An unidentified tourist carrying a young child in front of him on his rented scooter learned a quick lesson about Cook Islands road rules when he was stopped by a police officer near the St Joseph’s Road intersection yesterday morning.

Cook Islands maritime police and customs officers are participating in a training programme organised by the Royal Australian Navy this week on Rarotonga.

After falling from a total of nine in March to seven in April and four in May, it looks like motorbike thefts are on the rise again.

The Cook Islands will hold meetings on Aitutaki and Rarotonga this week on the possibility of ratifying International Labour Organisation’s Convention C-182 on the worst forms of child labour, and Convention C-144 on tripartite consultations.

Disgraced detective and former Rarotonga resident Mark Franklin is in the news again, this time making an appearance in a “true crime” podcast on the New Zealand Stuff website.

As of about 6.30pm on Thursday night, all that remained of the Tex Mart Betela building was a patch of blackened earth and a pile of rubble.

Driving behaviour on Rarotonga at the weekend was marred by three road incidents and one arrest for drunkenness and obscene language directed at hospital staff and the police.

The Tex Mart store in Betela was destroyed by fire on Friday night, making it the second Arorangi building to fall victim to flames in just an eight-day period.

Arrest over parliament smash

Saturday June 23, 2018

A 21-year-old local man was lucky to emerge unharmed after crashing his vehicle into parliament building at Nikao yesterday morning.

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