Cook Islands

PM Puna alleges boozy by-election in Cooks

Thu 22 Jan 2015 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands ---- The Cook Islands Prime Minister says he is concerned about illegal campaigning by the opposition ahead of next month's by-election in Aitutaki.

Speculation over changes in Fiji and the Pacific’s banking sector

Dennis Rounds and Samisoni Pareti
Mon 19 Jan 2015 -

Fiji’s business sector is abuzz with speculations about possible major changes on the local and Pacific regional banking scenes.

Fiji joins body on Pacific Bluefin tuna fishery

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa.
Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

Fiji has become the 3rd South Pacific island country to join the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

Frustration grows over Mitiaro re-count

Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- Frustration is growing among politicians in Cook Islands as the fate of the infamous Mitiaro electoral seat recount remains unknown, despite a recount last week.

Relief as Cook Islands budget is passed

Mon 10 Nov 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- It was a huge relief for the Cook Islands Government Friday when the 2014/2015 budget passed with full support from members of both the Cook Islands Party and One Cook Islands Party.

'It's in our DNA to conserve the ocean'

Samisoni Pareti, Editor-in-Chief, Islands Business magazine
Sun 31 Aug 2014 -

Two days before world leaders begin their weeklong conference on sustainable development in this Pacific island nation, small island developing states have been inspired to follow the lead of countries like the Cook Islands, Kiribati and Palau in turning most if not a large part of their oceans marine reserves.

Cook Islands coastal calculator helps construct new harbour

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
Fri 22 Aug 2014 -

After close to a decade of being without a harbour, the island of Mangaia in the Cook Islands cut the ribbon to a new climate resilient harbour this year, an outcome of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project (PACC).

Cook Islands PM unfazed by petitions

Wed 23 Jul 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands ----The caretaker Prime Minister of the Cook Islands says criticism from the Democratic Party over election results is immature.

Motorbike 'bribes' for Cooks votes

Wed 23 Jul 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands ----Motorbikes, and washing machines are just some of the items the Cook Islands Democratic Party says were used by the Cook Islands Party to bribe voters.

Cook Islands Democratic Party leader to challenge election result on corruption allegations

Tue 22 Jul 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- Cook Islands Democratic Party (DP) leader Wilkie Rasmussen says his party will be challenging the result of the national election, saying the process was mishandled.

Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna returned to government after extra votes counted

Tue 22 Jul 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- Cook Island's Prime Minister Henry Puna's party has been returned to government with a 13-seat majority, despite preliminary results showing a possible change of government.

Cook Islands election results likely to result in a coalition government

Mon 14 Jul 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- It's too close to call, but at the moment, Cook Islands caretaker prime minister Henry Puna may lose his seat to the opposition.

Cook Islanders cast their votes

Thu 10 Jul 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands--- Cook Islanders head to the polls today.

CIP pledges internet in schools

Mon 09 Jun 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- The ruling Cook Islands Party (CIP) is looking to head into July’s general elections riding on advances made over the last three and half years, hoping voters allow the party to carry through on initiatives already underway.

Demos say no to debate challenge

Mon 09 Jun 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- Cook Islands Democratic Party has turned down a challenge by the ruling Cook Islands Party to a live televised debate.

Depopulation in the Cooks needs addressing - economist

Wed 04 Jun 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- A development economist in the Cook Islands says depopulation will continue until the government starts funding infrastucture and industries in the outer islands.

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Special Retreat on the Pacific Plan Review

Thu 08 May 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands ---- The Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Special Retreat to consider the Pacific Plan Review 2013 Report to Pacific Leaders was held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands on 5 May 2014 and was attended by Heads of State and Governments of the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Niue, ...

Regional leaders mum on Marshall Islands ICJ move

Tue 06 May 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- Regional Pacific leaders are refusing to comment about the Marshall Islands lawsuit filed against the nine nuclear powers.

Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna deflects claims of party disunity

Thu 01 May 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands ----- Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna has deflected claims of party disunity, saying he is confident in the lead-up to the country's 09 July general election.

Solar photovoltaic power plant for Cook Islands Outer Islands

Tue 29 Apr 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- The European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, has signed a contribution agreement with the Asian Development Bank’s Regional Director (ADB) for its South Pacific Sub-regional Office, Robert Jauncey in Rarotonga .

Huge marine park in Cook Islands on track for 2015

Tue 22 Apr 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- Plans to set up one of the world's largest marine reserves in the south of Cook Islands by next year are well under way.

April 2014

Cooks opt for satellite telecom network

Robert Matau

Could the Cook Islands become the next Bangalore of the Pacific? They do have the right technology to begin with but comparative telecommunication prices could prove to be the difference between being a technological hub of the Pacific or simply investing in technology that would become a luxury item - ...

Telecom NZ to sell Cook Islands stake to Digicel for NZD$23 million

Wed 02 Apr 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands ----Telecom will sell its 60 per cent stake in Telecom Cook Islands to Digicel for about $NZ23 million.

Cook Islands chosen as Pristine location for Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary swimsuit issue

Fri 07 Mar 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands ---- Sports Illustrated is celebrating the magazine’s 50th Anniversary with the debut of its iconic 2014 swimsuit issue photographed in the Cook Islands, in the South Pacific.

Dengue fever cases rise in Cook Islands

Tue 04 Mar 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- The number of dengue cases in the Cook Islands has doubled with more than 50 suspected cases now reported.