Cook Islands Ministry of Justice. Photo: Supplied/ 21051809
Ministry of Justice staff have had limited to no information and communications technology (ICT) following a power cut on Rarotonga in the early hours of Wednesday, in what is an ongoing problem.
at the Ministry of Justice building in Avarua were still scrambling for
communications yesterday while no one was forthcoming about what exactly
came to head more than two years ago when Ministry of Justice Secretary Tamatoa
Jonassen conceded better information and communications technology (ICT)
support and resources were needed by the Ministry of Justice in light of power
cuts that affected court proceedings.
Cook Islands News asked Tamatoa and the ministry what was affected, how many
staff were affected by the outage, when the systems will be back online, and if
systems are being put in place to address the issue.
June 2021 Jonassen told Cook Islands News all government systems that rely on ICT
were impacted, including the Ministry of Justice, when systems went down
following power cuts.
then said it was not the first time, following other outages, and that he
understood the issue was being worked on, while the ICT department needed greater
support and resources.
the time, Jonassen did not provide details when asked what support and
resources the ministry specifically required, how much was needed and when, and
how many times the ministry had been affected by similar incidents.
in a media release yesterday, Te Aponga Uira (TAU) confirmed Rarotonga
experienced an unexpected power outage at 3.30am on Wednesday November 1,
attributing the outage to a mechanical fault at TAU’s power station in Avatiu.
confirmed power was restored by 4am.
outage came after cable faults on October 10 and 13 affected parts of the
network, the power authority said.
unplanned outage on October 14 at TAU’s power station remains under
investigation by staff members.
to the incidents, TAU chief executive Lesley Katoa responded to concerns as to
appreciate we have experienced a number of unplanned, brief electricity outages
over recent weeks.
faults do occur from time to time – one reason TAU is transitioning to
renewable energy. Infrastructure faults such as cable faults, on the
other hand, reflect the ongoing challenges of a harsh, tropical marine
team works tirelessly to identify and repair the cause of faults, to deliver electricity
back to our customers as quickly as possible.”
said TAU understood the impact such outages had on people and the business
want to reassure our customers that our small, dedicated team is working hard
to deliver reliable electricity.
is confident that our increasing move to renewable energy, and associated
upgrading of infrastructure is progressively increasing reliable supply of
electricity. The recent spate of incidents is, though, a reminder of the
challenging environment in which we operate. We apologise for any inconvenience
to our valued customers.”