National

From chips to riches

Saturday 8 May 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National

Hard work and determination have taken Mike Pero from relatively humble beginnings, working in his father’s fish and chip shop, to becoming one of New Zealand’s most successful businessman.

Local


World Health Organisation assisting with mystery virus

Saturday 8 May 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Health, National

Regional health experts have been called in to support Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health with a mystery virus circulating in Rarotonga.

Health


Fix dengue, paramount chief says

Saturday 8 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Growing cases of dengue and a mystery virus casts doubt on Cook Islands health system’s ability to handle serious illnesses including Covid-19, Takitumu chief Pa Marie Ariki says.

Local


Doctor and firemen on standby at hot chilli eating contest

Friday 7 May 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Local, National

The heat was on recently at Vili’s Burger Joint in Matavera for Paul Lynch’s Chilli Eating Competition and Hot Burger Challenge.

Local


Fashion extravaganza planned for Aitutaki

Friday 7 May 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in National, Outer Islands

Aspiring and established fashion designers from Aitutaki and Rarotonga are being encouraged to share their creations in the first Aitutaki Fashion Extravaganza.

National


Pero’s Pasifika Air pivots to pawpaws

Friday 7 May 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Economy, National

Mike Pero’s Pasifika Air aims to reignite the country’s pawpaw industry by providing affordable freight to New Zealand.

Economy


Manihiki ‘wasn’t ready to let Henry go’

Friday 7 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

The sound of drum beats accompanied the welcome back to Rarotonga yesterday afternoon of Manihiki’s newly elected Member of Parliament, Akaiti Puna.

National


Dengue reaches Mangaia

Friday 7 May 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

Dengue has now spread to three of the Pa Enua – Mauke, Aitutaki and the latest island Mangaia, according to a dengue report published on Tuesday. All three islands have one probable case of type-two-dengue.

Health


Penrhyn ‘theft’ charges dismissed

Friday 7 May 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

In the High Court yesterday the prosecution withdrew charges against Kanea Turama for allegedly stealing $7718 of public money from Penrhyn island’s energy division.

Crime


Resorts complete $10m in renovation projects

Friday 7 May 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Economy, National

Local company Pacific Resort Hotel Group announced the completion of a $10 million renovation project for two of their resort complexes.

Economy


One Cook Islands celebrates seven years

Thursday 6 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

The One Cook Islands (OCI) political movement celebrated its seventh birthday on the island of Aitutaki last week.

National


Village health clinics to close as government prepares for vaccination rollout

Thursday 6 May 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

Most puna clinics will close for about 10 weeks from May 10 for staff to assist with the vaccine rollout, says Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health (TMO).

Health


Bubble sign off by end of week, government says

Thursday 6 May 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Local, National

Final signoff on the travel bubble between the Cook Islands and New Zealand by the top health officials in both countries is expected to occur later this week, a government spokesperson says.

Local


Landowner passionate about land court publication

Thursday 6 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Justice Secretary Tamatoa Jonassen has apologised for the inconvenience caused by his decision to not publish the Land Court Panui list in the local newspaper.

Local


Top line-up of Mire Ura Senior dancers

Thursday 6 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Carlos Bond from the islands of Aitutaki and Penrhyn is “a little nervous but very excited” to participate in the Mire Ura Senior dance competition, which has been postponed until next Wednesday.

Culture


Infrastructure boss suspended, joins husband under police investigation

Thursday 6 May 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National

The Public Service Commissioner has suspended another head of a government ministry on full pay, pending the outcome of an investigation.

Local


Akaiti Puna wins Manihiki by-election, CIP majority intact

Thursday 6 May 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in National, Outer Islands

Akaiti Puna, the wife of former prime minister Henry Puna, claimed back her husband’s Manihiki seat in yesterday’s by-election.

National


Bubble brings sense of excitement for businesses

Wednesday 5 May 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Economy, National

After more than a year of remaining open despite no tourists and operating with crushing overheads, restaurants, resorts and hotels in Rarotonga finally have a glimmer of hope to recover with the announcement of the two-way travel bubble between the Cook Islands and New Zealand.

Economy


Cafes cautiously prepare for visitors

Wednesday 5 May 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Economy, National

Rarotonga and its many cafes scattered over the island have been catering to only their local market for over a year now. They are now preparing to serve Kiwi visitors who will be arriving here in little less than two weeks.

Economy


PM unveils food security initiative on Mitiaro

Wednesday 5 May 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in National, Outer Islands

During his official visit to Nukuroa last week, Prime Minister Mark Brown opened the Mitiaro Agriculture Hydroponics station, a facility with a 400-plant capacity.

National


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