Articles by Rashneel Kumar

Redbacks maintain unbeaten run

Tuesday 19 October 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Cricket, Sports

Arorangi men’s side maintained their unbeaten run in the Rarotonga Cricket Club competition after a hard-fought win at Raemaru Park on Saturday.


NGOs snubbed in Seabed Minerals Licensing Panel

Monday 4 October 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Environment, National

The non-inclusion of local non-government environmental and social expertise in the recently announced Seabed Minerals Licensing Panel ‘is an obvious gap’, says a local environment group.

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Repatriation flights confirmed

Monday 27 September 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

Cook Islanders stranded in New Zealand are breathing a sigh of relief after government announced dates of repatriation flights to bring them home.

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Government changes stance on plans to reopen border

Monday 27 September 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

Cook Islands Government has changed its stance on border reopening plans after announcing it would consider resuming quarantine free two-way travel with New Zealand “even if there are still Covid-19 cases in the community”.


Champions remain on track

Thursday 23 September 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Cricket, Sports

Defending champions Turangi and Matavera continue their strong start in the weekly Rarotonga Cricket Club competition picking up their second win last weekend.

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Rupe risk it for the biscuit

Saturday 18 September 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Environment, Opinion

Native to the Cook Islands and across the Pacific, the Rupe is found on most southern group islands including Palmerston, and Pukapuka and Manihiki in the north.


Turangi facing tough challenge in cricket

Saturday 18 September 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Cricket, Sports

Newbies K-11 will take on Turangi in the feature match of round two in the Rarotonga Cricket Club competition this weekend.


Stranded Cook Islanders expecting further delays

Monday 13 September 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

Cook Islanders stranded in New Zealand are expecting further delays in returning home to Rarotonga after Auckland’s level 4 lockdown is extended for another week.

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Baudinet confirms Davis Cup return

Tuesday 7 September 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Sports, Tennis

Cook Islands tennis player Brett Baudinet will be joining the Pacific Oceania Davis Cup team this week for the Asia Oceania Group Three tournament in Amman, Jordan.


Rugby union to resume play with no spectators

Thursday 26 August 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Rugby Union, Sports

Rugby spectators will miss out on the opportunity to witness the do-or-die Rarotonga Club 15s finals live this weekend due to alert level two restrictions.

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Football boss fined and banned

Monday 23 August 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Soccer, Sports

Cook Islands Football Association president Lee Harmon has been banned and fined a hefty sum by the Oceania Football Confederation..

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Repatriation of residents in NZ on the cards, government says

Saturday 21 August 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Health, National

Cook Islands Cabinet will this weekend decide whether or not to extend the current Alert Level 2 status as well as continued suspension of inwards flight arrivals.

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Making science interesting for students

Saturday 7 August 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Education, National, Outer Islands

Aitutaki’s Araura College held its firstever ‘Derby Cart Race’ project, building carts with four wheels and brakes and racing them downhill during the school gala day last month.

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Cook Islands Rugby League welcomes World Cup decision

Friday 6 August 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Cook Islands Rugby League has welcomed the decision from the Rugby League World Cup 2021 organisers to postpone the event until 2022.

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Thanking God for the imperfect church

Friday 6 August 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Church Talk, Features

Grace is always first, peace always second. This is due to the fact that grace is the source of peace. Without grace, there is and can be no peace, writes Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro of Ekalesia Avarua.

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Cook Islanders set for Heartland debut in NZ

Tuesday 3 August 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Rugby Union, Sports

Two Cook Islands rugby players have been named in defending champion North Otago’s squad for the 2021 Heartland Championship.

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Health ministry is considering vaccinating children aged 12 to 15 with Pfizer

Monday 2 August 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Health, National

After vaccinating more than 90 per cent of Cook Islands’ eligible population, Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health is exploring ways to get approval for the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to be given to 12 to 15-year-olds.

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KATA July 16

Friday 16 July 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in


Clubs anticipating ‘rusty’ rugby union start

Friday 2 July 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Rugby Union, Sports

Local rugby union clubs are struggling to put together teams for the opening round of the Rarotonga Club 15s competition today.

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‘Better safe than sorry’

Monday 28 June 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

Passengers on the Air New Zealand aircraft that aborted its landing on Friday due to high winds remain upbeat about their Cook Islands holiday.

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