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Tupapa clinic asbestos removal project ahead of schedule, says CIIC

The old asbestos roofing at the Tupapa Primary Care and Outpatient Clinic has been fully removed, and its new roof has been installed.


Repeated breaches land young woman back in jail

A young woman sentenced to serve time at Arorangi Prison has been advised by a Justice of the Peace to seriously think about making better choices in the future.

PM Brown: ‘Police portfolio is under my responsibility and I take that very seriously’

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown will retain control of the Police portfolio despite a request from another Minister and will focus on improving police standards and staffing.


CINAT team having a blast in Hawaii, dismisses stranded rumours

Cultural expert and one of the team leaders of the Cook Islands National Arts Theatre (CINAT) performing arts team, Mark Short says the team is fine and enjoying their time in Hawaii.


PM: Free water for households

Government will not charge households for ‘reasonable’ water usage, assures Prime Minister Mark Brown.


Parliament cuts debate time to pass $328 million Budget

Parliament yesterday expedited the process to pass the $328 million 2024/25 Budget after only five half-days of debate on the appropriations.


Evans earns Masters and Honorary Doctorate

Renowned Cook Islands marine conservationist Jacqueline Evans had a double celebration recently – graduating from her year-long studies at Harvard University and receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale (ULCO) in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France.


Te Ipukarea Society: TIS captivates students at Careers Expo with interactive activities

The 2024 Careers Expo took place last Thursday at the National Auditorium, featuring over 30 exhibitors. Government agencies, education institutions, private sector companies and non-government organisations, including Te Ipukarea Society (TIS), showcased what careers may look like in their respective fields.


Man with ‘urge to steal’ receives suspended sentence for pig theft

A 35-year-old man has been convicted and given a 12-month suspended sentence for stealing a male and female pig this year.


Minister Angene makes ‘humble request’ for Police portfolio to address youth crime

Minister for Corrective Services George “Maggie” Angene has asked Prime Minister Mark Brown to consider giving him the Minister for Police portfolio.


Tereora, Titikaveka vie for Tangi Ka’ara title

A group of enthusiastic Api’i Tuarua secondary school students will perform in tonight’s highly anticipated CITC Pump the Beats Emo’anga Tangi Ka’ara Drumming Competition at the National Auditorium.


Pay rise for teachers, Concerns remain about quality and qualifications

Parliamentarians discussed the Education Ministry’s budget increase, with some welcoming the teacher salary rise but highlighting the need for improved quality and qualified teachers, especially in the outer islands.


Airport upgrades key to unleashing economic potential of Pa Enua: PM

Prime Minister Mark Brown emphasises that the Manihiki Airport upgrade is not a political promise or a vote buying attempt but a project designed to improve the lives of people in the Pa Enua (outer islands).


Parliament News

Minister for Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) and Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) Albert Nicholas says they are surveying the Rutaki foreshore area.


Fishermen rescue yacht from Penrhyn lagoon

A French yacht visiting Penrhyn this week escaped serious damage after grounding on a sea coral mount inside the island lagoon.


Vaka Marumaru Atua makes homecoming journey with two women aboard

As the Cook Islands voyaging canoe Vaka Marumaru Atua cuts through the blue waters of the Pacific making her journey back home to Rarotonga, alongside the male crew members are two women.


‘Miscommunication’ sparks confusion, Cook Islands delegation ‘not stranded’

The Cook Islands delegation attending the FestPAC in Honolulu clarified that they are not stranded and are returning home in two groups due to pre-planned limited flight seat availability.


Inmates enjoying ‘high standard’ of living

Minister for Corrective Services George “Maggie” Angene says the inmate numbers at the Corrective Services in Arorangi have decreased since he took on the minister’s role in 2018.


Former PAC chair calls for scrutiny of both overspending and underspending

Minister for Parliamentary Services, Foreign Affairs and Marine Resources Tingika Elikana says he hopes that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will ensure that money appropriated by government will be spent accordingly.


Ombudsman awaits police updates on six complaints

Minister for Ombudsman Vaine “Mac” Mokoroa says the Office of the Ombudsman has received eight complaints from the 2017-2024.


TTV to introduce water tariffs in Jan 2025 due to budget shortfall

Due to budget shortfalls, Rarotonga’s water authority will introduce water tariffs starting in January next year with a phased implementation.


Tourism targets French travellers with Paris event

Nick Costantini, the Cook Islands Tourism (CIT) representative in Southern Europe, spearheaded an event in Paris earlier this month aimed at raising awareness and educating the travel trade about the Cook Islands.


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