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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.