New Zealand is donating $50,000 to mental health in the Cook Islands, and a portion of that money will go towards alcohol awareness and restarting local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings.
Bottles of mass-produced coconut cooking oil are being passed off as the medicinal herbal ointment akari pi, also known as “Mauke miracle oil”.
Prominent members of the community and the health sector will air their views on how effectively mental health issues are being addressed in the Cook Islands at a Speaker’s debate on Thursday.
Dr Terrence Henry has returned to his home of Rarotonga after completing his formal postgraduate training in Fiji – and making history for the Cook Islands.
Relief doctors, who have been helping at Rarotonga hospital over the Christmas period are set to leave the island this month, but are planning to return here for good once they have completed their studies.
People who burn tyres and plastic are causing a health hazard and could face prosecution, the Cook Islands Health ministry has warned.