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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.

Local business moves past Covid-19 with expansion

A Cook Islands business is putting Covid-19 behind it and taking forward steps in expanding its workforce by branching out to retail.

Local


Tug of war with post delivery expectations

New Zealand Post says mail from New Zealand to the Cook Islands should take no more than nine days to arrive but Vodafone Cook Islands remains adamant that any postal delays are from problems offshore.

Local


Environmental changes main cause of fresh fish shortage, government says

The Head of the Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) has refuted claims that overfishing is the cause of low fresh fish supplies that have affected Rarotonga’s residents and visitors for over a month.

Environment


Fuel prices increase, gas rates unaffected

Motorists are digging deeper into their pockets when paying for fuel after the Price Tribunal announced increases in petrol prices in the Cook Islands.

Local


Mangaia’s colonial building turns into community hub

The refurbished Mangaia Lodge Community Centre is now home to the Mangaia Red Cross, the Mangaia Elderbility Home Care Services and Te Kainga Pa Metua on the island.

National


Rare visit from New Zealand fur seal

Since the travel bubble opened with New Zealand, a young Kekeno/New Zealand fur seal has also decided to pop in for a bit of a holiday to Rarotonga this week - travelling over 3000 kilometres from its home.

Local


Assailants avoid prison sentence, gets warned

Two people convicted of assault have been given stern words in the Criminal Court at Avarua.

Crime

Young farmers – the future of agriculture

The students at Rutaki School were excitedly preparing yesterday for the first ever School’s Market Day which will take place today from 9am to 1pm at the Constitution Park in Avarua.

Environment


Reaching herd immunity ‘is no guarantee’

New variants of the Covid-19 virus will make it hard for countries like Cook Islands to achieve herd immunity, says a leading Pacific health expert.

Health


Public assets worth $403 million

Government’s building portfolio and state-owned enterprises are expected to grow in value to $650 million over the next four years from the current worth of $403 million.

Economy


Internship motivates Atiu student

Aumai Teiotu, a 17-year-old student of Enuamanu in Atiu, has been interning at Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) for the last couple of weeks.

National


Rongomatane Ariki crowned in a peaceful ceremony

A crowd of 500 witnessed the akamarokura’anga (investiture) of Nicholas Paenui Te-iti Nicholls as the new Rongomatane Ariki of Atiu.

Culture


Local charter vessels get detention notices

Two charter fishing vessels were issued with “detention notices” due to the considerable amount of deterioration, corrosion, and structural damage, during an inspection last month.

Local


Lawyer Rasmussen pleads guilty

Former Cabinet minister Wilkie Rasmussen has entered a guilty plea to attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Crime


Two new dengue cases

Two probable cases of dengue fever have been reported in Rarotonga in the past week bringing the total hospitalisations to 60 during the past six months.

Health


Fish shortage ‘worst it’s ever been’

Fishing boats are coming back mostly empty, some of the people affected say it’s normal while others say it’s the worst it’s ever been.

Economy


Rongomatane Ariki investiture underway

The people of Atiu gather again today for the akamarokura’anga (investiture) of Nicholas Paenui Te-iti Nicholls as Rongomatane Ariki.

Culture


Quarantine and Covid-19 free attract Kiwi tourists

Kiwi tourists are embracing quarantine and Covid-19 free travel with the Cook Islands, early indicators show.

Economy


Government watching uptick in marine traffic

Officials are keeping a close watch on the nation’s borders as marine traffic picks up within the Cook Islands exclusive economic zone.

National


Rest in peace – hunting predatory taramea

A team of Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) employees, volunteer freedivers and a representative from the Proprietors of Manuae Incorporated (PMI) has just returned from a crown-of-thorns starfish (taramea) removal expedition to the uninhabited island of Manuae.

Environment


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