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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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Matt Gifford
A Kiwi musician is planning to capture his Penrhyn heritage of hymns and songs
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The 60 residents of remote Palmerston have 24 hour power for the first time, thanks to the sun
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Palmerston's solar power station
This update: 20th August, 2015
Building regulations in the Islands are up for review after an increase in the regularity and severity of natural disasters.   A four month review will examine existing controls with the aim of establishing a nationwide building code and manual.   It will also look at "green" building concepts, and how best to implement any controls in the outer islands.
Right: Cyclone Pat in 2010 wreaked havoc on buildings in Aitutaki

Cyclone Pat left homes on Aitutaki wrecked
Cook Islanders locally and overseas are calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality. But Prime Minister, Henry Puna has already poured cold water on the idea.   He said the nation would not "stray from  its core values as a Christian nation, including its tradition of upholding the union of a man and a woman in the sight of God."   

The opposition Democratic Party is seeking a judicial review of the government contract to provide shipping services for the annual constitution celebrations in Rarotonga.   Spokesman, James Beer said there was huge public concern about the deal with Pacific Schooners Ltd for which the government is understood to have paid a NZ$200,000 deposit.  Their ship, the Tiare Taporo failed to turn up in time to take participants in the celebrations home to the outer islands and , alternative transportation had to be arranged.  Left: Some of the hundreds of people from the outer islands who travelled to Rarotonga for the celebrations

Passengers flying out of the Cook Islands will no longer have to complete departure cards.   But arrival cards will still have to be filled in.  The government says it's part of its efforts to improve the tourist experience.   Arriving visitors will still have to declare any money over NZ$10,000 which they bring into the country. 

Stranded after anniversary celebrations
A record number of tourists visited the Cook Islands in July.  There were 14,362 visitors.  The Tourism Corporation chief executive, Halatoa Fua puts it down to the celebrations marking 50 years of self-government.   The July figure was almost nine per cent up on the same month last year.  Nearly three quarters of all visitors were from New Zealand, 15.7% from Australia and just 4.6% from Europe.   6.8% travelled to the Islands to get married. 

Rarotonga airport
The future of the official residence of the Queen's Representative in the Cook Islands is in limbo because of a legal dispute about ownership of the property on Rarotonga.  Urgent work is needed on the sprawling bungalow in Titikaveka and the government is renting it by the month because of the dispute.   Significant structural work is needed.  The Karika family who own the property are understood to be in a legal dispute with another family who are claiming they own the land on which it's built.  The government say they can't do anything until that dispute is settled.  The Queen's Representative, Tom Marsters and his wife are not living in the residence at the moment.

QR's official residence
New road signs are being planned to help tourists navigate the roads of Rarotonga.  But they won't be going up unless the government  find the funds to pay for them.   The tourism department say visitors can easily take wrong turnings or drive down the  wrong side of the road (islanders drive  on the left) and the police have been trying for several years to get the money for better signage.   Tourism's director of destination development, Metua Vaiimene is also working with the police to improve existing signs.

Atiu's new mayor makes agriculture a priority
Atiu's new mayor is promising a new future for the outer island
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