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MIQ now free for repatriates but costing the taxpayer $800,000

Managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) is now free for people currently in MIQ and for people entering the country on December 2, says Prime Minister Mark Brown.

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No vax mandates for Cooks: PM

Cook Islands News Awards

As a difficult year strained by hardship and challenges draws to a close, Cook Islands News wants to reflect on many things to remember in a year some would rather forget. With that in mind, your newspaper is proud to launch the inaugural Cook Islander of the Year 2021 award. The award recognises people for […]

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Building a better future

Apii Nikao school hall was packed to the brim with bright colours, singing and dancing parents and students as the school celebrated the academic achievements of their pupils, all the way from year one’s up to the senior year nine.

Education


Promoting the importance of daily breakfast

The students at Imanuela Akatemia enjoyed a special breakfast at school last week, compliments of CITC Avarua.

Education


Rarotonga fast reaching a solid waste crisis: PhD

University of the South Pacific Cook Islands’ first Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduate has sounded warning over the growing waste problem in Rarotonga. Al Williams reports.

Education


Helping local businesses ‘think outside the box’

Continuing to provide ongoing support to the local private sector, the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce is particularly pleased with the turnout for its latest free business workshop, held a week ago in the Air Rarotonga Training Room.

Economy


Bittersweet moment for Takitumu School

Apii Takitumu prize giving or parents day event held yesterday was an emotional one when principal Carly Ave announced that she was leaving the school.

Education


10 year old boy tests positive for Covid-19 in Cook Islands

Prime Minister Mark Brown has announced that the Cook Islands has it’s first positive case of Covid-19.

Economy


‘Peaceful rally’ planned against border reopening

A “peaceful public rally” is scheduled for coming Tuesday against the reopening of the country’s borders on January 13, 2022.

Economy


Rule options now available for community rugby

World Rugby will allow community teams to use 10 players, play shorter matches and change the size of the ball as part of flexible new rules described as a “landmark” move for the sport.

National


Cook Islands elected to the Executive Board of UNESCO

Cook Islands was elected to UNESCO’S (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) premier governance body, its Executive Board in Paris last month.

Economy


Vaka Marumaru Atua’s new sailors steer course to success

Vaka Marumaru Atua arrived to Arutanga harbour in Aitutaki on Tuesday morning at 7.30am with the new sailing students on board. The traditional canoe departed Avatiu harbour on Monday at 9am.

Education


'United' we stand

The Cook Islands United Party has announced 11 candidates who will contest in the 2022 general elections.

National


MP raises health concerns

Health-related questions were raised in Parliament by the Opposition Democratic Party MP Nooroa Baker in anticipation of the border reopening on January 13, 2022.

Health


$40m injection will ‘put Cook Islanders in jobs’

Private and public sectors have welcomed a $40 million infrastructure injection.

Economy


Border plans remain in place despite new Covid-19 variant

The January 13 border reopening plans will go ahead but the Government says it is keeping a close eye on the new Covid-19 variant Omicron that is shutting borders around the world.

National


Final repatriation flight brings home 176 residents

Families tucked under umbrellas with their ‘Welcome Home’ signs stood patiently at the Rarotonga International Airport to get a glimpse of their loved ones who arrived on the last repatriation flight for 2021 from Auckland yesterday.

National


Agricultural and horticultural trade programme lands in Cooks

Cook Islands joins other Pacific nations in a programme aimed at improving the country’s agricultural and horticultural trade.

Economy


Tourism celebrate 20th Vaka Pride Awards

Cook Islands Tourism has celebrated its 20th round of the Vaka Pride Awards on Tuesday, distributing $11,000 across three different categories as a part of their community-based initiative to give back to the community.

Economy


Getting into the festive spirit

A sparkling Christmas tree with hanging stars and beautifully wrapped presents greet you when you enter the Excil Shipping Office.

Entertainment


Opposition criticises government’s involvement in seabed exploration

Government should not be in competition with private enterprise, says the Opposition leader, criticising the Cook Islands Investment Corporation’s (CIIC) involvement with a company trying to get a seabed mining exploration licence.

Economy


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