Cook Islands

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.

SPC Petroleum Advisory Service saves thousands of dollars in Cook Islands

Wed 26 Feb 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) alerted the Cook Islands government to the fact that a shipment of imported diesel fuel had high sulphur content that could have caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to diesel engines.

Digicel eyes Government’s 40% stake in Telecom Cook Islands

Wed 26 Feb 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands ---- Cook Islands finance Minister Mark Brown said Digicel has indicated they are interested in purchasing the government’s minority stake in Telecom Cook Islands (TCI).

Cobalt in Cook Islands awaits exploitation

Thu 20 Feb 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- This year could be a defining year for seabed minerals in Cook Islands.

February 2014

Cobalt in Cooks awaits exploitation

Dionisia Tabureguci

This year could be a defining year for seabed minerals in Cook Islands.

Partners in development to meet

Tue 11 Feb 2014 -

A Development Partners Meeting (DPM) to be held this week – beginning February 10-14, 2014 in the Cook Islands - will focus on progress, challenges and ways to move forward as partners in national development.

Cooks Parliamentarians work to realise Pacific health rights

Mon 10 Feb 2014 -

The Parliament of one of the world’s smallest nations, Cook Islands in the Pacific, has become the latest nation to establish a Parliamentary Group on Population and Sustainable Development.

Cooks discusses tourism growth

Fri 07 Feb 2014 -

RAROTOGA, Cook Islands --- A major forum designed to spark fresh debate about the growth of tourism in the Cook Islands is underway on Rarotonga.

Cruise visitor survey implemented for the Cook Islands

Thu 30 Jan 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- The Government of the Cook Islands under the guidance of their national tourism office last week embarked on the implementation of a cruise visitor survey. This project was initiated by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation and funded by the European Union under the Pacific Regional Tourism ...

Emergency mission in Cooks

Fri 24 Jan 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Island --- The Cook Islands patrol boat is on an emergency mission to the northern island of Pukapuka to take urgent medical supplies and a doctor -and bring back patients.

Digicel bid for Telecom Cook Islands on the cards

Tue 07 Jan 2014 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- Telecommunications behemoth Digicel is considering buying Telecom New Zealand's interest in the Cook Islands' biggest phone and internet phone provider, according to local reports.

Cooks Govt could pay to guarantee Air NZ profit on Raro service

Wed 18 Dec 2013 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- The Cook Islands government could pay millions more a year to guarantee Air New Zealand a profit on its Los Angeles to Rarotonga service.

The Wealthy Are Moving To The Cook Islands, A Safe Paradise

Tue 17 Dec 2013 -

The Cooks are in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, lovely coral atolls, good fishing and a global pioneer in offshore asset-protection trusts, with laws designed to protect foreigners’ assets from legal claims at home, a lawsuit proof, safe paradise.

FAO supports Cook Islands 2011 Census of Agriculture

Thu 12 Dec 2013 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (FAO) ---- The Ministry of Agriculture of Cook Islands hosted a workshop in Arorangi today to disseminate the main results of the Census of Agriculture. The Census was conducted in December 2011 in collaboration with the Statistics Office and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO helped ...

Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund case goes to court

Mon 25 Nov 2013 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- The Cook Islands High Court has started hearing the controversial Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund case.

Cooks government assessing options to speed up internet

Wed 13 Nov 2013 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- The Cook Islands Finance Minister says the government is considering a number of options to link up to existing undersea cables to speed up the country’s internet access.

Cook Islands government says its culture is not dying

Wed 13 Nov 2013 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands ---- The government of Cook Islands says its culture and values are not dying and its people maintain an interest in the country's heritage.

George returns to Cook Islands Democratic Party

Wed 06 Nov 2013 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- A long-serving Cook Islands MP, Norman George, has been welcomed into the Democratic Party after nearly three years as a self-styled independent.

Cook Islands Culture and Tradition: cultural values at risk of dying

Mon 04 Nov 2013 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- Recently the Pacific Islands Forum Peer Review team met with the culture and tradition group in Rarotonga led by the President of the House of Aririki and Secretary of the Ministry of Culture.

Cook Islands prepares for seabed mining but concerns abundant

Mon 04 Nov 2013 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- The Cook Islands government says the country is preparing well to benefit from the rich store of minerals on its seabed.

Mangaia Islanders forced to rely on their own resources

Mon 04 Nov 2013 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- Members of the Mangaia Island Council have highlighted their efforts to generate their own resources and be less dependent on outside assistance.

Pacific youth inspired to tackle climate change head on

Wed 30 Oct 2013 -

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- Lucille Sain is a young woman from the island of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia and a representative of the Pacific Youth Council and the Chuuk Youth Council.