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16 January 2021



‘We got through 2020 together’, PM says in address to nation

In an address to the people of the Cook Islands, PM Mark Brown says good riddance to 2020 and looks ahead to a new year which he says will involve further sacrifice and hardship, but also prosperity.


Covid-19 stimulus package extended

The Cook Islands people continue to be the government’s top priority in 2021 with announcements including extension of the wage subsidy and the expectation that Kiwis will be welcomed back to the country’s shores by March 2021.


Change needs to start from within, opposition leader says.

Opposition leader Tina Brown of the Democratic Party lays out priorities and a clear goal to form a Demo-led Government in 2021 in her New Year's address.


Rarotonga residents are still being urged to ‘save water’.

Water supply agency To Tatou Vai continues to monitor the water situation at the intakes on the island.


Residents advised to avoid swimming in Muri lagoon

Government is advising residents to avoid swimming and the harvesting of seafood in Muri Lagoon.


Big year for Chamber of Commerce

It was a year of challenges, change and uncertainty, but for the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce, 2020 was also a year of growth, expansion and breaking new ground.


Cook Islanders in NZ recognised for community service

Three New Zealand-based Cook Islanders have been named on the New Year Honours list.


Police ‘abusing powers’ in drunk driving cases

The conduct of local law enforcement officials in drunk driving cases is under scrutiny after a spate of arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol during the holiday season.


Keeping the festive spirit alive in Mauke

Impending rain did not dampen the island pride and festive spirits of the Kimiangatau village string band in Mauke.


Cops to keep an eye on NYE revellers

Back-to-back late nights with special licences granted to liquor outlets has placed alcohol on the top shelf of concerns for Cook Islands Police this coming long weekend.


Passionate planter laid to rest

A week after his sudden passing in Mauke, 49-year-old Tuakana Samuel was laid to rest on Saturday December 26 at the Ngati Tamatea burial ground in Matavera, Rarotonga.


Police investigate boat fire

A concerted effort by Rarotonga’s volunteer fire brigades saved the Cook Islands General Transport yard from burning to the ground.


Organic growers look to expand footprint in 2021

An organic growers group is aiming to expand the sector in 2021. Building a positive relationship with the government will be vital for their vision of an organic Cook Islands to come to fruition.


Still the best in the Pacific Rim

Despite the effects of Covid-19, the Cook Islands is still seen as one of the best tourist attractions in the world after winning an international award.


Double fireworks to welcome 2021

After an unprecedented year, the people of Rarotonga are being invited to see the beginning of 2021 with a bang.


Sisters graduate together

It was a double celebration for Toru family this Christmas after Rarotonga sisters achieve their university dreams together.


A hub to empower Cook Islands youth

With the purpose to engage, embrace, evolve and empower young people, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Empower Me Inc. last week launched its official Empower Me Youth Hub.


Ten year economic plan in final stages

With the conclusion of a nationwide public consultation process, government will now be looking to put the final touches on a 10-year economic plan that aims to address a range of social and environmental issues and provide a blueprint for economic growth.


Eight arrested during Xmas weekend

Police arrested eight people for driving-related offences during the Christmas weekend.


Health secretary appointment questioned

Former police officer Bob Williams has been appointed the acting Secretary of Health while the hunt for a permanent head of ministry continues.


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