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New minister ready for role

Wednesday 5 August 2009 | Published in Local

Friday 31: Newly appointed minister Robert Wigmore says he’s always been prepared for the unexpected return to cabinet yesterday. Surrounded by friends and fellow MPs, the 59-year-old took part in the swearing-in ceremony held at Government House. He replaces ousted minister Wilkie Rasmussen who was sacked on Tuesday by the prime minister Jim Marurai. “This […]

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Musical chairs for sacked minister

Wednesday 5 August 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 30: Penrhyn MP Wilkie Rasmussen went back to parliament yesterday but ended up in the public gallery waiting for a new seat to be set up for him. Not wanting to sit in a ‘minister’s seat’ again, Rasmussen asked parliament staff to seat him elsewhere. He ended up next to Democratic Party MP William […]

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Cooks to host PINA

Wednesday 5 August 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 30: The Cook Islands has been given the nod of approval to host the next Pacific Islands News Association media summit in 2011. The announcement was made this week at the PINA meeting in Vanuatu which was attended by several Cook Islands delegates. Spearheaded by the Cook Islands News managing editor John Woods, the […]

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'Mother of all mistakes' passed

Wednesday 5 August 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 30: The opposition party is calling the $215 million annual budget the ‘mother of all mistakes.’ Opposition spokesperson for finance, MP Norman George says with almost half the budget made up of new loans it puts extra pressure on government and the taxpayer. Fellow MP Nandi Glassie told parliament the budget will mortgage the […]

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Wigmore is new minister

Wednesday 5 August 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 30: Titikaveka MP Robert Wigmore will be sworn in as a cabinet minister today. Prime minister Jim Marurai made the announcement yesterday after cabinet decided on the replacement for sacked minister Wilkie Rasmussen. Marurai sent notice to Queen’s Representative Sir Frederick Goodwin that he had approved the warrant of appointment for Wigmore. Wigmore’s swearing-in […]

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Twelve burglaries last week

Wednesday 5 August 2009 | Published in Local

5 August: Police are calling on residents and visitors to secure their premises to prevent burglaries taking place. Inspector Arama Tera says 12 burglaries were reported to police in the week ending August 2. Of these burglaries, five were committed on private residences, with cash, iPods, a Playstation being taken from one of the houses […]

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Lawyer seeks legal aid to fund his defence

Wednesday 5 August 2009 | Published in Local

George says Crown has spent $2 million on Operation Slush trial 5 August: A decision has been reserved on whether lawyer Norman George could receive legal aid to fund his defence during the ongoing ‘Operation slush’ court case. George made an application for financial assistance to the court last Wednesday before Justice Colin Nicholson. George […]

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Constitution Day messages to govt

Wednesday 5 August 2009 | Published in Local

– Deliver on infrastructure – No tax in jubilee year 5 August: The trials and tribulations that the Cook Islands have faced and the future plans for the nation were the central talking points of yesterday’s 44th constitution celebrations. Close to 350 people gathered in the National Auditorium to mark the milestone. Proceedings included raising […]

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Pacific media gather for Forum

Wednesday 5 August 2009 | Published in Local

A small group of Pacific media have gathered in Cairns, Australia this week to cover the 40th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting. The Pacific Islands News Association/Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat regional media two day workshop has been held leading up the meeting to allow the media reps to become more familiar with what to expect. […]

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85-year-old charged over hit-and-run

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Saturday 25: Police have arrested and charged an 85-year-old man for a hit and run incident on Wednesday. Rarotonga resident Hedley Radford appeared in the Cook Islands High Court yesterday charged with careless driving causing injury and failing to stop to ascertain injuries and render assistance. Before Justice of Peace Tauei Solomon, the defendant pleaded […]

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Sacked staff to be charged

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Friday 24: Ten former employees of Oasis Energy Centre are to be charged with theft. Detective inspector Mark Franklin said police had “virtually finished” their investigation and are now in the process of preparing charges. Three officers have been working full-time on the case relating to incidences which occurred over a six month period from […]

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Laying of foundation for Olympic House

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Friday 24: A new Olympic House is currently in the design stages to be built at Tepuka next to the indoor sports complex. A ceremonial foundation laying event is scheduled for this morning at the Tepuka site to be attended by invited guests including visiting Oceania National Olympic Com mittee president Dr Robin Mitchell. The […]

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Still no word on Pukapuka-Nassau MP's fate

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Wednesday 29: Pukapuka-Nassau MP Vai Peua has nothing to say about his meeting with opposition Cook Islands Party MPs on Monday afternoon. When contacted yesterday, Peua said that he did not want to make any comments to the media. Opposition leader Tom Marsters reiterated what he said after Monday’s meeting that nothing had developed after […]

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ANZAC Day forgotten?

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Friday 24: Some Returned Service Association members have expressed disappointment that some shops and the Punanga Nui market will open tomorrow morning. RSA vice president Henry Wichman says he understands that people have to make a living and that Saturday is the market’s biggest day, but he would like to see more locals come out […]

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'Kura' will test cyclone response

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Wednesday 29: Testing communications and operational capabilities in times of an emergency will be the focus of Operation Kura this week. Emergency Management Cook Islands director Charles Carlson says the exercise will be an opportunity for agencies to test communications and evaluate how well they are prepared for an emergency or disaster. “We want to […]

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390 cases but dengue still to be confirmed

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Friday 24: The ministry of health has yet to confirm the dengue outbreak through lab tests, despite 390 probable cases being reported. Chief health inspector William Taripo says results of tests carried out in March and earlier this month should have been received and the ministry is now making enquiries as to the delay. Blood […]

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One burglary and seven thefts reported

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Wednesday 29: Just one burglary was reported to police last week – Van’s store was broken into between late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Among the items stolen were eight cartons of Winfield red, three cartons of Winfield green, six packets of Winfield green, three cartons of John Brandon cigarettes and several bottles of spirits […]

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Proposals for $3m stimulus to be considered

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Friday 24: Two proposals put to government for use of stimulus funds Government is soon to decide how it will spend the $3 million it had set aside for the purpose of a small business stimulus package six months ago. Proposals are now being put to the ministry of finance and cabinet from at least […]

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Flash floods inflict damage

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Wednesday 29: Rarotonga took the brunt of a torrential downpour yesterday which cut power, flooded buildings and closed schools. Meteorological Service director Arona Ngari says 88 millimetres of rain was recorded between 4am and 6am on Tuesday. Rarotonga’s previous rainfall last week had recorded only .2mm. He says the downpour was attributed to the South […]

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Tourist hit by vehicle

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 23: Police are searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run incident yesterday morning. Between 8.30 and 10.45am, an English couple were walking on the lagoon side from the Rarotonga Spa and Resort back to their accommodation at the International backpackers. About 50m before the road leading inland to the accommodation, the female tourist […]

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