There may be little risk of a Hollywood-style skyscraper inferno in Rarotonga, where few buildings are as tall as the coconut palms.
Police are warning locals and visitors to exercise care with high numbers of tourists expected and Te Maeva Nui beginning next week.
Young dancers are rehearsing late into night as excitement builds ahead of the country’s biggest annual cultural event, Te Maeva Nui festival.
There were concerns Ariki were complicit in the loss of Cook Islands Maori self-determination, but in the second part in a series, Thomas Wynne says they played a critical role in improving their people’s health and education.
Two police officers stood down for their involvement in an accident have been reinstated.