The Tiare Taporo has returned from its first voyage in almost two years, successfully visiting Aitutaki, Penrhyn, Rakahanga, Manihiki and Palmerston on an 18-day trip of some 1800-odd nautical miles.
Stricken cargo ship the Moana Nui has been stranded on the reef off Nassau for 15 months now, but the boat’s owners Taio Shipping say it will stay sitting there for at least a few more months yet.
The General Transport barge Layar Mas was loaded up with more than 100 tonnes worth of concrete blocks on Wednesday, bound for the Mangaia solar project.
In February this year, Cook Islands Library and Museum manager Jean Mason visited Atiu and Tahiti with two members from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
In February this year, 18 members of the Heather family were in Mangaia to restore the gravesites of their Italian tupuna Iosepha Joseph Agostini and his wife Vaine Uaa.
Local freelance journalist Florence Syme-Buchanan has condemned the mass harvesting of paua from the Manihiki lagoon, stating that the practice is “stupid beyond belief”.