‘Our guardian angels’: Terminally-ill visitor thanks community for help

Monday 18 September 2023 | Written by Joanne Holden | Published in Features, Health, Health, In Depth, National, Travel

A terminally-ill Australian grandfather, whose dying wish was to holiday in Rarotonga with his family, was faced with spending his final trip in “crippling, excruciating pain” – until the Cooks community stepped in.


Cook Islanders recognised by Pasifika Medical Association

Saturday 9 September 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Art, Features, Health, Health, National

The 27th Annual Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) conference on Rarotonga (6-8 September) closed yesterday at Te Are Karioi Nui, and continues in Aitutaki on September 11.


Finding the mental edge

Saturday 10 June 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Features, Health, In Depth, Weekend

Mental performance coach David Niethe has advised some of New Zealand’s top sportspeople on reaching their goals. He talks to Cook Islands News journalist Matthew Littlewood about his career and how he can inspire others.


Unlocking dyslexia

Saturday 28 January 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Health, Health, National, Weekend

Early childhood school days for some children have been and are a real struggle. It is particularly harder for those with dyslexia – a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words.


First cohort of nursing graduates to strengthen health system

Friday 6 January 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health, Health, National

From July to December last year, Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health (TMO) had 33 staff including nurses concluding their employment for various reasons.