National

Economy

Covid economic package extended

Government has extended the wage subsidy and other grants until the end of June, bringing some relief to businesses and workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Man found guilty of two acts of indecent assault

Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams QC says prison time “is likely” for a re-offender found guilty of two acts of indecent assault.

Crime


PM Brown heads to Aotearoa for travel bubble discussions with NZ PM Ardern

Securing a new date for two-way travel with New Zealand is at the top of the agenda for Prime Minister Mark Brown.

National


Police retirement age removed

Parliament yesterday agreed to remove compulsory retirement at the age of 60 years for members of the police to accommodate the incoming Police Commissioner.

Local


Puna bids farewell with some words of advice

It was an emotional moment for former prime minister Henry Puna on Tuesday, as he bid farewell to Parliament while announcing his retirement as MP for Manihiki.

National


Fatal trap for eagle rays

Two eagle rays are believed to be the latest victims of the use of gill nets, which have been known to fatally trap marine life, including endangered turtles.

Environment


Fraud charge withdrawn as police had no evidence

A 73-year-old French national had fraud charge brought against him dropped after police failed to present evidence to proceed with the charge.

Crime


Middle-aged man accused of two acts of indecent assault

A middle-aged man appeared in the High Court yesterday charged with two acts of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 12.

Crime

Utariki Rangatira invested

The rain held for the investiture of Grace Rea as the new Utariki Rangatira at Te Porotaka Marae in Turangi-Ma-Nga-Mataiapo last Friday afternoon.

Culture


Travel bubble delay: PM to ‘secure a confirmed new date’

The two-way quarantine free travel with New Zealand expected to start by the end of this month will be postponed.

Economy


Mauke MP Tura appointed Speaker of Parliament

Tai Tura was last night sworn in as the new Speaker of Parliament at a special ceremony held at the Queen’s Representative His Excellency Sir Tom Marsters’ residence in Titikaveka.

National


Walking to the beats of their own drum

The Emo’Anga Tangi Ka’ara Battle of the Drums Schools Competition drew an impressive crowd as the female members in each group stood out with their amazing skills at the National Auditorium Domes on Friday night.

Culture


Police continue fight against illicit drugs

Community cooperation is crucial in the fight against illicit drugs, says the Cook Islands Police.

Crime


New building courses at local tertiary institute

For those who want a change of career or want to gain more qualifications in the building trade, the Building and Construction New Zealand accredited courses tutored by Deon Wong kicks off this week.

Education


Puna turns focus to Forum

Manihiki MP Henry Puna is looking forward to assuming the top Pacific Islands Forum role after the High Court dismissed the charter flight case that saw him facing fraud charges.

National


Can customs ensure conservation?

A recent confrontation between a Government MP and a Rarotonga market stall operator over the harvesting of Avake (sea urchin) has revived calls to give traditional conservation practices greater authority by incorporating them into law.

Environment


Aitutaki young photographers stand with the best in the Pacific

We are delighted to announce that nine young students from our Aitutaki environmental photography module have been selected as finalists in the UK Pacific Climate Photography Competition, writes Te Ipukarea Society.

Environment


Nukutere College ‘rocks their socks’

Colourful, quirky, and creatively designed socks added flashes of colour to the uniforms of students and teachers of Nukutere College.

Education


Helping save lives

Local supermarket Prime Foods donated four Automated External Defibrillator’s (AED) to Water Safety & Surf Lifesaving Cook Islands for installation across the island.

Local


Parliament to convene on Monday

Parliament is expected to receive updates from several select committees and elect Mauke MP Tai Tura as Speaker during a brief sitting next week.

National


Domestic violence cases on the rise

Domestic violence casts a broad shadow over the daily work of police, falling into a range of disputes, from verbal arguments to physical abuse.

Crime


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