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Following 10 weeks of fun and hard work, the cool and creative artists of Takavekave Tatou, the Autism Cook Islands art programme, will be displaying their masterpieces this Thursday evening.

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Tourism industry is resilient, says re-elected leader

Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council has re-elected its outspoken president Liana Scott for another term.

Scientists gather info for disaster preparedness

Scientists from New Zealand are in Rarotonga and Aitutaki this month as part of an initiative to measure vulnerability and risk from earthquakes and cyclones in the Pacific Islands. Led by scientist Phil Glassie from NZ government-owned research organisation, GNS Science, they will spend the next six months collecting information on buildings and other infrastructure […]


Positive NZ response

A presentation outlining the key points of the country’s economic development task force programme was well-received in New Zealand, according to a media release from the office of the prime minister. Information about the programme was conveyed to the New Zealand government during a visit to Wellington recently by task force chairman Tata Crocombe, and […]


Supplies urgent in north

The northern group islands could get much needed supplies earlier than expected if Taio Shipping manages to fix its second ship over the next week. MV Te Kou Maru is expected to depart with cargo for the north on March 10 but this could leave sooner if repair work on its sister ship is completed […]


Cooks sign new high seas fisheries treaty

The Cook Islands has become the second country to sign a treaty on the conservation and management of high seas fisheries this month. While in Wellington earlier this month, deputy prime minister and minister of marine resources Robert Wigmore signed the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South […]


Maoate and Marsters challenge funding

Leaders of the country’s two political parties are warning government that all major expenditure on cyclone recovery must be done according to the rules – with parliamentary endorsement. Democratic leader Sir Terepai Maoate says very little commitment can be made to the people of Aitutaki and the full recovery programme because the minority government needs […]


Govt asked to be specific

Aitutaki Cyclone Appeal Committee says an intention to formally request country embassies in Wellington to match dollar for dollar any funds it raises has been sidelined on advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ACA secretary Flo Syme-Buchanan said the committee had planned to write formal letters to embassies requesting assistance by matching the final […]


Pet clinic joins Spay Day event

Cat and dog owners are urged to take their pets to the Esther Honey Foundation Clinic for a free spay or neuter. Tuesday February 23 is Spay Day International – a Humane Society International annual campaign to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and homeless cats and dogs. This is […]


Thieves busy in Arorangi

Police documented eight thefts last week. On Monday, pareu were stolen from a Kavera home. A gas bottle and a maroon mobile phone were taken from another Kavera residence. On Tuesday, residents of a Titikaveka home reported a theft of $400, cigarettes and a cell phone. Another Titikaveka resident reported that a handbag, diary, credit […]


TCI aims to improve services to businesses

Telecom wants to tailor solutions to the needs of businesses as it attempts to improve its overall services further, says chief executive Jules Maher. At a cocktail function held on Tuesday for TCI’s key clients, Maher said the company is hoping to better understand the specific needs of businesses. “We need to find out what […]


Telecom's pledge branded a facade by would-be competitor

Telecom’s pledge to deliver better service has been branded a facade by Mervin Communications director William Framhein. “It’s all very well for Anthony Briscoe of Telecom New Zealand to say Telecom Cook Islands is of like-mind with the government and the people who want telecommunications that are good value, great service and quality second to […]


Beacons out in Penrhyn and Aitutaki

Beacons used by Air Rarotonga pilots to direct landings were recently damaged in strong winds on Penrhyn and Aitutaki. Air Raro managing director Ewan Smith said that the beacon building on Penrhyn was destroyed and that without it, flights were unable to travel northward. A Tuesday flight to Manihiki was delayed until Thursday so as […]


Herman to run for CIP

Former works secretary Atatoa Herman has been nominated as the Cook Islands Party candidate for Ngatangiia for the upcoming general elections. Herman’s nomination was confirmed at a meeting of the Ngatangiia CIP membership. Herman joins several other candidates who have been announced by the CIP recently. The candidates are Nandi Glassie for Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua, Norman George […]


NZ to help with Pacific shipping

Shipping services to the Cook Islands could be improved if New Zealand expands its initial proposal to build a ship for a Samoa-Tokelau service. Foreign affairs minister Robert Wigmore was in Wellington last week where he met with his NZ counterpart Murray McCully to discuss shipping issues. McCully requested the meeting which foreign affairs secretary […]


Officials coordinate immigration policy

Immigration officials from the Pacific region met yesterday at the Muri Beach Club for the 13th annual Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference. The meeting was the first of the year, and will be followed by another in July and a final conference in October. A Cook Islands delegate represented Polynesia, delegates from Papua New Guinea and […]


CITC is giving away a car

Take advantage of CITC’s ‘silver smile’ promotion and you could be laughing down the road in a new silver car. The new CITC promotion, which started yesterday and ends on April 10, is all part of the company showing that they care for the community. “The hurricane season is always a worrying time for everyone […]


Team to design plans for waste treatment overhaul

Government and independent groups are engaged in discussions about how to manage a $1 million NZAID donation toward an overhaul of waste management systems on Rarotonga and Aitutaki. ANZDEC Limited is contracting a team to design plans for the project that team member Geoff Mavromatis suspects will span up to ten years. At present, septic […]


ADB suports budgets

Most Pacific economies are stuck at zero growth but cash-strapped governments are now being provided some budget support from the Asian Development Bank, said vice-president Larry Greenwood. Speaking at a press conference after the second day of talks at the UN Pacific conference on the human face of the global economic crisis (GEC) in Vanuatu, […]


Drunk drivers and burglars in action

Kids’ clothes and toys, a pick-up truck and tools were among items stolen over the weekend in four separate burglaries reported to Rarotonga police. A cheeky burglar broke into a Pokoinu home by climbing a mango tree and gaining access through a window. The home owner reported that toys were stolen from their home which […]


Special interest courses overcrowded at Tereora

Tereora College is experiencing an unusually high enrolment of 659 this year but has managed to accommodate students in what principal Teaea Parima calls the core areas of learning. Parima said that mathematics, English, science and social science courses are not filled to maximum capacity and are open to students who meet the pre-requisite requirements. […]


Former bank governor promotes access to credit for micro enterprise

A former governor of the Central Bank of Solomon Islands, focused on aid dependency and widening income gaps in the Pacific in his presentation at this week’s regional conference on the global economic crisis in Vanuatu. Anthony Hughes, took part in the session on inclusive economic growth and social policies on Thursday. “All Pacific countries […]


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