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Articles by Alana Musselle

No immediate fix for local labour shortage

Monday 10 January 2022 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Economy, National

A growing number of expat workers taking up jobs in New Zealand is deepening the local labour shortage crisis, forcing at least one business to close up shop days before the Cook Islands border reopens to Kiwi holidaymakers.


50 teams register for Beach Games

Monday 10 January 2022 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Sports, Volleyball

Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) is looking forward to kicking off their much-anticipated Beach Games today with promising sunshine and a smashing lineup of sports for local teams to get involved in.

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Fresh water for Vaka voyagers

Monday 10 January 2022 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in National, Travel

The executives of the Cook Islands Voyaging Society were beyond excited to receive a fresh watermaker, which will enhance life on Vaka Marumaru Atua for voyagers and also help the Pa Enua with their water supply where it’s needed.


Small business fighting increasing import costs

Monday 10 January 2022 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Business, National

With the Cook Islands border reopening this Thursday, local businesses are preparing steadfastly, while also reflecting on past struggles that border closures brought to their livelihoods.

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Veteran muso honoured in book of iconic NZ albums

Saturday 8 January 2022 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Entertainment, National

New Zealand’s popular music performer, director and arranger Garth Young, who spent much of his career serenading Rarotonga with his piano music, has had a book of iconic New Zealand albums of the 1950s to 80s dedicated to him.

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Duo set to ignite faith in Cooks tourism industry

Saturday 8 January 2022 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Features, Go Local

In a time of Covid-induced economic uncertainty, two good friends and business partners are taking a leap of faith to get Rarotonga’s new and unique tourism marketing agency back up and running in lead up to next week’s border reopening.

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Airline enjoys festive boost

Saturday 8 January 2022 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in National, Travel

Air Rarotonga have had a booming busy festive season with Aitutaki proving to be a popular holiday destination for Rarotonga locals who have made the most of local deals before the borders open to tourists on Thursday next week.


Bringing their 'A' game - Panthers to defend title

Friday 7 January 2022 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in

Reigning men’s champions from Tupapa, the Panthers are looking forward to the next opportunity to defend their title at this weekend’s Nines in Paradise tournament at the National Stadium in Nikao.

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Survey planned to gauge number of dyslexic kids

Thursday 6 January 2022 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Health, National

After a humble start in 2021, the Cook Islands Dyslexia Society Incorporated plans to take giant strides in a bid to raise awareness by coming out with a survey which aims to see just how many dyslexic children live in the Cook Islands.

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Locals living overseas share Covid concerns

Thursday 6 January 2022 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Economy, National

Cook Islanders residing overseas are continuing to face frustrating and unsettling times as Covid-19 continues to progress, with the number of the highly transmissible Omicron variant continuing to climb.

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Giving Tree initiative brings smiles to kids

Friday 31 December 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Economy, National

The Bank of South Pacific (BSP) Cook Islands branch had one of its most successful years yet with their annual Christmas Giving Tree initiative. Over 640 gifts successfully made it into the hands of children across the 12 islands.


‘Fair weather’ forecast for Raro

Friday 31 December 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Environment, National

Rarotonga can expect some fair weather for the long weekend as it welcomes the new year in, with a few showers and a fair bit of wind.


Ringing in 2022 with celebratory music and fun

Friday 31 December 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Entertainment, National

Rarotonga residents are looking forward to a long weekend of jam-packed celebrations to send out 2021 and welcome the new year 2022.

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Retailers, shoppers benefit from after Christmas deals

Thursday 30 December 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Economy, National

Rarotonga’s gift and liquor stores are bracing for another eventful weekend following a busy period leading up to Christmas and bumper Boxing Day sales on Monday.


Welcoming New Year with Boom Shakalaka Youth Vibes

Thursday 30 December 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Entertainment, National

Local non-governmental organisation Korero o te Orau’s Atui’anga ki te Tango senior students along with the Catholic Youth of Rarotonga will be performing a ‘Boom Shakalaka Youth Vibes’ New Year’s Eve concert this Friday, December 31.


Remittances on the rise as Christmas approaches

Friday 24 December 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Business, National

International money transfer agency Western Union has had a jam-packed festive season with people lining up to send money to their families overseas for Christmas and all the festivities the big day brings with it.

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Pineapple in season

Friday 24 December 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Economy, National

The summer months have arrived and along with them have brought an abundance of fruit and vegetables, harvested and made available to Rarotonga residents just in time for Christmas.

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Permaculture class teaches participants worm farming

Thursday 23 December 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Economy, National

A permaculture class focused on worm farming has been held by the newly formed non-governmental organisation called ‘Matie Ethical Care’ at the Permaculture Centre in Nikao on Monday.


CISNOC ready for challenges and fun in 2022

Wednesday 22 December 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Other Sports, Sports

Cook Islands Sport and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) have had a big year of bringing the community together through numerous sporting events.


Superfund extends reduced rates initiative to Feb, 2022

Tuesday 21 December 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Economy, National

The national superfund has extended its contribution rate reduction scheme to February next year after which the rates will return to pre Covid levels for both employers and employees.

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