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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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Fly plague in Arorangi

Monday 24: Hotels and restaurants in Arorangi expressed frustration last week at what they are calling an ‘invasion of flies’ at their premises. Rarotonga Resorts Management general manager Rohan Ellis says the increasing number of flies is believed to be due to the out of control fly situation at the Arorangi landfill site. Ellis oversees […]

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Koteka voted to board

SATURDAY 22: Anna Koteka has been voted on to the national superannuation board as the contributors’ representative. The process to elect a representative came to a close last Friday. Over a two-week period from July 28 to August 7, members of the fund were given the opportunity to vote for the representative who they felt […]

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UK vet and nurse pick Raro

SATURDAY 22: English veterinarian university graduate Laura Musgrove, 23, had a slew of high-tech, big-budget European clinics on her doorstep from which to get her first work experience. Instead, she and a small band of vet-care specialists regularly answer the call of a tiny Pacific Island animal centre with an international reputation – the Esther […]

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Emotional plea from Manihiki

SATURDAY 22: Tere party of 130 prepared and ready for Maeva Nui The people of Manihiki – concerned about transport to Maeva Nui – issued a ‘letter of plea to the government of today’ on Thursday. The letter addressed to deputy prime minister Sir Terepai Maoate was signed by acting island secretary Lazaro Samson with […]

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Aotearoa Society to welcome Maori King

Friday 21: The Aotearoa Society will host the visiting New Zealand Maori king Te Arikinui Tuheitia Paki to a morning tea at the Aotearoa Centre in Tupapa during his week-long visit next month. Society secretary Helen O’Meara says they have been asked by NZ High Commissioner Tia Barrett to host the king and his entourage […]

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USP wants Cook Islands input

Friday 21: The University of the South Pacific’s vice chancellor and president is on Rarotonga and is keen to hear how the USP can better serve the needs of the country’s residents. Professor Rajesh Chandra is here primarily to attend this morning’s graduation of Cook Islands-based students at the National Auditorium. But Chandra says that […]

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Westpac cuts penalty fees

Friday 21: Westpac today announced a range of exception fee reductions, some fees cut by 60 percent, across a number of their business and personal products and services. The reduced exception fees, sometimes known as penalty fees, apply to credit card and transaction accounts and come as part of the bank’s renewed customer-focused strategy. The […]

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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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Airline changes flight schedule

Thursday 20: Pacific Blue flight schedules will change slightly during September to cope with increased visitor arrivals. Starting from September 1, Pacific Blue will fly into Rarotonga from Auckland on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings – touching down just after midnight (12.20am). However, the airline will operate extra Sunday morning flights on September 13, 20 […]

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DPM's office broken into this month

Wednesday 26: Burglary numbers have dropped last week with five being reported to police. The deputy prime minister’s office behind the Banana Court was broken into on Saturday, August 15 but was only reported last Monday. It was still being determined if anything was taken. Police were notified of a burglary at the Avatea school […]

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NGO surveys maternity leave in private sector

Thursday 20: Maternity leave provisions and practices in the private sector are the focus of a new survey launched by Punanga Tauturu Inc (CI Women’s Counselling Centre) this month. The survey is part of valuable research the non-government organisation has devoted a portion of its NZAID core funding to this year. Punanga Tauturu representative Kairangi […]

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High Tide granted liquor licence

Wednesday 26: It’s been a long time between drinks for High Tide Bar and Grill but they’re finally been granted a liquor licence. The liquor licence committee came to a unanimous decision last week to allow the Avarua venue to sell alcohol. Previously they have been operating as a BYO establishment. High Tide can now […]

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Appeal to help name people

Thursday 20: ‘Captive Images’ is breathtaking new exhibition of images of Rarotongans and Mangaians in the 1950s to be shown for two weeks at the Beachcomber Contemporary Art gallery. The exhibition, which will preview this evening, is courtesy of the University of the South Pacific Cook Islands Campus and an inquiring American anthropologist who inevitably […]

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Delegation given royal treatment in Mauke

Wednesday 26: The New Zealand high commissioner Tia Barrett and his wife, Theresa, were carried on a paata upon arrival at Mauke airport on Monday afternoon. The couple were part of minister Kete Ioane’s delegation to formally launch the long-awaited island’s water project. After all guests were greeted with ei, the ‘patu ki runga’ began, […]

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Examples of parental leave:

Thursday 20: New Zealand – if you have worked for at least six to 12 months for the same employer immediately before the date of birth or date of adoption of a child, the mother can take up to 14 weeks paid maternity leave. Partners can take 21 days leave before and after the date […]

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Rotary shows appreciation to Creative Centre

Tuesday 25: Rarotonga Rotary Club donated $1500 to the Creative Centre recently in appreciation for the use of their main meeting venue. Rotary further indicated to the trustees and management of the Centre its intention to continue to support them and congratulated them on recent expansion of activity. There are now 24 active daily members […]

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Paid maternity leave proposed

Thursday 20: Should government pay two weeks of maternity leave to women working in the private sector? This is the question that will soon be posed to cabinet ministers who will have to decide whether a provision for this should remain in the draft Employment Relations Bill. Almost all working men and women will think […]

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VAT and visitor numbers on track

Tuesday 25: The global economic crisis is starting to affect the revenues collected by government. The ministry of finance and economic management (MFEM) is now being cautious in developing revenue estimates for the current year also factoring in the world recession. The warning is that while revenues are still coming in above estimates, there is […]

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