Losirene Lacanivalu

Losirene Lacanivalu

Expat worker Marc Marlon Rebollos stands with tears rolling down his face.

Cook Islands is truly blessed, he says, that there has been no Covid-19 confirmed here. He is speaking to his own Filipino, to the Indonesian and Kiribas communities, to government representatives – about 200 people in total.

Air New Zealand has now cut back its Auckland-Rarotonga flights to just one a week – but the governments of both countries expect the airline to maintain that last connection.

Fiji has confirmed another new Covid-19 case after testing another 25 samples at the Fiji molecular lab.

Fiji now has 14 cases of COVID-19 confirmed and the Fijian Government says they will advise the public as soon as possible should this change.

Government is in talks to provide land for a Fijian community cemetery, as the Covid-19 pandemic and travel bans mean it will not be possible to send bodies home to their families.

She sits by a sewing machine at the Joyce Peyroux Garments factory, turning out facemask after facemask. Working alongside the staff who prepare the material for stitching, Nanik Zuliati from Indonesia can sew 40 masks in an hour.

Kids page: Kids Club at home

Saturday April 04, 2020

Inalie Loki, 8, and Aaliyah Rogers, 6, have been home for the past two weeks thanks to Covid-19’s early school break.

Hand sanitiser is expected to go up in price as demand outstrips supply.

Palm leaves on the doors

Saturday April 04, 2020

Covid-19 has brought Christian worship home in new ways.

Since Covid-19 put a paurch on church services on Rarotonga, people have been encouraged to pray in their homes, quarantined away by yellow and orange flags.

Guilty pleas, after three years

Friday April 03, 2020

A man has finally admitted to drugs charges after three long years of repeated legal tussles and delays in court.

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