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Referees return from successful course

Saturday 11 November 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Football, Sports

Two of the Cook Islands Football referees returned on Thursday from a five-day trip to New Zealand, where one referee, Penina Katuke, had the opportunity to attend the OFC Elite Women’s Referee Program.

Football


Cook Islands Sevens ready to shine

Friday 10 November 2023 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Rugby Union, Sports

The Cook Islands men’s and women’s rugby teams entered the Oceania Sevens Championship 2023 yesterday on high morale, eager to put their best performance forward in the three-day tournament.

Rugby Union


Church Talk: A light in the darkness

Friday 10 November 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

When we do any good at all anywhere, whatever our religious affiliation or none, we are indeed shining a light in the darkness for others, writes Sr Elizabeth Browne-Russell sjc of the Catholic Church.

Church Talk


French Minister recognises Cook Islands’ marine conservation efforts

Friday 10 November 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local, National

French Secretary for the Sea Hervé Berville yesterday visited the Nikao seawall Te Marae Moana mural project, acknowledging the artwork and the work done around marine conservation in the Cook Islands.

Local


‘Full on brawl’ at nightclub sees two stabbed and Police backup called

Friday 10 November 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

A ‘full on brawl went out of control’ at Rehab Nightclub late Wednesday evening resulted in two stabbings and multiple people taken to hospital with injuries.

Crime


More than $59 million for climate-resilient infrastructure

Friday 10 November 2023 | Written by Joanne Holden | Published in Environment, National

Plans to pump more than US$35 million (NZ$59.4m) into upgrading infrastructure within the Cook Islands community to help tackle climate change are in development.

Environment


Geo-strategic interest should not dictate leaders’ priorities: Brown

Friday 10 November 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in 52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023, National

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders chair and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown hopes that the leaders will leave Rarotonga this week with a deeper appreciation and shared understanding of what it means to speak out about the importance of and respect for ‘our voices, our choices, and our Pacific way’.

52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023


China vows to continue supporting Pacific nations through Belt and Road Initiative

Friday 10 November 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in 52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023, National

China will make further announcements on its support for the Pacific region today at the final day of the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Rarotonga.

52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023


Pacific Islands Forum leaders welcome Rarotonga Treaty report

Friday 10 November 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in 52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023, National

Pacific Islands Forum leaders have welcomed a report on Rarotonga Treaty, a nuclear-free zone treaty in the South Pacific, presented by secretary general Henry Puna.

52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023


Pacific Islands Forum leaders agree on Waqa for secretary general role

Friday 10 November 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in 52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023, National

Former Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna will vacate the Pacific Islands Forum secretary general role at the end of his first term next year, after regional leaders agreed to hand over the role to controversial ex-Nauru president Baron Waqa.

52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023


Annual golf fundraiser set to attract ‘Allies’

Thursday 9 November 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Golf, Sports

An annual fun sporting fundraiser which benefits various community groups is set to come alive on Rarotonga this coming weekend.

Golf


2050 Strategy will not sit on a shelf to gather dust: PM Brown

Thursday 9 November 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in 52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023, National

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders chair and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown has reiterated the call for support from Leaders and Heads of Regional Agencies in the implementation of the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.

52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023


Tourism’s People's Choice winners ‘honoured and humbled’

Thursday 9 November 2023 | Written by Joanne Holden | Published in Local, National

A Rarotonga fitness instructor and an Aitutaki lagoon cruise operator have bested more than 100 members of the Cook Islands tourism community to be crowned People's Choice.

Local


Widespread ICT outages raise more questions

Thursday 9 November 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National, Technology

Ministry of Justice Secretary Tamatoa Jonassen has addressed ongoing information and communications technology (ICT) issues following a power cut on Rarotonga, but it appears the problem is widespread, with government still to respond to questions.

Court


Jet aircraft line the tarmac at Rarotonga Airport

Thursday 9 November 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in National, Travel

Cook Islands News reader Kevin Cook captured this image of Rarotonga International Airport on Wednesday.

National


Rarotonga to Aitutaki seabed under exploration

Thursday 9 November 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Environment, National

Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Authority team and the Moana Minerals team are off on another seabed minerals expedition, and this time it is between the waters of Aitutaki and Rarotonga.

Environment


Vote for peace: Message to Forum leaders

Thursday 9 November 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in 52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023, National

The message is clear, “Condemn the killing of displaced Palestinians and God’s innocent children in Gaza- Promote World Peace PLEASE”.

52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023


Assault accused discharged without conviction

Thursday 9 November 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National

A 24-year-man has escaped conviction on a charge of common assault in light of his age and circumstances surrounding the incident.

Court


Aitutaki receives Pacific leaders with warm welcome

Thursday 9 November 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in 52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023, National, Outer Islands

Aitutaki received the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders in heart-warming island style, gifting each of them with a unique Cook Islands hand stitched tivaivai during their welcoming ceremony.

52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023


Nauru President walks out, skips Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Retreat on Aitutaki

Thursday 9 November 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in 52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023, National

The simmering tensions among Pacific Islands Forum leaders over the appointment of the next Secretary-General has resurfaced as Nauru’s president abruptly departed the plenary meeting and declined to participate in the leaders retreat on Aitutaki.

52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023


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