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NEWS FROM THE ISLANDS     An exclusive summary
Controversial seabed mining 'could start in 5 years'
Deaths prompt push for new crash helmet law
Satellite technology makes inter-island flying safer
Penrhyn fears beetle could damage their livelihoods
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A Russian explorer gave the Islands their name
Deserted MANUAE was the first of the Islands to be discoverd by Captain Cook
The remains of a WWII bomber lie in the undergrowth on PENRHYN
Captain William Bligh discovered AITUTAKI 18 days before the mutinty on the Bounty
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26 Oct: National Gospel Day
1 Nov: Turama
22-29 Nov: Vake Eiva (canoeing) festival
2019 events diary in detail

Also in the news: New night opening for the market that's a must visit for tourists and locals alike

"Our people are naturally hospitable and friendly.  You don't often see an islander without a welcoming smile on their face.  And why shouldn't we smile?  We have so many things to smile about."
Local children writing about the islands


"All you need to know or have in the Cook Islands is a sense of humour, a pair of old comfortable shorts, a passport and money".  That's one author's view...
for a more detailed guide to the essentials for a Cook Islands holiday, click here

Half way round Rarotonga sign
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PUKAPUKA is one of the remotest places on the planet with its own language and unique customs. Culture and traditions have remained unchanged for centuries.  Strict conservation practices are in place and everyone has the deepest respect for their ecologial environment.  But there's also a passion for sport, including a unique type of cricket