The Ministry of Culture failed to take advantage of Taio Shipping Services’ final subsidised voyage for the year to the northern islands, opting instead to pay an extra $200,000 for a load of fuel and dangerous goods to be transported on the Cook Islands Towage barge Layar Mas, says company owner Tapi Taio.
Weeks after the last visiting Te Maeva Nui teams from the pa enua were farewelled from Rarotonga, a large amount of their cargo is still on the wharf, waiting to be transported to the northern islands.
Despite one of them having been in hospital a day before the vessel Nivaga III was due to depart on Monday, a group of ill Penrhyn Islanders were told they had no option but to take the four-day voyage home on the ship.
A second shipment of drinking water was sent to Penrhyn this week as residents continue to battle a water-shortage problem on the northern-group island.
Development of agriculture on Mitiaro will be the key focus of its Island Government’s new executive officer Charlie Rani.
There were tearful embraces and red-rimmed eyes aplenty at the departure of the Nivaga III for Pukapuka, Nassau, Rakahanga and Penrhyn yesterday – but also smiles, laughter and happy faces too.
A helpful boat skipper and his crew have lent a much-needed hand to the National Environment Service (NES) by assisting with the delivery of a new HF radio to the NES park rangers stationed in Suwarrow.
Prime minister Henry Puna, Health minister and the Member of Parliament for Teenui-Mapumai, Rose Toki Brown, on Thursday officially opened the second of four solar power stations in the southern group islands under the Cook Islands Renewable Energy Project on the island of Atiu amidst a warm welcome from the Atiu community.
Pukapuka-Nassau MP Tingika Elikana says the high cost of freighting goods from Rarotonga to Pukapuka is “just not on” and he would like to look at the option of freighting goods from Samoa or Tokelau instead.