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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

Cloud of smoke hangs over cannabis claims

Rarotonga resident Steven Boggs claims Cook Islands marijuana laws are being contravened while a cloud of smoke hangs over a rational response.

Local


Indian Diplomat appointed Ambassador to Cook Islands

Diplomat Muktesh Pardeshi has been appointed as India’s non-resident High Commissioner to the Cook Islands.

National


Rainforest Men’s Club ‘pay’ their part at celebrations as focus grows on sustainability

One of Aitutaki’s renowned establishments locally known as the “Rainforest” or “Gentlemen’s Club” got into the spirit of the island’s Bi-centennial celebrations by contributing six bags of tarutarua root crops to the island of Palmerston.

Environment


Confusion over border reopening

Locals are uncertain what a border exclusively open to those aged 12 and over will mean for their families and businesses.

National


Church plans 2023 bicentennial events

A week after the conclusion of the Aitutaki Bi-centennial Arrival of Christianity celebrations, participants from Rarotonga are still raving about it as they look forward to more 200-year celebrations in 2023.

National


Autism’s Lego Robotics 12+ Programme for 2021 concludes with certificate ceremony

Autism Cook Islands’ fantastic Lego Robotics 12+ Programme for term three concluded on Saturday with a special ceremony.

Local


Native nursery plan to protect Muri’s lagoon

The Muri Environment Care has ventured into a new project, a Native Nursery, which is part of their many attempts to preserve and care for the Muri area and its many streams and wetland patches.

Environment


Government agencies to continue support

Most entities across the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) portfolio continue to provide support to households and businesses to help support the nation through these trying times.

Economy


Wichman named on prestigious 40 Under 40 list

Valery Wichman, a barrister and solicitor working as the director of Cook Islands Central Policy and Planning, is among 40 Pacific role models who have been selected by the University of Auckland for its 40 Under 40 list for 2021.

Local


Government subsidy extended, private sector seeking support beyond Jan 13

While wage subsidies and sole trader grants have been extended through to the end of January, the announcement is being treated with caution by the tourism sector.

Economy


Driver escapes conviction after car crashes into Marumaruatua causing damage

A man who lost control of his vehicle causing it to launch off the dock into Avarua Harbour and damage Marumaru Atua has escaped conviction.

Court


Helping Cook Islanders in employment

After a year of recruiting Cook Islanders to work in meat works factories and fruit picking, Nia Petero gets close to putting 200 people in New Zealand employment.

Economy


Empire theatre temporarily closed due to projector breakdown

The Empire Theatre is temporarily closed but is hoping to reopen its doors this Sunday as movie lovers eagerly await its return.

Local


Opposition slams water shortage

A call from To Tatou Vai to conserve water has been slammed by an Opposition MP

Environment


Returnees to pay for MIQ

Cook Islands residents wanting to return home for Christmas on the two repatriation flights planned for November 17 and December 3 from Auckland will have to pay for their Managed Isolation/Quarantine (MIQ) in Rarotonga.

National


Kīko’i the mysterious starling from Mauke

Te Ipukarea Society’s Bird of the Year Cook Islands competition has a mysterious new entry this year. An extinct bird you may have never heard of, the Kīko’i or Mauke Starling (Aplonis mavornata), writes Te Ipukarea Society.

Environment


Search on for fittest mum

Tumuora Fit Family are searching for Cook Islands’ “fittest mum”, into their sixth year of holding a Fit Mum Competition in conjunction with NZ Fittest Mum Search, based in Auckland.

Health


Apii Te Uki Ou Student wins design competition

A student from Apii Te Uki Ou was this week announced the winner of the design competition for the Marae Moana uniforms.

Education


Nine weeks to our ‘new normal’

With confirmation that the country’s borders are set to open to New Zealand from January 13, businesses especially the tourism reliant companies are not only looking at their preparations, but at some major concerns they are facing due to the long period of being shut down.

Economy


Police record second cannabis cultivation bust

A 38-year-old man is in police custody after a raid on an Arorangi residence yielded a quantity of cannabis seedlings.

Crime

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