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New Zealand education leaders visit Cook Islands

A group of current and past New Zealand education leaders with Pacific ties are visiting the Cook Islands to share their knowledge and strengthen relationship with local counterparts.

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Drowning victim died of natural causes

Cook Islands coroner says the Australian visitor who died while snorkelling near Fruits of Rarotonga on Sunday died of natural causes.

Losacker’s new book features locations from the Cook Islands

Long-time Cook Islands medical practitioner Dr Wolfgang Losacker has added another book to his collection called “Cruising in the South Seas a lecturer reminisces”.

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Increased likelihood of flooding

People living in low-lying areas should brace themselves for the likelihood of flooding in the coming months, as the Cook Islands is due to experience another La Nina season.

Environment


More cases of hand, foot and mouth disease recorded

There are more cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) but it’s not yet an outbreak, says the director of Hospital Health Services, Doctor Yin Yin May.

Health


750 kilos of waste from clean-up day

Clean Up the Cooks Day on Friday resulted in a waste haul of 750.8 kilograms – the majority being general waste and scrap metal.

Environment


Toka’s Cook Islands inspired garments a big hit

After a successful whirlwind trip to Paris and London for the Pacific Fashion Week shows, emerging designer Toka Toka is on his way home.

Culture


Iro wins top ocean prize

Ocean advocate and former rugby league star Kevin Iro has been named the recipient of the 2022 Seacology Prize for his commitment towards the world’s largest multi-use marine park, Marae Moana.

Environment


New bread prices here to stay, Raro bakers say

The new bread prices following an increase over the weekend is likely to stay despite the price being reviewed in six months’ time.

Economy


TMO ‘can import’ medicinal cannabis

Cook Islands Secretary of Health Bob Williams says there is no ‘urgency’ to push on with legislation legalising medicinal cannabis because there is already one type available to access from New Zealand.

Health


Rarotonga electricity prices to increase by $0.15 per unit

Te Aponga Uira (TAU) is introducing a flat surcharge of $0.15 per unit of electricity next month, blaming the rising costs of fuel due to the Russia-Ukraine war, and other supply chain issues.

Economy


The final farewell

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown was one of the many dignitaries who was invited to the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday morning.

National


Exploring new ways of doing business

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit and the borders closed in 2020, Aitutaki businessman Tearaia Maoate had to reassess his plans.

Business


The importance of local knowledge in award winning project

The first-ever town plan for Avarua – the capital of the Cook Islands – has won an International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) award for its response to the climate crisis at a Gala Awards Ceremony in South Korea recently. The Coconet TV spoke to Cook Island architect Romani Katoa on how he became involved, why it’s important for local Pacific Islanders to work on these kinds of projects, how he got into architecture and more in a quick Q&A below.

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PM Brown attends Queen’s state funeral

Prime Minister Mark Brown is in London to attend Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey held this morning.

National


$398k cannabis trial begins

A trial for the alleged ‘captain’ of a cannabis drug operation started on Friday in the High Court at Avarua after multiple delays due to juror shortage.

Court


Tereora students showcase powerful performances at annual dance show

The Tereora College Turangavaevae Performing Arts show thrilled the strong audience of several hundred at the National Auditorium on Thursday night.

Local


School celebrates athletics success

Apii Takitumu students are chuffed to have won the Junior Overall Champion Trophy at the annual Prince of Wales Primary School athletics sports event this week.

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Tribute to the protector of Peu Maori

The late Mauri Toa believed in the strength of the three pillars of the nation – the Government, the Church and Traditional leaders – and how they interacted with each other and affected the lives of the people.

Local


Tauira’s dance of faith

Like the rest of the world, when the Covid-19 pandemic emerged, the Cook Islands came to a standstill. To capture the resilience of the nation in the face of such adversity, the Ministry of Finance and Economic management (MFEM) commissioned a song as part of this year’s annual budget themed ‘Keep the Faith’. The official video for the song was released this week.

Local


Community rallies with fundraising effort

The community is rallying round a family who lost almost everything in a housefire.

Local


Party hires NZ barrister for petition cases

The Cook Islands United Party has bolstered their legal team in their challenge over the election results in the Pa Enua.

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