Prime Minister Henry Puna told Parliament last night that Vaka Puaikura had accepted quarantine for the returning Cook Islanders, who were stranded in New Zealand during their lockdown.
Puaikura had also volunteered to assist with the security of the premises “so that the quarantine can be properly and completely safe”, he said.
Returning Cook Islanders are supposed to spend 14 day’s supervised quarantine each in Auckland and Rarotonga before they will be cleared to return to their respective homes.
The 130 residents who are part of the first cohort, moved into the quarantine facility at Holiday Inn in Mangere last week. They will be leaving Auckland on May 9.
The second group of Cook Islands residents started entering the Auckland-based quarantine facility yesterday.
While in quarantine, the residents will have to adhere to strict rules and remain mostly confined to their rooms.
However they are able to exercise twice a day. Individuals are not allowed to make physical contact with any other guests.
Puna said they made no apologies for this public health measures: there was nothing more important than “protecting the lives of our people”.