Articles by Caleb Fotheringham

Removing barriers for business

Monday 2 August 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Features, Go Local

To escape Auckland’s crazy weather and longing to come home, Davina Hosking-Ashford moved back to the Cook Islands three years ago with her husband and two children. They now put young Cook Islanders through university and run the Cook Islands Business Hub.

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Court Briefs

Saturday 31 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

Court briefs from July 22


Nine months disqualification for careless driving causing injury

Saturday 31 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

In Avarua’s High Court on July 20, Odette Stanke was disqualified for driving for nine months and will be on probation for a year for careless driving causing injury.


Kiwis eyed to fill labour gaps

Friday 30 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Economy, National

Cook Islands businesses are looking to New Zealand to fill labour gaps but it’s not without challenges, reports Caleb Fotheringham.

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Traditional healer found guilty

Friday 30 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National

A 65-year-old traditional healer will be sentenced next week for putting his finger in the victim’s genitalia saying it was part of his therapy, describing it as ‘similar to a smear (test)’. Caleb Fotheringham reports.

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Traditional therapy or indecent assault

Thursday 29 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

After a three-day trial in the High Court in Avarua, an 11-person jury will decide whether a traditional Maori healer indecently assaulted an alleged female victim or was just performing a consensual medical practice. Caleb Fotheringham reports.

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96 per cent fully jabbed

Friday 23 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

The rollout for the first dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine is complete and the second dose is nearing completion.

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Court briefs

Friday 23 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

July 22


Old assault charge brought back

Friday 23 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

Teariki Araipu, who was earlier found guilty of assaulting a female, was sentenced to six months in prison to be served alongside the 18-month sentence he is currently serving.

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Trans-tasman bubble suspension a blessing in disguise for the Cooks

Friday 23 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Economy, National

New Zealand's decision to suspend quarantine-free travel with Australia will not only provide Cook Islands protection from the highly contagious Covid-19 variant but could also result in an influx of Kiwi tourists travelling into the country.

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Tug of war with post delivery expectations

Thursday 22 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National

New Zealand Post says mail from New Zealand to the Cook Islands should take no more than nine days to arrive but Vodafone Cook Islands remains adamant that any postal delays are from problems offshore.

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Environmental changes main cause of fresh fish shortage, government says

Thursday 22 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Environment, National

The Head of the Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) has refuted claims that overfishing is the cause of low fresh fish supplies that have affected Rarotonga’s residents and visitors for over a month.

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Reaching herd immunity ‘is no guarantee’

Wednesday 21 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

New variants of the Covid-19 virus will make it hard for countries like Cook Islands to achieve herd immunity, says a leading Pacific health expert.

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Lawyer Rasmussen pleads guilty

Tuesday 20 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

Former Cabinet minister Wilkie Rasmussen has entered a guilty plea to attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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Fish shortage ‘worst it’s ever been’

Tuesday 20 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Economy, National

Fishing boats are coming back mostly empty, some of the people affected say it’s normal while others say it’s the worst it’s ever been.

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Growers put pawpaw in the ground hoping it’s in the sky in nine months

Monday 19 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Features, Go Local

Pawpaw growers are looking to form a cooperative but plenty of work is still needed to be done to get the fruit in New Zealand supermarkets.

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‘Snail mail’ lives up to its name

Friday 16 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National

A customer relying on postal mail service to remain in touch with families in Rarotonga has raised concerns over delays in mail delivery.

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Court Briefs

Friday 16 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

Court briefs for the week of July 15, 2021.

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Rarotonga gears up for Te Maeva Nui festival

Thursday 15 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Culture, National

Ngatuaine Maui from the Ministry of Cultural Development says there’s pent-up excitement for this year’s Te Maeva Nui festivities after the event was cancelled last year due to Covid-19.

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Court Briefs

Thursday 15 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

Court briefs for the week of July 5, 2021

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