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TMO takes action after Wellington Covid-19 scare

Health ministry staff carried out a flash contact tracing and testing drive beginning Tuesday night through yesterday following the case of an Australian tourist who visited Wellington and later tested positive for Covid-19.

Secondary schools still on holiday

Thursday 16: While primary students were back hitting the books this week, their high school counterparts were still enjoying time off. The Ministry of Education says high schools in Rarotonga and the outer islands were given an extra week for the Easter holidays as they had started a week earlier in January. The college calendar […]

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Maine Kuki Airani rides away happy

Monday 20: Miss Cook Islands will now be driving around in style. Engara Gosselin accepted her blue Honda Daelim motorcycle at the Motor Centre last Friday. The $3450 bike was part the prize package she won after being crowned Maine Kuki Airani this month. Gosselin says she is happy to be the first Miss Cook […]

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Conveniently placed ATM

Thursday 16: Westpac Bank will be celebrating its new ATM today by raising funds for the children’s ward at the Rarotonga Hospital. A $2 sausage sizzle will be held from 11am to 1pm outside Super Brown in Tupapa – the latest location to receive a Westpac cash machine. Westpac general manager Rob Buick says the […]

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Funding for waste reduction projects

Monday 20: The National Environment Service is putting up $2500 to encourage community groups to use in waste reduction and management projects as part of its waste education campaign this year. NES is making five lots of $500 in seed funding available for ‘any good community-benefiting waste activities groups or individuals may have.’ Any youth […]

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Best with words wins laptop

Thursday 16: Miss Westpac Julia Scott has quite a way with words. So much so that she was awarded a Toshiba L300 laptop yesterday for her composure and intelligent answers during her Miss Cook Islands pageant stage interview. In front of a near sell-out National Auditorium earlier this month, Scott impressed the audience and the […]

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Silent protest over Tepuka

Monday 20: While preparations for the opening of the Cook Islands Christian Church’s biennial meeting were taking place within the Nikao mission grounds, a silent protest was taking place across the road. Eight banners depicting messages relating to the dispute between Tepuka tenants and the CICC, were staked into the ground on a vacant section. […]

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DPM to push formal claim in August

Saturday 18: DPM Sir Terepai Maoate is expected to head a delegation to New York in August to address the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. It is then that Sir Terepai will make a formal presentation of the country’s extended continental shelf claim at the United Nations in August. Speaking from New […]

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Maire Nui Drive road work three days from completion

Saturday 18: Secretary of the Infrastructure and Planning ministry, Taukea Raui has responded to some public criticism this week of the delayed completion of road sealing work on Maire Nui Drive. Yesterday he told CI News that to complete the work which began last month, the road works crew needs at least three consecutive days […]

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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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Meningitis info

Thursday 9: Meningococcal (meningitis) disease symptoms may include a high fever, headache, vomiting or refusal of feeds, sleepiness, a stiff neck and dislike of bright lights, joint and muscle pains and a rash. It causes meningitis (an infection of the brain membranes). Meningococcal disease is most common in children under the age of five years, […]

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CISNOC meets to elect president

Wednesday 15: The Cook Islands Sports & National Olympic Committee’s 2008 annual report, which was tabled at the organisation’s annual general assembly last night, is full and comprehensive. In his address, president Tiki Matapo says the country’s participation at the Olympics, the Manea Games in Aitutaki, the success of the annual Vaka Eiva, and the […]

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85 checked for disease in Aitutaki

Thursday 9: Emergency response team working hard to prevent meningitis spread in Aitutaki The Ministry of Health has activated a rapid and extensive response to three cases of bacterial meningitis in Aitutaki. A ministry emergency response team of seven has been on the island this week to examine and provide antibiotic medication to over 100 […]

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DPM lodges UN bid

Wednesday 15: Deputy prime minister Sir Terepai Maoate has left for New York where he will be lodging the Cook Islands submission for its extended continental shelf claim of over 400,000 square kilometres, at the United Nations headquarters. This is in preparation for the formal presentation of the Cook Islands claim to the United Nations […]

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