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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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Healthy habits enhance learning

As parents gear up for the start of the school term, the health department would like to remind them to encourage children to stick to a healthy diet. According to nutritionist Karen Tairea, eating healthy foods can enhance a child’s ability to learn and improve his or her behaviour and concentration. Tairea advises schoolchildren and […]

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Imagine this!

Fishing, snorkelling and playing cricket are among the things new Tereora College English teacher Guy Savage and wife Anna are keen to do when they are not in the classroom. Three years ago the couple visited Rarotonga and thought, “Imagine living here!” Now they are here and keen to ease into the island lifestyle. “We’ve […]

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USP 2010 – we're open to everyone

This year USP Cook Islands Campus will spearhead the introduction of a five-year work and study degree in hotel management to help meet a key human resource need of the Cook Islands main export industry – tourism and hospitality. This degree will be delivered entirely in the Cook Islands to employees of the local hotel […]

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Trades centre gears up for year

The trades training centre (department of national human resources development) in Arorangi is due to have an orientation for students in the first week of February. Night classes are due to start in February with dates and times to be confirmed by the end of this month. These classes are as follows: (1) National Certificate […]

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Understanding NCEA

Information for parents about NCEA qualifications Students entering NCEA Level 1: To achieve NCEA Level 1 your child needs a total of at least 80 credits from all the subjects he/she is taking. Credits count from Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 standards Minimum Language and Mathematics requirements: Part of your child’s total of […]

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Watch out for the bus and be safe

Buses will be running as usual this school term, and riders and road users alike should make sure to exercise care on and around the school bus. Kevin Cook of Cook’s Passenger Transport reminds students not to cross the road in front of the bus. He asks parents to cooperate by waiting for their children […]

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From teaching to auditing

Andrea Panther with her husband Lance and daughters Olivia (7) and Ashley (11). “/> Small communities are where Andrea Panther thrives but the teacher is taking a cautious approach to her new positions as an audit officer within the Ministry of Education. “Mostly I’ll be making sure that teachers are doing the right things and […]

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New principals appointed around the country

The 2010 school year is set to get off to a smooth start with newly appointed teachers and principals ready to start work on Monday. There has been some reshuffling of teachers and positions within Cook Islands schools. Students at the country’s national college, Tereora College, have already know what to expect from their principal […]

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New physed teachers on a mission

For Ben Sexton, shifting to Rarotonga is a case of both teaching and learning. He and his partner Rachelle Owen-Cooper, who arrived in Rarotonga last Sunday, are new additions to the Titikaveka College teaching faculty. Ben will teach Science, Rachelle will teach Health and both will teach Physical Education. Both Ben and Rachelle have been […]

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Teachers union aims to grow

School teachers are currently holding a four-day workshop to discuss how to strengthen their union. Around 20 members of the Cook Islands Teachers’ Institute (CITI) were based this week at the teachers’ building behind Telecom Stadium Arena. Leading the workshop were Council of Pacific Education (COPE) secretary-general Govind Singh and former secretary general Krsihna Datt. […]

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New teachers from NZ

The Ministry of Education is proud to welcome its new group of New Zealand teachers keen to take up the challenge of teaching Cook Islands kids. In total nine teachers have arrived on our shores from New Zealand to fill in various teaching positions from English teachers to Performing Arts tutors. MOE have compiled mini […]

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MPs to see reform proposal next week

Prime minister Jim Marurai’s plan for MPs to see the new 12-point political reform proposal is now likely to take place early next week. Marurai had hoped to have the two political parties briefed on the proposal this week after cabinet gave it a thumbs up. He is calling for all MPs to support the […]

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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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Sailing vaka returning to Aitutaki

As soon as the winds are favourable, vaka Te Au O Tonga will set sail for Aitutaki. Cook Islands Voyaging Society president Ian Karika is keen to sail the double hulled vaka to Aitutaki where building materials for renovating the canoe await its arrival. Karika says that they were meant to sail to Aitutaki last […]

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4 suggested for Finsec's job

Who could take on the job of financial secretary? As financial secretary Sholan Ivaiti’s future in the role is in doubt following the Toagate scandal, talk has already started about possible replacements. Ivaiti is facing possible suspension over the $2 million-plus scandal and his handling of the fuel farm scheme, and it is possible he […]

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Cooks strategy to focus on Australia

Tourism board chairman Tata Crocombe believes the country can tap into the region’s biggest market – Australia – via a new direction in marketing and by taking advantage of the proposed direct Sydney flights. Crocombe told those at the opening cocktail function for this week’s biennial tourism industry forum on Monday night that the focus […]

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CIP prepare for election

The Cook Islands Party wants an early election so that the country’s political situation can return to normal. But there will have to be a few things put in place before that should happen. “Since December 24th, we have not had a proper government in place – it is not a good situation for the […]

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Ivaiti suspension pending

After raising the issue with cabinet last week, new finance minister Wilkie Rasmussen said he was still considering the suspension of financial secretary Sholan Ivaiti. Rasmussen said that the matter is still subject to ‘various advice’. While Ivaiti’s role in the $2 million-plus ‘Toagate’ fuel farm scandal is being investigated by the audit office, Rasmussen […]

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Hospital needs better reporting

Improving the care of hospital patients through better incident reporting is the aim of a recent workshop undertaken by the ministry of health. General quality manager Elizabeth Iro says that poor and incomplete reporting of incidents in the clinical areas of health, results in missed opportunities for quality improvement — an observation she has put […]

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No retirement plans says tourism boss

Cook Islands Tourism chief executive John Dean refutes claims that he’s resigned from the corporation to retire. On Monday, tourism board chairman Tata Crocombe said Dean had cited his wish to go into retirement as the reason he was leaving two years into his three year contract. “I want to make it perfectly clear that […]

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