Articles by Emmanuel Samoglou

Vessels to have Cooks flag removed

Tuesday 23 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Two tankers are expected to be removed from the Cook Islands ship registry this week after allegations surfaced the vessels were transporting Iranian crude oil in defiance of US sanctions, while concealing their movements.


Tax season in full swing

Saturday 20 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Personal income tax returns are due on March 1, but thanks to a rule change, workers will be paying less in taxes this year and onward.


Facebook block hits region hard

Saturday 20 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Australia, Economy, National, Regional

As an Australia-wide ban on news content by Facebook continues, it is emerging just how prominent the social media platform has become for Cook Islands residents and people throughout the Pacific region.


Celebrating 200 years of Christianity

Friday 19 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Church Talk, Features

The epic journey of seeking and saving those who are lost took 36 years, to cover the whole of the Cook Islands not without challenges from the natives, writes Rev. Vakaroto Ngaro of Ekalesia Avarua.


Kata: Gov agency recruiting local workers for work in NZ?

Friday 19 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Kata, Opinion


Facebook blocks local news in Australia

Friday 19 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Local, National

Facebook has blocked the sharing of news content in Australia after its government drafted a law that would force tech giants to pay for content. Now thousands of Australia-based Cook Islanders can no longer see Cook Islands News content on their timelines.


Rain brings relief

Friday 19 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in National, Weather

A wet Thursday provided much needed rain to replenish Rarotonga’s water supplies, but it’s too early to declare the summer’s water shortage to be over.


Improve dengue prevention measures, Opposition MP says

Thursday 18 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Health, National

As dengue fever continues to spread around Rarotonga, one Member of Parliament says the government needs to step up efforts to prevent outbreaks to protect public health.


Government sticking to target for travel bubble

Wednesday 17 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Despites key setbacks this week, Government is sticking to its target of opening the border to two-way quarantine-free travel with New Zealand by the end of next month.


Speaker's resignation catches MPs off-guard

Tuesday 16 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in National, Politics

Opposition MPs said the resignation of veteran Speaker of the Cook Islands Parliament Niki Rattle was unexpected, and the Prime Minister was only notified of the development over the weekend.


NZ delegation assists with bubble prep

Saturday 13 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Health, National

A delegation from New Zealand is in Rarotonga assisting with preparations for two-way quarantine-free travel, which officials said could be in place by the end of March.


Figures show Covid-19 hitting economy harder than expected

Friday 12 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Border closures in place to keep Covid-19 out of the country are taking a worse toll on the economy than forecasted, according to government’s latest figures.


Tacos with a twist

Thursday 11 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Features, Food

A Mexican classic with an Indian (local) twist, Flying Turtle Café’s fresh fish roti tacos is a dish not to be missed. By chef Shivnesh Chandra.


Parliament reform hits snag

Thursday 11 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in National, Politics

The Opposition Democratic Party says allowing travelling MPs to nominate a ‘proxy’ to stand in for Parliament votes during their absence isn’t a good option to increase the number of days the House sits every year.


Fractured Forum as Puna takes helm

Wednesday 10 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in National, Politics

As Cook Islands politician Henry Puna prepares to assume the role of Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, he faces a monumental challenge in restoring the spirit of Pacific cooperation at a time when many say the region needs it most.


Progress on Penrhyn cyclone shelters

Tuesday 9 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in National, Outer Islands

Construction work is continuing on two cyclone shelters for the Northern Group island of Tongareva.


Water situation bordering critical

Saturday 30 January 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Environment, National

Water supplies are reaching critical levels in Rarotonga, prompting authorites to plead with residents to conserve water.


Facility to improve mental health care

Saturday 30 January 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Health, National

The Cook Islands Government has allocated $1 million towards improving the quality of mental health services in Rarotonga through the creation of a dedicated facility for those in need.


Pursuing pizza perfection

Saturday 30 January 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Features, Go Local

It’s been a long road for Adam’s Pizza to get their business to where it is today. Along the way, owners and married couple Adam and Sabrina Connelly have caught some lucky breaks, but the backbone of their business is a steely determination to do things right.


Gutted businesses cautious over travel bubble

Thursday 28 January 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

With Covid-19 once again in the community in New Zealand, local business owners and workers are conflicted over whether the time is right to relax borders further and pursue two-way quarantine-free travel with New Zealand.


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