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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.

New public health expert appointed

Te Marae Ora Health ministry has brought in a public health specialist whose duties will involve monitoring the measures put in place or being put in place to deal with Covid-19, non communicable diseases and mental health.

Health


Japan-Cook Islands mark decade long partnership

The Japan-Cook Islands Society will focus on completing the 1000 paper crane challenge tomorrow and place them on a permanent display.

Local


Seeing the power of God

God promises his children within the Body of Christ, His Church that He will always be with them even unto the ends of the earth, and that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it, writes Bishop Tutai Pere.

Church Talk

The deep sigh of the Pacific

A magnificent sculpture in the form of a conch shell, a symbol of the Pacific Islands Memorial at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington, will be unveiled today.

Environment


Air NZ makes a pit stop

An additional flight separate from the two regular weekly Air New Zealand flights arrived at Rarotonga Airport from Auckland en-route to Honolulu, Hawaii, on Wednesday.

Local


Constitution Amendment Bill defeated

The Opposition Party has reiterated its call for the amendment process of the Constitution Bill to be done correctly without any flaws from start to finish.

National


Three months jail for breaching probation

A Rarotonga man has been sentenced to three months imprisonment for breaching his probation three times.

Crime


Penrhyn Islanders enjoy green leafy vegetables

The villagers of Omoka on the northern group island of Tongareva were given the first harvest of hydroponic Bok Choy’s (cabbages) this week.

National


Tourism industry furious over bubble delay

Local tourism stakeholders were left frustrated with yesterday’s May bubble announcement by Prime Minister Mark Brown and NZ counterpart Jacinda Ardern.

Economy


BREAKING: Travel bubble with NZ pushed to May

Officials are now looking at a travel bubble to be established in May that would allow visitors from NZ to visit the Cook Islands without the need to quarantine.

Economy


Rangi appointed chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand

Cook Islander Caren Rangi has been appointed as the new chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa (Creative New Zealand’s governing body) for a three year term.

Culture


Years of hard work pays off

Roselyn Strickland is humbled and honoured to be part of the Cook Islands legal fraternity.

Local


Minister orders review into the functions of BTIB

The Minister in charge of the Business Trade Investment Board (BTIB) – Patrick Arioka – has commissioned a review into the functions of the board.

Local


Weather Office commemorates World Meteorological Day

The Cook Islands Meteorological Services director Arona Ngari and his team joined 192 members of the World Meteorological Organisation in commemorating World Meteorological Day on Tuesday.

National


Parliament approves Agriculture Bill

The new Agriculture Act 2021 provides the Ministry with a clear legal mandate for powers which it requires to more effectively manage the agriculture sector, says Agriculture Secretary Temarama Anguna-Kamana.

Economy


Suspected dengue in Mauke, outbreak continues in Raro

A suspected case in the Pa Enua and ongoing cases in Rarotonga indicate the dengue outbreak is showing no signs of abating.

National


CookSafe+ mobile app ready for download soon

CookSafe+, an app extension of CookSafe Covid-19 contact tracing system is completed and will soon be available for download, says Prime Minister Mark Brown.

Health


Officials seeking family connection to Commonwealth War Grave

Families of six Cook Islands First World War soldiers are being requested to contact NZ officials in lead up to the dedication of the new Pacific Islands Memorial at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington this weekend.

Local


Govt briefs tourism industry on Covid-19

Tourism industry stakeholders were given a rundown of government’s preparedness for two-way, quarantine-free travel with New Zealand yesterday, however officials didn’t provide the most coveted piece of information – a date for when they can expect to welcome visitors.

Economy


Parliament this week

Briefs from this week's two-day sitting of Parliament.

National


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