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TMO takes action after Wellington Covid-19 scare

Health ministry staff carried out a flash contact tracing and testing drive beginning Tuesday night through yesterday following the case of an Australian tourist who visited Wellington and later tested positive for Covid-19.

$1.4m approved for Crown Law

Leader of the Opposition Tina Browne supported the $1,405,029 allocated for the Crown Law office in Parliament on Tuesday.

National

Police ‘under the pump’ leads to mistakes in court

Prosecution mistakes in court down to large amounts of work and limited resources says, defence lawyer.

Crime


Parliament updates

The Opposition Democratic Party yesterday gave up their question time to speed up the process of the Appropriation Bill debate which is now in the Committee of Supply.

National


Daily diary from the crew of vaka Marumaru Atua

An ongoing recap from the crew of vaka Marumaru Atua, who are currently sailing to the Northern Group of the Pa Enua.

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Tupuna Ngamaru the new Ngamaru Ariki

Twenty five-year-old Tupuna Moeroa Ngamaru arrived from New Zealand this week to assume the Ngamaru Ariki title of Atiu.

Local


Fox appointed to Waitangi Tribunal

Citing his experience and leadership in the media industry, Rarotonga-based veteran broadcaster Derek Fox has been appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal for a three-year term.

Local


Rubbish fire alarms public

Two of Rarotonga’s volunteer fire brigades responded to a reported fire on Monday with three trucks and two tankers, only to find a burning heap of rubbish.

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Church donation provides supplies to schools

A 20 foot container filled with furniture, 150 cartons of new scholastic books and some basketball hoops were donated this month to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Cook Islands District and three schools on Rarotonga.

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‘Drink driving huge problem in our nation’ drink driver told

A repeat drink driver has been jailed for three weeks and told his criminal behaviour needs to be stopped.

Crime


Bubble remains inflated

In a late night cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Government made the decision to keep quarantine-free travel in place with New Zealand while local officials continue to monitor the situation in Wellington after a Covid-19 positive tourist from Australia visited the NZ capital.

Local


A new look for lawmakers

With the relaxing of the dress code, the majority of male MP’s attending Tuesday's Parliament session opted for a traditional necklace over a tie.

National


Thermal imaging provides added layer of protection

Thermal imaging at Rarotonga International Airport is offering another layer of protection at the border with the help of a company which has close ties to the Cook Islands.

Local


Cooks to consider proof of Covid-19 vaccination

Tourists from countries with high cases of Covid-19 may need a proof of vaccination to visit the Cook Islands in the future.

Health


Avatiu intake ‘has larger storage capacity’

A crisp clear morning and beaming rays of sunshine welcomed attendees at Te Mato Vai landowners recognition ceremony for the Avatiu water treatment plant, held yesterday

Local


Ties now optional in Parliament

Neck ties are now optional in Parliament, announced Speaker Tai Tura during Tuesday's sitting.

National


Bubble brings nearly 1500 tourists in first two weeks

Tourism, the nation’s leading economic contributor, got off to a humble start last month with 1486 visitors, which on a daily basis breaks down to just under a quarter of arrival figures seen during May 2019 – the last non-pandemic year.

Economy


Mini Olympics for ‘mini ones’

Aspiring athletes from Blackrock Pre-school and Titikaveka ECE (Early Childhood Education) had a fun day in the sun at the Mini Olympics on Monday.

Local


Recognising commitment and dedication to the Cook Islands

The Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List seeks to honour individuals who are unique and ensure their stories are celebrated.

Local


Koutu Nui elects new president

The Koutu Nui has elected as its new president Paroro Mataiapo Rongo Preston. Her election was made during the traditional sub-chiefs’ annual general meeting held last week.

Local


Businesses see uptick but labour shortages remain

Many Cook Islands businesses are experiencing a boom a month since the travel bubble with New Zealand opened, but major labour shortages are presenting a serious challenge to reopening.

Economy


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