1. Election: View the preliminary results (http://bit.ly/TUkeMo)
Unsurprisingly the election was the hot topic of the week, with the list of preliminary results proving the most popular with online readers. On Twitter, commentators noted that the outcome is still uncertain, with particular interest in the possibility of Prime Minister Henry Puna losing his seat in Manihiki.
2. Driver dies after crashing into pole (http://bit.ly/1jzn31Y)
Online commenters called for the use of helmets after a 43-year-old motorcyclist, who was not wearing a safety helmet, died on Sunday after crashing into a power pole. “The wearing of helmets should be compulsory and as irksome as that may be, it WILL save lives,” wrote Gerry Mitten on the CINews website. “Think of your loved ones. What price can be put on a life.”
3. New BBC drama set in Cooks (http://bit.ly/1nmktvw)
The announcement of a British television series to be set in the Cooks generated plenty of interest. On Facebook, most were positive about the idea, with some saying it may benefit the Cook Islands Economy. However, a commenter called Pinky Chocbar had some reservations: “I’m over the 'papaa saves the natives' storyline. Manga boring. I like that they will shoot in the Cook Islands. Somehow, I cannot see William and Kate jumping on Trip Advisor.com to book their hotel on Muri Lagoon.”
4. Recall notice for dodgy spaghetti (http://bit.ly/1k79Sjk)
Wattie’s had to recall a batch of its 300g tinned spaghetti in tomato sauce after problems were identified with some cans. On social media, some speculated the cause of the muddy-looking spaghetti may have been old stock – or “reject food” as Sam N. Pera put it – being sent to the Cooks. Stuart Ruddell had another theory, saying “Looks like they got the labels mixed up with dog food”.
5. Family tension leads to assault (http://bit.ly/1qIyDIs)
Reports of an assault between siblings over an apparent dispute about the family home caught the eye of many online readers. The High Court case saw the defendant plead guilty to a single charge of assault on a female.