Yesterday marked the end of a five-day workshop dedicated to reviewing and reflecting on the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Cook Islands. Alana Musselle attended day four of the workshop and filed this report.
The first group of Cook Islands people, residents and workers caught in New Zealand as a result of the latest Covid outbreak, arrived back on a repatriation flight in the early hours of Thursday. One of those onboard was Tupapa resident Derek Fox who shares story of his journey to Rarotonga and his early days of Managed Isolation and Quarantine at the Edgewater Resort and Spa.
The local mental health organisation will tomorrow mark the World Mental Health Day, date that is recognised each year on October 10, to raise awareness of mental health issues globally and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health.
The Marae Moana Public Outreach team were able to meet with the House of Ariki earlier this month to promote and raise awareness and education on Marae Moana. The visit was successful in highlighting the aims of Marae Moana and solidifying the partnership between the traditional network of the House of Ariki and Marae Moana’s different outreach initiatives.
Local authorities say there is an ongoing effort and commitment for the government to fight financial crime, tax evasion, money laundering and financing terrorism after Cook Islands was named in the Pandora Papers – the leaked cache of 11.9 million financial records.
Autism Cook Islands had another successful initiative completed on the island of Aitutaki where they were once again able to take their vision of raising awareness and improving the quality of life for those with autism in the country.
Te Are Manu Vet Clinic took their mobile desexing clinic to their fourth stop, the Ngatangiia Puna yesterday, where they were able to desex 12 dogs before midday. Only two vets are now carrying out the desexing procedures, as border closures have stopped overseas volunteer vets to fly over for additional help.
Work on the Empire Bridge is on pause while Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) waits for the Cook Islands National Environment Service to approve the rest of the project, which could happen in a month and a half.