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16 January 2021




‘Jumpstart January’ for market vendors

Punanga Nui Market has waived fees for its vendors in a bid to bring life back to the top local attraction in the absence of tourists due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Extra weekly flight added to Air New Zealand's schedule after one-way bubble announcement

Air New Zealand has added an extra flight to its weekly schedule in advance of quarantine free travel for residents and valid visa holders currently in the Cook Islands.


Residents welcome quarantine free travel to NZ

Residents are reacting positively to this week's announcement of quarantine-free travel to New Zealand.


Desalination units assist water woes on drough-stricken Penrhyn

Government officials are dealing with the drought in Penrhyn by employing the use of desalination machines and tapping into groundwater resources.


Quarantine-free travel for Cooks travellers "a move in the right direction"

Local tourism industry stakeholders are hoping news of a two-way travel bubble is “not too far away” following Thursdays announcement of quarantine free travel into New Zealand for Cook Islanders and valid visa holders.


Investigations into fire incidents ‘ongoing’

Two tankers from the Takitumu Volunteer fire brigade and two trucks from the Puaikura Volunteer fire services were dispatched to attend the house fire on the Arorangi hillside on Wednesday afternoon.


Quarantine-free travel for Cook Islanders to New Zealand

Prime Minister Mark Brown and New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern have announced that passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from as of 21 January.


Housing units razed to the ground in Arorangi blaze

Housing units located along on the Highland Paradise hillside road in Arorangi were completely destroyed in a mid-afternoon fire yesterday.


130 veils for Mama Tu Tutakiao

One hundred and thirty veils were unveiled for the headstone of the late Ngatuapikepike Tutakiao BEM who was also fondly known as Mama Tu.


Ombudsman’s Office looking to bolster investigations

The Office of the Ombudsman is looking for a suitable energetic and innovative person to fill the vacant position of an investigations officer.


Police records high number of minor offences

Almost 160 minor offence notices for traffic infringements were issued by police in the two-week festive season of 2020.


Parched Penrhyn receives water relief

A shipment of water has alleviated a severe shortage on the Northern group atoll of Penrhyn, however with no rain in sight, residents will have to continue rationing supplies.


Feedback on seabed mineral regulations extended

The opportunity to submit feedback on the draft seabed mineral mining regulations has been extended for another month.


Tips to beat the heat

With the Cook Islands potentially facing one of the hottest summers on record, health officials are advising residents to take precaution and be alert for the tell-tale signs excessive heat exposure.


Professor continues recording local history and culture in his books

Dr Jon Tikivanotau Jonassen has over the years written books on topics that are close to his heart and tomorrow he will be launching another four of his books for the Cook Islands people and the future generations.


Historical toa trees removed

Rain fell on Tuesday afternoon as the last of the beloved Matavera toa (ironwood) trees were felled, allowing government workers to proceed with roadworks in the area.


Demos urgent plea for lagoon action

The Opposition Democratic Party is accusing the Government of inaction in rehabilitating Muri Lagoon, which is often described as one of the top tourist draws in Rarotonga.


Government begins removing beloved toa trees in Matavera

Work to remove the toa (ironwood) trees that have graced the road side of Matavera since the early 1960s started yesterday.


‘Heaven has gained an amazing angel’

Former Manager for Health Promotion Karen Tairea, who passed away earlier this month, has been described as the type of woman who people were proud to have in their lives.


Opposition demands transparency over recruitment for high profile jobs

The Opposition Democratic Party is demanding transparency from the Public Service Commission and the Office of the Prime Minister over the number of applications received for a number of recently advertised senior government roles.


2021 could be the warmest year on record, Met Service says

The Met Office says it will be at least eight months before Cook Islands will start experiencing cooler than average temperatures, which means more hot and dry weather as currently experienced in the Northern Group.


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