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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.

Aitutaki ranked one of the world’s best islands

Aitutaki tourism operators are welcoming guests again in growing numbers and have been given all the more reason to smile after landing a place on a prestigious list naming the best islands in the world.


Maori King here for Te Maeva Nui celebrations

Wednesday's rainy weather did not dampen the smiles of the New Zealand Maori King Tuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII, his wife Makau Ariki Atawhai and family members who arrived in Rarotonga yesterday afternoon.


Traditional therapy or indecent assault

After a three-day trial in the High Court in Avarua, an 11-person jury will decide whether a traditional Maori healer indecently assaulted an alleged female victim or was just performing a consensual medical practice. Caleb Fotheringham reports.


Grant to boost Cook Islands Covid-19 preparedness

Cook Islands is set to receive a portion of US$20.8 million (NZ$29.9m) Covid-19 related funding.


Fitness group moves muscle for worthy cause

A Rarotonga-based fitness group is taking time off their daily grind to help raise funds for Autism Cook Islands’ awareness programme.


New logo for Moana Foundation

The Moana Foundation has chosen a winning logo for their logo design competition.


Cook Islands sailor proud to deliver vaccine support

Four sailors of Cook Islands heritage were involved in the mission to deliver Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to remote islands in the South Pacific including Palmerston.


Better safe than sorry in Rarotonga's dangerous reef passages

Local tour guides are becoming concerned at the number of overseas visitors seen swimming out through some of the dangerous passages in Rarotonga’s lagoons unsupervised.


Palmerston aiming for ‘A grade’ performance at Te Maeva Nui

Caroline Marsters says she is proud to represent her home island of Palmerston for the first time at this week's Te Maeva Nui festival.


Government sounds the alarm on employee poaching

A warning bell has sounded for Cook Islands businesses and employees amid changing immigration policies and labour shortages.


Climate change encouraged discovery of Southern Cooks earlier than first thought

A new study on Atiu has found evidence of exploratory voyages to the Southern Cook Islands up to three hundred years earlier than previously thought and well before first settlement. The research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and is summarised here for Cook Islands News by lead scientist, Professor David Sear.


Support local, buy local at Trade Days

Fifty-five vendors have been confirmed for next week’s Bank of the Cook Islands (BCI) Go Local Experience Trade Days.


Climate change warrants greater fisheries conservation, NGO says

Environmental factors, including climate change, are affecting catches for local fishermen and more needs to be done to ensure Pacific tuna stocks remain healthy, says an official with the World Wildlife Fund.


Te Maeva Nui to kick start with float parade on Friday

A mix of marchers, performers and decorative floats will parade through town on Friday for the opening of Te Maeva Nui 2021 festival.


‘It’s not a casual dawdle’ - misadventure causing a mountain of problems for police

Authorities are weighing up options including possible penalties after an elderly couple had to be rescued on Saturday evening when they slipped off the Cross-Island Trek in Rarotonga.


Opportunity of a lifetime

A New Zealand Royal Navy protector-fleet offshore patrol ship is taking a week long break in Rarotonga as its crew of about 80 get out and about to look at the island.


New ‘secret agent’ to ‘protect country and people’

The Cook Islands’ newest “secret agent” will keep threats at bay and protect the nation.


Celebrating indigenous artists

Sharing, collaborating, and appreciating the art of indigenous Cook Islanders is the idea behind the Toki Cook Islands Indigenous Artist gatherings which was initiated by painter and photographer Shane Andrew and national treasure Michael Tavioni.


Mobile community vet clinic focuses Akaoa

The free mobile community vet clinic started in the village of Murienua earlier this month and continues this week.


New education options to retain Cook Islanders

Cook Islanders are being offered another tertiary education option to help fill a growth market in communications.


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