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Articles by Sian Solomon

‘It’s a great relief’ - Travellers welcome Cook Islands border reopening

Saturday 22 January 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Features

Despite the unfavourable weather, Kiwi visitors who arrived here following the border reopening over a week ago are breathing a sigh of relief as they get to travel again after multiple lockdowns in New Zealand.


How not to forget God’s promises?

Friday 21 January 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in On the Street, Opinion

While teaching and helping out in the 2-and 3 year-olds Sunday School class at my church, I noticed that many times per class the children had “remembering” problems, writes Rich Atkinson of cru.org.


Australian High Commissioner returns to Raro

Thursday 20 January 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Economy, National

Australian High Commissioner to the Cook Islands Dr Christopher Watkins and his partner Dr Penelope Witt have returned to Rarotonga after three months.


‘Leave my mangoes alone’

Wednesday 19 January 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Economy, National

Some local residents have taken exception to random strangers picking their fruit and flowers, saying it doesn’t hurt to ask before helping yourself to other people’s property.


New Chinese ambassador promotes ‘mutual affinity and understanding’

Tuesday 18 January 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Economy, National

China’s new ambassador to the Cook Islands arrived in Wellington, New Zealand this month.


‘No expectations’ as outdoor businesses re-open

Saturday 15 January 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Business, National

Cook Island business operators are more upbeat following the recent border re-opening with New Zealand but one outdoor business says they have no expectations preparing to wait and see what happens.

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German ambassador visits the Cook Islands

Friday 14 January 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Economy, National

Germany’s Ambassador to the Cook Islands Stefan Krawielicki will visit Rarotonga for the first time this week following yesterday’s border reopening.


New air link between Cook Islands and Niue

Wednesday 12 January 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in National, Travel

An air link between Niue and the Cook Islands is expected to happen before June this year.


Storm surge expected from Tropical Cyclone

Tuesday 11 January 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Environment, National

A tropical cyclone that hit Fiji over the weekend and devastated parts of the country will not affect the Cook Islands, according to the Cook Islands Meteorological Service.


Mandatory testing could derail tourist holidays

Friday 7 January 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Economy, National

The Cook Island government’s requirement for mandatory Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests for tourists when it fully opens the borders to the outer islands will turn holidaymakers away from the Pa Enua and possibly the Cook Islands, according to industry groups.


Samoa Met Service website may have suffered cyber attack

Wednesday 5 January 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in

The website of the Samoan Meteorology Service (SMS) may have been the victim of a cyber attack according to local Samoa media.


Yala recognised in New Year's honours

Friday 31 December 2021 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Economy, National

A well-known Cook Islander has been acknowledged among the New Zealand Pacific Community in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.

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300 workers needed ‘immediately’

Wednesday 29 December 2021 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Economy, National

A survey issued by the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce, Cook Island Tourism Corporation and the Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council has revealed at least 300 people are needed to ease labour shortages in the tourism industry and related sectors.

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Tourism operators seek clarity on rapid antigen testing

Thursday 23 December 2021 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Economy, National

Cook Islands tourism operators are seeking clarity around the use of the Covid-19 rapid antigen tests and associated costs as they prepare for the border reopening with New Zealand on January 13, 2022.

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Paradise and ‘man cave’ in one new store

Tuesday 21 December 2021 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Business, National

Paradise Supplies have relocated to a new store on the main road in Panama, where customers can continue to explore and buy their products.

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New school heads ready for challenge

Monday 20 December 2021 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Education, National

New principal appointments for the 2022 academic year have now been finalised. The successful recruitment round includes six new appointments alongside one renewed position.

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Rarotonga doctor obtains new skills

Monday 20 December 2021 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Health, National

Rarotonga-based doctor Nini Wynn has become the second Pacific-Islands physician to complete a postgraduate diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice from the University of Otago.


Society receives $22k from United Nations for support

Saturday 18 December 2021 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Health, National

Te Ipukarea Society has received a grant of $22,000 from the United Nations in the Pacific to help support women living in the Cook Islands who struggle with period poverty.


CISPCA makes urgent appeal after puppies found on beach

Wednesday 15 December 2021 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Economy, National

Cook Islands SPCA (CISPA) has seen a surge in calls after finding five distressed, sick, and starving puppies abandoned in Panama.


Wet weather lashes parts of Rarotonga

Tuesday 14 December 2021 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Environment, National

Heavy rain and thunderstorms lashed parts of the Cook Islands over the weekend, flooding areas around Rarotonga.


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