Florence Syme-Buchanan

Florence Syme-Buchanan

Bad smell prompts plea for help

Thursday October 12, 2017

The Pa Enua Division (PED) says the government needs to “step up” and pay some attention to the lack of equipment available in the outer islands to de-sludge household septic tanks.

Political newcomer Tukaka Ama says two things need to be done in the Cook Islands to put more money in people’s pockets: “Up the hourly pay rate and drop bank interest rates.”

Love triumphs in $33,000 fundraiser

Wednesday October 04, 2017

A group of young women, friends and family showed on Saturday night that whatever the trials or tribulations, through sickness and health, you can’t beat love.

Brown takes on pension issue

Wednesday October 04, 2017

The government will make the highest representations to New Zealand to have a “ridiculous” mistake by the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development (NZMSD) corrected, says Finance minister Mark Brown.

Brown set to raise ‘super’ problems

Thursday September 28, 2017

Minister of Finance Mark Brown says the government will raise the issue of the Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund with the New Zealand government.

Change would safeguard NZ payments

Wednesday September 27, 2017

Advocates for changing the national super scheme say it would make more sense to allow all CINSF members to withdraw their entire contribution at age 60 to 64 to safeguard their NZ Superannuation should they qualify for it.

Huge money at stake in ‘super’ issue

Wednesday September 27, 2017

Cook Islanders who must compulsorily contribute to the Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund and who also qualify for New Zealand Superannuation pension will find themselves hugely disadvantaged when it comes time to collect their Kiwi entitlement.

Workshops could help says CICC

Tuesday September 26, 2017

CICC welfare director Nga Teao-Papatua says church leaders can influence and educate member churches about healthy living through workshops held by their general assembly and uniformed organisations.

CICC urged to take health lead

Monday September 25, 2017

The Cook Islands Christian Church and aronga mana (traditional leaders) should use their influence to do more about reversing the country’s alarming health statistics, says Mangaia high chief Kavana Daddy Mauriaiti.

Ex-cop calls for inquest

Friday September 22, 2017

The country’s sole coroner has been requested to hold an inquest into the disappearance of a Venezuelan woman in Cook Islands waters over a year ago.

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