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An exclusive summary by the website author who is a former BBC TV and radio journalist
The following  - unless otherwise credited - is a summary of the latest stories from  Cook Islands News,  the daily newspaper of the Cook Islands which is published Monday to Saturday inclusive.

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Its web site is now updated daily.  The summary is published with the permission of the copyright owners Cook Islands News Ltd.     Click on any underlined headlines for the full story on the newpaper's own website.   Photos unless otherwise credited are copyright Cook Islands News
This update: 29 September, 2016
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A new campaign has been launched in North America to promote premium and luxury travel to the Islands.   "Awake to a New Paradise" coincides with Air New Zealand's inauguration of its large capacity aeroplane, the Boeing 777-200, which will begin flights between Los Angeles and Rarotonga on December 3.  The service is underwritten by the Cook Islands government and is estimated to generate NZ$11.5 million for the economy.  Tourism CEO, Halatoa Fua (pictured right) said the campaign is "fulfilling a dream of ultimate travel indulgence, of being able to go to bed at night and wake up in true paradise".
Tourism chief promotes luxury
Atiu's "Bridman George"
Atiu's "Birdman George" has been given a top international award for his conservation work.  George Mateariki is one of 15 biodiversity 'hotspot heroes' chosen by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund for his bird conservation work and eco-tours of the island where he was born.  It recognises particularly his long time efforts with the kopeka or Atiu swiflet which is unique to the island and the Rimatara Lorikeet (kura) which was reintroduced in 2007.

Rimatar Lorikeet
Atiu Swiflet
Left:  The Rimatara Lorikeet and the Atiu's unique signature bird, the  Swiftlet which are thriving thanks to George's efforts
Photos: Gerald McCormack
New laws making crash helmets compulsory for motorcycle and scooter riders will come into effect next month, along with new licencing laws.  The aim is to cut to zero the number of crash deaths and half the number of serious injuries.  Recent figures show the Islands have the worst record among Pacific nations for rider deaths
A review of fuel prices on Aitutaki is underway.   The government's Price Tribunal is looking at whether islanders are getting a fair deal compared to the rest of the country.  Aitutaki was excluded from a previous review as it gets its supplies directly from New Zealand. The outcome of the review is due in December. 

Stary dog pack on Rarotonga
The police are teaming up with the animal charity, SPCA to tackle the problem of stray dogs on Rarotonga.  The tourism department has urged the police to act after bad publicity over the past two years about packs of animals roaming some parts of the capital island.  The SPCA will take responsibility for returning registered dogs to their owners and provide advice on how to keep them under control.   They're also aiming to ensure all dogs are chipped.

Plans to establish an international golf course on Atiu have been well received by island residents, according to the developer behind them, despite the Island Council refusing to approve the project.  Tim Tepaki says he wants to stimulate prosperity for Atiu.  Tepaki is looking for financial backing from China for the scheme.