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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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Driver not at fault

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 28: Police say the driver that hit a child two weeks ago was not at fault. At around 4.30pm on Friday March 17 in front of the Convenience Store in Tupapa, a woman was driving towards Avarua when a 20-month-old boy ran in front of the vehicle and collided with the front left corner […]

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Audit look into NES appointment

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 23: Environment minister Ngamau Munokoa has confirmed that National Environment Service director Vaitoti Tupa was reappointed for three years from April 1. Tupa’s reappointment has now become the subject of an audit office report. Director of audit Paul Allsworth says the whole process undertaken by government since last year when Tupa’s previous contract expired […]

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DPM attends ADB meeting

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 28: Minister of finance Sir Terepai Maoate left yesterday enroute for Bali, Indonesia, to attend the 42nd annual general meeting of Asian Development Bank Governors. Sir Terepai, the Cook Islands ADB Governor, is accompanied by financial secretary Sholan Ivaiti, alternate Cook Islands governor. Lady Maoate is also travelling with Sir Terepai. Under the Civil […]

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$6 million more needed for games

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 23: Pacific Mini Games minister Wilkie Rasmussen says another $6 million will be needed for the operating costs of the event. Rasmussen says the total operating costs are still expected to reach $9 million. The minister says there is likely to be a fourth supplementary budget tabled within the next month to allocate more […]

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Peua meets with CIP

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 28: It appears that the Pukapuka-Nassau MP’s future may lie in the hands of the opposition Cook Islands Party. Vai Peua met with the CIP caucus yesterday afternoon but it appears that talks had stalled around 3.30pm. Earlier in the day, opposition leader Tom Marsters confirmed that Peua would be at the centre of […]

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DPM to spend $12,000 on shelf claim ceremony

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 23: Approved sum was not spent in New York, say DPM’s office The office of deputy prime minister Sir Terepai Maoate says that $23,680 was spent on the minister’s delegation to carry out the country’s extension to its continental shelf claim handover in New York this month. And in a press release issued on […]

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Govt to defend Triad lawsuit

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 28: Government has now filed initial statements of defence in the case brought against it by Triad Pacific Petroleum on whether its pursuit of a fuel farm scheme breached Cook Islands laws. On Friday Crown Law filed with the high court the statements of defence and an application to set aside or vary the […]

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Swine flu screening starts

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 28: The ministry of health has launched its response to the declaration of a public health emergency of international concern for swine influenza. The ministry started airport entry screening measures which it will continue for all flights indefinitely. Yesterday the country’s World Health Organisation focal point group met with government departments to coordinate the […]

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Eclipse to draw hundreds to Mangaia in 2010

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 27: Hundreds of tourists are expected to descend on Mangaia next July to see a total eclipse of the sun. Mangaia is directly in the path of the eclipse due to occur on July 11. In the early hours of the morning, these keen visitors will gather at the island’s airstrip on eclipse day […]

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Former prime minister passes away

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 27: Former prime minister and long-serving Rakahanga Member of Parliament, Sir Pupuke Robati, passed away at the weekend in Auckland. Sir Pupuke, who turned 84 earlier this month, had been in New Zealand, for a few weeks. Papa Pupuke, as he was more commonly known, was born on Rakahanga on April 9, 1925, and […]

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Weekend poll

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Local

Saturday 25: What does ANZAC Day mean to you? Heimata Karika It’s a day everyone should remember, those that passed on and went away and served their country. It’s to remember the contribution they made. Tutere Taai It’s to remember those that died in World War II and those that pulled through. Without them we […]

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Market to open on ANZAC Day

Wednesday 22 April 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 21: The Punanga Nui market will open this Saturday, despite it being ANZAC Day. ANZAC Day is deemed a public holiday however secretary of internal affairs Tamarii Tutangata says that there is no rule against stores opening on the day. Punanga Nui market manager Elmah McBirney confirmed that the market place will be open […]

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Sir Geoffrey new CISNOC head

Wednesday 22 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 16: Former prime minister Sir Geoffrey Henry said that he agonised over the decision to stand against Tiki Matapo at the Cook Islands Sports & National Olympic Committee annual general meeting on Tuesday night. “Tiki and I are good mates from way back,” said Sir Geoffrey after being voted in as the new president. […]

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DPM defends UN trip for continental shelf claim

Wednesday 22 April 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 21: Cabinet asked for $12,000 for entertainment and gifts Deputy prime minister Sir Terepai has defended the spending of the reported $30,000 for his delegation to undertake the country’s extension to its continental shelf claim handover in New York. Growing criticism of the meeting at the United Nations headquarters last week includes concern that […]

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Fuel order for Raro

Wednesday 22 April 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 20: The latest fuel price order for Triad Pacific applies to all islands except Aitutaki. The order which appeared in last Saturday’s paper mistakenly inserted Aitutaki instead of Rarotonga in the advertisement. The maximum retail petrol price for Triad in Rarotonga is set to go up seven cents to $2.14 a litre as of […]

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Health appeals for return of waste bin

Wednesday 22 April 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 20: The ministry of health is appealing for the return of a yellow bio-medical waste bin taken from outside the hospital maternity ward this month. The ministry’s maintenance manager Craig Miller says the bright yellow wheelie bin is an expensive one of a kind medical bin and has a code written on the side […]

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CICC assembly gets underway

Wednesday 22 April 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 20: The Cook Islands Christian Church 28th general assembly got underway yesterday morning with the opening ceremony at the Nikao CICC church, ‘Kanaana’. The ministers, observers and visitors were welcomed through a guard of honour set up by representatives from the uniformed organisations on Rarotonga. Yesterday’s sermon was delivered by the organisation’s president, Rev. […]

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Cooks should benefit from Fiji situation

Wednesday 22 April 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 20: New Zealand media reported last week that travel agents say Kiwis are still planning to visit Fiji and Thailand despite unrest in both countries. Both countries are on the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s travel advisory risk list, with Fiji at “some risk” and Thailand at “high risk”. Cook Islands Tourism […]

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Opinion on MP with speaker

Wednesday 22 April 2009 | Published in Local

Saturday 18: Parliament’s speaker Mapu Taia was to have received a legal opinion on the status of Pukapuka-Nassau’s MP. Clerk of parliament Nga Valoa said that he received the opinion from the crown law office on Thursday afternoon, and was due to pass it on to the speaker who was due in Rarotonga yesterday. Valoa […]

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