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Goats mauled to death

Monday April 16, 2018

The Cook Islands SPCA has called for dog owners to ensure that their animals have been neutered and are being properly cared for after six goats were mauled to death in Kavera earlier this month.

A recent report released by the Asian Development Bank has indicated that the Cook Islands economy continues to be the strongest performing in the South Pacific.

In the lead-up to the June 14 general election, the Democratic Party has promised to establish an independent committee against corruption.

Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) is undertaking “remedial emergency maintenance work” on roads around Rarotonga and is urging motorists to take extra care as crews work on repairs. 

ICI corporate director Diane Charlie-Puna said yesterday ICI had begun “emergency response action”, which would focus on clearing drains and streams. Crews were focusing on the most heavily-affected areas, with work already having begun in Muri and Nikao.

Charlie-Puna said finance minister Mark Brown had requested urgent action be taken to repair damaged infrastructure. ICI’s planning and design team had “hit the roads” on Wednesday to begin identifying potential hazards around the island, she added.

Earlier this week ICI’s road works division manager Vaipo Mataora said road conditions around the island had become worse as a result of flash flooding. Last weekend a foreign worker was lucky to escape serious injury as a result of being thrown off his motorbike after hitting a pothole near Titikaveka College.

Health issues water warnings

Monday April 16, 2018

Rarotonga residents have been urged to take extra precautions against possible health issues following extensive flooding on the island this week.

Paua harvest controversy

Friday April 13, 2018

Local freelance journalist Florence Syme-Buchanan has condemned the mass harvesting of paua from the Manihiki lagoon, stating that the practice is “stupid beyond belief”.

Burglaries on the increase

Friday April 13, 2018

Cook Islands police have said that they will be taking a “tougher stance” on burglary in Rarotonga.

Pacific Trade Invest Australia (PTI) says the Cook Islands has the capability to compete in the international marketplace.

Prime minister Henry Puna is expected to attend the Smart Island World Congress (SIWC) later this month.

Police seize sound gear

Monday April 09, 2018

The hosts of a noisy wedding party celebration at Betela who failed to heed the advice of the police to turn down the volume of their music, had their sound system confiscated.

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