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Roadworks prioritised by funding

Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) is asking for public patience as road works are prioritised based on available funding, with Nikao backroad rehabilitation and various link road upgrades planned in the coming financial year.


A sea of blue: Community rallies behind autism awareness

Apii Nukutere and the local community embraced “Blue Day” yesterday by dressing up in colour to demonstrate their support for Autism Cook Islands and its initiatives, programmes.

Aitutaki suspect in Cook Islands cyberbullying probe

Cook Islands police are investigating complaints of cyberbullying targeting teenagers and are seeking legal advice as their laws don’t explicitly address cyberbullying.


New clerk pledges to learn and serve

Dr Tuaine Unuia has hit the ground running in his new role as the O-Tari-Kura o te Are Ariki (Clerk of the House of Ariki) earlier this week, welcomed by members of Te Are Ariki.


Atupare Marae welcomes new shelter, Maori King for ocean initiative

Tui Dewes, Aotearoa New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, had the honour of opening the new Taupare for Atupare Marae, alongside the Minister for Tauranga Vananga Ministry of Cultural Development, George “Maggie” Angene, last week.


Teenager confirmed wearing ‘approved helmet’ in crash

Cook Islands Police have confirmed the teenager injured in a crash last Friday was wearing a ‘fully approved’ German helmet.


Aitutaki’s Ngatamariki ready for Te Mire Atu debut

Corina Mose Ngatamariki from Aitutaki is “excited” to be competing in tonight’s Te Mire Atu composer’s competition at The Edgewater Resort for the first time.


Court: Suspended sentence

Well-known to the court for his previous conviction, Justice of the Peace John Whitta said he would not consider Travel Tuaputa’s previous record as it was not similar to the current offence.


Court: Possible diversion

Crown Law has suggested a diversion could be confirmed by April 30 for Alberio Lazaro and Aaron Junior William, who are currently facing charges of fighting in a public place.


Jet ski vandalism forces water sports business to cancel tours

A Muri-based water sports tourism business was shocked to discover their jet skis were vandalised over the weekend, forcing them to cancel tours. Police are investigating the matter.


Agencies join forces to streamline permits

Te Marae Ora (TMO) Ministry of Health, Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) and the National Environment Service (NES) held their first quarterly meeting last week to strengthen coordination and management of permits across the three agencies.


Farmers divided over domestic consumption, export potentials

Former Agriculture minister, Kiriau Turepu, sparked debate recently by suggesting that exporting produce should not be a priority for Cook Islands growers.


AKTT Atiu youths to host fishing competition this Easter

The Atiu branch of Kōrero o te ‘Ōrau’s ‘Ātui’anga ki te Tango (AKTT) programme has already begun the year activating their community and assisting around the island whenever and wherever they can.


Police investigate break-in at USP Cook Islands campus

Cook Islands Police is investigating an alleged break-in at the University of the South Pacific Cook Islands campus yesterday.


Nightclub brawler fined $3k for injuring security guard

A man who was involved in a brawl at the Rehab Nightclub in November last year was ordered to pay a $2000 fine and $1000 in compensation to a security guard who was injured from the incident.


Small businesses in Cook Islands face squeeze as NZ economy falters

Small and medium enterprises are likely to get hit hard by the New Zealand recession before consumers start feeling the pinch, says Cook Islands Government chief economist.


Water contamination in petrol affects vehicles on Rarotonga

Six vehicles are being inspected for damage believed to have been caused by water contamination in petrol provided by a local supplier.


CIIC announces new chairs for TAU and Ports Authority

The chairs of two of important government agencies are stepping down and new chairs appointed in their place.


Cook Islands doctor appointed chair of NZ Pacific health senate

Cook Islander Dr Kiki Maoate is the new chair of Fatu Fono Ola (the National Pacific Health Senate New Zealand), Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora has announced.


Drunk driver convicted after crashing rental car into creek

The 43-year-old driver, who drove a rental car off the Nikao seawall and into a creek, has been convicted and ordered to pay $9000 in reparations to the rental company.


Consultant ordered to pay over $9k after careless driving incident

A consultant employed by Maritime Cook Islands was ordered to pay a $9309 restitution after being discharged for a driving-related matter.


Expat worker discharged without conviction after long delay

A foreign worker, who was expected to be sentenced for a 2022 careless driving causing injury charge, has been discharged without conviction.


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