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Aotearoa whanau reach out to draw strength from their Pacific heritage

Monday 20 November 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

Aotearoa Marae on Rarotonga played host to a group who were here reconnecting with their heritage.

Local


Avatiu FC reign supreme in women’s football, claiming first-ever championship title

Wednesday 15 November 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Football, Sports

In a rescheduled round 15 match between Avatiu FC and Matavera-Ngatangiia FC this Monday, the women’s teams faced off in a fight for the esteemed Islander Hotel Women's Championship title. The game, which was initially planned for Thursday, had to be brought forward due to the national women’s team leaving for Solomon Islands to participate in the Pacific Games.

Football


MMA mania hits Rarotonga: Ultimate Rage Fight Night promises thrilling encounters

Wednesday 15 November 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Other Sports, Sports

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans are in for a thrilling treat with the Cook Islands 682 Ultimate Rage Fight Night – an adrenaline-fueled display of combat sports – set to take place this Friday in Rarotonga.

Other Sports


Family appeals for help in locating missing teen

Wednesday 15 November 2023 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

The family of a 15-year-old Arorangi boy who has been missing for a week is pleading for support from the community to bring him back home safely.

Local


Letters: Communication breakdown

Wednesday 15 November 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, Is it too difficult for national federations/CISNOC (Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee) to name teams/managers/coaches/entertainers etc who are representing the country at this month’s Pacific Games in Solomon Islands?

Letters to the Editor


Pet Talk: ‘Big shoes to fill … but those shoes aren’t mine’

Wednesday 15 November 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

Mark Twain had the dubious pleasure of seeing his own obituary printed in the paper and over the last week I have had a similar feeling. While far from being an obituary, a Facebook post about me leaving has attracted heaps of comments, writes Dr Michael Baer, the outgoing Te Are Manu Vet Clinic medical director.

Opinion


Dedicated to their faith: Rasmussen and Jessie ordained as CICC Reverends

Wednesday 15 November 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features

Driven by their unwavering faith and a calling from God, Saungaki Rasmussen and James Jessie were ordained as Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) Reverends (Orometuas) earlier this month.

Features


Cook Islands League Nines teams scramble for alternative travel arrangements after cancelled flight

Wednesday 15 November 2023 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in League, Pacific Games 2023, Sports

The Cook Islands rugby league Nines teams were left stranded in Auckland yesterday after their scheduled flight to Nadi, Fiji, was cancelled due to Tropical Cyclone Mal.

League


Police make eighth arrest in nightclub brawl case

Wednesday 15 November 2023 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Court, National

Police have made another arrest in connection with last week’s brawl at a Rarotonga nightclub, as an online petition questioning the bail conditions of co-accused continues to gain traction.

Court


Climate change a major threat to children’s rights in Pacific region: UNCRC

Wednesday 15 November 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) are returning to the Pacific Island Countries to take stock of their efforts to advance children’s rights.

National


Suwarrow guardians return to Rarotonga after six-month mission

Wednesday 15 November 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands

After six months away to carry out necessary monitoring of sailing vessels to the Cook Islands Suwarrow National Park, veteran park ranger Harry Papa’i and assistant park ranger Maarateina Vakapora have safely returned home to Rarotonga on MV Lady Moana.

National


High profile burglary accused enters not guilty pleas

Monday 13 November 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, Crime, National

A man facing joint burglary charges in relation to multiple burglaries on Rarotonga has entered not guilty pleas.

Court


Cook Islands men’s 7s make strong start

Saturday 11 November 2023 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Rugby Union, Sports

The Cook Islands men’s team made a great start to their Oceania Sevens Championship 2023 campaign in Brisbane, Australia, while the women’s team bowed out of the tournament with three consecutive losses.

Rugby Union


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


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