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Economy

Covid economic package extended

Government has extended the wage subsidy and other grants until the end of June, bringing some relief to businesses and workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

CIP ‘stalwart’ enters Manihiki by-election as independent candidate

Disappointed with the governing Cook Islands Party, a supporter is running as an Independent candidate for the vacant Manihiki seat in the upcoming by-election.

National


Family business keeps fishermen busy during pandemic

A Rarotonga company specialising in fish supply has found a new way to do business in order to keep themselves going during these challenging Covid-19 times.

Local


Trans-Tasman bubble brings hope to local tourism industry

New Zealand has announced a two-way, quarantine free travel with Australia ahead of the Cook Islands in a bid to revive their tourism sector, giving some hope to the struggling local industry.

Economy


Made in Tongareva handicrafts now available online

Colourful intricately woven rito hats and other handicraft made in Tongareva (Penrhyn) are now available for sale on social media platform, Facebook.

National


2020 unusual season for whale researchers

Despite challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic, Cook Islands Whale Research is describing 2020 as an intriguing but ultimately successful year for furthering our understanding of earth’s largest mammals.

Environment


Easter church services in Rarotonga

A church guide for Easter, the first long weekend of the year.

Local


No permit required for removing indigenous trees

There are no regulations in place to discourage government agencies and members of the public from removing trees.

Local


Breathing life back into the community through fitness

A Muri-based clubhouse is running activities and programmes dedicated to the wellbeing of the local community.

Local


Timely support for Down Syndrome Association

Team Rotaract met with the Cook Islands Down Syndrome Association yesterday to make a generous donation of $500.

Local


Drivers licence regulations for seniors undergoing review

Office of the Prime Minister has directed Cook Islands Police and the Crown Law to look into ways to repeal regulations that require medical tests for renewal of driving licences for 60+ years.

Local


Government aims for marine resources sustainability with modern approach

Government says it has no intention to legislate Ra’ui to manage the country’s reef and lagoons, opting instead to introduce contemporary approaches that aim to address perceived over-harvesting of resources.

Environment


Aitutaki ‘fully booked’ for long Easter break

Over 400 local travellers will be heading to Aitutaki for the long Easter weekend, and industry members see the surge as a welcome relief for businesses on the island.

Local


Preserving history and culture

Te Fuinga o Niva Manihiki on Rarotonga launched their “na mea o te fare” history and cultural event by observing “tanu purapura” – a planting ceremony – on Saturday at the Constitution Park.

Culture


Government agency to remove trees

Concerns have been raised over lack of public consultation on government’s decision to remove indigenous trees from Avarua township.

Local


Top cop to be named next week

The appointment of the new Police Commissioner will be made by the end of next week, says media advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister, Jaewynn McKay.

Local


Businesses look to government for extension of support

The private sector is waiting to see if a recently announced cash boost for the Cook Islands will be accompanied with an announcement to extend the Covid-19 economic response plan.

Economy


PM Brown meets diplomats from partnering countries

Ambassadors and diplomats from various countries based in Wellington, New Zealand had the opportunity to meet Prime Minister Mark Brown at a special event earlier this week.

National


Air freight put on hold, businesses frustrated

Air freight will return to normalcy once the two-way quarantine free travel starts but there are fears the May travel bubble could be too little and too late to save some businesses.

Economy


Private Sector Taskforce looks back on busy year

A year on from the establishment of their business support office, the Private Sector Taskforce has now dealt with more than 1200 phone calls and walk-in enquiries from sole traders alone, in addition to many hundreds more from other business types.

Local


‘I am woman, hear me roar’

An official parade attended by dignitaries, past police commissioners and police personnel was held yesterday morning to mark the 50th anniversary of women in Cook Islands Police.

Features


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