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Drug bust at wharf

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Local

Wednesday 19: A second man in two weeks has been charged for importing drugs into the country. Kimi Katoa of Tupapa was arrested on Friday after a routine check by police and customs uncovered 273 grams of cannabis. The drugs were found in a bucket on a boat at Avatiu wharf. Katoa appeared in the […]

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Super fund loses $3m

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Local

Friday 14: Parliamentary questions force DPM’s disclosure Finance minister Sir Terepai Maoate yesterday admitted that the national superannuation fund has lost around $3 million on investment. This was revealed after he was asked about the super fund in parliament yesterday. Opposition deputy leader Teina Bishop was first to raise the issue asking Sir Terepai during […]

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Kids steal from tourist at beach

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Local

Wednesday 19: Two ‘delinquents’ were apprehended by police last week for stealing a tourist’s wallet on the beach. A 13-year-old and 10-year-old are accused of taking money from the wallet while the owner was swimming at Aroa, Arorangi. It is reported they took the money home and later used it to buy food. Police thanked […]

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When Raro eyes are smiling…

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 13: Local Irishman Paddy Lynch has been the Northern Ireland under 21 netball side’s ‘mascot’ while the team has been on Rarotonga. Wearing the traditional green of the Irish, Lynch met the team on their first day, and he supported the team when players and management visited Imanuela Akatemia last week (wearing his lucky […]

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New labour law ready

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Local

Wednesday 19: A new labour law is finally set to be put before cabinet this year to reform the current out-dated law on employment relations. The revised Employment Relations Bill will cover a multitude of employment issues including paid and unpaid leave entitlements, maternity leave, occupational health and safety, individual and collective employment agreements, sexual […]

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Super fund chair says no comment

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 13: Even the chair of the national superannuation fund is keeping tight-lipped on rumoured losses made by the fund in 2008. This week CINews asked the super fund office exactly what the status of the fund is now, following rumours that it has lost $3 million on investment. Super fund chair John Kenning says […]

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Pacific economies shrinking – ADB

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 18: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) says the economies of most South Pacific islands, including the Cooks, are expected to shrink this year due to weak tourism and remittances. A report issued this week says the global economy is showing signs of stabilising, but the full impact of the downturn in the United States, […]

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DPM wants health portfolio back

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 13: Deputy prime minister Sir Terepai Maoate reportedly started a scrap over portfolios in cabinet yesterday. It is understood the minister made it clear that he wants the ministry of health back in his portfolio. Prime minister Jim Marurai has reportedly objected to this mainly because the DPM now has at least a dozen […]

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PSC still waiting

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 18: Public service commissioner Navy Epati says that he is still awaiting clarification on the island secretary and heads of ministry positions which have yet to be decided upon by cabinet. Epati says cabinet has not yet explained why it has not decided on an appointment in the position of island secretary for Penrhyn, […]

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Escapees give themselves up

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 13: Jail break was a protest at poor conditions, they claim The two escaped prisoners voluntarily returned to custody yesterday – claiming their escape was a protest against prison conditions. Police and prison wardens have been searching for Roger Tauarea and Daniel Mare since their escape from Arorangi prison last Saturday night. Police said […]

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'Freeze super fund'

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Local

Rasmussen wants a commission of inquiry and a freeze on funds Tuesday 18: Government should immediately set up a commission of inquiry to look into the activities of the NZ company charged with managing the national superannuation fund, according to Penrhyn MP Wilkie Rasmussen. Yesterday he issued a statement on what he says needs to […]

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Audits find no anomalies

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 17: The audit office has just completed two audit reports which will be tabled and made public at the next sitting of parliament. The first is the review into the unaccounted payments of $32,465 made by the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) during the financial year ending December 31 2008. The […]

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Nepotism claim just laughed off

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 17: Did cabinet appoint all the new heads of ministries (HOMs) based on favouritism, nepotism and political attitudes? This is the stinging question opposition MP Nandi Glassie asked prime minister Jim Marurai in parliament last Thursday. But he didn’t get the official answer – and he won’t until the next sitting. Still seated, both […]

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Escaped cons may be armed

Wednesday 12 August 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 11: The two escaped convicts at large on Rarotonga are suspected to be carrying a fire arm. Roger Tauarea and Daniel Mare are still on the run from authorities after escaping from Arorangi prison on Saturday night. Police inspector Arama Tera says they’ve received a phone call from a member of the public who […]

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15 athletes not eligible

Wednesday 12 August 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 6: Up to 15 athletes will be chopped from Team Cook Islands because of an eligibility rule that was not communicated. Pleas to the Pacific Games Council for flexibility to allow non New Zealand passport holders to represent the country at the Pacific Mini Games have failed. This means that Team Cook Islands will […]

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World youth netball begins!

Wednesday 12 August 2009 | Published in Local

Cooks praised, dream realised Tuesday 11: The opening of the World Youth Netball Championships was a colourful affair as the 20 under 21 netball teams paraded around the Telecom Sports Arena in their team colours. Teams marched, ambled and danced their way through the packed arena. In her opening address, International Federation of Netball Associations […]

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Dog bites jogger

Wednesday 12 August 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 10: A tourist needed medical treatment after being attacked by a dog last week. Around 7am on Monday, two women, believed to be French, were jogging on the footpath ocean side along the main road of Avarua. They were heading towards Trader Jacks jogging behind a man walking his two dogs on their leashes. […]

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Tender out today?

Wednesday 12 August 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 10: The government tender committee is expected to release its decision as to who will be offered the tender for host broadcasting at the Pacific Mini Games next month. PMG 2009 organising committee marketing & sponsorship director Tui Short was hopeful that a decision would be made last Wednesday, but this was not the […]

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Economy contracts

Wednesday 12 August 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 10: Value added tax (VAT) receipts for the 2008-09 financial year showed an increase of 0.5 percent over the last budget estimates (supplementary 3), indicating a slowdown in the economy. This slowdown was put down, in part, to the worldwide recession and the loss of one cargo vessel in the first half of the […]

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Dangerous criminal and teen escape jail

Wednesday 12 August 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 10: Two men tied bed sheets together to escape over the Arorangi prison wall on Saturday night. Police are searching for Roger Tauarea and Daniel Mare who fled from the correction facility around 11.30pm. The escapees had turned the sheets into a ladder which was used to climb over the prison wall. Tauarea, 38, […]

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