If you were wondering why such a huge number of cars were parked outside the Islander Hotel & Hula Bar last Thursday night and so many people were pouring in through the doors - there was a very good reason.
One glorious Saturday morning in paradise I visited Punanga Nui Market in downtown Avarua, which as usual, was buzzing with activity.
After taking a break last year, the annual local concert fundraiser Beats of Betela is coming back in 2018 and will feature New Zealand singer-songwriter Hollie Smith as a special guest artist.
The Ministry of Cultural Development (MOCD) estimate that they are about 70 per cent ready for the annual Te Maeva Nui celebration coming up this August.
Thanksgiving prayer services have been part of the Cook Islands schedule for the Religious Advisory Council since the council was first established back in the 1970s, says president Piltz Napa.
A series of meetings has taken place to identify a possible candidate to lead the Ngati Karika tribe following the death of Dame Margaret Karika Ariki.