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Articles by Chris Taylor

Law 'too soft' – burglary victim

Wednesday 15 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Crime

A victim of a burglary is calling for stronger punishment of offenders, saying the law is “too soft” on burglars.

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Donors make breast checks possible

Tuesday 14 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation president, Jaewyn McKay says that without the generous assistance of local donors, the funding necessary to screen the average 350 women who present themselves for yearly breast checks in the Cook Islands wouldn’t be possible.

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Wynne impresses 'The Mighty Samson'

Monday 13 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

TMS fitness trainer Tamaiti Samson, aka “The Mighty Samson”, says he didn’t know if Thomas Wynne had what it takes to stick with his seven-week Zuu fitness challenge.

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Yachtie was warned against voyage to New Zealand

Monday 13 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Local businessman Keith Christian, who sold a New Zealander the 54-foot steel-hulled yacht that sank 390 nautical miles out to sea last week, refutes claims by the new owner that he sold him a “picture perfect” boat. He also says he strongly warned the inexperienced yachtie against sailing to Whangarei alone.

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Internal Affairs minister calls for innovation

Friday 10 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Politics

Internal Affairs minister Albert Nicholas officially opened the inaugural National Welfare Stocktake Workshop yesterday morning, in front of a small gathering at the National Auditorium.

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Polystyrene to get the boot

Thursday 9 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) is proposing a ban on the importation of all polystyrene takeaway containers in a bid to deal with a rapidly-growing waste problem.

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Air crash exercise closes seawall

Thursday 9 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

EMERGENCY workers responded in a multi-agency coordinated emergency response exercise run by the Rarotonga Airport Fire Authority on Wednesday morning.

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Generous community aids house fire victims

Thursday 9 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

The island community is rallying around a family who lost everything in a devastating fire that destroyed their home on Tuesday evening last week.

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Two options for repair of fire- damaged canoe

Wednesday 8 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Two options are currently on the table for the repair of Vaka Marumaru Atua’s hull that was severely damaged by fire in early September, says Cook Island Voyaging Society secretary Cecile Marten.

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'Deliberate' – house fire claim

Tuesday 7 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

The fire which engulfed a substantial four-bedroom wooden constructed home in Avatiu valley must have been deliberately lit, the house owner claims.


Whale Centre closes doors for final time

Tuesday 7 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Rarotonga’s popular Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre has closed its doors for the last time.

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Major step forward for Cook Islands organics

Monday 6 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

In October 2015, Titikaveka Growers’ Association (TGA) chairman Teava Iro said the organisation aimed to put organic food on the map as well as on the table locally.

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Beauty queen is 'jet-set' for Manila event

Monday 6 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

RACING to catch her flight at Rarotonga airport Thursday afternoon, beauty queen Lydia Simonis Tariu just had time to peck a couple of aunties on the cheek in a hasty “goodbye”, pick up her carry-on bag and snap a quick “head shot” for media before boarding her flight to Sydney.

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Ngaa's quest to reveal the past...

Monday 6 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

“Don’t go there! It’s a very bad place…”

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Our 'prime minister' still seeking payments

Monday 6 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) are warning of a fresh round of an online scam under the guise of an email emanating from Cook Islands prime minister Henry Puna.

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Rescued man learns boat's dark secrets

Friday 3 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

A minor disagreement saved Shane Fredericks’ girlfriend from being involved in a nautical disaster, following his recent police rescue from doomed yacht Zangano, in rough seas 390 nautical miles from Rarotonga.

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Doomed yacht in third rescue

Thursday 2 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Lying on the cabin floor of the yacht Zangano on Monday morning, wearing a wetsuit, and with a life raft at the ready, Shane Fredericks was ready to abandon ship.

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Emails may provide clues to woman's disappearance

Wednesday 1 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

The boat has sailed, but retired Victorian policeman and Rarotongan local Rod Henderson is demanding answers about the disappearance of a woman that went missing from the yacht Zangano over 12 months ago, and is now presumed dead.

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Tiare Taporo case adjourned

Wednesday 1 November 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Following pressure on Tiare Taporo owners Pacific Schooners Ltd, to prove the previously immobile vessel was able to leave the port under its own power in the event of an emergency, the company is now under another court deadline to meet a creditors’ compromise.

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Zangano sails into more strife

Tuesday 31 October 2017 | Written by Chris Taylor | Published in Local

Police patrol boat Te Kukupa was sent on a search and rescue operation on Sunday morning after a distress signal was made by the skipper of the yacht Zangano.

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