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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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Competition will spur innovation, Chamber

The Chamber of Commerce is pleased that telecommunications will – at last – be open to competition, and that all parties, including Telecom Cook Islands, are now working constructively towards that goal. “Competition will promote new technology, improved pricing, and a greater focus on quality of service, reliability and customer support,” says the chamber. The […]

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Telecom reports to the public

Introduction In the two and a half years since John Budden came to Rarotonga to report to the government on the status of telecommunications in the Cook Islands, many positive developments have taken place. Telecom provided details of these developments to Budden last week and now we wish to share this information with the public. […]

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Mangaia fishermen aim to improve skills

Mangaia’s fishermen hope to improve their skills on the water – and they’re about to get a helping hand from the ministry of marine resources. Starting on Monday November 23, a one-week training workshop will be held on the island. The island has its own fishing association and it will be the first outer island […]

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FAO suggests world-wide hunger strike

On Monday the Hunger Summit will begin at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome to raise awareness of the unacceptable situation of the one billion people living in chronic hunger, and a child dying of hunger evaery six seconds. An appeal for a world-wide hunger strike in solidarity with […]

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'Twilight' tests 13 agencies

Field exercise ‘Twilight’ was held on Wednesday night with emergency services coping with a staged plane crash. In charge of public relations was senior sergeant Kau Mapu who said the operation began at 6.13pm. It involved an Air Raro Saab aircraft losing altitude and crashing on the Avatiu side of the runway. This was simulated […]

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Uni students honoured

Cook Islands students were this week honoured for their academic achievements as current students at the University of Waikato. The trio joined 31 other Pacific Islands students from the university in Hamilton, New Zealand, as recipients of the Tertiary Achievement for Pacific Ako (TAPA) Scholarships which are handed out each year in recognition of students […]

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Reform should be slow and steady – Glassie

The recent overseas trip by Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua MP Nandi Glassie has obviously done him some good and he has responded in full to the questions on political reform. Political reform, says Glassie, is about correcting faults and evils in a government, in order to create a better society for everyone to live in. “The challenge is […]

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Cause of fire investigated

A Matavera home was completely destroyed by fire yesterday morning. The fire service was called at 10.07am to a house on the back road leading towards the water inlet. Three appliances were at the scene, two from rescue and fire service and one from Puiakura Fire Brigade. Fire chief Nga Jessie says it took over […]

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Mangaia tri series in Auckland

Auckland will host the 2010 Mangaia tri-series. The tri-series serves as a Mangaia ‘one island dream’ – a reunion of Mangaia islanders from Australia, New Zealand and across the Cook Islands. For the Mangaian community it’s a gathering with sports competitions and cultural performances the key attraction. It is also an opportunity for the people […]

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Glassie reports back on overseas course

Atiu MP Nandi Glassie has recently returned from a course for parliamentarians at the Australian National University which he attended with Matavera MP Cassey Eggelton. The unusual aspect is that Glassie, unlike nearly all other MPs who travel overseas on government business, has voluntarily provided a public report on what he learned and gained. The […]

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Wins to Johnson and Hardie

Rugby sevens pioneer and ambassador Eric Rush enjoying a spot of lunch with long time rugby friend George George (right) and Mark Brown at the junior rugby development charity luncheon. “/> The previous competition at the Rarotonga golf course was the B&M Wholesalers Tournament, once again generously sponsored by Rarotonga Golf Club Life Member Bruce […]

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New CEO sees a bright future

The chief executive of the newly formed financial services development authority hopes that she can help to market and promote the country’s offshore industry overseas. “There is the opportunity to grow the industry,” says Jenner Davis, who was appointed to the job last week. “I’m excited about the potential of the FSDA to broaden the […]

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Students enjoy maths quiz

Thirteen Rarotonga schools and students from Aitutaki schools took part in the annual Mathematics Quiz held at the National Auditorium on Wednesday evening. Ministry of education mathematics advisor and quiz convenor Strickland Upu thanked sponsors for their generous support on behalf of the maths quiz competition panel made up of local teachers. “We were able […]

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Challenges to e-Government progress in Cooks

The Cook Islands representative at an e-Government study tour last month says there a number of challenges faced by the country in this area. Ano Tisam was among delegates from 15 Pacific Islands countries who took part in an intensive two-week study tour of Korea directed at facilitating the development of e-Government in the region. […]

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Superannuation is a poor investment

Can members sue to recover the losses? Some members of the Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund have suggested suing the board of directors or the trustee or the fund manager for the losses. My advice is that such would be unsuccessful. The chance of success would be small yet expensive. I would not recommend even […]

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Digital library celebrates 1st birthday

It has one year since Mangaia School’s library went digital. New books were purchased last year as part of education ministry’s programme to upgrade libraries in schools, and a computer with software for digitally scanning the books, along with a barcode reader, was also acquired. “Our students likened this to a supermarket, where the groceries […]

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Armistice Day remembered

A handful of people attended Armistice Day ceremony at the monument inside the ministry of justice compound in Avarua. After a short service led by Bob Kimiangatau, wreaths were laid at the cenotaph by deputy prime minister Sir Terepai Maoate, first secretary Nicola Ngawati on behalf of the New Zealand high commission, maritime surveillance advisor […]

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Orientation concludes for HoMs and SIAs

Wednesday 26: Heads of ministries (HoMs) and island secretaries (SIAs) are into the last day of a two-day orie-ntation workshop on Rarotonga. Office of the public service commissioner CEO Priscilla Maruariki said yesterday that workshop will help new HoMs and island secretaries to better understand their roles and familiarise themselves with the legislation which applies […]

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Calling home easy for Opo

Thursday 20: Born in New Zealand with strong family ties to the Cook Islands and Tonga, Aircraftsman Malina Opo is serving with No. 3 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), in Samoa as part of Exercise Tropic Astra 2009. Opo loves his job and says he would encourage Cook Islanders to join the air […]

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Demo execs stand behind MP expulsion

Wednesday 26: The Democratic Party executive is sticking to its decision to expel rebel MP Wilkie Rasmussen. The Penrhyn MP issued a 24 hour ultimatum to the party on Monday to withdraw the decision to cancel his membership or face court action. Acting president Makirere Poila said yesterday that the executive will not reconsider its […]

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