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The best things in life are often right under our noses

Saturday 28 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Features, Weekend

The internet has brought the world closer together. If you want to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Statue of Liberty in New York, Google will show you the way in a matter of seconds. However, nothing compares to going to a place for the very first time and feeling, smelling, hearing and tasting everything around you as Katrina Tanirau found out in Nga Pu Toru (Atiu, Mitiaro and Mauke) and Mangaia.


Face masks included in Covid-19 law

Saturday 28 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Health, National

The country’s ongoing response to Covid-19 was front and centre at the last Parliament sitting for the year.


Bubble or go bust: survey says businesses burning through cash

Tuesday 24 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Economy, National

A new Private Sector Taskforce report reveals the stark reality of what the future looks like for many businesses in the Cook Islands if the country’s border remains closed.


Welcome aboard this Air NZ flight

Saturday 21 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Features, Weekend

For Addrienne Hosking-Tinirau it’s still sinking in that she will soon take over as the Air New Zealand country manager in Rarotonga – the first woman of Cook Islands descent to hold the position. By Katrina Tanirau.


New community case in NZ, Cook Islands alert level unchanged

Saturday 21 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Health, National

There will be no change to Cook Islands’ alert level or border settings at this stage, despite a new Covid-19 community case in New Zealand connected to what has been called the November quarantine cluster.


Trip of a lifetime to outer islands

Friday 20 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in National, Outer Islands

Nine months ago, French national Pauline Belliard moved to Rarotonga to live and work. Today she returns to New Zealand, but before saying goodbye to the Cook Islands, Belliard was one of the first group of passengers who got to travel to and discover more about four of the Southern Pa Enua.


False alarm: PM clarifies returnees won’t require quarantine on arrival

Friday 20 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Health, National

Supervised quarantine will not be reinstated for passengers arriving on today’s flight following confirmation that the first Covid-19 case in Samoa was not a New Zealand case of community transmission.


For one Mitiaro couple, Home is where the heart is

Wednesday 18 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Features, Go Local

Since she was a little girl Mitiaro/Nukuroa has always been where Cindyanna Abraham’s heart is. And when you’re a guest at her and her husband Junior’s Divine Retreat, her hope is that you feel like you’re at home too.


Papua Vai Marere: A place for the community to enjoy

Wednesday 18 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Local, National

People are being encouraged to head up to Papua Vai Marere, commonly known as Wigmore’s Waterfall and check out the new picnic area. Landholdings created the space at the waterfall for all in the community to enjoy. Crystal Lam from GHD said they also went the extra mile to put a nib kerb in to […]


Protecting themselves from ‘maki corona’

Tuesday 17 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in National, Outer Islands

Although the people of Atiu, Mitiaro, Mauke and Mangaia miss welcoming international visitors to their beautiful islands, as long as Covid-19 continues to have devastating effects around the world, they are happy to keep it that way. Katrina Tanirau reports from the Pa Enua.


‘Failing and outdated’ public health laws need a makeover, health secretary says.

Monday 9 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Health, National

Public health laws are critical to the physical, mental, social and economic wellbeing of individuals and the community and the Public Health Act 2004 just doesn’t cut it, says Health Secretary Dr Josephine Aumea Herman.


Local storyteller puts energy into new book to overcome isolation during pandemic

Saturday 7 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Culture, National

Being away from his grandchildren when the borders closed earlier this year, Tuhe Piho decided to redirect his energy and put his stories to print. His first book, ‘Magical Cook Islands Sunrise’, written in both Cook Islands Maori and English is the result.


‘Gentleman Jim’ – a man for the people

Friday 6 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in National, Politics

All government flags will be flown at half-mast for the rest of the week as a sign of respect for former Cook Islands prime minister Jim Marurai who passed away peacefully at his home in Ivirua, Mangaia this week


Former PM Jim Marurai passes away at age 73

Thursday 5 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in National, Politics

Known as Gentleman Jim, former PM Jim Marurai passes away at age 73


PM downplays Covid fears

Thursday 5 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Local, National

Prime Minister Brown says the Covid-19 situation in French Polynesia is not comparable to Cook Islands.


Government ‘lacking in logic’

Saturday 31 October 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Health, National

Thirty passengers who arrived on yesterday’s flight will be the first since mid-August not required to undergo supervised quarantine, but some including Opposition Health spokesperson Sel Napa are concerned.


The gift of knowledge

Friday 30 October 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Local, National

Covid-19 pandemic delays donation of community libraries and books to Rarotonga and the Pa Enua schools.


Supervised quarantine requirement lifted

Friday 30 October 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Health, National

Cook Islands residents arriving from Auckland this afternoon will not be required to undergo supervised quarantine.


Preparing for cyclone season

Thursday 29 October 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Weather

Although the Safe Travel website was initiated by the New Zealand Government to provide travel advisories to Kiwis prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is now advising any New Zealand citizen or permanent resident not currently residing in the country to register their details. Once registered, Safe Travel provides up-to-date advice and precautions to take […]


Final farewell for a true national treasure

Thursday 29 October 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Local, National

Aotearoa and the rest of the Pacific Region were lucky to have been blessed with the presence and contributions of the late Dr Joseph Williams.


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