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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.
First in the queue, behind the Imua II container ship which was also being unloaded, was the General Transport barge Layar Mas which was taking on cargo for Mangaia, Mauke, Mitiaro and Atiu.
It’s been 20 years in the making, but the Pukapukan translation of the Bible – the Puka Ya (phonetically pronounced Puka ‘Tha’) – is now almost complete.
As our Pa Enua families prepare to return home after the recent celebrations, the Cook Islands Red Cross Society will be joining the returning tere party with the aim of preparing our island communities to be resilient and disaster-prepared.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the southern group islands government and Ministry of Agriculture aimed at achieving part of the country’s National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP), was signed last week.