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Accused denied festive booze as strict bail conditions continue

A man facing intent to injure charges has asked the courts if he can consume alcohol over the festive season despite bail conditions stipulating he can’t.

Teachers discuss post-grad programmes

About 65 teachers and school administrators met this week to discuss the offer of masters and PhD programmes in education at the University of the South Pacific, starting in April. The meeting was attended to by education secretary Sharyn Paio, the head of USP’s school of education Teweiariki Teaero, and Violet Tisam from the department […]


MBE recipient leads by example

A seventy-five-year-old man from the island of Pukapuka makes up the list of Cook islanders set to receive one of four New Year’s honours. Mangere Malo will receive a BEM for services to the public. The former health inspector and police officer was educated in Rarotonga before being posted to the island of Man-gaia. He […]


Edgewater names 2 staff of the year

Two Edgewater Resort and Spa staff were recognised on Friday for their outstanding work by being named as ‘staff of the year’. Joan Ngati and Rouvi Auua were given the staff of the year awards by the resort’s general manager Chris McGeown in front of their cheering colleagues. McGeown says that the purpose of the […]


Rongo boys ready to go

Last week the boys in this photo – brothers Drejun (10), Tayne (7) and JJ (5) Rongo along with their uncle Teavaiki Toa (4) – just couldn’t wait for school to start on Monday (today). “The holidays was too long,” said Tayne. “I miss school,” added JJ. Over the school holidays the boys have been […]


Investment code needs updating

Business Trade & Investment Board’s chief executive believes that it is time to update the country’s investment code. Terry Rangi, who has been the agency’s CEO for the past eight months, says it is important that the code is updated now after last being reviewed in 2003. “I think it is time to update the […]


A parent's day – it's a balancing act

This article is a personal reflection of one parent. It’s intended to emphasise how important your role is as parents working closely with your child, whether it’s back to school or end of the school year. Situations may differ across homes, however common across the board is our striving to provide our children with the […]


Bus is cheaper in long run

Cook’s Bus company operator Kevin Cook would like to remind parents of schoolchildren that the bus is “a lot cheaper than running a car to school”. “A lot of parents think they can do it more economically by taking their children to school in the mornings and having them ride the bus home. “But we’re […]


Vaevae challenge back on

Due to popular demand the Vaevae Challenge will start up again on May 10. May 10 is also World Move for Health Day. The Ministry of Health initiative is aimed at getting people to be more active and achieve 30 minutes of physical activity on most days. The programme’s other objectives are to provide individuals […]


Composers called to enter Mire Atu

With the annual Mire Atu composer’s competition scheduled for Thursday March 4 – all local composers are urged to prepare songs for the first Ministry of Cultural Development event of the year. This year’s theme is ‘Te au tuatua pakari o toou enua e te Matakeinanga’ (The wise sayings of your island or tribe). In […]


Take it back to parliament: Sir Terepai

The two major political parties are calling on the prime minister to follow the correct process with regards to political reform and take the matter to parliament. Democratic Party leader Sir Terepai Maoate says in the interest of transparency, public submissions on political reforms should be reviewed by a parliamentary select committee. Sir Terepai says […]


No one wanted job in cabinet: Demos

The reason for not appointing a sixth minister by the Jim Marurai-led cabinet was not a cost-cutting measure, say the Democratic Party. “The reality is, despite approaches to both the Democratic Party and the Cook Islands Party, no MP is willing to take up the offer of a ministership in the new minority cabinet,” says […]


Faireka confirmed as HoM

Tupou Faireka is relieved he has finally been appointed as secretary of health after three months of acting in the role while government made its decision. Yesterday health minister Apii Piho officially announced Faireka’s appointment as of this week. “I believe we have the right guy on board. I have sincere belief in his ability […]


Minister 'going to the people' on infrastructure problems

Minister William ‘Smiley’ Heather wants to tackle Rarotonga’s water supply, road and waste management issues ‘with the people’. The Ruaau MP was appointed minister of infrastructure and planning (MOIP) shortly before New Year and already he’s taking a new approach to the way ministers have traditionally worked by putting more emphasis on ‘going to the […]


Free light bulbs to launch energy project

A national project which aims at reducing carbon emissions and domestic power bills was launched yesterday by deputy prime minister and minister for Te Aponga Uira Robert Wigmore. The project aims to introduce low energy light bulbs into all homes and educate the public on the advantages on using these over the standard incandescent light […]


Mango catcher spotted

A potential future Cook Islands cricketer was spotted in Aitutaki recently practising his fielding skills by catching mangoes. Twelve-year-old Wesley Robert has been holidaying on Aitutaki with his parents Nana Tiamoke from Atiu and Robert. Wesley has been playing cricket since he was six, and plays for the under 14 Illawara Region back home in […]


Heather unopposed

Teariki Heather has been confirmed as the Cook Islands Party candidate in Akaoa at the next general elections. The sitting MP’s nomination was the only one to be tendered at a meeting of party faithful in the constituency on Wednesday night. The CIP executive is absolutely delighted at the outcome of the meeting which was […]


Dean resignation requires an explanation

Opposition leader Tom Marsters fears that tourism head John Dean’s resignation may have a negative impact on the industry. “Already ripples of concern are sweeping through the industry and the rumour mill is busy,” says Marsters in a media release yesterday. “All sorts of allegations are being made and are further fuelled by statements made […]


PM plans reform conference

Prime minister Jim Marurai plans to host a conference on political reform early next month to hear more ideas and questions on the issue. He wants to know if there is a national consensus for political reform and what that preference would be. Marurai aims to consult widely on the best way forward for the […]


Political reform – an historic opportunity to address a long overdue issue

An historic opportunity to address the long standing unresolved issue of political reform – The events of the last three weeks have highlighted the urgent need for change in the government of the country – Political Reform is a long standing unresolved issue – Political Reform is fundamental to the long term future of the […]


One laptop per child on Mitiaro

Every child at Mitiaro School will receive a surprise when they start school this year – a state-of-the-art laptop. It may have taken more than a year but the One Laptop Per Child pilot project is finally all go. About 70 of the laptops are now in Mitiaro – secretary of education Sharyn Paio says […]


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