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Dogs are rarely out of the headlines these days, but have they always been here and how did they become such a big part of life on Rarotonga when they are absent from so many other islands of the Cook Islands?

Seabed minerals company to visit

Monday February 12, 2018

Representatives from United States-based company Ocean Minerals LLC (OML), which has an option on exploring the possibility of seabed mining in Cook Islands waters, are to visit Rarotonga next month.

As cargo vessel Lady Moana heads north to Pukapuka despite rough seas and the presence of Cyclone Gita near Cook Islands waters, the island mayor Levi Walewaoa says he expressed concerns to ship owner Tapi Taio before the boat sailed on Thursday.

New year sees spike in thefts

Friday February 09, 2018

The new year has seen a spike in crime on Rarotonga, with a large number of burglaries, thefts and unlawful takings reported to the police in January.

As police battle an increase in reports of theft on Rarotonga, they are also facing attempts to have a high-profile burglary case thrown out of court.

Stricken ship washed into harbour

Thursday February 08, 2018

Stranded cargo vessel Moana Nui has been washed off the reef in Nassau and is now blocking the entrance to the island’s harbour as bad weather pounds the northern group island.

Trip to Penryhn proves problematic

Wednesday February 07, 2018

A shark researcher is one of several people stranded on Rarotonga because of the lack of a regular shipping service to Penrhyn.

High seas threaten harbor

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Sea swells could force the closure of Avatiu Harbour this week, raising questions about the fate of the Tiare Taporo, which remains moored at the wharf despite promises from its owners that it would be back in service early this year.

Depressions pose no threat

Tuesday February 06, 2018

Despite the presence of two tropical depressions in the Southwest Pacific this week, the Cook Islands are not at risk from a cyclone, says the Met Office.

Police to clarify dog legislation

Tuesday February 06, 2018

As the debate over dog registrations on Rarotonga rumbles on, the police have conceded that “legal clarifications” over the legislation that governs pet ownership are required.

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