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The smiling faces of Apii Rutaki

Despite the relentless rainfall, it was all smiles at Apii Rutaki Grade One classroom as students enjoyed their indoor lessons Monday with Mrs Tuikairoro William.

Cancelled travel plans turn from disappointment to delight

While there will be no passengers on today's flight from Auckland, one affected family stuck in NZ decided to make the most of the situation.

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Hunter wants to improve public service delivery and professionalism

Experienced senior public servant Carl Hunter will join the Office of the Public Service Commission as its new head this week, and seeks to overcome challenges to improve government service delivery.

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‘Giving is not a burden to us ... it comes naturally’

The vainetini executives will congregate and display a tivaivai exhibition in September in lead up to the ceremonies to celebrate the 200 years of the arrival of Christianity here.

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Pa’ua export ban remains after decline

National Environment Service in partnership with Ministry of Marine Resources are working in the Pa Enua to protect pa’ua or giant sea clams.

National


Little Julia makes big triathlon debut

Five-year-old Julia Chan was the youngest competitor at the third annual Paradise Supplies Kids Triathlon on Saturday, which saw a large turnout for the popular event.

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New Covid cases in NZ affecting travel plans

Government will decide Monday on whether to allow passengers on tomorrow’s flight to Rarotonga following new Covid-19 community cases in Auckland.

Economy


A hive of activity

The Avatiu wharf was a buzz yesterday with cargo vessel Olomana anchoring ready to offload cargo for Rarotonga. Also spotted was the barge MV Taunga Nui that returned on Wednesday evening after delivering cargo and machinery to the northern group as well as taking a government delegation. Road workers were also busy fixing the Avatiu […]

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NZ delegation assists with bubble prep

A delegation from New Zealand is in Rarotonga assisting with preparations for two-way quarantine-free travel, which officials said could be in place by the end of March.

Health


Dengue cases increase

There are now 14 dengue type-2 cases in Rarotonga.

Health


Local Covid-19 tracing app gets Bluetooth upgrade

Attendees at the Tourism Industry Council meeting on Thursday were frustrated at the lack of information surrounding the opening of the Cook Islands border to New Zealanders.

Health


Opposition welcomes amendment to licencing regulation

Opposition Police shadow minister MP Tama Tuavera has welcomed the government’s decision to revoke “restrictive, burdensome and discriminatory rules” on drivers aged 60 and over.

Crime


PM Brown defends Puna’s selection

Pacific Islands Forum has been most effective when they have worked together as a single, unified body, says Prime Minister Mark Brown.

National


School welcomes newcomers with traditional feast

Apii Te Uki Ou held a school umu on Thursday night, to come together as an extended school family and foster community spirit.

Education


New Pasifika airline planning for June take-off

The proposed Pasifika Air will not be a low-cost airline but cost efficient, says its multi-millionaire owner.

Economy


Hunter appointed Public Service Commissioner

The newly-appointed Public Service Commissioner will start his new role February 15.

Local

USP Rarotonga campus goes smoke free

The University's students and staff will face a monetary fine if they are found smoking within the campus area.

Education


Mass cleaning to overcome dengue fever

Aimed at halting the current dengue outbreak on Rarotonga, Operation Namu21 continues this week, with the Ministry of Health leading and coordinating a government-wide approach that aims to halt the spread of the mosquito-borne virus.

Health


Figures show Covid-19 hitting economy harder than expected

Border closures in place to keep Covid-19 out of the country are taking a worse toll on the economy than forecasted, according to government’s latest figures.

Economy


Government to amend licence process for seniors

Prime Minister Mark Brown says the drivers licencing regulation for 60 years and over is providing ‘unnecessary burden on people’.

Local


Elderly care centre Are Pa Metua gets beachfront home

Smiles and relief were evident from the Are Pa Metua members at Prime Minister Mark Brown’s announcement that a new location for the Centre had been confirmed.

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