Though they are similar sizes and populations, the islands of Waiheke and Rarotonga are very different. Rarotonga has its famous azure lagoons, its warm and cohesive community and its centuries-old cultural heritage.
Times were, an English gentlemen who ran down a beggar in the street with his horse and trap could get off by pleading that he was under the influence of gin.
Police suspect alcohol was involved in an unusual motorbike accident.
Cook Islands needs better disease surveillance, bio-security and border controls, say experts.