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Regulator defends Starlink users

Cook Islands telecommunications regulator head Bernard Hill said regional regulators who are banning the use of Starlink might have an “overinflated view” of their importance.

Minister denies involvement with South Korean cult Grace Rd Church

Minister Vaine “Mac” Mokoroa has been quick to dismiss suggestions that members of the controversial South Korean cult Grace Road Church have recently visited the Cook Islands, while others remain silent.

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Lahaina fundraising event brings in $10k and more to come . .

Rarotonga turned up in the wind and rain as part of a combined effort to support the fire destroyed town of Lahaina, in Maui, Hawaii.

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Lahaina fundraiser to feature food, fun and music

In support for the fire destroyed town of Lahaina, in Maui, Hawaii, a fundraising event will be held tomorrow on Rarotonga featuring dozens of musicians and a taste of the Pacific.

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Cooks Prime Minister talks ‘deep-water development’ with South Korea President

Prime Minister Mark Brown in his capacity as the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Chair has met South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol to discuss bilateral corporation in developing deep-water resources.

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Cook Islands to spend $150,000 in support of Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting

Cook Islands will spend $150,000 to support hosting the upcoming Pacific Forum Leaders Meeting.

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Tongan PM remains the country's leader

Tongan Prime Minister Hu'akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni remains the country's leader following a vote of no confidence against him on Wednesday.

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Toki-Brown chairs Pacific Islands Women’s Forum

Minister Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown was honoured to chair the first in person Pacific Islands Forum Women Leaders Meeting (PIFWLM) - a significant regional event. in Suva, Fiji, this week.

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INTAFF secretary at Forum Women Leaders Meeting

Ministry for Internal Affairs secretary Anne Herman says there are still challenges in the Pacific region for women.

Economy


'People suffering' from Vanuatu political crisis

People in Vanuatu believe politicians need to look beyond their own four walls and work to improve the livelihoods of ordinary citizens.

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Sea turtle found to have nuclear contamination

Scientists studying tortoise and turtle shells near the Marshall Islands have found they contain nuclear contamination. An article in the journal PNAS Nexus considered 'Anthropogenic uranium signatures in turtles, tortoises, and sea turtles from nuclear sites', RNZ Pacific reports.

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Public Service Commissioner commends Pacific Fale

Public Service Commissioner Carl Hunter has commended Tania Ott and her team at the Pacific Fale for assisting Pacific commissioners to achieve their priorities despite the challenges of Covid-19.

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Fundraiser planned for Lahaina

In support for the fire destructed town of Lahaina, in Maui, Hawaii, a meeting will be held at 12 noon today at the Uritaua House in Avatiu.

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Puna: Fukishima talks tabled for Cooks Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting

It appears the Pacific is still divided on the Fukishima wastewater issue and likely to be a hot topic of conversation at the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum on Rarotonga.

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Pacific Island countries meet in Rarotonga to discuss biosecurity and trade

Over 40 participants from around the Pacific region are in Rarotonga for the Pacific Plant Protection Organization (PPPO) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) workshop, hosted at the Crown Beach Resort in Arorangi.

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Men jailed for plot to kill ex-Samoan leader Tuilaepa

Two men charged with conspiring to murder former Samoan prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi have been jailed. RNZP reports.

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Damage caused by Hawaiian wildfires worth billions

Over $US5.6 billion worth of infrastructure was destroyed in the wildfires that devastated the town of Lahaina last week, RNZ reports.

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Faster access to climate finance

Prime Minister Mark Brown highlighted the implementation of the redesigned Pacific Resilience Facility, which will help to ease climate financing for Pacific Island countries.

Economy


PM Brown asks partners to get serious about debt and climate financing

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown says if the region’s donor partners are serious about helping Pacific economies grow and recover, they “have to be serious about looking at changing the rules around financing, and debt management”.

Environment


Cabinet reshuffle ahead of no-confidence-motion: Vanuatu

Vanuatu's prime minister has reshuffled his cabinet just four days after a motion-of-no-confidence against his leadership was submitted to parliament.

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Avatiu Eels, Arorangi Bears tussle for spot in final

It is back to square one for defending champions Avatiu Nikao Eels as they take on Arorangi Bears in the Rarotonga Club 15s semifinal this afternoon at Victoria Park in Tupapa.

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