Outer Islands

Tourism boost for Aitutaki

Wednesday May 13, 2015

The possible cancellation of Sunday flights to Aitutaki hasn’t deterred tourism ventures for the island, recently dubbed as one of the world’s best places to swim. 

Penrhyn islanders were in full celebration mode yesterday for the opening of the New Zealand funded renewable projects on the northern group island.

What began as a simple visit to Aitutaki’s hospital and dental facilities during a family holiday has resulted in the generous donation of dental equipment for the island.

Scare tactics and spin?

Monday May 11, 2015

Job loss figures and the prediction of an exodus of more than 500 Aitutaki residents from a possible ban of Sunday flights to the island have been labelled a spin and ‘scare tactics’.

Aitutaki business people want the Prime Minister and the leaders of the three political parties to make an immediate joint national policy statement enshrining the freedom of Cook Islanders and visitors to fly to the island on Sundays.

NEXT  week a parliamentary delegation from New Zealand and the Cook Islands will travel to Manihiki and Penryhn to formally open New Zealand funded renewable energy projects.

Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce treasurer Teresa Manarangi-Trott has been appointed to a new specialist sub-committee for regionalism (SSCR), designed to support the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in implementing the new Framework for Pacific Regionalism.

Te Ipukarea Society is calling for the people of Aitutaki to sign the nationwide petition against purse seining which is available in two locations on the island. 

Suwarrow’s birdlife sanctuary will soon be back under the watchful eyes of reappointed caretakers in husband and wife team Harry and Vaine Papai.

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