Florence Syme-Buchanan

Florence Syme-Buchanan

Vessel can use motors

Monday January 23, 2017

Pacific Schooners Ltd has made assurances that its vessel the Tiare Taporo, which has been stationary in Avatiu Harbour for several months, is capable of moving using its own motors.

Taio sees red over wharf issue

Friday January 20, 2017

The OWNER of the country’s biggest and busiest domestic shipping company says its ability to efficiently move cargo and maintain its three ships is being seriously disadvantaged by another vessel obstructing a prime berth at Avatiu Wharf.

‘Amnesty’ wrong term?

Friday January 13, 2017

THE GOVERNMENT appears to have failed to clearly think through its announced tax “amnesty” and the description itself is clearly incorrect, say local chartered accountants.

Tax amnesty raises thorny issues

Thursday January 12, 2017

GOVERNMENT’S surprise announcement of a tax debt write-off will allow repeat offenders and abusers of the system to benefit over those who do meet their tax obligations.

Concern over fishing buffers

Tuesday January 10, 2017

Traditional leaders and Te Ipukarea Society believe the Ministry of Marine Resources is contradicting a commitment made by the government to the Cook Islands to establish a 50 nautical mile buffer zone around each island, and they’re not happy about it.

Parties in agreement on amnesty

Monday January 09, 2017

THE PARLIAMENTARY opposition supports the government’s proposed tax amnesty, saying that while the opposition’s role is to hold government accountable, there are occasions when it agrees with the government.

Issues afflict tax amnesty

Monday January 09, 2017

The SPECIFICS of the tax amnesty and how it will operate are still being worked out, with legal and accounting sources saying it could require a law change to be properly administered.

Sand mining worries locals, but not NES

Wednesday December 28, 2016

The NATIONAL Environment Service appears to be untroubled by current sand-mining projects because the activity isn’t mentioned in the Environment Act and excavation doesn’t seem to be happening in “areas of concern”.

NES to look into sand mining

Thursday December 22, 2016

THE NATIONAL Environment Service says it will investigate sand mining currently happening inland of Matavera after receiving questions about the activity from CI News.

Resignation a major blow

Wednesday December 21, 2016

THE APPARENT sudden resignation of Office of the Prime Minister Chief of Staff Liz Wright-Koteka could deal the office and the current administration a huge setback, with the management of major projects and the day-to day affairs of government.

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