Cook Islands

Cook Islands Rugby League undaunted by 'group of death'

The draw was made on Friday with Fiji grouped with champions Australia, Scotland and Italy and New Zealand have been drawn alongside, Lebanon, Jamaica and Ireland.

But the Cook Islands, who have only just qualified for the tournament, are locked in to play what many regard as the 'group of death'.

The Kukis go up against the remarkable Tongans, who most recently upset Australia, Papua New Guinea and Wales.

Cook Islands coach Tony Iro said his team was excited at the prospect of playing top teams.

Vanuatu, Cook Islands urging UN to improve climate financing

Pacific states graduating from low-income to developed status aren't getting enough assistance with climate vulnerability, officials from both countries say.

Mackenzie Smith reports. 

For 15 years, Vanuatu has been lobbying the UN to include climate vulnerabilities in its economic assessments.

The government wants climate change threats to Pacific states to be considered before they graduate from least-developed status.

The category, which Vanuatu will graduate from next year, provides critical assistance to developing Pacific states.

Cook Islands to face Tonga for netball gold

Cook Islands booked a place in the final by defeating Papua New Guinea 58-31 at the Multisport Centre, Faleata, urged on by their boisterous fans.

“This is great for Cook Island netball. Last time we were in a gold medal match was 1991. We have a huge support base, both here and at home,” said coach Suzanne Evans.

Both teams entered the game undefeated from pool matches. Cook Islands took the lead and kept PNG goaled for the first four minutes.

Cook Islands’ Alex Beddoes finishes favourite in middle distance events

Beddoes finished first in the 1500 metres with a time of 4 minutes 3.31 seconds.

He also won the 800 metres title yesterday.

Papua New Guinea’s Messach Fred came in second clocking a time of 4 minutes 6.90 seconds while Fiji’s Petero Veitaqomaki finished in third with a time of 4 minutes 7.10 seconds.

     

Cook Islands to challenge swimming ruling

Swimming is one of 19 sports at the Pacific Games where athletes must hold a passport for the country they are representing (NZ passport for Cook Islands) and have lived there for at least five years.

Papua New Guinea challenged the eligibility of Bede Aitu, Kirsten Fisher-Marsters, Malcolm Richardson and Noah Vilisoni-Heather, who all grew up in New Zealand.

The Cook Islands Olympic Committee immediately withdrew three of the swimmers while the evidence of residency provided for the fourth was deemed insufficient by the Pacific Games Disputes Tribunal.

Dengue outbreak declared in Cook Islands

Of these cases, one was a visitor from French Polynesia with dengue type 3, while the others were dengue type 1.

The ministry said authorities have diagnosed four probable dengue cases this week, one of whom recently arrived from Fiji.

It is reminding the public keep home and work environments clean and to safely dispose of water-retaining containers; to avoid mosquito bites by covering up, using repellents and screen doors, and to see a doctor if fever, pain behind the eyes, or muscle aches develop.

Cook Islands cultural festival welcomes Melanesia wantoks

Nikao village is one of four teams from Rarotonga competing in this year's cultural competitions. 

Vanuatu's Julian David joined the village team three years ago, while Alfie Ngire from the Solomon Islands came in six weeks ago. 

Both boys say they have enjoyed learning the cultural dances of their new homeland, but have made history for Melanesians who are a key part of the migrant worker community in the country.

Cook Islands resort loses 3 units and a bar to fire

The New Zealand Herald quoted a worker from an adjacent resort saying the fire started at about 5pm and was contained by volunteer firefighters.

The resort sits on a private islet within Aitutaki.

     

Completion of Cooks Ponia probe expected soon

The Ministry of Marine Resources secretary was suspended in May this year on full pay.

It's understood the investigation was the result of a complaint laid against him in relation to last year's meeting of the Western and Pacific Fisheries Commission in the Philippines.

The Cook Islands Public Service Commissioner Russell Thomas said delays in completing the investigation were due to sourcing information from overseas, competing priorities and staffing issues.

Cook Islanders go to the polls today

Preliminary results are expected to be all in by 10 o'clock tonight local time.

When Prime Minister Henry Puna announced the June 14 date for the general elections less than two months ago, there was a general feeling of relief that there would be only a short lead-up time to polling day.

Long campaign periods have been known to place the small communities in the Cook Islands under considerable pressure as party politics plays a major role in the lives of many.