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Articles by Al Williams

Dog desexing an ongoing challenge for authorities

Thursday 29 September 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

An animal desexing programme designed to tackle dog issues on Rarotonga looks set to continue despite ongoing challenges in getting the matter under control.


Still no clarity around Queen’s Memorial ‘holiday’

Thursday 29 September 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in National

There is still no clarity on the legalities around Queen’s Memorial holiday, set to be observed in the Cook Islands on Friday (tomorrow).

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French patrol boat continues strengthening ties with Cook Islands

Wednesday 28 September 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in National

French Navy patrol boat Bougainville has again been welcomed by the Cook Islands in an ongoing partnership between governments.


Confusion reigns over Queen’s Memorial ‘public holiday’

Wednesday 28 September 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

There appears to be some confusion over the legal framework surrounding Friday, September 30 being deemed a public holiday as a mark of respect to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.


Motorcyclist receives multiple injuries in early morning crash

Tuesday 27 September 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

A female motorcyclist suffered injuries to her face, legs and arms following a crash in Rarotonga on Monday morning.

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‘You have to believe in people’

Saturday 2 July 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, Weekend

Black Power life member and social justice activist Denis O’Reilly, 70, has no plans of slowing down.


Iconic Trader Jack's up for sale

Saturday 2 July 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Business, National

Iconic Rarotonga eatery and watering hole Trader Jacks is on the market.


Police start crackdown on speeding drivers

Thursday 26 May 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

Police have stepped up their crackdown on motorists driving at high speed in the Reduced Speed Zone in Rarotonga.


China foreign minister scheduled to talk with PM during eight nations Pacific tour

Wednesday 25 May 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Prime Minister Mark Brown will talk with China foreign minister Wang Yi this week but has not given specific details of what they will discuss.

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Piri looks to jump long and high

Wednesday 25 May 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Sports

Piritau Nga has had a whirlwind week after entering the Te Mire Ora Dance Competition with hopes to raise funds for his trip to compete in the Oceania Area Championships next month.

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‘I feel optimistic about the future of the economy here’

Saturday 21 May 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

New Zealander Bernadette Shaw has helped lead a Cook Islands bank through a period of ‘unique challenges’.

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Name suppression granted to assault, drink driving accused

Friday 20 May 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National

Name suppression was given to two defendants who appeared in the Criminal Court at Avarua on Thursday.


Crackdown on unapproved helmets

Friday 20 May 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

Anyone selling non approved motorcycle helmets in Rarotonga will face prosecution if they don’t comply with legislation.

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AA looking to ‘restructure’ in Rarotonga

Thursday 19 May 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

Alcoholics Anonymous is looking to restructure as an increasing number of people here are reaching out for help.

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Tourists ‘increasingly’ becoming targets of theft and burglary

Tuesday 17 May 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

Unsuspecting tourists are again being told to be mindful of security as reported thefts are increasing with visitor numbers in Rarotonga.


Renowned sailors head to Aitutaki for Electron Regatta

Saturday 14 May 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

Aitutaki is to host its first Electron World Fleet and Match Sailing Regatta on the lagoon.


A life-long love of travel and tourism

Saturday 14 May 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, Weekend

Robert Skews has lived a life and love of travel and tourism. Rarotonga has been his home for more than 30 years.


Police confirm investigation into alleged Covid-19 breach

Saturday 14 May 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

An alleged Covid-19 breach involving a positive case who boarded an Aitutaki bound plane in Rarotonga is in the hands of police.


Conservation group considers ‘necessary’ biodiversity regulations

Friday 13 May 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Environment, National

An informal group with a primary objective to provide environmental advice to the National Environment Service is now considering regulations ‘necessary for the protection of biodiversity in the Cook Islands’.


Partnership to preserve and enhance marine space

Friday 13 May 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Environment, National

A new partnership between the Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) and Cook Islands Tourism is set to preserve and enhance lagoon and marine space.

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