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Fiji's main opposition party chooses a new leader

Saturday 28 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Fiji, Regional

Viliame Gavoka has been appointed the new leader of Fiji's Social Democratic Liberal Party after the party's board meeting on Saturday.


Samoa Residents claim inaugural Tri-Nations title

Saturday 28 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Samoa Residents last night claimed the 2020 Tri Nations Series after beating Cook Islands Residents 28-20.


Finance ministry defends tender process

Saturday 28 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

As a review takes place by the Audit Office after a public complaint, a government official has come out in defence of the tendering process for the Penrhyn Cyclone Shelter project.


Time to turn on the tap, but it’s not that simple

Saturday 28 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Features, Weekend

It has been a bumpy ride, but work on Rarotonga’s revamped water system is nearing an end. From the outset, elected leaders were committed to delivering potable water to residents. Cleaner water is now coming through the taps, but it’s not up to international drinking standards yet. Te Mato Vai project manager Peter Free is committed to seeing the ultimate goal become a reality. Emmanuel Samoglou reports.


MPs attend intake tour

Friday 27 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Local, National

Elected officials and landowners were given a tour of the Avatiu intake on Thursday where trials are underway to test the recently completed water treatment system, but one opposition MP wasn’t impressed with what she saw.


Impressive floral displays for Te Mire Tiare

Friday 27 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Local, National

Drums from the Ministry of Culture alerted schools to the arrival of the judging panel for the Mire Tiare competition on Thursday.


ADB approve loan for Covid-19 support

Thursday 26 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

A loan recently signed by the Government will provide $20 million towards Covid-19 financial assistance for businesses and individuals.


Northern Stars – the team to watch out for in 5x5 basketball

Wednesday 25 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Basketball, Sports

Rarotonga’s Northern Stars team continues to take the lead in the 5X5 basketball tournament that is expected to end on a high note next month. Organiser Puna Vano said the U16 boys’ and girls’ teams remain unbeaten since the start of the tournament and they are the team to watch out for as the semi-finals […]


Mare reels in winner with 165.6 kg marlin

Wednesday 25 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Other Sports, Sports

Tearoa (Boof) Mare hooked the winning fish out from the seawall on boat Ikurangi using an island lure to claim the top prize at the CITC Woodstock Fishing Tournament.


OPINION: A move towards safer pesticide alternatives

Wednesday 25 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Ministry of Agriculture’s director of crop research William Wigmore describes the country’s collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and efforts to improve food safety in the country.


LGBTQ+ groups slam bill deferral

Wednesday 25 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Local, National

LGBTQ+ rights groups say the fight for equal rights will continue, despite further delays put up by elected officials.


One day parliament sitting insufficient, Opposition says

Wednesday 25 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in National, Politics

A speedy one-day sitting of Parliament later this week has drawn the ire of the Opposition Democratic Party.


Crimes Bill deferred once again, delaying debate on same-sex rights

Tuesday 24 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Local, National

Parliamentarians are expected to delay debate on a draft Crimes Bill that decriminalises homosexuality. However, an MP report claims a majority of the public that participated in consultations want to keep the status quo, where the law doesn’t recognise equal rights for same-sex couples.


Parliament selling tickets to Manihiki

Tuesday 24 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Local, National

The Cook Islands Parliament is selling airline tickets to the public to recover costs to the Civil List.


Covid-19 stalling Penrhyn cyclone shelter project: Contractor

Saturday 21 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in National, Outer Islands

As shipping delays stall a controversial construction project in the outer island of Penrhyn, one local shipping firm is questioning why his company wasn’t approached for their services. Emmanuel Samoglou reports.


Pa Enua building project embroiled in controversy

Friday 20 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in National, Outer Islands

Allegations of conflict of interest and misuse of public funds are the basis of a public complaint over the tendering process for the construction of cyclone shelters on the northern group island of Penrhyn.


THE PACIFIC WAY: Easy eating with this locally-sourced breakfast

Thursday 19 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Features, Food

This traditional Cook Islands breakfast with locally sourced products is an enjoyable and fun-flavoured start for the day. By Mereana Hutchinson.


Algae growth in Rarotonga's streams is baffling officials

Thursday 19 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Environment, National

Fertiliser use in crop and livestock farming, animal droppings, septic tank seepage, and soil run-off into streams from land clearing activities have been cited as potential causes of excessive algae growth.


Covid-19 tests on low supply

Wednesday 18 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Health, National

Health officials say a global shortage of Covid-19 testing equipment has affected their ability to receive new supplies, but a new testing lab slated for completion in the next few months will improve capabilities.


Vaccine before visitors, ANZ Bank analyst says

Wednesday 18 November 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Stable finances and positive signs with the development of a potential Covid-19 vaccine is leading at least one analyst to suggest there should be no rush to open borders to international tourists.


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