process for the advertising, selection and appointment of two senior government positions.


PM Brown says travel bubble talks "moving positively", as NZ officials plan to inspect Cooks

Monday 9 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National

Quarantine free travel between Cook Islands and New Zealand likely to start “a couple of weeks” after both sides have reached an agreement.


Honour the ‘gentlemen’s agreement’: Demos

Tuesday 3 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in National, Politics

Threats from Micronesian countries to pull out of the Pacific Islands Forum should be taken seriously, says the Opposition leader.


‘A traumatic and difficult election to watch’

Tuesday 3 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

A Rarotonga-based American weighs in on the US election.


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