Cook Islands Police are concerned about a spike in cases of domestic violence at the end of last year and say the figures are “shocking”, despite a fall in recorded incidents in 2017.
Police are disappointed that despite the advent of White Ribbon Day in November and a 16-day campaign to end gender-based violence, incidents of assaults on women continue to occur on Rarotonga.
The owners of a local business say they are “devastated” after their offices were targeted by thieves who stole a safe containing shop takings, staff bonuses, family savings and passports over the weekend.
A man facing nine charges of sexual assault involving the violation of several children under the age of 15, pleaded not guilty to all charges in the Avarua High Court on Wednesday.
Finance minister Mark Brown has written to the chairperson of the European Union’s Code of Conduct Group committing the Cook Islands to changing its legislation to meet the EU’s objectives of ensuring international tax transparency.