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Parliament building of the Cook Islands, located on Rarotonga. It used to be a hotel which later was rebuilt
Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS — There are renewed calls in the Cook Islands for an indigenous Māori name to replace the country's colonial era moniker. Traditional leaders used the recent 30th anniversary of Rarotonga's Tākitimu monarch to push for the name change. Tākitimu's paramount chief herself...
Wayne King, right, with Rima Moeka'a
Madrid, SPAIN — Pacific countries will be trying to apply as much pressure as possible in the latest round of UN climate talks, says the director of the Cook Islands climate change office. The negotiations - known as COP25 - began yesterday in the Spanish capital, Madrid. Over two weeks,...
Emilene Taulu being proposed to by Tupuga Amo
Apia, SAMOA — A Pacific Games medal ceremony has been trumped by a marriage proposal near the golden shores of a Samoan beach.   Captain of the Cook Islands women's va'a team Emilene Taulu was taken by surprise when her partner remained kneeling after a group haka at the medal ceremony for women's...
Photo of child with his hand up, indicating he is fending off an assault.
Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS — Young males in the Cook Islands are twice as likely to be sexually abused as those in New Zealand. That's according to a study conducted by the campus director at the University of the South Pacific in the Cook Islands. The recently published results from 2017 follow on...
Puna Raela a nine-year-old girl from the Cook Islands
Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS — The mother of a young Cook Islands girl detained in the United States wants her returned home. Cook Islands News reports Puna Raela, a nine-year-old girl from Aitutaki, was detained at Los Angeles International Airport last week by United States authorities. Miss Raela's...
American Samoa’s captain Gabriel Taumua
Veitongo, TONGA — American Samoa beat the Cook Islands 3-1 on the final Match Day of the OFC U-16 Championship Qualifier thanks to a pair of PKs, and a great finishing goal by the youngest player on the field.   Xavior Leatualevao, only 14 years old, came on in the 81st minute for Peter Lauvao,...
COOK ISLANDS — American Samoa will be looking to get back on track on Match Day 2 of the OFC U19 Championship qualifiers 2018 on May 29, 2018 in the Cook Islands. They take on Tonga on the heels of a 3-0 loss against Samoa during the tournament’s kick off day on May 26.  Tonga is coming off of a 3-...
 The Pasifika Festival is back for another year, celebrating its 26th birthday. [Photo / Gareth Cooke Subzero via NZ Herald]
NEW ZEALAND — The Pasifika Festival may be later than usual this year, but organisers have big plans for the new time slot, in the hopes of attracting even bigger crowds. Next weekend's event will mark the 26th year since it started at Western Springs in 1992. Like always, Pacific culture will be...