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Shopkeeper robbed at knifepoint

Monday 1 February 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Crime, National

Police yesterday issued an urgent appeal to the public, asking witnesses in the vicinity of the crime to come forward with information.

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Williams confirmed Health boss

Saturday 30 January 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Health, National

Newly appointed Secretary of Health says his immediate focus is recruiting to fill in critical vacancies advertised late last year.

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Local Covid tracing app to be ‘similar’ to NZ

Friday 22 January 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Health, National

Government says an additional application to enhance the country’s Covid-19 contact tracing system will be implemented by the end of March.

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Quarantine free travel at last

Thursday 21 January 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

The Rarotonga International Airport witnessed a glimpse of pre-Covid-19 activity early yesterday as 115 passengers boarded the first quarantine free flight to New Zealand.

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Road accident numbers decline

Monday 18 January 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

Motor vehicle crashes in 2020 reflects a massive 45 per cent drop from the high of 279, reported in 2018.

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Opposition calls on Government to Boost Covid-19 tracing ability

Monday 18 January 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Health, National

The Opposition Democratic Party has welcomed quarantine free travel into New Zealand but is calling on government not to rush into two-way travel bubble.

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Rare bluefin tuna caught by Pukapuka fishermen

Monday 18 January 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in National, Outer Islands

The two fishermen could not believe their luck when they landed rare bluefin tuna near the northern group island over the weekend.

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Quarantine-free travel for Cooks travellers "a move in the right direction"

Friday 15 January 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National

Local tourism industry stakeholders are hoping news of a two-way travel bubble is “not too far away” following Thursdays announcement of quarantine free travel into New Zealand for Cook Islanders and valid visa holders.

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Thirty-four businesses expected to re-enter wage subsidy scheme

Monday 11 January 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National

Government is expected to spend about $14 million in wage subsidy in 2021, following a number of rule changes that have resulted in 34 businesses becoming re-eligible to collect the benefit.

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World’s remotest learner

Friday 8 January 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in National, Outer Islands

Living on a tiny remote island of Palmerston has not stopped Caroline Marsters from dreaming big.

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Health secretary appointment questioned

Tuesday 29 December 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Health, National

Former police officer Bob Williams has been appointed the acting Secretary of Health while the hunt for a permanent head of ministry continues.

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Cut-throat discounting among tourism operators discouraged

Thursday 24 December 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

Tourism operators are being advised not to compete against each other if an expected travel bubble with New Zealand comes to fruition in the first quarter of 2021.

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Water intakes at critical level as dry spell continues

Wednesday 23 December 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in National, Weather

Rarotonga's water Authority, To Tatou Vai, warns people may end up paying for water to be trucked in if the dry spell continues.

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Man injured in workplace accident

Saturday 19 December 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

An investigation is underway to determine the facts surrounding an incident that left a truck driver seriously injured.

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Takairangi joins Super League club

Thursday 17 December 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in League, Sports

Super League club Hull Kingston Rovers is excited with the depth Brad Takairangi will provide in a number of positions after signing the Cook Islander on a two-year deal.

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New airline set for takeoff

Monday 14 December 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National

Cook Islands businessman Mike Pero has renamed his new airline Pasifika Air but says serving Rarotonga remains his primary focus.

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THOMAS WYNNE: Walking in the shoes of others

Saturday 12 December 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Opinion

We should never let oppressive attitudes, especially by some of those in authority, spoil the kindness and generosity within us.

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Tough battle looms in Rarotonga club cricket showdown

Saturday 12 December 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Cricket, Sports

Matavera will have to battle hard in order to retain the women’s title in the Rarotonga Cricket Club competition final today.

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Sharing the magic of Christmas

Friday 11 December 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

Baby sharks, Olaf the snowman, Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Shrek were just some of the special guests who made appearances at this year’s Tropical Christmas Parade.

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Third time’s a charm

Friday 11 December 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

After two unclaimed winners, the CookSafe finally has a winner for its Tag In competition.

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