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16 January 2021

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National

Demos urgent plea for lagoon action

The Opposition Democratic Party is accusing the Government of inaction in rehabilitating Muri Lagoon, which is often described as one of the top tourist draws in Rarotonga.

Environment


Government begins removing beloved toa trees in Matavera

Work to remove the toa (ironwood) trees that have graced the road side of Matavera since the early 1960s started yesterday.

Local


‘Heaven has gained an amazing angel’

Former Manager for Health Promotion Karen Tairea, who passed away earlier this month, has been described as the type of woman who people were proud to have in their lives.

Local


Opposition demands transparency over recruitment for high profile jobs

The Opposition Democratic Party is demanding transparency from the Public Service Commission and the Office of the Prime Minister over the number of applications received for a number of recently advertised senior government roles.

Local


2021 could be the warmest year on record, Met Service says

The Met Office says it will be at least eight months before Cook Islands will start experiencing cooler than average temperatures, which means more hot and dry weather as currently experienced in the Northern Group.

National


Cooks registered luxury yacht destroyed in fire

Maritime Cook Islands has confirmed that investigations are underway on the matter of a Cook Islands registered luxury yacht that caught fire in Thailand last month.

Local


Turning crisis into opportunity?

While Covid-19 appears to have given earth time to heal, some governments are reportedly using the pandemic to hurt conservation efforts across the globe.

Environment


Drink-driver caught three times over legal limit

A drunk driver on a motorbike tried to evade police early yesterday morning but was caught and arrested.

Crime


Top cop job appointment by end of January

A recommendation from the Office of the Public Service Commissioner on the appointment of the Commissioner of Police is expected to be made later this month.

Local


Thirty-four businesses expected to re-enter wage subsidy scheme

Government is expected to spend about $14 million in wage subsidy in 2021, following a number of rule changes that have resulted in 34 businesses becoming re-eligible to collect the benefit.

Economy


Let the Games begin!

The Cook Islands Beach Games 2021 were officially opened last night at the Nikao Beach Court, kicking off two weeks of action over five separate events.

Local


The invertebrate biodiversity expedition on Raemaru

In December, author Gerald McCormack, who is also the director of the Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust joined Joseph Brider of the Trust, Maja Poeschko and Kirby Morejohn on an expedition to the top of Raemaru.

Environment


Connecting youths to their environment

A local non-government organisation is running a programme to help connect Cook Islands youth with nature.

Environment


Local body oil vendor sniffing out a business opportunity

This upstart business began with the sweet-smelling scented blooms of the mataoi tree.

Local


Local authorities urged to investigate stabbing on Cook Islands registered vessel

Marine Cook Islands should investigate the death of a crew member on a Cook Islands registered vessel, says a former detective.

Crime


Cook Islanders in NZ at greater risk of hospitalisation for Covid-19

Another community outbreak of coronavirus in New Zealand could be devastating for New Zealand Maori and Pacific people including more than 80,000 Cook Islanders, a recently released research paper by Te Punaha Matatini researchers has shown.

Health


Choosing a healthier lifestyle

This year has been declared the ‘International Year of Fruits and Vegetables’ by the United Nations General Assembly.

Health


University of South Pacific enrolment up 500 per cent

While universities around the world are seeing a sharp decline in enrolment, USP Cook Islands has seen a huge increase thanks to a government initiative.

Education


World’s remotest learner

Living on a tiny remote island of Palmerston has not stopped Caroline Marsters from dreaming big.

National


Penrhyn to dry up in 14 days

An island government official said the northern group atoll is dealing with one of the worst water shortages in years, prompting Prime Minister Mark Brown's government to approve an emergency shipment of water and desalination equipment to the island.

National


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