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Cultural village dancers
The government is backing a bid to get world heritage status for a 600 year old village high in the hills around Rarotonga. Maungaroa was inhabited by Tinomana Ariki and his tribe long before the arrival of Christianity and was unihabited for many years before it was transformed into a cultural village visitor attraction. The   Ministry of Culture says HIghland Paradise is an "unparallelled example of a living marae" and its asking UNESCO to designate it.  Photo: Highland Paradise website
Two hydroponics and school gardens have been established on Penrhyn (Tongareva) to increase the consumption of locally produced fruit and vegetables. Handing them over, the Agriculture Secretary, Marama Anguna-Kamana said growing using weater without soil was an innovative way of dealing with the challenges of the sandy soil on the remote outer islands. It would also increase food resilience in the event of disasters.
Photo:Te Tautua on the eastern side of the island is where most of the population of 226 live (Photo: Robert Broussard)

Manganese nodules
Plans to mine the seabed around the Cook Islands for valuable minerals are still on course, despite new warnings from a local environmental group. Te Ipukarea Society's deep sea minerals campaign consultant Teuru Tiraa Passfield said a lot more independent research was required. But the government is still inviting expressions of interest from companies who want to mine for manganese nodules (pictured left). It's estimated billions of dollars of minerals could be exploited
There are renewed hopes that New Zealanders might be allowed to travel to the Cook Islands without any quarantine requirements. New Zealand officials are set to visit the Islands with a view to confirming a "travel bubble". The New Zealand Prime Minister said she won't put any time frames around this but the Cook Islands government are hoping tourism will open again for Kiwis within in a couple of weeks. 
Rarotonga airport exterior
Face mask wearers
Oppositon MPs have renewed their call for mandatory supervised quarantine for all incoming international passengers after three arrivals have been associated with a recent Covid-19 case in Auckland.  Two of the passengers were "casual contacts" and the third sat next to them on the plane to Rarotonga. All of them are now in supervised quarantine
A new king has been crowned on Mangaia, and the entire population of the island was there to watch.  Tangi Tereapii was installed Numangatini Ariki at Te Maruata-Nui-o-Numangatini marae. The day long event was also attended by friends and families from Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Atiu. Marguees 20 metres long were filled with food to share.
Mangaia's new king
The Japanese government is giving a grant of up to NZ$131,700 to improve water supplies on Mauke.  The money will pay for eight new concrete water tanks and a mobile tank for fire emergencies
A cargo ship from Samoa is being awaited anxiously by mayonnaise lovers on Rarotonga where there's been a month long shortage of the condiment.  Human error meant a delivery last month never arrived. One local takeaway has even had to remove items from its menu awaiting the delivery
Jim Marurai who served as Prime Minister from December, 2004 until November, 2010 has died at the age of 73 on his home island of Mangaia.  He served as an MP from 1994 until his retirement due to ill health in 2017  Photo: Cook Islands government

Jim MaruraI
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