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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

Bank reduces interest rates on home loans

Prime Minister Mark Brown in congratulating a leading bank for decreasing its home loan interest rates, is keen to see a further reduction in the near future.

Economy


COP26 agreement disappointing result for the Cooks: PM Brown

The COP26 climate change conference 2021 concluded over the weekend in Glasgow, Scotland with a deal that falls short of hopes and expectations of the vulnerable smaller island nations, including the Cook Islands.

National


Three people bitten, livestock mauled in spate of dog attacks

Three people, including two children have been bitten during a spate of dog attacks on Rarotonga in recent weeks.

Local


MIQ costs reduced to $300 per person

Government will subsidise the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) costs of Cook Islands residents who are returning home on the two repatriation flights.

Local


Not a proud record: Cook Islands biggest drinkers in the world

Cook Islands has been crowned the highest consumer of alcohol per capita in the world. The findings come as no surprise to those who have been calling for a clampdown on excessive alcohol consumption in the country.

Health


CIIC highlights key achievements

The Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) delivered the annual presentation of their Statement of Corporate Intent (SCI) to Cabinet earlier yesterday.

Economy


Aitutaki holds cultural tour guide workshop

Tauranga Vananga Ministry of Cultural Development and Cook Islands Tourism conducted their first cultural tour guide workshop for Aitutaki on Thursday, November 4, as a part of their joint commitments outlined in their five-year Memorandum of Understanding. It consisted of a lecture style workshop at the beginning and concluded with site visits to different areas […]

National


‘Majority’ backed harbour dredging

The ‘majority’ of the Aitutaki Environment Authority board members agreed to grant consent for dredging works that are currently underway in the Arutanga harbour basin in Aitutaki.

National


Debt back to pre-pandemic levels in three years: PM

The border opening on January 13 means the economic outlook is now “much rosier” and debt will be back to normal by 2025/26 says, Prime Minister Mark Brown.

Economy


New men’s group promotes ‘happy, stable and productive families’

Te Punanga Oraanga Matutu, a new NGO dedicated to supporting and solving domestic problems regarding men and their families, held their first workshop on Wednesday at the New Hope Church.

Health


Kurāmo’o flies away with Bird of the Year title

Aitutaki’s Kurāmo’o (Blue Lorikeet or Nunbird) has won the Manu o te Mataiti 2021 (Bird of the Year) award having collected about 4500 votes with the 'Ī'oi (Rarotonga Starling) coming in runner up with nearly 3500.

Environment


Seabed exploration expeditions ‘as early as next year’: Herman

Three companies get closer to receiving their exploration licenses for seabed minerals and could begin exploration expeditions as early as 2022.

Environment


Committed to making a difference through polystyrene

Next Shipment, the Cook Islands’ first online Mega Mall, has come up with a sustainable project idea to make use of the surplus polystyrene pieces that come with the 10,000 products that they sell on their site. Beanbag by beanbag, they are hoping to make a difference for the environment.

Economy


Live-streaming brings overseas Cook Islanders closer to home

Up to 30,000 to 40,000 viewers followed each event of the Aitutaki Bi-centennial celebrations live feeds during the 10-day commemorations that concluded earlier this month.

National


No jury trials until March 2022

Shut borders with New Zealand has meant a bank of around 20 to 24 jury trials are awaiting a hearing because Judges have not been able to enter the Cook Islands, says Chief Justice.

Court


Crime stats show drop in burglary and crashes

Reported crime on Rarotonga is trending downwards but residents are being warned not to become complacent.

Crime


Cook Islands’ Air New Zealand team starts saliva testing

Cook Islands Air New Zealand staff will start undergoing regular saliva Covid-19 testing instead of nasal swabs. The saliva testing is regarded as more cost-effective and can be done more frequently.

Economy


Customs ‘provide pieces of the puzzle’ in NZ’s cocaine bust

A Cook Islands border agency played a major role in netting one of New Zealand’s biggest cocaine hauls.

Crime


NGO highlights their commitment to the environment

Cook Islands’ commitment to reclaim the landscape from invasive species was highlighted by the American multinational news-based pay television channel, CNN, in its Call To Earth Day segment yesterday.

Environment


Penrhyn schools receive free breakfasts

With the view of a clear blue lagoon nearby, Omoka School students of Penrhyn delightfully tucked into their special breakfast meals at school with big smiles on Tuesday morning.

National


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