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Articles by Chris Taylor

Five drink drivers land in court

Monday 19 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Crime

The “don’t drink and drive” message is simply still not getting through, says police spokesperson Trevor Pitt.

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Bus driver goes over and 'above'

Friday 16 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

As a regular visitor to the island I’m continually blown away by the random acts of kindness from locals.

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Battling the best in basketball

Friday 16 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Other Sports

The Cook Islands Women's Basketball Team are jetting off to Apia on Saturday to compete in the Polynesian Cup against American Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga and hosts Samoa. The top two will qualify for the South Pacific games in 2019.

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Bodybuilders take on the world

Wednesday 14 November 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Other Sports

Two Cook Islands body building champions are set to take on the world’s muscle elite in the 10th World Body Building and Physique Sports Federation from 11 – 17 December in Chiang Mai City, Thailand.

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Queen's Representative: A full life of serving others

Wednesday 3 January 2018 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

If you saw the weekly planner that hangs in Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters’ kitchen, you’d think there would need to be three of him to get through his demanding schedule.

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Small school celebrates big success

Friday 15 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Teaching staff had prayed the rain would hold off for Apii Rutaki’s prize-giving, and it did.

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Loved principal retires... again

Friday 15 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

TUESDAY'S farewell for Apii Rutaki principle Nooroa Ingaua was a sad occasion for pupils past and present, and their parents.

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Last chance to sort out that tax

Monday 11 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

If you still need to make outstanding tax payments and you haven’t taken advantage of the amnesty, your time is running out.


BSP celebrates festive season

Monday 11 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

BSP Cook Islands celebrated the imminent arrival of Christmas in style on Wednesday night with their annual Christmas function.


Gun amnesty deadline later in the month

Monday 11 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

With just days to go until the nationwide gun amnesty ends, the Cook Islands Police Service is still encouraging all those in possession of firearms to meet the deadline.


Police search and rescue skills checked

Monday 11 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

The Cook Islands police have been put through their search and rescue paces this week, with training from the Rescue and Coordination Centre of New Zealand (RCCNZ).

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Roundabout crash injures motorcyclist

Thursday 7 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

A motorcyclist travelling through the Avatiu wharf roundabout was seriously injured yesterday morning after being knocked off his bike when a driver failed to give way.

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Parliament ends on high note

Thursday 7 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Politics

The second sitting of parliament for 2017 ended on a high on Tuesday with prime minister Henry Puna’s announcement that the government will provide a bus for schoolchildren on Mangaia.


For police, last weekend was a rare one on three fronts.

Wednesday 6 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Over the weekend reporting period, which includes Friday, no incidents of domestic violence were received.

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Schools support Aids Day event

Wednesday 6 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

A wearable art competition, a performance by a competitor in the Dancer of the Year competition, and a poetry and poster contest for school students were all part of the fun at the Punanga Nui market on Friday morning.

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Mental health patients being housed in jail

Wednesday 6 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Health

Minister of Health Nandi Glassie has confirmed some mental patients with extreme behavioural issues are still having to be housed in Arorangi prison.


Punanga Nui notches up 25 years

Tuesday 5 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

A quarter of a century of Punanga Nui market vendors selling their tasty homemade goods, produce, and locally-made wares was celebrated on November 24 with the unveiling of commemorative plaques set in stone, by Queens Representative Tom Marsters and New Zealand deputy High Commissioner Samantha Beckett.

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Shipping subsidy is good news

Tuesday 5 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

“Timing is everything” said Minister of Finance Mark Brown as he announced a new $500,000 shipping subsidy to the Northern Group in parliament last Thursday afternoon.

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Modernised Companies Bill passes despite division

Monday 4 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Just one day to review an extremely complex bill containing hundreds of new clauses is not enough, says MP for Murienua James Beer.


Tiare Taporo to sail again

Monday 4 December 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

After sitting abandoned at Avatiu wharf since August 2016, the troubled Pacific Schooners vessel Tiare Taporo is reportedly set to resume a Northern group shipping service in January 2018.

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