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Unlike the previous Covid-19 variants, Omicron is regarded less severe but highly transmissible and can result in a large number of cases putting pressure on the local health system.

Big dengue clean up gets started as cases increase

Thursday 9: Today public servants will be out in force taking part in a dengue tutaka clean up of Rarotonga. To date there have been over 70 reported cases of probable dengue. Seven more were reported yesterday, two of which appear to be people who have been re-infected with dengue fever. Acting director of public […]

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'Independent' Peua says he is still CIP

Wednesday 15: Pukapuka-Nassau MP Vai Peua says that he doesn’t understand the action being taken by the Opposition against him, because he hasn’t left the Cook Islands Party. “Kare au i te Demo – I’m a CIP,” says Peua. “I haven’t left the CIP.” Peua says he has received comments from constituents, friends, church ministers […]

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Sail fish wins Salsa

Wednesday 15: Team Café Salsa has once again taken out the Easter fishing competition which it has sponsored for the past three years. They won the same competition in 2007 with a 194kg marlin and this year the team hooked a 57.6kg sail fish (of the marlin family). The team was aboard fishing charter Akura […]

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DPM says Bainimarama feels 'bullied'

Wednesday 15: Some leaders in Pacific nations are calling for more dialogue with Fiji’s interim government, reports Radio New Zealand International. But they say input from New Zealand and Australia won’t be helpful, and the failure of the two countries’ foreign policies in bringing about a return to democracy needs to be taken into account. […]

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Tender period extended

Wednesday 15: Contractors thinking of tendering for road and drainage cleaning on Rarotonga will now get an extra week to put in their tenders. Tenders were supposed to have closed off yesterday but will now close on Tuesday April 21. Rarotonga community beautification programme coordinator Nga Teao says that the third meeting for prospective contractors […]

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Rasmussen addresses the ACP-EU assembly

Wednesday 8: The global economic crisis was at the fore of foreign Affairs minister Wilkie Rasmussen’s address to the opening of the 17th session of the ACP-EU joint parliamentary assembly in Prague, Czech Republic, early this week. Rasmussen also touched on the importance of political will to confront global challenges and the role of developing […]

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Minister in Prague

Saturday 4: Cabinet minister Wilkie Rasmussen and foreign affairs secretary Mike Mitchell are in Prague, Czech Republic, attending the 17th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly this week. They are due back in the country on April 11. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by the assembly. -HG

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Volunteers wanted!

Monday 6: Become a ‘sign post’ for the country 2009 Pacific Mini Games front man Tua Pittman says the event is not only an opportunity for our sportspeople to shine, but also a chance for us all to showcase what makes our island nation so special and unique. One way to showcase your passion for […]

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Atiu war memorial monument built

Wednesday 8: Years of hoping and dreaming paid off last month when Atiu completed a war monument or cenotaph to remember the Atiuans who served during the 1914-18 and the 1940-45 conflicts as well as later years. Their efforts and service to King and country can now be recognised and commemorated for years to come. […]

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Travel costs disclosed in part

Saturday 4: Infrastructure and Planning ministry secretary Taukea Raui had no problem when contacted this week in revealing that government spent $2058 on his recent trip as part of a delegation to Wellington. Raui says the ministry paid the amount for his four days in New Zealand as part of the four member delegation which […]

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Increasing capacity

Wednesday 8: Air New Zealand has announced capacity upgrades on its Auckland-Rarotonga-Auckland route from May to October. A number of A320 airbuses will be replaced with B767 and B777 aircraft adding up to an extra 2854 seats over the six month period. Air NZ Cook Islands manager David Bridge said the airline was pleased to […]

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Tax concession explained

Saturday 4: The 200 percent tax concession for sponsors of the Pacific Mini Games and the World Youth Netball Championships will apply to all those who spend over $50,000 on supporting the events. This week financial secretary Sholan Ivaiti explained just how it will work in response to CINews questions. The conditions of the tax […]

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Outer island cops arrive

Wednesday 8: Seven northern police officers arrived in Rarotonga on Te Kukupa on Monday. They arrived with police commissioner Pat Tasker who spent 11 days on the patrol boat touring the northern group as part of a police exchange programme. “The trip was uneventful but the hospitality received from the outer islands was excellent,” Tasker […]

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Little time blamed for few submissions on Seabed Bill

Saturday 4: Only three public submissions were received on the Seabed Bill during the two weeks the select committee was tasked with reviewing the proposed legislation. Government hopes to pass the bill that sets out how the country’s manganese nodule resource and the mining of it will be managed. The committee had been set up […]

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WSBC denies ruining CI reputation

Wednesday 8: WSBC Bank denies ruining the financial reputation of the Cook Islands. And it reckons it would have won the high-profile court case against the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC). In a press release issued last week – though not to Cook Islands News – WSBC Bank confirms it will leave at the end of […]

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Cooks heed call of G20 on tax info

Saturday 4: Deputy prime minister Sir Terepai Maoate has responded to the communiqué issued this week by the Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (G20) calling for more cooperation between nations in sharing of information relevant to tax matters. Sir Terepai said that he welcomes this call for more transparency in the […]

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New school principals workshop on this week

Tuesday 7: A workshop for new school principals is being held this week by the Ministry of education in partnership with NZAID. The workshop is being held at the Avarua school library under the theme ‘learning for life – effective leadership’. The new principals taking part are mainly from the outer islands and include Mitiaro […]

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Fuel rationing at work

Friday 3: Aitutaki vehicle owners were left queuing at Aquila Rentals petrol pumps (above) over the weekend as fuel was being rationed to customers due to a shortage caused in part a fuel pricing issue. Aitutaki businessman and MP Teina Bishop says although he has reopened his petrol pumps since a new price order took […]

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Tutaka activated

Tuesday 7: A Rarotonga clean up (tutaka) campaign has been activated this week in response to a growing number of probable dengue cases. Six tutaka teams from public health are heading out into the main village areas and residences of the 63 probable dengue cases have been identified. Public health are asking all residents of […]

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Meet Joey the show dazzler

Friday 3: Akavaine Joey Mataele, transgender mother of five, will entertain at tonight’s Miss Cook Islands Pageant She’s performed in front of a United States president, royalty and international celebrities and tonight she’ll grace the stage of the Miss Cook Islands Pageant. Joey Mataele of Tonga has had a whirlwind career that has seen her […]

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