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A curse to be a parent in Gaza: more than 3600 Palestinian children killed in just 3 weeks of war

Wednesday 1 November 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Regional

More than 3600 Palestinian children were killed in the first 25 days of the war between Israel and Hamas, according to Gaza’s Hamas-run Health Ministry. They were hit by airstrikes, smashed by misfired rockets, burned by blasts and crushed by buildings, and among them were newborns and toddlers, avid readers, aspiring journalists and boys who thought they’d be safe in a church.

Regional


2023 Pacific Games: Go for Gold, Cook Islands!

Wednesday 1 November 2023 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Pacific Games 2023, Sports

Cook Islands News is proud to launch its special “Go for Gold, Cook Islands!” campaign to support our teams and athletes competing at the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands, from November 19 to December 2.

Pacific Games 2023


Team Cook Islands to unveil 2023 Pacific Games uniform and take part in special parade

Wednesday 1 November 2023 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Pacific Games 2023, Sports

Team Cook Islands to the 2023 Pacific Games will hold its uniform blessing and flagbearer announcement on Friday, as it counts down to the regional event in the Solomon Islands, starting later this month.

Pacific Games 2023


Letter: Water meters are essential for saving water and protecting our communities

Wednesday 1 November 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

All meter systems have a sole and singular reason and purpose whether in an air, sea, rail and road automobiles; electrical, electronic, solar, wind, hydro, oil, petrol, battery driven and so forth. Even our personal mobiles, computers, satellites and so forth all measure speed, safety levels, balance and all needed control for security and lifesaving precautionary measures. Without them, all equipment or machineries will head for disaster.

Letters to the Editor


Letter: Giving credit where it’s due

Wednesday 1 November 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, As one of the original complainants about noisy bike mufflers, and dangerous/stunch riders, let me publicly commend the Akava for their very strong response to closing down the noisy/dangerous bike riding hoons who have been terrorising our roads for far too long.

Letters to the Editor


Pet Talk: Fur-ever grateful for the support

Wednesday 1 November 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

Less than three weeks until I finish at Te Are Manu (TAM) and as always when something is about to end, my mind drifts to what has happened, what was then, and what is now. And how lucky I have been, writes Dr Michael Baer, the outgoing Te Are Manu Vet Clinic medical director.

Opinion


Measures in place to prevent water disruption in Aitutaki during Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Retreat

Wednesday 1 November 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in 52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023, National, Outer Islands

Measures have been put in place in Aitutaki to ensure there is no water disruption to the public and the regional leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders retreat next week.

52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023


Nursing students and Red Cross host elderly group for health promotion project

Wednesday 1 November 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Health, National

Giving back to the community, Bachelor of Nursing Pacific students and the Cook Islands Red Cross Society hosted Te Are Pa Metua elderly group last week.

Health


Cook Islands supports UN resolution on Gaza ‘truce’

Wednesday 1 November 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National

Cook Islands supports the United Nations (UN) resolution for an ‘immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce’ between Israeli forces and Hamas militants in Gaza.

National


Cannabis accused awaits his day in court

Wednesday 1 November 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National

Rarotonga businessman Christopher Denny is still awaiting evidence as he faces charges of possessing cannabis and a utensil.

Court


Turama: A time to remember and honour departed loved ones

Wednesday 1 November 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Today marks Turama or All Souls Day, a significant occasion in the Cook Islands where families commemorate their departed loved ones by decorating their graves with fragrant flowers, candles, and lights to remember and honour those who have passed on.

Local


Chickenpox cases on the rise

Wednesday 1 November 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health, National

Nineteen cases of chickenpox have been reported in the Cook Islands in October, but Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health says there is no outbreak of the highly contagious disease.

Health


Young and experienced players shine in round 12 football

Monday 30 October 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Football, Sports

The latest round of football matches saw exhilarating games across various age groups. Young and experienced players alike demonstrated their skills on the field, creating memorable moments for both the teams and the spectators.

Football


Mother and daughter head to Pacific Games

Monday 30 October 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Pacific Games 2023, Sports

Not many parents get to compete alongside their children at an international tournament, but for Julieanne Westrupp, it is a privilege to have her 15- year- old daughter Tashi Kopu joining her to the Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Pacific Games 2023


Letter: MPs travel details

Monday 30 October 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, I read with interest the travel details of our Government MPs. Would it be possible to ask that the powers that be, not lump all the expenditure into one pot. If some of this travel is by invitation i.e. sponsorship for the fares and accommodation, it is not very transparent when its treated as a tiopu.

Letters to the Editor


Letters: What’s up with the water?

Monday 30 October 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, To Tatou Vai Board Chair Brian Mason claims that using taxation revenues to pay for the operation of the water authority "...would mean the Pa Enua would subsidise those residing on Rarotonga" ('Water Meters are on their way to homes', Aug 25).

Letters to the Editor


Letter: Confirming our cannabis status

Monday 30 October 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, With reference to recent opinions penned and stories published in Cook Islands News. I want to confirm that it is against the law to bring any form of cannabis product into the Cook Islands including CBD – cannabidiol – which is an ingredient in cannabis and has some therapeutic uses, without providing the ‘high’ that some cannabis users seek.

Letters to the Editor


Ruta Mave: Friends and family sharing what we should remember

Monday 30 October 2023 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Opinion

Happy Day of the Dead tomorrow, it is Halloween, the time when the veil between those living and those departed souls is the thinnest, so communication can be made with loved ones, or as the movies tell it, with those in the past who have a grudge against you.

Opinion


New pilot programme to provide in-homecare support to elderly and vulnerable in Rarotonga

Monday 30 October 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features

Rarotonga Home Healthcare ‘Toku Nei Ora’anga Ora – My Health, My Life’, a local privately owned health care service provider on the island is pleased to announce a recent new partnership with Pacific Homecare, a Charitable Trust organisation providing home-based health care and Whānau Ora services in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Features


Te Ipukarea Society welcomes legal personhood of whales in international waters

Monday 30 October 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Environment, National

Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) has welcomed the recent news on Maori and Pacific Leaders proposing legal personhood of whales in international waters to the United Nations.

Environment


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