Better information and communications technology (ICT) support and resources are needed by the Ministry of Justice in light of power cuts on Monday that affected court proceedings, the ministry’s Secretary says.
power outages are continuing to affect government’s ability to provide
services, a justice ministry official said.
ICT network systems go down, all government systems that rely on ICT are
impacted, including the Ministry of Justice,” said Ministry of Justice
Secretary Tamatoa Jonassen in a written statement to Cook Island News on
is not the first time, but I understand this is being worked on and our ICT
department needs greater support and resources.”
concerns came after CI News contacted Jonassen on Tuesday with questions
following power outages in parts of Ngatangiia, Tupapa, Takuvaine, Tutakimoa,
Avatiu, and from Pokoinu to Rarotongan Beach Resort and Lagoonarium on Monday.
outages left some residents without electricity for more than two hours and
delayed court proceedings due to a server issue, which was connected to the
Ministry staff were left without some resources on Tuesday.
matters scheduled for Tuesday were rescheduled for Wednesday and Thursday,
effectively extending the court sessions that were already scheduled, Jonassen
are grateful for our dedicated staff and hard-working judiciary to progress
those matters that were impacted,” he added.
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.
News contacted Te Aponga Uira with questions on Tuesday but did not receive a
matter was followed up with Te Aponga Uira yesterday, again without response.
power outage and associated issues follow similar events in March when
government agencies were affected.
power outage on March 30 affected the areas of Are Mango in Muri to the
Rarotongan Beach Resort and Lagoonarium, and parts of the Avatiu Valley.
outage was caused by a cable fault, as stated by Te Aponga Uira on its social
media page, and left some residents without electricity for over 30
Aponga Uira again did not give reasons for another island-wide power outage on
March 18, which also caused widespread disruptions.
the time, the Justice Ministry 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.
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