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Articles by Al Williams

In brief: Court news

Monday 17 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National

A number of people facing charges in the Criminal Court at Rarotonga have had them thrown out but will remain on a watch list as they are overseas.


Reported crashes drop, 'record number' fined

Saturday 15 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

Reported motor vehicle crashes during December have dropped significantly on Rarotonga in recent years.


Chins up as locals and visitors mix again

Saturday 15 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Rarotonga was quietly optimistic and cautious on its first full day of the border reopening on Thursday.

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Cops raid Aitutaki properties in big cannabis bust

Saturday 15 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

A commercial sized cannabis operation has been busted on Aitutaki following a year-long investigation, resulting in eight people arrested and charged.

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Jailed for breaching multiple court orders

Friday 14 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National

A man facing a raft of domestic related charges has been jailed for more than two months following mounting frustration in court.


300 passengers scheduled to touchdown in Rarotonga

Thursday 13 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in National, Travel

Cook Islands is preparing to welcome its first flight of international visitors in nearly five-months despite ongoing concerns surrounding the developing Omicron variant.

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Cops warn of increasing crime levels

Thursday 13 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

Rarotonga’s social behaviour in the coming months will likely reflect increased crime levels say Cook Islands police.


Airport boss to stay on as replacement arrives for ‘transition period’

Wednesday 12 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Long-serving Rarotonga International Airport Authority chief executive Joseph Ngamata has had his contract extended until March to allow a newly appointed CEO time to transition.

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Iconic café closes down

Wednesday 12 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Business, National

A landmark eatery on Rarotonga has closed its doors amid a long-standing land dispute.


Cooks set to reopen for business but stay wary

Tuesday 11 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in National, Travel

The Cook Islands tourism industry is ready to welcome Kiwis back on Thursday when quarantine-free travel resumes with New Zealand, but is still wary about Omicron getting into the country.

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Justice implements changes ahead of border reopening

Tuesday 11 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National

Ministry of Justice Services will not be checking vaccination cards as ‘refusing services to unvaccinated may create access to justice issues’.

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Concerns raised over inmate’s health

Tuesday 11 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

Authorities remain tight lipped about the status of an Arorangi Prison inmate who is understood to be in serious medical condition.

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JP Whitta: ‘You’re fortunate not to be facing drink driving charges’

Monday 10 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National

A woman convicted of careless driving and failing to report an accident has been told she is fortunate to not be facing a charge of drink-driving.


Public health measures ‘Ambiguous and unclear’

Saturday 8 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Health, National

A leading retailer has taken exception to new public health measures restricting the movement of people.

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In brief: Court news

Friday 7 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National

A man has spent six days in custody over the New Year break for contempt of court.


Govt announces new health measures

Friday 7 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Health, National

New public health measures restricting the movement of people will come into effect on Thursday, January 13, when the country’s border reopens to Kiwi visitors.

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In brief: Court news

Thursday 6 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National

A man who got into a verbal altercation with an off-duty police officer has been convicted and fined.


Assault on female charge withdrawn

Thursday 6 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National

A Justice of the Peace who sought clarification on assault on female cases following appearances by two defendants in the Criminal Court in Avarua in December, presented his findings last week.


Police seize illegally ‘modified’ firearm

Thursday 6 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

A man is in custody following the seizure of an illegal firearm at the scene of a domestic dispute on Rarotonga.

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Contempt of court brings warning from Justice of the Peace

Friday 31 December 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National

A man facing two contempt of court charges has been told by a Justice of the Peace he is close to going to jail.


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