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Giving back to the people of Mitiaro

Rangi Kimiora enjoyed a comfortable life while growing up in Melbourne. But after spending a decade there, he decided to return home to Mitiaro to help improve the lives of his people on the island.

Lawyer following in her mother’s footsteps

The call to law was inevitable for Norah Browne, watching her highly driven mother become one of the most successful female lawyers in the country.

Local


Covid-19 stalling Penrhyn cyclone shelter project: Contractor

As shipping delays stall a controversial construction project in the outer island of Penrhyn, one local shipping firm is questioning why his company wasn’t approached for their services. Emmanuel Samoglou reports.

National


The crowning of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki

Hundreds gathered to witness the installation of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki on Friday. Although the ceremony was met with a vocal protest who called the election process a “fraud”, it continued largely as planned.

Local


New community case in NZ, Cook Islands alert level unchanged

There will be no change to Cook Islands’ alert level or border settings at this stage, despite a new Covid-19 community case in New Zealand connected to what has been called the November quarantine cluster.

Health


Criminal cases adjourned for callover in December

A number of cases that were brought before the Criminal Court this week were adjourned to a later date. Itio te ra Putaura Matakino, who is facing charges relating to assault on a female, entering with intent and obtaining by false pretence, had his matter adjourned to December 17. Defence counsel Norman George requested Justice […]

Crime

Trip of a lifetime to outer islands

Nine months ago, French national Pauline Belliard moved to Rarotonga to live and work. Today she returns to New Zealand, but before saying goodbye to the Cook Islands, Belliard was one of the first group of passengers who got to travel to and discover more about four of the Southern Pa Enua.

National


Pa Enua building project embroiled in controversy

Allegations of conflict of interest and misuse of public funds are the basis of a public complaint over the tendering process for the construction of cyclone shelters on the northern group island of Penrhyn.

National


Gifts arrive for new chief in advance of investiture

Historic moment today as nation to witness the akamarokura’anga of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki, which will be held at the Taurangamanu Vakatini Palace grounds at Tupapa on Friday.

Local


False alarm: PM clarifies returnees won’t require quarantine on arrival

Supervised quarantine will not be reinstated for passengers arriving on today’s flight following confirmation that the first Covid-19 case in Samoa was not a New Zealand case of community transmission.

Health


Local resort group wins big at travel industry's "Oscars"

A Cook Islands luxury and boutique beachfront resort group has claimed five continental and local titles in the World Travel Awards 2020.

Economy


From one generation to the next: Rarotonga prepares for a historic investiture

With preparations underway for a historic day, a protest is expected from the Te Ora Rangatira line during the investiture of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki in Tupapa on Friday.

Local


PM Brown says keep moving and eat sensibly

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the biggest killers of our people, according to Prime Minister Mark Brown. He wants to encourage everyone to work together and put their efforts into combating NCDs. “We’ve had 67 people pass away from January to October, and 50 of those deaths were from NCDs,” Brown said. “For men there are […]

Health


Algae growth in Rarotonga's streams is baffling officials

Fertiliser use in crop and livestock farming, animal droppings, septic tank seepage, and soil run-off into streams from land clearing activities have been cited as potential causes of excessive algae growth.

Environment


Changing the face of men’s health: Growing ‘mos’ to save bros

A significant increase in the number of men getting their health checked is a positive sign they are taking seriously the men’s health campaign message – “Get yourself checked”. George George, a driver of the “Movember” movement, says Dr Rangiau Fariu is striving to keep up with the appointments. “It is good to see and […]

Health


Family of boy lost at sea continues to wait for Government to communicate

The family of a young boy who went missing at sea 14 months ago is still waiting to hear from police and the Ministry of Transport “about where things are at.” Relative Puna Vano said: “All we’ve had is a wall of silence.” Vano was an uncle to little Lapana Tupou who went missing onboard […]

Local

Papua Vai Marere: A place for the community to enjoy

People are being encouraged to head up to Papua Vai Marere, commonly known as Wigmore’s Waterfall and check out the new picnic area. Landholdings created the space at the waterfall for all in the community to enjoy. Crystal Lam from GHD said they also went the extra mile to put a nib kerb in to […]

Local


Covid-19 tests on low supply

Health officials say a global shortage of Covid-19 testing equipment has affected their ability to receive new supplies, but a new testing lab slated for completion in the next few months will improve capabilities.

Health


Vaccine before visitors, ANZ Bank analyst says

Stable finances and positive signs with the development of a potential Covid-19 vaccine is leading at least one analyst to suggest there should be no rush to open borders to international tourists.

Economy


Marumaru Atua returns to Rarotonga

Vaka Marumaru Atua returned to Rarotonga yesterday to a warm welcome after a two-day long voyage from the outer island of Aitutaki.

Local


Businesses on board with CookSafe

Business people around Rarotonga are urged to contact the Private Sector Taskforce CookSafe team if they are having issues with their CookSafe contact-tracing system scanner.

Health


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