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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.


Current discharge system ‘not sustainable’ - report

A report into the discharge of sludge into the Avana and Turangi streams says the current situation is “not sustainable”.

New uniform for 2011

Air New Zealand has announced that it will introduce a new uniform in 2011 to coincide with the introduction of a new fleet of 777-300 aircraft. The airline has engaged Trelise Cooper, one of New Zealand’s leading fashion designers, to assist in the design of the next Air New Zealand uniform. “We will introduce a […]


'Take it to court'

The opposition Cook Islands Party believes a High Court judgement should be sought on whether the Queen’s Representative should call parliament. Party leader Henry Puna told Cook Islands News yesterday that prime minister Jim Marurai should not be relying on a legal opinion to justify his position. “In regard to the opinion of Dr. Alex […]


Justice minister inspects prison

The new minister of justice says he’s making the prison a top priority. Api Piho has hit the ground running, touring the Arorangi prison last Monday, a day before he officially started, with secretary of justice Mark Short. With 10 escapes last year, he said the correction facility needed to be urgently addressed. “To be […]


More money missing

The audit office has acknowledged that there is more money unaccounted for, following a review into unidentified payments made by the Cook Islands Sports & National Olympic Committee in 2008-09. After reading the report which was tabled in parliament late last year, the Cook Islands Rugby Union’s chief executive Ben Koteka complained to the audit […]


Talks start on new trade agreement

Consultations have begun in the Cook Islands for a new regional trade agreement. The Cook Islands are signatories, along with 14 other Forum Island countries, to Pacer (Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations) Plus, following the 40th Forum leaders meeting in October last year where it was agreed negotiations would start. At that time, forum […]


Mail delays explained

Dear Editor, Several of us on Aitutaki just received Christmas cards that had been mailed from our respective countries over a month ago. It seems pretty obvious that a mail bag sat somewhere in a corner in the post office in Rarotonga and someone finally decided to process it. It has nothing to do with […]


We have to reform

Dear Editor, With all the political reforms being proposed, there remains lots of confusion. Probably some concepts are not yet well explained. For example, many people have difficulty dealing with the concept of constituency seats versus national seats. Simply put, a constituency seat is the traditional way of voting where you have choice of voting […]


Gang of 19 not required

Dear Editor Our political system is not even a Westminster system (as in behind the old Iron Curtain). Our politicians have carefully and intentionally taken us back to where 20% of the countries voters work for the government in one way or another. They are all hostage to the political bullies who threaten their employment […]


Parties object to seabed job ad

The huge progress that’s been made in the last three years towards seeing the people of this country reaping benefits from our vast seabed manganese resource could be well on the way to being destroyed if the wrong person is appointed to head the seabed mining authority. In a historical sitting of parliament late last […]


Vaka bound for Aitutaki

Pictured at right is the president of the Araura Oe Vaka Association and Aitutaki MP Junior Maoate (far right) with workers packing a container with 10 vaka bound for the island. Maoate said the V6 and V1 canoes will be distributed to the two existing clubs – Aitutaki Oe Vaka and Te Mana O Utataki […]


NCEA national results out soon

Hundreds of teens are keen to get their exam results this week as they prepare to go back to college or on to tertiary studies and work. The ministry of education plans to have the overall national results statistics for 2009 and the comparison with previous years out within the week. This information shows whether […]


New reporter traces roots

It’s a new reporter for the New Year at Cook Islands News. Rachel Reeves joins the editorial team after making the move from Los Angeles, California, to Rarotonga. Despite her accent, she has strong Cook Islands roots through her grandmother Pauline Napa, owner of the Kiikii Motel. Her father, Anthony Napa, is a former Tereora […]


System flawed – election won't fix it

The political system of the Cook Islands encourages corruption, according to leading political scientist and Cook Islander Dr. Jon Jonassen. And it may not simply be an election which fixes it. “There are many capable politicians in both major political parties but it is difficult to maintain a national objective when the system itself encourages […]


Walk the talk: Bishop

Aitutaki MP Teina Bishop (above) says he called on three of the current ministers to take three months without pay, because he has been down a similar path. With three ministers resigning just before Christmas and five now in the new cabinet, Bishop says there are now eight ministers who are on the government payroll, […]


New airport terminal nears completion

Passengers could be using the departure area in the new airport terminal by the middle of next month. Hawkins project manager Russell Smith says the toilet areas are complete, all the framework for the roof is up, and there are still some finishing touches needed on the two VIP lounges. Windows and doors are being […]


Cabinet embraces reform

Cabinet ministers are being briefed on political reform proposals in the build-up to the newly promised referendum. On Tuesday prime minister Jim Marurai announced a referendum will be run on the issue this year and stated that he needs public to support to press ahead with changing the political system. Yesterday political reform advocates Tata […]


Smiley gets stuck in

New cabinet minister William ‘Smiley’ Heather is vowing to tackle basic infrastructure such as water supply and roads head-on this year. As he settles into his new office in Nikao, the minister for infrastructure and planning (MOIP) has already been filling his days with briefings from the ministry’s secretary Taukea Raui and is planning a […]


Cabinet of 5 not serving national interest claims George

Opposition MP Norman George claims the new five-member cabinet should be called ‘the save Jimmy’s job’ government. “Or is it a ‘SOJ – Save Our Jobs government’ – for a temporary period of six months that is…” snipes George. The MP has also accused Marurai of ‘latching on to political reform to cushion his overstaying […]


Police continue blitz

Investigations are continuing into the cases of the six men arrested during what police are calling Operation Muri. Operation Muri is the code name for the raids of Tuesday and Wednesday in which six young males were charged with a range of offences involving drugs, burglary and theft. Of the six offenders targeted during the […]


Prison team back on the rugby field

Boredom will reduce for some Arorangi prison inmates as officials push to get young offenders into sport as part of their rehabilitation programme. A team of 12 inmates – 11 male and one female – took to the Avatiu field on Wednesday for the touch rugby mixed division muster. Arorangi prison superintendent Metuatini Tangaroa says […]


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