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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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No vax mandates for Cooks: PM

Pukapuka mourns fallen king

The Pukapuka community are mourning the death of their king Aliki Wolo, Pakitonga Tetio Kaitala Paulo Iti.

National


Judges deliberate on fisheries dispute

The highest court in the Commonwealth has heard submissions and will deliberate on a long-standing dispute involving the Cook Islands Government, William Framhein and Te Ipukarea Society (TIS).

Environment


Remedial work at Punanga Nui Playground ‘almost finished’

The team from the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) has been busy undertaking remedial work at the children’s playground at the Punanga Nui market this week, ensuring that the necessary changes are made so that the playground is fit for the island’s tamariki to once again enjoy.

Local


Empire Bridge report expected next week

Cook Islands National Environment Service has announced an awaited update on the Environmental Impact Assessment regarding the construction of the Empire Bridge will be ready by next week.

Economy


Diabetes prevention better than cure

To commemorate World Diabetes Day Te Marae Ora (TMO) is conducting free diabetes screenings for anyone aged 18 years and above.

Features


Air New Zealand flight schedule disappears

Two friends who came to Rarotonga for a working holiday from New Zealand had their December flights cancelled earlier this month leaving them confused.

National


‘Expect 2400 infections, 100 hospitalisations and ten deaths when Covid-19 arrives’: TMO

Covid-19 is likely to hit the Cook Islands causing multiple deaths, hundreds of hospitalisations and thousands of infections when it arrives.

Health


New standing orders simplified

The new standing orders - the official rules that will regulate the proceedings in parliament - will be made into plain, gender-neutral language, and will follow procedures in line with international parliamentary practice.

National


Cook Islanders receive Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards

Cook Islanders have been recognised among Pacific artists at the 25th Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards.

Local


Cook Islander receives Medal of the Order of Australia

Cook Islander Ngatuaine (Nga) Hosking’s hard work, community spirit and generosity have been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia.

Economy


Aitutaki One Cook Islands/Demo announce candidates for 2022 Elections

One Cook Islands Party president George Turia has announced confirmation of their candidates for the nation’s 2022 General Elections.

National


Te Vaerua organises caregivers’ workshop

A practical and theory workshop targeted for caregivers and family members looking after the elderly and disabled starts today, hosted by the Te Vaerua Community Rehabilitation Inc.

Health


Rarotonga prepares with prayer for upcoming cyclone season

Close to 1000 people flocked to the National Auditorium on Sunday evening for the Cyclone Season National Thanksgiving Service.

Local


Doubts over projections to get debt back to ‘normal’

Cook Islands financial secretary Garth Henderson cannot quantify if debt will be back to pre-pandemic levels despite assurances from Prime Minister Mark Brown that it will be.

Economy


Police forbid three teen motorists from driving

Three teenagers, all aged 19, were forbidden from driving in the early of hours of Sunday on Rarotonga.

Crime


‘Wat-er waste!’

A lobbyist has called out the group responsible for replacing Rarotonga’s water network with claims the new $90 million system has not been designed to respond to the environment.

Environment


McDonald shares his love for BBQ

Tom and Lucy McDonald celebrated the official opening of the Paradise Supplies and Uncle Tom’s BBQ Shop on Friday afternoon in the presence of their friends and family who were treated to a celebratory BBQ grilled by Tom himself.

Local


Parliament to pass laws on nationality

Parliament will sit again on Monday, November 22 and will first deal with who is defined as a Cook Islander.

National


Henderson to reapply for top role

The Government’s Financial Secretary Garth Henderson is considering reapplying for his job as it has been advertised.

Economy


Te Marae Ora prepares for digital Covid certificates

In preparation for international travel regulations, Te Marae Ora (TMO) Ministry of Health is expecting to have digital Covid-19 certificates available by 2022.

Health


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