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21 September 2021

Articles by Katrina Lintonbon

A bond like no other

Monday 8 February 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Local, National

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.

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‘Do the work, get the rewards’

Saturday 6 February 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Local, National

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.

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Watching out for one another

Friday 5 February 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Crime, National

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.

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Opposition congratulate former PM Henry Puna

Thursday 4 February 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in National, Politics

Former Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna was yesterday named the new Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, becoming the first Cook Islander to take up the top regional role.

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‘The region has made an outstanding choice’

Thursday 4 February 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in National, Politics

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.

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Supervised quarantine, no problem

Saturday 30 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Economy, National

Fifty-four passengers arrived back on Rarotonga from Auckland yesterday and were transported straight to supervised quarantine at the Edgewater Resort, including the new Secretary of Health.

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Cook Islands criticised for seeking aid

Friday 29 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Economy, National

Two Kiwi journalists have taken a swipe at the Government’s Covid-19 Economic Response Plan in particular the wage subsidy, saying it is New Zealand taxpayers that are ‘forking out’.

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Pet show this weekend at local market

Thursday 28 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Local, National

The Punanga Nui Market Jumpstart January initiative is eyeing a spectacular finish this Saturday following huge success in the first two weekends.

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Returnees ‘may’ undergo quarantine

Thursday 28 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Local, National

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.

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Exciting year ahead for schools

Tuesday 26 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Education, National

The past couple of weeks have been abuzz with families eagerly preparing for the new school year with enthusiastic learners and teachers heading back to school on Rarotonga and the Pa Enua on Monday.

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Humble hero saves kids at Trader Jack’s

Monday 25 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Local, National

Three young people who got into trouble in the water at Trader Jack’s on Saturday, have a locally trained lifeguard to thank for saving their lives.

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Passengers told to wear masks

Saturday 23 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Economy, National

As 41 people arrived back on Rarotonga on Friday, another 125 Cook Islanders head back to New Zealand this afternoon.

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‘When Chantal is quiet, she’s learning’

Saturday 23 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Entertainment, Features, Go Local

The permanent smile on her face shows that Chantal Napa is a go-getter. In partnership with American Haydn Adams, she turned a bad situation initiated by Covid-19, into a golden opportunity.

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Feeling hot, hot, HOT!

Friday 22 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Local, National

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!

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Battle brews over one-way travel bubble arrangement

Wednesday 20 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Health, National

Prime Minister Mark Brown has come out swinging over what he says are misleading comments from Opposition leader Tina Pupuke Browne reported in Monday’s Cook Islands News

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100 headed for New Zealand on first quarantine-free flight

Tuesday 19 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Local, National

Air New Zealand is expecting a sharp increase in the number of bookings between Auckland and Rarotonga following the announcement of quarantine-free travel into New Zealand. By Katrina Lintonbon.

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Daily flights to Raro from March 28

Tuesday 19 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Local, National

Air New Zealand will be operating daily return flights to Rarotonga from March 28 in anticipation of the two-way travel bubble between Cook Islands and New Zealand.


Embarking on a second homecoming

Saturday 9 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Features, Weekend

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.

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Cook Islanders in NZ at greater risk of hospitalisation for Covid-19

Saturday 9 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Health, National

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.

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‘Thank you for your kindness’

Thursday 7 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Local, National

Organisers of the Brotree initiative were overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the community for Arorangi Prison inmates.

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