Electricity was cut to parts of Rarotonga on Monday, knocking out the Ministry of Justice server, causing further delays and postponements on Tuesday.
Power went down in parts of Ngatangiia, Tupapa, Takuvaine,
Tutakimoa, Avatiu,and Pokoinu to the Rarotongan Beach Resort and Lagoonarium
Power was restored from Ngatangiia to the National
Auditorium and Pokoinu to the Rarotongan Beach Resort and Lagoonarium just
after 5pm - and to all affected areas about 5.30pm.
Cook Islands News contacted Te Aponga Uira with questions on
Tuesday but did not receive a response.
The newspaper also contacted Secretary of Justice Tamatoa
Jonassen with questions but did not receive a response.
The newspaper visited the Ministry of Justice building at
Avarua and was told by a registrar that court proceedings had been delayed due
to a server issue, connected to Monday’s power outage.
The registrar said about half of the ministry’s staff were
still affected by the fault and staff were still awaiting an updated list of
Signage at the High Court stated Tuesday’s Land Court
sitting had been postponed until Wednesday due to system issues.
Monday’s power outages and associated issues follow similar
dramas in March when government agencies were affected.
A power outage on March 30 affected the areas of Are Mango
in Muri to the Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa, and parts of the Avatiu Valley
– caused by a HVcable fault as stated by Te Aponga Uira on its social media
Some residents were without electricity for more than 30
Te Aponga Uira again did not give reasons for the island
wide power outage which on March 18 caused widespread disruption.
At the time, Ministry of Justice advised that due to the
power outage, its government network resources and certain services offered by
the ministry were limited, and all electronic communications unavailable.
Te Aponga Uira when restoring power at the time said that
the cause of the outage was still being investigated, adding: “we will update
you all as the situation is progressed”.