National

The search for Te Mire Atu composer

Monday 17 January 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Entertainment, National

In celebration of Cook Islands compositions, new and experienced song writers are encouraged to register for the Mire Atu composer’s competition in March.

Entertainment


Vendors facing confusion over health measures

Monday 17 January 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Confusion regarding the ‘recommended’ or ‘compulsory’ new regulations of the wearing of masks at the Punanga Nui Market on Saturday was widespread.

Local


Assessing hospital health services

Monday 17 January 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Health, National

With the opening of the Cook Islands air border on Thursday last week, Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health has revised public access to Hospital Health Services “in a manner that is safe for you, for other members of our community and for health care workers”.

Health


Fees Free initiative reinstated

Monday 17 January 2022 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in National

The Fees Free study within the Cook Islands will commence with eligible institutions from this month following Prime Minister Mark Brown’s announcement of the Fees Free programme being extended as part of the Economic Recovery Roadmap (ERR) for the 2021/22 fiscal year.

National


In brief: Court news

Monday 17 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National

A number of people facing charges in the Criminal Court at Rarotonga have had them thrown out but will remain on a watch list as they are overseas.

Court


Tropical depression brings gale-force winds and heavy swells

Monday 17 January 2022 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Environment, National

Yesterday’s strong winds and high seas caused by a tropical depression near Mauke caught residents of Rarotonga and other southern group islands by surprise and the Met Office says more damaging winds and rain are expected this week.

Environment


Youth Media Team learns the ropes with Muri Environment Care Group

Saturday 15 January 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Environment, National

This week a group of keen teens gathered at Aroko salt marsh to learn first-hand about marine biology as well as TV and media production.

Environment


Reported crashes drop, 'record number' fined

Saturday 15 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

Reported motor vehicle crashes during December have dropped significantly on Rarotonga in recent years.

Crime


‘No expectations’ as outdoor businesses re-open

Saturday 15 January 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Business, National

Cook Island business operators are more upbeat following the recent border re-opening with New Zealand but one outdoor business says they have no expectations preparing to wait and see what happens.

Business


Chins up as locals and visitors mix again

Saturday 15 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Rarotonga was quietly optimistic and cautious on its first full day of the border reopening on Thursday.

Economy


Eggelton appointed acting CEO

Saturday 15 January 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Business, National

Marketing executive Karla Eggelton has been appointed the acting chief executive officer of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation.

Business


Punanga Nui Market mama’s masked and ready

Saturday 15 January 2022 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Local, National

It is mandatory for all the Punanga Nui Market (PNM) vendors to wear a face mask today, and the market mamas are all set to go and will be masked and ready to welcome customers at their various stalls.

Local


Cops raid Aitutaki properties in big cannabis bust

Saturday 15 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National

A commercial sized cannabis operation has been busted on Aitutaki following a year-long investigation, resulting in eight people arrested and charged.

Crime


German ambassador visits the Cook Islands

Friday 14 January 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Economy, National

Germany’s Ambassador to the Cook Islands Stefan Krawielicki will visit Rarotonga for the first time this week following yesterday’s border reopening.

Economy


Cautious pineapple sellers take break following border reopening

Friday 14 January 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Economy, National

Expressing caution with the reopening of the borders yesterday, John and Anne Maoate – Rarotonga’s well-known pineapple farmers – will be taking a break from selling their popular pineapples and fresh produce from the road side in Avatiu.

Economy


Jailed for breaching multiple court orders

Friday 14 January 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National

A man facing a raft of domestic related charges has been jailed for more than two months following mounting frustration in court.

Court


Family members and vaccinated travelers arrive in Rarotonga

Friday 14 January 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Travel

The arrival terminal at the Rarotonga international airport was a flurry of activity yesterday afternoon for the first flight to mark the border reopening from Auckland, with masked tourism operators and families waiting to welcome guests and their loved ones back.


Cook Islander gains PhD in sports and exercise science

Thursday 13 January 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Health, National

One of the first Cook Islanders to gain doctorate degree in sports and exercise science wants to investigate acceptable and effective methods of implementing exercise programmes into Pacific islands communities.

Health


Rarotonga ‘masking up’ for border reopening

Thursday 13 January 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Economy, National

After five months of a quiet and deserted arrival terminal at the Rarotonga international airport, this afternoon the borders will reopen and the first plane full of passengers will troop in from Auckland, New Zealand – since August 16, 2021.

Economy


Covid-19 testing facility at airport ready to go

Thursday 13 January 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in National, Travel

Health Ministry Te Marae Ora (TMO) has thanked local businesses Landholdings Ltd, Ocean Fresh and all of their staff, for their generous donation of a Covid-19 testing facility at the Rarotonga airport.

National


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