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New Zealand education leaders visit Cook Islands

A group of current and past New Zealand education leaders with Pacific ties are visiting the Cook Islands to share their knowledge and strengthen relationship with local counterparts.

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Drowning victim died of natural causes

Cook Islands coroner says the Australian visitor who died while snorkelling near Fruits of Rarotonga on Sunday died of natural causes.

Another offshore bank on notice

Monday 6: Uruguay based operation ordered to comply with FSC conditions Another offshore bank has had conditions attached to its licence, according to the Financial Supervisory Commission website. Pacific Trade Bank Limited was confirmed by commissioner Lorraine Allan as having conditions on its licence, and a copy of the conditions was obtained from the FSC. […]

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Forum Line reviews shipping situation

Thursday 2: Pacific Forum Line’s chief executive Captain Sean Bolt says he has been here this week to gauge whether the shipping company should resume full services to the country. He says there is no clear solution to the Cook Islands’ shipping problems but PFL is looking at what it can do short term and […]

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Crowning glory

Monday 6: Gorgeous girls, a dazzling show Anyone who bought a ticket for the Miss Cook Islands pageant on Friday night would have got their money’s worth. The six-hour show was jammed-packed with stunning dresses, gorgeous girls and extraordinary performances. The night was set to be special right from the opening number with Janet Dearlove […]

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Tools for school principals in training

Wednesday 8: About 10 school principals, mostly from the outer islands, are taking part in a Ministry of Education workshop designed to provide them with key leadership, management and monitoring skills. As new principals, there is always more to learn about effective leadership which is the theme of the workshop. Yesterday numeracy facilitator Strickland Upu […]

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Air Raro pleased with Manihiki agreement

Monday 6: Air Rarotonga managing director Ewan Smith has met with deputy prime minister Sir Terepai Maoate to discuss the outcome of meetings with Manihiki airport landowners. Smith has told the DPM that he’s extremely pleased that an agreement has been reached. “It’s outstanding that the DPM has been able to achieve agreement between landowners […]

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Supplementary budget changes explained

Thursday 2: Government’s latest supplementary budget tabled in parliament yesterday will see its expenditure rise by almost $5 million and its expected revenue decrease by $27,000. The extra expenditure is to go towards covering the costs of the Pacific Mini Games and finance minister Sir Terepai Maoate explained that the reduction in projected crown revenue […]

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Aitutaki café tender called for

Wednesday 8: Tenders are being called for the airport café in Aitutaki. Airport Authority’s commercial, operations and quality assurance manager, Mark Vaikai, says the tender calls for the set up of a café on the same premises vacated by the previous operator who closed last week. “The primary intent of having the café in the […]

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Joint venture not final

Monday 6: Pacific Mini Games 2009 Ltd and World Youth Netball Championships 2009 Ltd – the companies organising this year’s two big sports events – are near to finalising a joint venture agreement. Games minister Wilkie Rasmussen says that there have been difficulties in finalising the agreement, especially in the areas of sponsorship, marketing and […]

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7 MPs want seat declared vacant

Thursday 2: The seven Opposition Cook Islands Party members of parliament are calling for the Pukapuka-Nassau seat to be declared vacant. This is the substance of the letter delivered to the speaker Mapu Taia yesterday by opposition leader Tom Marsters and deputy leader Teina Bishop. The letter calls on the speaker to declare the Pukapuka-Nassau […]

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Trades training shared with Niue

Wednesday 1: Four teachers from Niue High School visited the trade training centre recently to check up on the transition programmes being run at the Arorangi facility. Principal James Poihega says they are interested in carrying out vocational training programmes at their school, and are keen to learn how the TTC operates, along with the […]

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Tourism industry says what it wants

Monday 30: Aitutaki operators call for more government backing Tourism minister Wilkie Rasmussen took the time to meet with tourism industry members while in Aitutaki on Friday. In what was the most unemotional meeting of four held by the minister last week to discuss Sunday flights, about 30 members of the tourism industry including members […]

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Avatea movie night tomorrow

Wednesday 1: Avatea School is putting on a movie night tomorrow to help raise funds to upgrade its playground and car parking area. There will be two movies screened at Avatea School hall from 5pm – one of them is the popular animated children’s movie Bolt. Bolt is about a canine star of an action […]

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Website for tourism

Monday 30: The Tourism Industry Council is hoping its new website will become a focal point for the industry. Council president Greg Stanaway says the website, still being fully developed, was launched about two months ago. Creating an informative website for the public and its members was one of the council’s aims set last year. […]

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Regional auditors set plan

Wednesday 1: The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) Transitional Working Group (TWG) met in Wellington last week to finalise its charter. Members also reviewed programme funding and staff resource arrangements, discussed a framework for a capacity development programme, and developed a proposal for mobilising a cooperative performance audit. The group’s committee chairman, Paul […]

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Machinery to be bought for outer islands

Monday 30: Plant and equipment are being bought by tender for infrastructure projects on some of the outer islands. Ministry of Infrastructure & Planning’s Daryl Rairi says requests come in from each island administration every year and are then prioritised. “These projects are funded from the outer islands budget appropriation where outer islands get approximately […]

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Centre to keep in touch

Wednesday 1: The Creative Centre in Tupapa has received a brand new mobile phone, thanks to Telecom Cook Islands. TCI has donated a Nokia C118 phone with a prepaid SIM card and $20 credit. The mobile will be mainly used by the bus driver to remain in constant contact with centre management. Creative centre coordinator […]

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Thanksgiving tomorrow

Saturday 28 March: A national thanksgiving prayer service planned for tomorrow to coincide with the end of the cyclone season will now be handed over to all the local churches and denominations. This is because of the unavailability of the National Auditorium which is being set up for the Miss Cook Islands Pageant next week. […]

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Shortland Street extras meet actors

Wednesday 1: Locals involved in the production of a Shortland Street episode being shot here were kept busy yesterday as they tackled some of the 22 scenes for the show this week. South Pacific Pictures’ Shortland Street publicist Rachel Keereweer took Cook Islands News on a bit of a tour of the set for one […]

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Aitutaki promotion could bring over 500

Saturday 28 March: A $50,000 initiative by CI Tourism to promote Aitutaki and get 500 extra people on the island from March to June is working so well that it is likely to bring many more visitors. Island Hopper’s Stephen Doherty addressed yesterday’s meeting between the Aitutaki tourism industry and tourism minister Wilkie Rasmussen, saying […]

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Northern islands back on line

Wednesday 1: Four northern islands were unable to receive or make phone calls on Monday. In a media statement released yesterday, Telecom Cook Islands says the problem occurred during the changeover from the NSS-5 satellite to the new NSS-9 satellite that took place on Monday afternoon. “Unfortunately with the islands of Pukapuka, Nassau, Palmerston and […]

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