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11 November 2022

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Inmate seeks Chief Justice to hear case

A man who is serving time in prison for threatening to burn down a house and a car last year is before the court again for a charge of assault with intent to injure.

Economy

Spy film type thing: Alarm grows over Cook Islands cryptocurrency bill

Alarm is growing over proposed Cook Islands legislation, drafted by a US-based company, which could validate hacking into any account or system in the world, writes Barbara Dreaver, Pacific Correspondent 1News.

Residents concerned about high power bills despite explanation

A Rarotonga resident is calling for government intervention to improve power bill readings or introduce another provider to create competition.

Local


Schools ban fizzy drinks in bid to improve children’s health

As of today, fizzy drinks will be banned in the primary schools who have signed an agreement with Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health.

Education


Government agencies spend over $150,000 on directors’ course

Government agencies have spent over $150,000 on a five-and-a-half-day directors’ course being held at The Rarotongan Beach Resort this week.

Economy


Aussie nursing students get a tropical dose of healthcare

Eight University of South Australia Bachelor of Nursing third-year students are visiting Rarotonga for a two-week study programme, immersing themselves in a different culture, a different health setting, and acquiring unique experiences.

Australia


Cook Islands cracks down on junk cars

“Te Titā ki te Titā kore – Legacy Waste Collection” campaign towards a cleaner, more sustainable future continues to take action with its end-of-life vehicle (ELV) collection beginning next month.

Environment


Driver found guilty of causing injury through careless driving

The driver of a tourist bus that crashed in Rarotonga in late December, 2022 has been convicted for careless driving causing injury.

Court


Preschool encourages healthy habits with daily fruit breaks

The adorable Imanuela Akatemia pre-school children enjoy a refreshing, healthy fruit break every morning at 10am, embracing good eating habits.

Education


Wichman decides against petition

The Cook Islands Party candidate has decided against filing a petition for the Penrhyn seat after earlier saying her team was reviewing the election process and roll following the by-election on Tuesday last week.

National


Takitumu Conservation Area set to become first OECM in Pacific

In a first for the Cook Islands as well as the rest of the Pacific, the Takitumu Conservation Area (TCA) will be submitted to be internationally recognised as an Other Effective area-based Conservation Measure (OECM).

Environment


Dr Tuaine Unuia appointed new Clerk of the House of Ariki

Dr Tuaine Unuia, clinical manager of Te Marae Ora Dental Clinic, has been appointed the new O-Tari-Kura o te Are Ariki (Clerk of the House of Ariki).

Crime


Over 50 per cent of stolen motorbikes unrecovered, reveal Police

Police are advising motorcycle owners to park their vehicles in plain view and do not leave keys in the vehicle or the ignition.

Crime


Bus driver on trial for crash injuring tourist in Rarotonga

The driver accused of a bus crash that occurred in Rarotonga in late December of 2022 is being tried by a judge and jury at the High Court in Avarua.

Court


Public Accounts Committee members in Wellington for study visit

Cook Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand Kairangi Samuela welcomed the Cook Islands Public Accounts Committee delegation upon their arrival to Te Whanganui a Tara, Wellington over the weekend.

National


‘Hazardous’ Gold Country scuttled at sea after environmental approval

A hazardous Cook Islands commercial vessel, MV Gold Country, was towed out to sea and scuttled last month after approval from environmental authorities due to safety concerns.

Business


$12k reportedly spent on expat economist’s pet relocation

Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) has reportedly spent $12,000 on a senior expat executive’s pet dog.

Economy


Cook Islands to seek rebate on New Zealand tyre levy

The Cook Islands government will approach New Zealand regarding a newly imposed tyre levy, seeking an exemption or rebate similar to VAT exemption on exports.

Local


TMO issues water safety advice amidst crypto concerns in NZ

The Cook Islands has reported no cases of cryptosporidium, a waterborne parasite causing diarrhoea, despite a rise in cases in New Zealand.

Health


Retired judge shares expertise with Cook Islands Justices of the Peace

Retired judge John Adams from Aotearoa New Zealand is facilitating this week’s orientation workshop for three Justices of the Peace (JPs) from the Pa Enua (one from Aitutaki and two from Atiu).

Court


Keenan’s future as Police chief to be decided by end of April

A decision on Police Commissioner Turepu James Keenan’s term renewal is pending next month as an investigation is underway into a complaint filed against him to the Ombudsman.

Local


The monumental task of fixing our land laws

The Cook Islands Ministry of Justice is reforming land laws to deal with issues like absentee landowners and fragmented ownership, but the proposals are facing criticism for not being clear and for not respecting traditional customs.

Court


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