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4 December 2021

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MIQ now free for repatriates but costing the taxpayer $800,000

Managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) is now free for people currently in MIQ and for people entering the country on December 2, says Prime Minister Mark Brown.

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No vax mandates for Cooks: PM

Take it back to parliament: Sir Terepai

The two major political parties are calling on the prime minister to follow the correct process with regards to political reform and take the matter to parliament. Democratic Party leader Sir Terepai Maoate says in the interest of transparency, public submissions on political reforms should be reviewed by a parliamentary select committee. Sir Terepai says […]

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No one wanted job in cabinet: Demos

The reason for not appointing a sixth minister by the Jim Marurai-led cabinet was not a cost-cutting measure, say the Democratic Party. “The reality is, despite approaches to both the Democratic Party and the Cook Islands Party, no MP is willing to take up the offer of a ministership in the new minority cabinet,” says […]

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Faireka confirmed as HoM

Tupou Faireka is relieved he has finally been appointed as secretary of health after three months of acting in the role while government made its decision. Yesterday health minister Apii Piho officially announced Faireka’s appointment as of this week. “I believe we have the right guy on board. I have sincere belief in his ability […]

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Dean resignation requires an explanation

Opposition leader Tom Marsters fears that tourism head John Dean’s resignation may have a negative impact on the industry. “Already ripples of concern are sweeping through the industry and the rumour mill is busy,” says Marsters in a media release yesterday. “All sorts of allegations are being made and are further fuelled by statements made […]

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PM plans reform conference

Prime minister Jim Marurai plans to host a conference on political reform early next month to hear more ideas and questions on the issue. He wants to know if there is a national consensus for political reform and what that preference would be. Marurai aims to consult widely on the best way forward for the […]

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Political reform – an historic opportunity to address a long overdue issue

An historic opportunity to address the long standing unresolved issue of political reform – The events of the last three weeks have highlighted the urgent need for change in the government of the country – Political Reform is a long standing unresolved issue – Political Reform is fundamental to the long term future of the […]

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Show those greedy, overpaid, anti-reformist nutcases

Dear Editor, I’d like to take out two birds with one stone in this letter. First, I commend ‘6-month-6-year-old car’ for pointing out to government the state of Tepuka Road and reminding everyone there’s a world beyond the realm of politics. Meanwhile, some feel the need to debate the uses of porcelain cleaners and the […]

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One laptop per child on Mitiaro

Every child at Mitiaro School will receive a surprise when they start school this year – a state-of-the-art laptop. It may have taken more than a year but the One Laptop Per Child pilot project is finally all go. About 70 of the laptops are now in Mitiaro – secretary of education Sharyn Paio says […]

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Flight Centre aims for CI growth

Cook Islands Tourism invited a representative of one of NZ’s largest travel retailers, Flight Centre, to speak at the opening of the industry’s biennial forum on Monday. James Brooker manages the relationship between Flight Centre and CI Tourism. The Australian-headquartered Flight Centre is a global company in eight countries and has 13,000 staff – in […]

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Proposal aims to change constituency seats

Combining constituency seats to create fairer representation is a major recommendation of the new proposal for political reform. Prime minister Jim Marurai released the proposal yesterday saying he hoped it would generate public debate and put extra pressure on MPs to consider just how reform should happen. Under the proposal put together by political reform […]

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Mango catcher spotted

A potential future Cook Islands cricketer was spotted in Aitutaki recently practising his fielding skills by catching mangoes. Twelve-year-old Wesley Robert has been holidaying on Aitutaki with his parents Nana Tiamoke from Atiu and Robert. Wesley has been playing cricket since he was six, and plays for the under 14 Illawara Region back home in […]

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Heather unopposed

Teariki Heather has been confirmed as the Cook Islands Party candidate in Akaoa at the next general elections. The sitting MP’s nomination was the only one to be tendered at a meeting of party faithful in the constituency on Wednesday night. The CIP executive is absolutely delighted at the outcome of the meeting which was […]

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Optimism abounds for education in 2010

Schools in the Cook Islands re-open on Monday January 25, 2010. All students are expected to be back at school from Day One although in the case of secondary schools, some may have a staggered start with different year levels attending on different days initially. A late start puts students on the back foot from […]

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Wigmore defends seabed job ad

Dear Editor, With regard to the position of Commissioner of the Seabed Minerals Authority, I believe that we have to walk before we run. The Cook Islands have no mining activity and there won’t be any for several years. However, opportunities can exist for interested companies to apply for an Exploration Licence once the required […]

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Dishes donated for prisoners

Prisoners will now have the luxury of eating off plates thanks to the generosity of a couple visiting from Tahiti. Rafeo and Rahiti Tehiva donated 50 plastic mugs, bowls and plates to Arorangi prison yesterday. When visiting the correctional facility on Sunday, they noticed the inmates were relegated to eating and drinking from ice cream […]

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Mou Piri asks for wide access to 1998 report

The group for political reform, Mou Piri, is calling on government to provide better public access to the 1998 Commission of Political Review report. Mou Piri believes the government-commissioned report is an excellent document that provides detailed results from public meetings on all islands, submissions from a broad spectrum of society as well as professionals […]

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MP appalled PM never saw Toogood report

Prime minister Jim Marurai’s receipt of the ‘Toogood’ report a month after it was released to government is appalling, says Opposition MP Teina Bishop. The December 22 report details government’s $1.75 million out of court settlement with the country’s two fuel distribution companies over the controversial fuel farm scheme. “The PM should resign – it’s […]

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Te Marauru o te Pae Apii

Akamarama’anga no runga i te peapa NCEA Revera Tai Ka rauka i teia peapa me tere atu te maka (credits) a taau tamaiti ki te varu ngauru, mei roto mai i te au apii e apai ana aia. Ka tare katoa ia te au maka tei rauka iaia mei te revera tai ki te revera […]

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NCEA results improving overall

Last year’s results for students entered in national certificate of educational achievement (NCEA) saw improved pass rates – but 50 percent of final year students are still failing to pass, according to the ministry of education’s statistics. A total of 503 students from the seven accredited colleges and secondary schools entered level 1 (year 11) […]

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Plea for safe travel

The beginning of the school term will likely generate an increase in road traffic. Road Safety Council and Cook’s Island Bus Passenger Transport Ltd would like to remind drivers, bus riders and pedestrians to travel safely. RSC chairman Colin Burn asks that students be sure to walk carefully along the side of the road, even […]

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