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21 September 2021

Articles by Al Williams

Raro woman facing trial in PNG receives NZ assistance

Thursday 23 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Papua New Guinea, Regional

A Rarotongan woman arrested and charged in an explosives bust in Papua New Guinea is being assisted by New Zealand authorities.

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‘The message is very clear, there is a dog problem on Rarotonga’

Thursday 23 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

The local veterinary clinic is continuing its effort to help control the dog population on Rarotonga with a de-sexing operation.

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Veteran cop takes a new career turn

Tuesday 21 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

Not many professionals crack the 40-year mark of service then take up a new career. John Strickland took that turn on Monday, transitioning from 41 years of serving the community with the Cook Islands Police and onto a new path as the incoming director of Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI).

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Court briefs

Monday 20 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

Indecent assault charge, Reckless driving guilty plea, Drunk driving fine

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‘From the hills to our reef’

Monday 20 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Environment, National

A small meeting house in Ngatangiia hosted a group with a big vision – a community group that emphasises a self-help, proactive approach to village initiatives.

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Family eagerly awaits father’s return

Monday 20 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

Edmond Tupuna is among 50 Cook Islanders employed at Alliance Group’s Lorneville site near Invercargill at the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island, unable to return home because of the border closure.

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Runway repairs restart following multiple delays

Saturday 18 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Runway repair work at Rarotonga International Airport has picked up again following multiple delays.


Bail denied again for rape accused

Friday 17 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

A man accused of rape and other indecent behaviour relating to girls aged 10 and under has been denied bail for the second time in two weeks after two further complainants, both aged under 10, come forward.

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Leave to appeal dismissed

Thursday 16 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in National, Politics

A leave to appeal corruption charges brought against Prime Minister Mark Brown and former prime minister Henry Puna has been denied by the High Court.

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PM to do 'virtual' check in at climate conference

Wednesday 15 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Environment, National

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark will not attend a climate change conference in Scotland later this year, instead hoping to contribute “virtually”.

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Gallery owner pays tribute to legendary artist

Saturday 11 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Art, Features

Internationally-renowned Kiwi artist Billy Apple had been scheduled to land on Rarotonga today for his second exhibition in the Cook Islands. Apple died after a short illness at his Auckland home on Monday. Rarotonga Bergman Gallery owner Ben Bergman connected with Apple over several years and shares his memories of the artist with Al Williams.

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Souber Driver Raro: ‘I wanted to save lives’

Saturday 11 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

Resident inspired to start a sober driving service on Rarotonga following a spate of fatal accidents on the island in early 2020.

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Australia offers Cook Islands a helping hand

Friday 10 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

Aussies have reached out to Cook Islanders in the hope small projects will have big benefits for the nation.

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Young paddlers dig deep for annual event

Friday 10 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

Te Tupu O Te Manava Outrigger Canoe Club juniors are stepping up training as the countdown is on for Vaka Eiva in November.

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Bears look to break drought in 15s final

Thursday 9 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Rugby Union, Sports

Arorangi Bears Senior A grade will be looking to break a 10-year drought this Saturday after rain put a dampener on their grand final against the Tupapa Panthers last weekend.


Youth cyber safety ‘a major concern’

Thursday 9 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

Growing concerns around youth online vulnerability have prompted police to deliver cyber safety lessons.

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Suspicious blaze in the hands of police

Wednesday 8 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

An investigation into a suspicious blaze where neighbouring houses narrowly escaped fire damage is now in the hands of police.

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Noni growers positive despite setbacks

Tuesday 7 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Noni growers remain positive despite Covid-19 and disrupted shipping routes placing pressure on their market.


Stream takes new shape as improvement project nears halfway mark

Tuesday 7 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

A multi-million dollar project to improve the Avatiu Stream is near the half way point as part of an effort to better protect the surrounding area from flooding.

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NZ NCEA changes ‘will impact’ senior students

Monday 6 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Education, National

Cook Islands senior secondary school students will feel the impact of Covid-19 with changes to the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). Al Williams reports.

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