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Articles by Matthew Littlewood

A failure to connect? Leading telecom provider in spotlight

Monday 6 February 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Features, In Depth

The status of Vodafone as the lead controller of the telecommunications market in the Cook Islands has come under scrutiny thanks to a major report.

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Starlink set to enter Cook Islands broadband market

Monday 6 February 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Technology

Billionaire Elon Musk’s Starlink – a high speed satellite internet venture – could soon be a player in the internet market in the Cook Islands.

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Government plans to introduce low interest home loans scheme

Sunday 5 February 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Outer Islands

The Government is still considering offering low-interest loans to first-time home buyers to encourage them into the market.

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Crown Law mum on review of Crimes Bill

Friday 3 February 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, Economy, National, Politics

Moves to remove homosexuality from the Crimes Act are still awaiting sign off from Crown Law.


PM Brown welcomes Kiribati back into PIF

Friday 3 February 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Kiribati, National, Politics, Regional

Prime Minister Mark Brown is welcoming Kiribati back into the fold of the Pacific Islands Forum.


Vodafail? Telcom provider aware of ‘recent surge in dissatisfaction’

Thursday 2 February 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Technology

A major telecommunications report has revealed a surge in dissatisfaction with Vodafone Cook Islands.

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Teams brave rain in opening day of touch season

Wednesday 1 February 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Sports, Touch Rugby

Cook Islands Touch Association commenced their season for 2023 and rain didn't dampen spirits at the National Stadium on Monday.


Tax changes confuse

Wednesday 1 February 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National

Businesses which have received Covid-19 business grants may now have to pay tax on them.

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Debate over Pa Enua tax policy begins

Wednesday 1 February 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National, Outer Islands

Pa Enua MPs stand to earn an extra $200 per week thanks to a new Bill that alters the tax-free threshold for those living in the outer islands.


Proposed regulations promote multi-sector utilities regulator

Tuesday 31 January 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Local, National, Technology

People could have a better idea about what they’re getting charged for in their power bill under proposed new regulations.


Tourists stranded as Backlog of flights continues

Tuesday 31 January 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National, Travel

A backlog of flights is likely to remain for at least another week in Rarotonga, as the Auckland floods disrupt travel plans for thousands of visitors, with some people having to rebook for the end of the week.


Marijuana possession laws ‘dated’, says PM

Monday 30 January 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Crime, Local, National

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown says the country’s laws on cannabis possession are ‘quite dated’.


Pa Enua tax relief first order of business: PM

Saturday 28 January 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National, Outer Islands

One of the first businesses of the new Government in Parliament will be to introduce tax relief for those living in the Pa Enua, says Prime Minister Mark Brown.


Auckland flooding leaves travelling Cook Islanders stranded

Saturday 28 January 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Travel

It was a surreal night for New Zealand-based Cook Islander Thomas Wynne as he came to the rescue of six Cook Islanders who were trapped in Wellington.


From Houston to Rarotonga: Tourists stranded in Cook Islands

Friday 27 January 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National, Travel

Tourists from as far as Houston are stranded in Rarotonga due to the massive flooding in Auckland.

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‘Regenerative tourism’ focus for new tourism manager

Friday 27 January 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National

Cook Islands Tourism Corporation’s new destination and development manager is looking forward to a new approach to tourism.


Economist hopeful for Cook Islands growth

Friday 27 January 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National

Ministry of Finance and Economic Management’s top economist says the Cook Islands is ‘on the comeback trail – but with some caveats’.


Solid but unspectacular growth in numbers expected

Friday 27 January 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National

Cook Islands Tourism Corporation’s boss is expecting steady growth in visitor numbers this year, as the country looks to bounce back from Covid-19.

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Warden employed despite Corrections aware of previous convictions

Thursday 26 January 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

Cook Islands Corrective Services employed a warden despite being aware that he had previous convictions for assault.


Puna’s re-election desire: Govt reaffirms support for Micronesian candidate

Thursday 26 January 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Fiji, Local, National, Regional

The Cook Islands Government has reaffirmed their intention to support a Micronesian candidate for the Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General role following reports that Henry Puna wants another crack at the top regional job.

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