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4 December 2021

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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

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


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.

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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.

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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


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