Articles by Al Williams

Beetles to bolster battle against invasive tree

Friday 11 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Environment, National

Introduced insects have landed on Rarotonga making it their new home in a combined effort to control an invasive tree.


Incoming Union president aims to elevate local women’s rugby

Thursday 10 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

New Cook Islands Rugby Union president Ashleigh Wihongi-Willis is embarking on a bold path to level the playing field for men and women in the sport.


Jet stranded on soft runway in Manihiki

Thursday 10 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in National, Outer Islands

An Air Rarotonga aircraft was left stranded on Manihiki early this week when its nose wheel dug into a soft spot on the island’s unsealed runway.


Justice ministry seeks improved IT support after power outage

Thursday 10 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in National, Technology

Better information and communications technology (ICT) support and resources are needed by the Ministry of Justice in light of power cuts on Monday that affected court proceedings, the ministry’s Secretary says.


Public kept in the dark over power cuts

Wednesday 9 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Electricity was cut to parts of Rarotonga on Monday, knocking out the Ministry of Justice server, causing further delays and postponements on Tuesday.


Cook’s buses get smart

Saturday 5 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, Weekend

The wheels keep turning for the Cook family who have been providing public transport on Rarotonga for more than 30 years. Al Williams caught up with them at their Nikao operation.


Aggressive marketing to entice tourists back

Saturday 5 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

There’s an aggressive marketing campaign to get tourists back to the Cook Islands. It will be measured but it’s a matter of time, authorities say.


Thieves target cash, mobile

Friday 4 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

Two men, both in their 20s, were arrested and charged with breaking and entering last month, with one appearing in court on Thursday.


Jetstar up in the air

Friday 4 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Cheaper flights are on offer between Rarotonga and Auckland from October as another airline looks set to re-enter the market.


14 road crashes on Rarotonga roads in May

Thursday 3 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

A dozen people were injured including one fatally in motor vehicle crashes last month.


Early figures show tourism on rebound

Wednesday 2 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Tourism authorities are projecting visitor numbers to the Cook Islands to be between 50 and 60 per cent of pre Covid-19 figures in the coming months.


Local brewery dries up due to high demand and delays

Tuesday 1 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

The taps at the home of Cooks Islands Lager have run dry with no beer available for another week.


Diving back into business

Saturday 29 May 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, Weekend

It’s been a tough 12 months for local tour operators who are now welcoming back guests. Al Williams reports.


A ‘happy virus’ goes out to the world

Saturday 29 May 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

A Cook Islands podcaster has celebrated a milestone in connecting the nation to more than 60 countries.


Sentencing put on hold for man convicted on cannabis charges

Saturday 29 May 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

A judge has expressed concern about the well-being of a man facing imprisonment on cannabis charges and has delayed his sentencing.


Keeping a tab on patrons

Friday 28 May 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

Bar and restaurant owners are confident they have systems in place to deal with customer safety amid police concerns.


Police say alcohol was factor in fatal crash

Thursday 27 May 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

Alcohol was a contributing factor in a crash that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist in the early hours of Thursday last week.


Alleged theft leads to automated system

Wednesday 26 May 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

A resort owner in the middle of a case involving the alleged theft of $17,000 from her business automated her cash systems in an effort to “close the loophole that had been exploited”.


Jury returns ‘not guilty’ verdict in theft case

Tuesday 25 May 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

A woman has been found not guilty of falsifying records and stealing more than $17,000 from her former employer, following a three-day jury trial in the High Court at Avarua.


Bubble gives Kiwi journalists a week in paradise

Saturday 22 May 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Features, Weekend

Kiwi journalists flooded into Rarotonga this week as the Cook Islands travel bubble with New Zealand inflated. They shared their Cook Islands experiences with senior journalist Al Williams.


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