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23 January 2021

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Fraud case adjourned

Wednesday 15: Former Auckland CI Tourism office manager Albert Numanga is due to appear in the Auckland District court on May 22 to face four charges relating to an alleged fraud totalling just over $1 million. Numanga’s case was adjourned in February and then again last month due to him needing to obtain a new […]

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PM sends congrats to Clark on UN job

Tuesday 14: Prime minister Jim Marurai has sent a congratulatory letter to former NZ prime minister Helen Clark on her recent appointment as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in New York. According to Marurai’s office, the letter was forwarded on behalf of the government and people of the Cook Islands, and best […]

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Fiji leaders asked to leave media alone

Tuesday 14: The Pacific islands News Association ( PINA) has called on the newly established interim government of Fiji to leave the media alone to continue to perform its role of information dissemination to the people of Fiji and the region. President Joseph Ealedona says the actions are deplorable and is an indication of a […]

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Dengue monitoring and tutaka continue

Saturday 11: Chief health inspector William Taripo says the dengue clean up campaign carried out by public servants on Thursday identified even more mosquito breeding areas on the island. Taripo says public health hope to collect all the data together from the tutaka and surveillance work they began a week ago and use it in […]

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Info evening about Hawaii's Brigham Young University

Saturday 11: An information evening for those thinking about attending Brigham Young University in Hawaii will be held tomorrow. A graduate in information technology, William Numanga, says the evening will be for prospective students, those who may not have fully completed their studies, and former graduates from BYU. Numanga says numbers from the Cook Islands […]

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Business as usual for public health

Saturday 11: While there have been some calls for the Tobacco Control Act 2007 to be reviewed, public health staff are gearing up for when the legislation takes full effect on June 1. Health promotion manager Edwina Tangaroa says that ongoing awareness will continue, with visits to workplaces on Rarotonga in the coming weeks, on […]

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Protect teeth

Thursday 9: Injuries on the sports fields can be prevented by mouthguards. This is one of the messages Dental Services is promoting during the current Dental Health Week. Wearing a mouthguard is a must when playing contact sports Dental Services actually make mouthguards at the clinic in Tupapa. “Wearing a mouthguard helps to protect the […]

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NZ Tepaki Group in liquidation

Thursday 9: Two New Zealand companies associated with property developer Tim Tepaki were put into liquidation for tax debts last week. Wellington’s Dominion Post reported last Saturday that Tepaki Group Ltd and Tim Holdings Ltd were not represented when Inland Revenue’s case against them were called in the Wellington High Court last week. Liquidation orders […]

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PFL's new 'Forum Avarua'

Thursday 9: Pacific Forum Line has announced that it has secured its new vessel, the Forum Avarua. Forum Avarua is fully container-fitted for over 160 TEU (20 foot containers) of which 18 are reefer slots. She has two cranes each at 35 tonnes and is strengthened for heavy lifts. At this stage the Forum Avarua […]

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Face off with Aussies in Aitutaki

Monday 6: The New Zealand show Celebrity Treasure Island set to be filmed in Aitutaki this May will be a celebrity showdown between NZ and Australia. CI Tourism board member Kevin Iro says it won’t be aired on the Discovery Channel as tourism minister Wilkie Rasmussen had believed, but will probably be aired in Australia […]

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Chinese catch cold

Thursday 2: Apart from a few cases of runny noses and coughs, there have been no major accidents at the multi-sports complex site in Tepuka. Stadium construction project manager John Strickland yesterday dashed the rumour that an accident had occurred at the site hospitalising a number of the Chinese workers. He told Cook Islands News […]

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Bulk fuel initiative faces risk

Monday 6: An update on the regional bulk fuel procurement initiative was given at the Pacific Plan Action Committee meeting in Fiji last week. Foreign affairs Pacific division director Carl Hunter says the update provided those at the meeting with progress on the initiative, and encouraged countries to sign up to the memorandum. The Cooks […]

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Café sign stolen

Thursday 2: Janet Dearlove (pictured) of The Café in Taputapuatea is usually a happy, bubbly person but on Tuesday morning she was livid to find out that the café’s sandwich board with new signage had been nicked. “I couldn’t believe it,” said Janet when she discovered the board was missing. What upsets the Dearlove family […]

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Roadside cleaning talks this week

Monday 6: Meetings will be held this week to go over tender requirements for cleaning roadsides and drains around Rarotonga. Tender documents have been put together by consultant Patrick Arioka and he says that the meetings will help familiarise contractors with the requirements under the new tenders. “We want to bring them on board so […]

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TCI tops up pageant prizes

Thursday 2: The top three contestants chosen at the Miss Cook Islands pageant tomorrow night will be spreading their good news in style. Maine Kuki Airani, Maine Tapairu and Maine Purotu will each receive a brand new Nokia 6111 courtesy of Telecom Cook Islands. The phones, each worth $330, join an already bountiful prize package […]

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Healthy snacks, healthy teeth

Wednesday 8: This week is Dental Health Week and the team at Dental Health Services wants you to know how to have healthy teeth. Today the message is about not eating sugary sweet foods too often. Every time you eat, particles of food become lodged in and around your teeth, providing fuel for bacteria. The […]

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Another offshore bank on notice

Monday 6: Uruguay based operation ordered to comply with FSC conditions Another offshore bank has had conditions attached to its licence, according to the Financial Supervisory Commission website. Pacific Trade Bank Limited was confirmed by commissioner Lorraine Allan as having conditions on its licence, and a copy of the conditions was obtained from the FSC. […]

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Forum Line reviews shipping situation

Thursday 2: Pacific Forum Line’s chief executive Captain Sean Bolt says he has been here this week to gauge whether the shipping company should resume full services to the country. He says there is no clear solution to the Cook Islands’ shipping problems but PFL is looking at what it can do short term and […]

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Tools for school principals in training

Wednesday 8: About 10 school principals, mostly from the outer islands, are taking part in a Ministry of Education workshop designed to provide them with key leadership, management and monitoring skills. As new principals, there is always more to learn about effective leadership which is the theme of the workshop. Yesterday numeracy facilitator Strickland Upu […]

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Air Raro pleased with Manihiki agreement

Monday 6: Air Rarotonga managing director Ewan Smith has met with deputy prime minister Sir Terepai Maoate to discuss the outcome of meetings with Manihiki airport landowners. Smith has told the DPM that he’s extremely pleased that an agreement has been reached. “It’s outstanding that the DPM has been able to achieve agreement between landowners […]

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