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Cook Islanders advised to check extended wait times for passports

The New Zealand High Commission in the Cook Islands has advised applicants to check the extended processing time (up to 8 weeks) before applying for a New Zealand passport due to system upgrades.

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Three-year driving ban

A man with a medical health condition has been ordered not to drive for three years due to health concerns raised at the Criminal Court in Avarua yesterday.

USP wants Cook Islands input

Friday 21: The University of the South Pacific’s vice chancellor and president is on Rarotonga and is keen to hear how the USP can better serve the needs of the country’s residents. Professor Rajesh Chandra is here primarily to attend this morning’s graduation of Cook Islands-based students at the National Auditorium. But Chandra says that […]

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Westpac cuts penalty fees

Friday 21: Westpac today announced a range of exception fee reductions, some fees cut by 60 percent, across a number of their business and personal products and services. The reduced exception fees, sometimes known as penalty fees, apply to credit card and transaction accounts and come as part of the bank’s renewed customer-focused strategy. The […]

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Orientation concludes for HoMs and SIAs

Wednesday 26: Heads of ministries (HoMs) and island secretaries (SIAs) are into the last day of a two-day orie-ntation workshop on Rarotonga. Office of the public service commissioner CEO Priscilla Maruariki said yesterday that workshop will help new HoMs and island secretaries to better understand their roles and familiarise themselves with the legislation which applies […]

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Calling home easy for Opo

Thursday 20: Born in New Zealand with strong family ties to the Cook Islands and Tonga, Aircraftsman Malina Opo is serving with No. 3 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), in Samoa as part of Exercise Tropic Astra 2009. Opo loves his job and says he would encourage Cook Islanders to join the air […]

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Demo execs stand behind MP expulsion

Wednesday 26: The Democratic Party executive is sticking to its decision to expel rebel MP Wilkie Rasmussen. The Penrhyn MP issued a 24 hour ultimatum to the party on Monday to withdraw the decision to cancel his membership or face court action. Acting president Makirere Poila said yesterday that the executive will not reconsider its […]

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Airline changes flight schedule

Thursday 20: Pacific Blue flight schedules will change slightly during September to cope with increased visitor arrivals. Starting from September 1, Pacific Blue will fly into Rarotonga from Auckland on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings – touching down just after midnight (12.20am). However, the airline will operate extra Sunday morning flights on September 13, 20 […]

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DPM's office broken into this month

Wednesday 26: Burglary numbers have dropped last week with five being reported to police. The deputy prime minister’s office behind the Banana Court was broken into on Saturday, August 15 but was only reported last Monday. It was still being determined if anything was taken. Police were notified of a burglary at the Avatea school […]

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NGO surveys maternity leave in private sector

Thursday 20: Maternity leave provisions and practices in the private sector are the focus of a new survey launched by Punanga Tauturu Inc (CI Women’s Counselling Centre) this month. The survey is part of valuable research the non-government organisation has devoted a portion of its NZAID core funding to this year. Punanga Tauturu representative Kairangi […]

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High Tide granted liquor licence

Wednesday 26: It’s been a long time between drinks for High Tide Bar and Grill but they’re finally been granted a liquor licence. The liquor licence committee came to a unanimous decision last week to allow the Avarua venue to sell alcohol. Previously they have been operating as a BYO establishment. High Tide can now […]

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Appeal to help name people

Thursday 20: ‘Captive Images’ is breathtaking new exhibition of images of Rarotongans and Mangaians in the 1950s to be shown for two weeks at the Beachcomber Contemporary Art gallery. The exhibition, which will preview this evening, is courtesy of the University of the South Pacific Cook Islands Campus and an inquiring American anthropologist who inevitably […]

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Delegation given royal treatment in Mauke

Wednesday 26: The New Zealand high commissioner Tia Barrett and his wife, Theresa, were carried on a paata upon arrival at Mauke airport on Monday afternoon. The couple were part of minister Kete Ioane’s delegation to formally launch the long-awaited island’s water project. After all guests were greeted with ei, the ‘patu ki runga’ began, […]

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Examples of parental leave:

Thursday 20: New Zealand – if you have worked for at least six to 12 months for the same employer immediately before the date of birth or date of adoption of a child, the mother can take up to 14 weeks paid maternity leave. Partners can take 21 days leave before and after the date […]

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It's all been said before!

Monday 17: The Arorangi Prison was completed in August 1954 and the first inmates entered the facility on September 14, 1954. Apart from the more recent addition of the female quarters, little or no renovations have taken place since. The main prison is in many areas falling to bits. It is long past time that […]

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Parliament resumes for 2 bills

Thursday 13: Parliament is due to sit again from today, primarily for the reintroduction of the Seabed Minerals Bill which has been under select committee review for the past few months. The bill is seen as one of the most important in terms of new law this year as once it comes into force as […]

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12 reports since 1976

Monday 17: Penal reform campaigner Gordon Sawtell believes now is the time to deal with problems and conditions at the national jail. He contributed this article at the weekend with the closing comment that we need at all costs to ensure proper containment of prison inmates especially during the Pacific Mini Games to avoid a […]

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Bishop says new budget irresponsible

Thursday 13: Aitutaki MP Teina Bishop claims that the budget that has been put together by government is “fiscally irresponsible”. “This budget is nothing but loans and aid – $30 million is in foreign aid,” says Bishop “When I first read the budget, I thought the total appropriation [of $215,537,534] was a typing error. We […]

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Behind the Arorangi jail walls

Monday 17: Cook Islands News was allowed behind the doors of Arorangi prison last week. Organised by the secretary of justice Mark Short, along with the acting minister of justice Robert Wigmore, the tour was to expose the conditions housing 37 male prisoners. Among the problems with facilities at the correction institution are corroding bars, […]

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Maori King visits for Maeva Nui

Thursday 13: New Zealand Maori king Te Arikinui Tuheitia Paki and his family will arrive on September 13 for a week-long visit to Rarotonga for Maeva Nui celebrations. The Cook Islands government will spend $25,908 to cover the king’s accommodation, meals and transport for the first half of his stay. Cabinet approved the payment on […]

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Opera singer returns

Monday 17: One of New Zealand’s foremost professional sopranos, Gina Sanders will return to Rarotonga in September for her fourth trip to the island. Jillian Sobieska, who is a friend of the singer, is excited about Sanders return and says that plans are being put together for an opera evening in September. Sanders last visited […]

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Finsec wants performance bonus

Thursday 13: Financial secretary Sholan Ivaiti is among more than 20 senior public servants including other HOMs who are now looking for performance bonuses. Ivaiti is understood to be claiming he should get the maximum 5 percent (of salary) bonus for ‘exceptional performance’ for the year. Since Ivaiti, the highest paid public servant, is on […]

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