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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.

Connecting Cook Islands youth to their roots

Te Maeva Nui New Zealand 2021 kicked off on Thursday (Cook Islands time) in Tāmaki Makaurau, celebrating the best of Cook Islands dance, language, culture and food.


A plan to fix Muri lagoon

In 2015, the state of Muri lagoon was declared to be a national disaster by the then Cabinet – six years later the state of Rarotonga’s most famous tourist spot has worsened significantly.


Honouring Cook Islanders in NZ

Te Maeva Nui o Aotearoa New Zealand Charitable Trust hosted the Tu Rangatira special Awards and Recognitions event on Thursday night to celebrate Cook Islanders who have made a significant mark in specific fields in a bid to bring recognition to their achievements.


Cook Islands marks first World Drowning Prevention Day

The first World Drowning Prevention Day will take place today, dedicated to spreading awareness and solutions to drowning in communities around the world.


Brown congratulates Samoa PM-elect after court ruling

The Cook Islands Prime Minister has sent a message of congratulations to his Samoan counterpart Fiame Naomi Mata’afa and says he looks forward to exploring ways to strengthen ties between both nations.


Making the Cut: Cooks’ Olympics Games outfits in Top 10

Team Cook Islands flag bearers Kirsten Andrea Fisher-Marsters and Wesley Tikiariki Roberts held their heads high as they made their way into the Olympic Stadium on Friday.


96 per cent fully jabbed

The rollout for the first dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine is complete and the second dose is nearing completion.


Pride of the community

The round 19 Vaka Pride programme winners were announced during the school market day event held at the Constitution Park on Wednesday. Three winning categories were carefully decided and prizes distributed to the deserving members of the community.


Seabed mining workshop focus on environmental management

An announcement on expected timeframes on the decision-making process on four exploration licence applications by companies that have expressed interest in the nation’s deep sea mineral resources will be made within the coming weeks.


Indigenous Cook Islands artists ‘meet to create’

The first Toki Cook Islands Indigenous Artist gathering starts today.


Court briefs

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Old assault charge brought back

Teariki Araipu, who was earlier found guilty of assaulting a female, was sentenced to six months in prison to be served alongside the 18-month sentence he is currently serving.


Reason to smile

Down Syndrome persons were excited to receive prescription glasses to see more clearly with and six iPads to improve their motivation and individual learning abilities – all made possible through the New Zealand High Commission Fund.


Trans-tasman bubble suspension a blessing in disguise for the Cooks

New Zealand's decision to suspend quarantine-free travel with Australia will not only provide Cook Islands protection from the highly contagious Covid-19 variant but could also result in an influx of Kiwi tourists travelling into the country.


Government looking for new ‘spy’

Cook Islands Government is looking for an “intelligence specialist” to assist in surveillance and response to threats.


Rarotonga Sailing Club to host barbecue bash

A barbecue pitmasters competition is set to raise money for the Rarotonga Sailing Club and celebrate barbecuing.


Drivers urged to maintain distance

Motorists have been reminded to stay aware of safe travelling distances between vehicles following a nose-to-tail incident near Rarotonga International Airport.


Disqualified driver four times over the legal limit

A 29-year-old disqualified driver found four times over the legal drink driving limit is expected to appear in court today.


Budding farmers share fruits of their labour

Aspiring farmers from nine primary schools around Rarotonga converged on Constitution Park in Avarua to showcase and sell their fresh produce to the community.


‘Nosey’ the fur seal sunning at Avarua harbour

Oblivious to the chatter and curious stares from onlookers, the visiting yearling Kekeno/New Zealand fur seal nicknamed “Nosey” appeared to be casually enjoying its “sunning holiday break” on Rarotonga yesterday.


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