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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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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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New uniform for 2011

Air New Zealand has announced that it will introduce a new uniform in 2011 to coincide with the introduction of a new fleet of 777-300 aircraft. The airline has engaged Trelise Cooper, one of New Zealand’s leading fashion designers, to assist in the design of the next Air New Zealand uniform. “We will introduce a […]

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Teachers study at uni summer school

Eight courses or papers are being conducted during this year’s summer school at the University of the South Pacific campus at Takamoa. Seventeen participants have signed up for the two papers which will go towards attaining a diploma of early childhood, while a similar number are doing two papers which will count towards a Bachelor […]

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2 St Joseph's buildings relocating to Arorangi

Contractor Paul Mangakahia and his team are in the process of moving what remains of the old St Joseph’s Primary School to Arorangi. Built in 1946, the two buildings that were not a part of last year’s renovation project will be relocated and sold as private homes. According to Mangakahia, both buildings are made of […]

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Pet clinic plans garage sale

The Esther Honey Foundation is appealing to the general public for household goods for a planned garage sale at the animal clinic in Nikao this Saturday. The clinic will be raising money for the care of animals at the clinic and is asking the general public for donations of goods for the sale. Clinic manager […]

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Rescue team searches for more volunteers

Rescue Cook Islands, the voluntary search and rescue organisation, is looking to increase its numbers and capacity to carry out searches in Rarotonga’s rugged interior. Trainer Ron Bird says they are looking for more volunteers – male and female – who are generally fit and able, who have knowledge of the interior, and who may […]

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Police target disqualified drivers

Police have made eight arrests and have documented two thefts and one case of unlawful taking since last Thursday. Of the three people that were charged with excess breath alcohol this weekend, just one was involved in a vehicle accident. The 29-year-old fell off his motorbike near the Punanga Nui Market onThursday night, and was […]

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'Mum' to masses earns MBE

At 73 she can’t stop thinking about the people – it’s a lifetime habit for Tiriakau Vakapora Nicholls, fondly known as ‘Mum’ by the staff at Aitutaki hospital, and many others who she has cared for over the last 48 years. It is also why she has received an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the […]

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'Airline of the Year'

Air New Zealand was congratulated by NZ prime minister and tourism minister John Key last week for being named Airline of the Year by ‘Air Transport World’ magazine. “This is a great honour but, then again, no great surprise to those of us who continually experience the service that our national airline delivers,” said Key. […]

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Prison roof for renewal

Work has finally begun on replacing the rotten roof of the Arorangi prison. The decomposed wood, which covered the cell block, was being ripped off yesterday to make way for concrete later this week. Superintendent Metuatini Tangaroa said a more secure covering has been needed for years. Previous escapes have been made by inmates breaking […]

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'Take it to court'

The opposition Cook Islands Party believes a High Court judgement should be sought on whether the Queen’s Representative should call parliament. Party leader Henry Puna told Cook Islands News yesterday that prime minister Jim Marurai should not be relying on a legal opinion to justify his position. “In regard to the opinion of Dr. Alex […]

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Justice minister inspects prison

The new minister of justice says he’s making the prison a top priority. Api Piho has hit the ground running, touring the Arorangi prison last Monday, a day before he officially started, with secretary of justice Mark Short. With 10 escapes last year, he said the correction facility needed to be urgently addressed. “To be […]

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More money missing

The audit office has acknowledged that there is more money unaccounted for, following a review into unidentified payments made by the Cook Islands Sports & National Olympic Committee in 2008-09. After reading the report which was tabled in parliament late last year, the Cook Islands Rugby Union’s chief executive Ben Koteka complained to the audit […]

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Talks start on new trade agreement

Consultations have begun in the Cook Islands for a new regional trade agreement. The Cook Islands are signatories, along with 14 other Forum Island countries, to Pacer (Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations) Plus, following the 40th Forum leaders meeting in October last year where it was agreed negotiations would start. At that time, forum […]

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Mail delays explained

Dear Editor, Several of us on Aitutaki just received Christmas cards that had been mailed from our respective countries over a month ago. It seems pretty obvious that a mail bag sat somewhere in a corner in the post office in Rarotonga and someone finally decided to process it. It has nothing to do with […]

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We have to reform

Dear Editor, With all the political reforms being proposed, there remains lots of confusion. Probably some concepts are not yet well explained. For example, many people have difficulty dealing with the concept of constituency seats versus national seats. Simply put, a constituency seat is the traditional way of voting where you have choice of voting […]

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Gang of 19 not required

Dear Editor Our political system is not even a Westminster system (as in behind the old Iron Curtain). Our politicians have carefully and intentionally taken us back to where 20% of the countries voters work for the government in one way or another. They are all hostage to the political bullies who threaten their employment […]

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Vaka bound for Aitutaki

Pictured at right is the president of the Araura Oe Vaka Association and Aitutaki MP Junior Maoate (far right) with workers packing a container with 10 vaka bound for the island. Maoate said the V6 and V1 canoes will be distributed to the two existing clubs – Aitutaki Oe Vaka and Te Mana O Utataki […]

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NCEA national results out soon

Hundreds of teens are keen to get their exam results this week as they prepare to go back to college or on to tertiary studies and work. The ministry of education plans to have the overall national results statistics for 2009 and the comparison with previous years out within the week. This information shows whether […]

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New reporter traces roots

It’s a new reporter for the New Year at Cook Islands News. Rachel Reeves joins the editorial team after making the move from Los Angeles, California, to Rarotonga. Despite her accent, she has strong Cook Islands roots through her grandmother Pauline Napa, owner of the Kiikii Motel. Her father, Anthony Napa, is a former Tereora […]

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