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Traditional voyage for Aitutaki’s 200-year celebrations

GPS and modern navigation will be switched off for the overnight trip to Aitutaki on Vaka Marumaru Atua. Instead, the crew will be using traditional wayfinding techniques guided by stars, wind, swell, and the sun.

Cooks amongst the most vaccinated in the world

The Cook Islands have been identified as world leaders in Covid-19 vaccinations by the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC).

Health


Renowned artist lays bare his secrets as poetry meets music

Mike Tavioni needs little introduction as a well-known master carver, but he has now expanded his artistic talents to incorporate recorded original works.

Local


Be Fruitful ice creams now in supermarket chillers

Fans of the real fruit ice creams served from the colourful Be Fruitful mobile caravan now have many more places to buy one following new retail partnerships.

Local


Tenderly growing vegies in Penrhyn

The principal of Manihiki’s Tukao and Tauhunu schools Anna Rauru was ecstatic to receive a delivery of “fresh and delicious” home grown vegetables from the island of Penrhyn.

National


Agriculture census helps ministry plan

An agriculture census which happens every 10 years is set to begin next month, lasting until December, with assistance from the Asian Development Bank.

Economy


Australian Navy sea training strengthens Pacific alliances

The Australian Navy is on a mission to nurture and strengthen its alliances and regional partnerships and the Cook Islands, Fiji and Singapore have become the first three nations to successfully complete its inaugural exchange programme.

National


Striving for gender equality

The Cook Islands Ports Authority has a male/female gender employee composition of men 57 per cent and women 43 per cent, with the aim to achieve equal or exceed female representation in the ports business.

Local


Aspiring chefs cook up a storm

Fourteen little chefs from the ages of six to 11 took part in the ‘Potiki Makona Kai’ Kids Cooking Competition yesterday as a part of World Food Day at Te Taua Terevete (formerly Constitution Park).

Local


Government tour on ‘progressing northern projects’

The Prime Minister and Minister Responsible for the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC), Mark Brown, returned with the other members of his government delegation from a successful mission to the Northern Group yesterday.

National


Celebrating all things food

A great hoard of people flocked to the Terevete Park yesterday to celebrate World Food Day, a global event celebrated yearly where food lovers as well as growers, chefs, and many more can come together to share and enjoy good food together.

Local


Former Environment Service employee charged with four counts of theft

A woman who worked under the former director of the National Environment Service (NES), Nga Puna, has been charged on four counts of theft as a servant.

Crime


Aitutaki children turn up in large numbers to get jabbed

Youth aged 12 to 15 in Aitutaki received their first dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine on Friday.

Health


Police want more cops on our roads

Cook Islands police say they need to be better resourced and more visible if there is to be a curb in motorcycle related offences.

Crime


Raro elderly excited to join Aitutaki’s Bi-Centennial celebrations

A group of 14 Are Pa Metua elderly members flew out to Aitutaki yesterday afternoon “excited” to be part of the island’s historic 200 years anniversary celebration of the arrival of Christianity.

National


Suspended DPM retains top pay

Penrhyn MP Robert Tapaitau is still on his Deputy Prime Minister’s salary including benefits, despite being suspended from leadership duties.

Local


Cook Islander dedicated to better Pacific health outcomes

The University of Otago’s newest Associate Dean (Pacific) who is of Cook Islands descent is dedicated to achieving better health outcomes for Pasifika.

Health


Welcome home, see you in two weeks

There were sighs of relief as family and friends gathered at Rarotonga International Airport to catch a glimpse of loved ones who landed on the repatriation flight yesterday afternoon.

Local


Girl Guides celebrate 93 years anniversary

The Girl Guides Association Cook Islands are today celebrating their 93 years of “guiding” in the Cook Islands.

Local


New sawmill for Mangaia

A Japanese grant worth over $132,000 is funding a project that is expected to generate affordable building materials and employment and training for school leavers, to assist in population retention on Mangaia.

National


Court puts accused on community treatment order

Matia Betero charged with two counts of wilful damage, threatening acts and threatening to kill will be put on a community treatment order following a psychiatric assessment.

Crime


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