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Articles by Talaia Mika

Public backs proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund

Saturday 20 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Environment, National

Cook Islands is establishing a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) to secure the nation’s financial future potentially funded by revenue from future seabed mining.


Meals on Wheels delivers hope to senior citizens in need

Friday 19 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in

The harsh realities of life for some elderly people in the country, such as being forgotten by their families or having serious health problems, is the inspiration behind the Meals on Wheels programme.


Chinese province donates equipment to Cook Islands, eyes broader cooperation

Thursday 18 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Economy, Local, National, Outer Islands

Cook Islands and China’s Guangdong province strengthened ties through equipment donations and discussions on future collaboration in areas like agriculture, fisheries and cultural exchange.


Minister to make history as first female chair of WHO meeting

Wednesday 17 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Health, National

Minister for Health Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown is set to become the first female to chair the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific meeting in Manila, Philippines, this October.

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Training aims to combat plant pests

Tuesday 16 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Environment, Local, National

The Plant Health Clinic Training, held for the first time at the Ministry of Agriculture, aims to enhance the skills of the ministry’s extension officers and identify potential plant threats to bolster Cook Islands’ farming sector.


Boost for Aitutaki healthcare

Monday 15 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Health, Local, National, Outer Islands

Aitutaki’s newly opened oxygen plant is expected to provide a significant boost to the island’s healthcare services, while expert technicians work to ensure its smooth operation.


Cultural revival at heart: Groups gear up for Te Maeva Nui showdown

Saturday 13 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Art, Entertainment, Features

With two weeks remaining until the highly anticipated Te Maeva Nui 2024, journalist Talaia Mika talks to two cultural groups who are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations for the annual national cultural event.

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Sibling’s illness fuels passion for healthy living

Saturday 13 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Features, Health, Health, National, Weekend

A young Cook Islander, inspired by her sibling’s health struggles, joined Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health to promote healthy living and supports the government’s plan to ban unhealthy substances.

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Partnership to boost home healthcare

Saturday 13 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Health, Local, National

The Rarotonga Home Healthcare Services (RHHS) and Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health (TMO) has signed a Health Cooperation Agreement, promising to elevate homecare services in the Cook Islands.


TMO declares war on NCDs

Saturday 13 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Health, National

Government is committed to reducing the number of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country, with a focus on educating children and implementing healthy lifestyle initiatives within the Ministry of Health.

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Charity group brings dental care and training to annual health conference

Friday 12 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in

The Smiles for the Pacific team partaking in the 23rd Cook Islands Annual Health Conference has a mission to provide immediate dental care but also equipping local dental professionals with the skills and knowledge they need to sustain long-term improvements in oral health.


Family reunites to celebrate WWII Coastwatcher

Friday 12 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Features, Local, National, Weekend

A former Coastwatcher who served in World War II, the late Tai-O-Tonga Henry, who passed away in the 1980s, remains an embodiment of unity for his family in Rarotonga.


Cook Islands target oral health, NCDs and workforce at annual conference

Thursday 11 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Health, Local, National

The annual Cook Islands health conference kicked off yesterday with the World Health Organization’s new regional director attending and a focus on oral health, non-communicable diseases and strengthening the health workforce.


Over 10,000 taramea removed, Government urged to step in

Wednesday 10 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Environment, National

After managing to remove over 10,000 taramea or crown-of-thorns starfish from Rarotonga reef, Rarotonga-based NGO Kōrero o te 'Ōrau believes the government should now step in to further protect the reef.


Dinner marks 20 years of Foundation’s fight against breast cancer

Tuesday 9 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Features, Go Local, Health, Local, National

It was all pink dazzling everywhere at the Tamarind House on Sunday as the Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation (CIBCF) gathered with its supporters to commence the long celebration of the foundation’s 20 years of existence in the country.


Agriculture receives equipment to bolster biosecurity and address wild pig concerns

Tuesday 9 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Local, National

Ministry of Agriculture received equipment from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to improve biosecurity and address concerns over wild pigs and transboundary diseases.


Insurance provider celebrates nine years in Cooks, pledges continued commitment

Monday 8 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Business, Features, Go Local, National

A regional insurance company celebrated its ninth anniversary in the Cook Islands, highlighting its commitment to the local community and its achievements in providing insurance services.


Atiu dancers gear up for Te Maeva Nui despite late start

Monday 8 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Art, Entertainment, Features

The 2024 Te Maeva Nui Atiu cultural group is coming off strong with their preparations for the upcoming annual national cultural event.


Vigilance at Ports key to preventing illegal drug importation: Moananu

Thursday 4 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Crime, Local, National

Despite Cook Islands having a relatively low number of drug importation cases compared to other countries in the Pacific, there is no guarantee that it is not coming through, says the country’s ports authority.

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NES seeks expert to bolster coastal protections for Rarotonga, Aitutaki

Thursday 4 July 2024 | Written by Talaia Mika | Published in Environment, Local, National

The National Environment Service (NES) is looking at boosting the protection for the coastal areas of Rarotonga and Autitaki in a bid to address current and future risks and concerns.


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