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Air New Zealand adds extra flights

Air New Zealand has doubled the weekly number of flights coming to the Cook Islands over the November to April period from five to 10.

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Rarotonga runs out of frozen fries

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.

Te Maeva Nui’s ‘high standards’ please Tauranga Vananga

Despite being scaled back for the second consecutive year due to cuts in the Budget, Te Maeva Nui cultural festival is still maintaining its high standards, says Tauranga Vananga (Ministry of Culture) Secretary Anthony Turua

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Final counting underway

The make-up of the next government is expected to be confirmed by Friday as the Electoral Office starts the final count of the 2022 general election.

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A tribute to principals of Apii Arorangi from Class of ‘84

Apii Arorangi primary students from 1984 reunited a fortnight ago to unveil a plaque at the school in honour of its former principals since the establishment of the school in 1915.

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Celebrating Cook Islands language in New Zealand

The Cook Islands Language Week was celebrated last week right across Aotearoa New Zealand, with each Cook Islands community hosting a week of activities targeting the celebration of language and culture.

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Ministry to deliver workshop aimed at addressing unfair working conditions

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.

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Paunu returns with minor changes

The Cook Islands Welfare Association (CIWA) will operate this month’s “Paunu” services to the community with minor changes.

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Bail altered to allow accused time for work

A man who went on the run from the police for a week is now allowed to work while on bail, but he is not allowed to participate in rugby matches.

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Establishment of Human Rights Institute proposed

The Ombudsman’s Office of the Cook Islands is looking to establish a Human Rights Institute.

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Students head back to school

Students around the country returned to school yesterday after two weeks of break for third term of studies.

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Mangaia’s Demos MPs ready for the challenge

The capture of the three Mangaia-based seats in the Cook Islands general election was a rare bright spot for the Democratic Party in an otherwise disappointing result.

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The ride of their lives

It's every hitchhiker's nightmare, jumping into a car with a serial killer or dangerous criminal. So when well-known Kiwi talkback radio host James Daniels and his wife accepted a ride while on holiday in the Cook Islands recently they were stunned when their driver introduced himself as one of Rarotonga’s most notorious criminals.

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Curtain falls on country’s biggest, best cultural event

The countless hours of late nights rolling into the wee hours of the morning rehearsing and making costumes have come to an end for the hundreds who have participated in the county’s biggest and best cultural festival – Te Maeva Nui.

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Tributes flow for fallen kapa haka icon

The body of Te Arawa kapa haka stalwart Sally-Ann Roberts (Ngāti Hinemihi, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāpuhi) was repatriated back to Aotearoa New Zealand yesterday.

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Murray appointed ANZ Cook Islands’ country head

International bank ANZ last week announced the appointment of Jason Murray as country head, Cook Islands, subject to regulatory approvals.

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Call to conserve water as island enters dry period

To Tatou Vai water authority is asking people to conserve water as Rarotonga enters a three-month drought spell.

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Atiu wins top Te Maeva Nui awards

Atiu’s spectacular performances and creative costumes helped the southern group island’s dancing troops clean sweep the top awards in Te Maeva Nui 2022 cultural festival.

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Te Maeva Nui: The gospel of healing

Teams taking part in the 2022 Te Maeva Nui cultural festival sang their hearts out in harmony in the Imene Pupu (Choir) and Imene Tuki (Traditional Hymn) categories on Thursday night at the National Auditorium.

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Learning to live a subsistence lifestyle

A group of more than 40 Rarotongan students from an environmental advocacy group have been learning about the lifestyles of the people of Atiu, and sharing their own knowledge.

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Youngsters excited to learn their reo

Cook Islanders in Auckland are optimistic their reo will survive into the future, thanks to growing enthusiasm among the community’s youngest members.

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Red Cross distributes vouchers to King Tide victims

Three homes so far have welcomed financial assistance to repair their houses damaged by the devastating king tides which reached as high as 4.5 metres on the south side of Rarotonga last month.

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