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Articles by Sian Solomon

Cruise ships to return to New Caledonia after long absence

Monday 22 August 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in New Caledonia, Regional

Cruise ship tourism in New Caledonia will resume in the autumn after a two-and-a-half year disruption due to covid-19.


Humpbacks return to Cook Islands for a whale of a time

Saturday 20 August 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Features, Weekend

Whales in the Southern Ocean have been spotted returning to the Cook Islands, with a number giving birth as early as a couple of months ago, and using the country as a passage to migrate to their traditional breeding ground in Tonga.

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‘You never stop learning in medicine’

Saturday 20 August 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Features, Go Local

Despite the challenges of Covid-19, a couple of young doctors have returned home to the Cook Islands to pursue their dream career in medicine.


Resort revives local ‘staycations’

Tuesday 16 August 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Local, National

One of the last big resorts to offer “staycation” rates and deals for locals until June this year has reintroduced the offer for a limited time.


Young doctors return home to serve

Saturday 13 August 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Features, Weekend

Doctor Hannah Cummings always knew she wanted to work in medicine, but she never thought she would return home to the Cook Islands so soon.

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Cook Islanders paving the way in research and tradition

Friday 12 August 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Culture, National

A research symposium hosted by Te Vairangi Kite Pakari Cook Islands Research Association at the Crown Beach Resort yesterday discussed the relationship between research and tradition.


Event organisers prepare for Liftoff

Thursday 11 August 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Sports

Event organisers are gearing up for this year’s Aitutaki Liftoff event, which is a functional fitness festival that will test athletes’ strength, speed and endurance at the end of the month.


Helping Pacific people reach their goals

Thursday 11 August 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Local, National

The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) in New Zealand will be holding its third annual Charity Ball event next month, after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19.


Rarotonga runs out of frozen fries

Wednesday 10 August 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Local, National

Restaurants and fast-food chains in Rarotonga have been hit by a shortage of potato fries, as bad weather and shipping issues have delayed shipments and unloading of the frozen product.


Ministry to deliver workshop aimed at addressing unfair working conditions

Tuesday 9 August 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Economy, National

The Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Labour and Consumer inspectorate will begin offering Workplace Induction sessions at the end of this month, to help employers and employees better understand their rights in the Cook Islands.


Te Leo Wale - One of the most unusual languages in the world

Saturday 6 August 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Features, Weekend

The dialect of Pukapuka, which is one of the world’s most unusual languages, is spoken by around only 200 people in Rarotonga.

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Mark Brown country’s ‘preferred PM’

Saturday 30 July 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in National, Politics

A poll conducted by Cook Islands News has revealed a divided electorate in the lead-up to this year’s election, however a large percentage prefer Prime Minister Mark Brown to lead the country.


CHURCH TALK: Let God prevail

Friday 29 July 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Church Talk, Features

With our General Elections shortly upon us, we as a nation and as individuals are facing important choices that will impact our future, writes Tamatoa Jonassen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


LETTERS: ‘We are here to serve’

Friday 29 July 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Dear Editor, I write with respect to the recent comments about the timing of the launch of the MFEM (Ministry of Finance and Economic Management) Strategic Plan and conducting of Government business by the public sector.


Politicians are out of touch, say young voters

Saturday 23 July 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Features, Weekend

With the General Election just around the corner, young voters say they are ready for some younger blood and new ideas.


Avaroa Cable opens Aitutaki landing station

Friday 22 July 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Local, National

Government officials along with representatives from Avaroa Cable Limited (ACL), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the New Zealand High Commission to the Cook Islands attended the opening ceremony of a new cable landing station in Aitutaki last week.


Airline and airport ‘chaos’ lead to delays and cancellations

Monday 18 July 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in National, Travel

After two long years of Covid-19 restrictions and staycations, travel has come roaring back in countries like the Cook Islands. However, the return has brought with it a slew of problems as airports and airlines struggle to satisfy a surge in demand.

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Visitors rush to safety as king tides devastate hotel rooms

Saturday 16 July 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in National, Weather

Australian tourist Bradley Ross and his family who recently lost their home in the Northern NSW floods in Australia had to endure a similar experience on their first night in Rarotonga.


Heavy swells leave trail of destruction

Thursday 14 July 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in National, Weather

A number of homes, properties, and businesses in Arorangi have been left severely damaged after king tides lashed parts of the island on Tuesday.

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Government receives new equipment

Wednesday 13 July 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Economy, National

The Cook Islands Ministry of Agriculture and Statistics Office have received some new laptops from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).


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