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Cook Islands open to airlines, eyes North American expansion

Cook Islands welcomes any airline interested in flying to the country, especially those that can expand the country’s reach to North America and Europe, says Prime Minister Mark Brown.


Local vendor saves Mother’s Day with ‘Later Pay’ system

Over a week ago, a number of local bank customers were left with zero balances in their accounts leading up to Mother’s Day on May 11. A local vendor stepped in to help put a smile on their faces.

Northern Cooks hit by dry spell, southern group could be next

Cook Islands’ northern islands faced dry conditions last month, while the south may experience similar dryness in April-June and the north could see wet weather.


Local MPs discuss challenges with NZ Speaker Parliamentary delegation

Cook Islands parliamentarians engaged in open discussions with Aotearoa New Zealand’s Speaker of the House of Representatives Gerry Brownlee and his delegation at Parliament House yesterday morning.


Woman jailed for repeated breaches

A young woman who is seen by the court to have had a disturbing pattern of behaviour for reoffending has been sentenced to around four weeks in jail.


Man gets four-year prison sentence for raping a minor

A 22-year-old man was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for raping a minor.


Asbestos removal project nears completion, disposal pending

A $400,000 project to remove asbestos from a government building in Avarua is nearing completion, but there is no decision yet on how to dispose of the harmful fibres.


KAPs conquer Mixed Touch competition with dominant final win

The 2024 Mixed Touch Season Competition wrapped up on Monday with thrilling semi-final and final matches that showcased the talent and competitiveness of the participating teams at the National Stadium in Nikao.


Vaka Marumaru Atua sets direct course for Hawaii

Vaka Marumaru Atua will skip Tahiti and sail directly to Hawaii with a youth crew to attend the 2024 Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture in Honolulu in June.


Akava’ine to take centre stage as Miss Thunderhips strikes back!

After a decade-long break, the electrifying Miss Thunderhips dance competition is back with a thunderous bang and taking to the stage tomorrow night at Te Are Kariori Domes for the Anuanua festival celebrations.


New Zealand Parliament Speaker visits Rarotonga

Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, Gerry Brownlee is visiting Cook Islands this week.


Intoxicated tourist faces charges after rumbling arrival

A tourist has got off to a bad start to her Rarotonga holiday after she was arrested and remanded into custody by police upon arrival at the Rarotonga International Airport on Tuesday night.


National Geographic Orion docks in Rarotonga

State of the art expedition cruise ship, the National Geographic Orion, arrived in Rarotonga yesterday.


Chamber calls out ‘favouritism’ in Cryptocurrency Recovery Bill

Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce is concerned the Tainted Cryptocurrency Recovery Bill gives preferential treatment to a USA company Drumcliffe to do business in the Cook Islands.


60-year-old woman dies in first road fatality of 2024

Cook Islands recorded its first road fatality of the year after a 60-year-old woman died from crash-related injuries yesterday morning.


Rarotonga grower raises concerns about produce theft

A Rarotonga grower has raised concerns about what can be done to those caught stealing produce from other people’s farms.


Youth development courses tackle mental health, de-escalation

A police prevention team along with members from New Zealand Defence Force and Blue Light NZ held Youth Development training courses in the country.


Catholic community gears up for arrival of new coadjutor bishop

The newly appointed coadjutor bishop arrives in Rarotonga tonight to assist the retiring Bishop before eventually succeeding him.

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April rainfall sets record, exceeding March total

Rainfall recorded in Rarotonga last week from April 7 to 12 was 135 millimetres, exceeding March’s monthly total of 119mm.


Scammers use fake Cook Islands resort to lure overseas job seekers

International scammers have created a fake Cook Islands resort to lure people looking for jobs in the tourism industry. They deceive victims into paying an upfront fee of at least $280.


Government insists on value of crypto bill despite criticism

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has hit back at the critics of the draft Tainted Cryptocurrency Recovery Bill 2023, saying the media did not highlight positive aspects of the Bill.


Vaka Marumaru Atua makes a splash after docking for repairs

After months of careful restoration and maintenance on dry dock during cyclone season, Vaka Marumaru Atua has returned to the water in preparation for its voyage to Hawaii for the 2024 Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture in Honolulu from June 6 to 16.


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