If there is one silver lining that has come out of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is that the relationship between Cook Islands and New Zealand is stronger than ever. That was evident and acknowledged at this year’s Waitangi Day gathering at Ngatipa hosted by New Zealand High Commissioner to Cook Islands, Tui Dewes.
To date, 35 Cook Islanders have been recruited and sent to Invercargill in New Zealand to take on freezing works roles, while another 40 people will leave next month to take up fruit picking and packing roles in Tauranga.
With an increase in burglaries and incidences where offenders have entered properties and taken money and other valuables while the occupants are in the house, police say community groups like Neighbourhood Watch are vital.
Congratulatory messages are flowing from every corner of the Pacific region including Australia and New Zealand for former Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna, who was yesterday voted in as the new Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum.
The mother of a swimmer, who travelled to New Zealand as part of the Puaikura Aquatics team is happy the Cook Islands Government has shown what she calls ‘wisdom’ to protect the people, following the announcement of two new Covid-19 community cases in Auckland yesterday.
For those heading to watch the action at the Cook Islands Beach Games 2021 at Nikao Social Centre, an essential item to take may be an umbrella, not because it’s raining but because the sun is scorching!
At the beginning of 2019, Vainepoto Tangaroa traded her mum’s slice of paradise, Gisborne and Tokomaru Bay on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand, for that of her late father’s, the beautiful Cook Islands. Tangaroa tells associate editor Katrina Tanirau why it’s a decision she’s glad she made.
Another community outbreak of coronavirus in New Zealand could be devastating for New Zealand Maori and Pacific people including more than 80,000 Cook Islanders, a recently released research paper by Te Punaha Matatini researchers has shown.