Articles by Caleb Fotheringham

PM: ‘We cannot continue to close ourselves off from the world’

Thursday 21 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in National

Cook Islands government is seeking to maintain a zero-tolerance approach to Covid-19 to allow time for children aged 12 to 15 to be vaccinated before considering opening its borders.

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Traditional voyage for Aitutaki’s 200-year celebrations

Thursday 21 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National

GPS and modern navigation will be switched off for the overnight trip to Aitutaki on Vaka Marumaru Atua. Instead, the crew will be using traditional wayfinding techniques guided by stars, wind, swell, and the sun.


$1.3 billion climate grant welcomed by PM Brown

Wednesday 20 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Environment, National

Cook Islands Prime Minister, Mark Brown says he has welcomed New Zealand’s announcement of $1.3 billion in climate-related aid funding.


Sludge could be dumped next to the Rarotonga landfill within two months

Wednesday 20 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Environment, National

The ongoing saga regarding the disposal of the by-product sludge from Rarotonga water intakes could be put to rest within months.

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Citizens Against Corruption appeal in process

Tuesday 19 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

The private prosecution against Prime Minister Mark Brown and his predecessor Henry Puna, who were acquitted of corruption related charges in March, is still in progress.

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Cooks amongst the most vaccinated in the world

Tuesday 19 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

The Cook Islands have been identified as world leaders in Covid-19 vaccinations by the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC).

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Agriculture census helps ministry plan

Monday 18 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Economy, National

An agriculture census which happens every 10 years is set to begin next month, lasting until December, with assistance from the Asian Development Bank.

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Former Environment Service employee charged with four counts of theft

Saturday 16 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

A woman who worked under the former director of the National Environment Service (NES), Nga Puna, has been charged on four counts of theft as a servant.

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Aitutaki children turn up in large numbers to get jabbed

Saturday 16 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National, Outer Islands

Youth aged 12 to 15 in Aitutaki received their first dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine on Friday.


Suspended DPM retains top pay

Saturday 16 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National

Penrhyn MP Robert Tapaitau is still on his Deputy Prime Minister’s salary including benefits, despite being suspended from leadership duties.

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New sawmill for Mangaia

Friday 15 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in National, Outer Islands

A Japanese grant worth over $132,000 is funding a project that is expected to generate affordable building materials and employment and training for school leavers, to assist in population retention on Mangaia.


Court puts accused on community treatment order

Friday 15 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

Matia Betero charged with two counts of wilful damage, threatening acts and threatening to kill will be put on a community treatment order following a psychiatric assessment.

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No decision yet on 'no jab, no fly' policy: Air Raro

Thursday 14 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National

A decision is yet to be made by Air Rarotonga if they will follow in Air New Zealand’s ‘no jab, no fly’ policy.

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Careless driving charge dismissed

Thursday 14 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

Gwenaline Pitihana was discharged without conviction after being charged of careless driving causing injury, in the High Court at Avarua on Wednesday.


All packed, ready to return!

Thursday 14 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National

Cook Islanders landing in Rarotonga from Auckland say they’re excited to be coming home.


Rolling out men’s health clinics

Wednesday 13 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

A joint project by Te Marae Ora (TMO), Ministry of Health and the Rarotonga Rotary Club hopes to attract 200 men to 11 clinics over the next several weeks.

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Bail granted for rape accused despite Crown opposition

Wednesday 13 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

A man accused of rape and other sexual behaviour to girls aged 10 and under has been granted bail in the High Court at Avarua.

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Cook Islands prepares for return of more stranded residents

Wednesday 13 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National

An estimated 232 Cook Islands residents are expected to arrive in Rarotonga tomorrow afternoon from Auckland.

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Rape accused appeals JPs bail decision

Tuesday 12 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

Defence lawyer Norman George asks for bail a third time for his client accused of rape and other indecent behaviour to girls aged 10 and under.


Cooks may consider ‘no jab, no job’ policy for health workers and teachers: TMO

Tuesday 12 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health (TMO) may look into adopting New Zealand’s ‘no jab, no job’ policy that requires healthcare, schools and early childhood staff be vaccinated against Covid-19 or lose their jobs by the end of the year.

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