In Depth

National security – an evolving concern

Monday 6 September 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Features, In Depth

With Cold War tensions easing and the Pacific Islands becoming increasingly interconnected with the broader world, however, there was growing concern that threats to our way of life and even the existence of our countries could come from various places and take various forms, writes Dr Jim Gosselin.

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Cook Islander takes to Youtube to spread the word on money matters

Saturday 4 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Features, In Depth

Developing and maintaining a healthy relationship with money has been a life-long goal for Gold Coast-based Cook Islander George Woonton. With help from YouTube, he’s now sharing what he’s learned along the way with the larger Pasifika community.

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‘We are adaptable... you have to keep a smile on your face and stay positive’

Saturday 21 August 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, In Depth

Common themes pop up in conversation with business operators on Rarotonga in light of a Covid-19 community outbreak involving the highly infectious Delta variant in New Zealand . . . resilience, adaptability, diversification and strength.

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Israel, once the model for beating Covid-19, faces new surge of infections

Wednesday 18 August 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in Features, In Depth

Questions are being raised about the Covid-19 vaccine’s efficacy as Israel, one of the most vaccinated societies, now has one of the highest infection rates in the world, By Isabel Kershner from the New York Times.

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What to know about breakthrough infections and the Delta variant

Friday 13 August 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in Features, In Depth

Scientific understanding of the coronavirus variant is changing quickly. Here’s a recap of the most important findings. By Apoorva Mandavilli from the New York Times.

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History made as Atiu invests Ngamaru Ariki and Rongomatane Ariki

Friday 23 July 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, In Depth

Hundreds of people descended onto the island of Atiu to witness the historic akamarokura’anga (investiture) of Ngamaru Ariki and Rongomatane Ariki conducted three days apart. By Melina Etches.

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Gaining organic certification

Friday 16 July 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Features, In Depth

New organic certification mechanisms are needed to make the costs worth the benefits. By Monica Evans of Global Landscapes Forum.

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The Maori Vision of Antarctica’s Future

Wednesday 7 July 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in Features, In Depth

Maori may have been first to reach Antarctica, in the seventh century. But the past matters less than what lies ahead, Indigenous scholars say. By Sabrina Imbler from the New York Times.

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Training the Next Generation of Indigenous Data Scientists

Wednesday 30 June 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in Features, In Depth

A new workshop explores the right of Indigenous people to govern the collection, ownership and use of their biological and cultural data. By Sabrina Imbler from the New York Times.

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Keanui’s biodiversity bonanza

Saturday 5 June 2021 | Written by Gerald McCormack | Published in Features, In Depth

Residents often talk about Cook Islands biodiversity, but few have discovered as many unrecorded species as six-year-old Keanui Selam. His recent insect-catching expeditions led to the discovery of eight unrecorded species of Heteroptera, a group of insects known as true bugs, or typical bugs. By Gerald McCormack of the Natural Heritage Trust.

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The challenges of drafting legislation in microstates

Saturday 5 June 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Features, In Depth

A decade ago, the powers that be decided the Cook Islands needed updated companies legislation and a digital registry of companies allowed to do business in the country. It was a ‘smart government’ initiative, where services offered by the state are efficient, cost-effective, and allow people to avoid the agony of long queues. But sometimes the best of intentions can lead to unintended consequences.

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Super Flower Blood Moon tonight

Monday 24 May 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Features, In Depth

Some people will still remember the solar eclipse in July 2010. For the next one we must wait until the morning of April 8 2024, but it will be only a partial eclipse from all islands of the Cook Islands, when the sun rises. But it’s not only solar eclipses that can beautify the local sky. Another opportunity to see something special is coming tonight. By Petr Horálek.

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Another Group of Scientists Calls for Further Inquiry Into Origins of the Coronavirus

Thursday 20 May 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in Features, In Depth

A group of 18 scientists stated in a letter published in the journal Science that there is not enough evidence to decide whether a natural origin or an accidental laboratory leak caused the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The enigmatic ature

Saturday 8 May 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Features, In Depth

Ature are mysterious. They are annual visitors to our islands, where they are caught, shared, and then devoured. But sometimes they don’t make an appearance, and it is not understood why. Journalist Emmanuel Samoglou spoke to fishermen and scientists to learn more about these small, yet revered fish.

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Casting the Net far and wide

Saturday 1 May 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Features, In Depth

The future of the Cook Islands internet looks reliable, fast and cheap. But it can feel far off. Slow internet frustration is still very much alive and well. So where are we and where are we headed?

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We’re away, home again in September

Wednesday 14 April 2021 | Written by Gerald McCormack | Published in Features, In Depth

The Pacific Golden Plover or Tōrea is our most common Alaskan migrant. It is conspicuous on large grassy areas during the summer and most are now in their dramatic breeding plumage and ready to depart for Alaska. By Gerald McCormack of Natural Heritage Trust.

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Tracing back Marsters family lineage

Monday 12 April 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Features, In Depth

Caroline Akakaingaro Raea, nee Marsters, was unaware that a collection of her Marsters family photos ever existed, until her 70th birthday. And to her surprise these photos were located in the very library that her daughter Taputukura Raea works in, the National Library of New Zealand.

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Covid mass testing lab won't be ready when country 'opens for business'

Saturday 10 April 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Features, Health, In Depth, National

Prime Minister Mark Brown's date for a two-way travel bubble on May 1 will come before the country has a rapid Covid-19 testing system.

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Six months on: Has helmet law made Raro roads safer?

Saturday 3 April 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in In Depth

The mandatory helmet law came into force after multiple seatbacks on October 1, 2020. Six months on, has the controversial law made any difference? Caleb Fotheringham investigates.

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The Ocean’s Youngest Monsters Are Ready for Glamour Shots

Thursday 1 April 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in Features, In Depth

Divers practicing blackwater photography are helping marine scientists gain new insights into fish larvae. By Erik Olsen from The New York Times.

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