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International night shows unity in diversity

Cultural diversity enhanced by vibrant colours, unusual costumes, dances and heartfelt performances, splashed across the National Auditorium stage on Saturday night.

Japan assists Takitumu School

The government of Japan handed over the ownership of three septic tanks and eight water fountains to Takitumu School at a handover ceremony held on July 23 in Rarotonga.

Education


NZ’s Ngā Tūmanako Kapa Haka wows local crowd

The visiting New Zealand Maori Ngā Tūmanako Kapa Haka group lived up to expectations, wowing the audience during Te Maeva Nui International Night at the National Auditorium on Saturday.

Culture


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

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.

Health


Climate change affecting Cooks’ tuna population

Recent studies say climate change is driving tuna further to the east, threatening the economic security of several small island states including the Cook Islands.

Economy


Court Briefs

Court briefs from July 22

Crime


Nine months disqualification for careless driving causing injury

In Avarua’s High Court on July 20, Odette Stanke was disqualified for driving for nine months and will be on probation for a year for careless driving causing injury.

Crime

Cook Islands economy ‘looking good’

Cook Islands is in a strong economic position on the back of New Zealand’s continuing Covid-19 recovery, but there is still risk, a visiting senior economist says.

Economy


Celebrating culture at Te Maeva Nui

Celebrating cultural diversity is an integral part of Te Maeva Nui festival. This evening at 7pm the International Night kicks off with performances from the local communities of Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Chinese, Samoa, Tonga and the Philippines.

Culture


Ultimatum on Muri lagoon

A community-based effort to rehabilitate Muri lagoon includes a sweeping set of recommendations, including a moratorium on all development along Ngatangiia’s foreshore.

Environment


NZ Minister in Cooks on official visit

New Zealand Minister Munokoapoto (Poto) Williams, who is of Cook Islands descent, met Prime Minister Mark Brown on her first official visit to the country this week.

Local


Drink driving lands Kiwi couple in jail

A drink driving Kiwi couple landed in jail for a night and are at least $800 out of pocket following an incident in Rarotonga on Wednesday.

Crime

Te Maeva Nui festival commences

The official opening ceremony and float parade for Te Maeva Nui kicks off at Constitution Park Friday.

Culture


Kiwis eyed to fill labour gaps

Cook Islands businesses are looking to New Zealand to fill labour gaps but it’s not without challenges, reports Caleb Fotheringham.

Economy


Traditional healer found guilty

A 65-year-old traditional healer will be sentenced next week for putting his finger in the victim’s genitalia saying it was part of his therapy, describing it as ‘similar to a smear (test)’. Caleb Fotheringham reports.

Local


EU purse seine fishing deal extended

The European Union (EU) and the Cook Islands have extended a “sustainable” fisheries partnership by three years.

Local


Daily diary from the crew of vaka Marumaru Atua

An ongoing recap from the crew of vaka Marumaru Atua, who are currently sailing to the Northern Group of the Pa Enua.

Local


Kiribati community celebrates with song and dance

Visitors and friends from Rarotonga joined the Cook Islands Kiribati community as they celebrated their country’s 42nd independence over the weekend.

Local


CINCW reps pay tribute

In respect of their former patron, the late Rongomatane Ada Ariki also known as Ada Teaupurepure Tetupu Nicholls, Cook Islands National Council of Women (CINCW) representatives attended the investiture of her son Nicholas Nicholls as Rongomatane Nicholas Ariki in Atiu earlier this month.

National


Te Maeva Nui teams learning from experience

Teams participating in this year’s Te Maeva Nui festival are putting the finishing touches on their preparations ahead of the annual event which starts this weekend, reports Melina Etches.

Culture


Community wants action to save lagoon

Plans that can be immediately activated to help save Muri Lagoon were overwhelmingly supported at a community meeting Tuesday night called by senior traditional leader Vaikai Mataiapo Tutara.

Environment


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