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Teenage charged over Raviz robbery

Wednesday 15 April 2009 | Published in Local

Saturday 11: A 15-year-old will appear in court today (Saturday) in connection with the armed burglary of Raviz Indian restaurant early on Wednesday morning. Police Commissioner Pat Tasker told Cook Islands News yesterday the defendant was “located” on Thursday and led police to the firearm which was in a building on a back road that […]

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Chinese investors show interest

Wednesday 15 April 2009 | Published in Local

Saturday 11: Two Chinese businessmen caught the interest of locals last month when they began asking about investment opportunities here. The businessmen reportedly came to Rarotonga for the first time to purchase local black pearls. According to Manihiki MP and pearl farmer Apii Piho, the men said they were based in Papua New Guinea where […]

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Easter celebrations

Wednesday 15 April 2009 | Published in Local

Saturday 11: Easter ritual in Avarua More than 100 Catholic worshippers walked through the Avatiu township yesterday as they re-enacted the final moments before Jesus Christ was crucified. The death and resurrection of Christ is one of the most significant dates on the Christian calendar celebrated over the Easter weekend. Worshippers gathered at the Avatiu […]

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Coral removal proposed at Muri

Wednesday 15 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 9: Obstacles earmarked for removal to make way for mini games canoeing course News that coral heads may be removed from Muri lagoon for the oe vaka Pacific Mini Games event has sparked concern among environmentalists and residents of the area this week. On Tuesday PMG chief executive Mac Mokoroa told Radio NZ that […]

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Teenger wanted urgently

Wednesday 15 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 9: Fifteen-year-old Andrew Teroi (pictured) is wanted urgently by police for a breach of bail conditions. After police bail checks on Wednesday morning, police found that Teroi was not at his parent’s home in Avatiu. Teroi is connected to a string of robberies and last appeared in court on March 26 for contempt of […]

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'I was scared for my life'

Wednesday 15 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 9: Nayshad Akhatar bears the bruises of being beaten with a lump of wood when he disturbed the burglars. But he counts himself especially lucky that he didn’t get riddled with pallets from the 12-gauge shotgun blast. Nayshad told Cook Islands News yesterday that because the restaurant had been robbed three times before, he […]

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Armed robbery foiled

Wednesday 15 April 2009 | Published in Local

Shotgun blast narrowly misses, case treated as attempted murder Thursday 9: An armed burglary went wrong at Raviz Indian restaurant in the early hours of Wednesday morning and is now being treated as attempted murder. Police said yesterday that three employees were in the Avarua restaurant around 2.30am when two offenders – one carrying a […]

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Dialogue urged

Wednesday 15 April 2009 | Published in Local

Wednesday 15: Deputy prime minister Sir Terepai Maoate says a group of Pacific leaders must be assembled soon to meet Fiji’s military ruler Commodore Frank Bainimarama. He says that group should not include New Zealand and Australia because both countries have taken the wrong approach, and Commodore Bainimarama feels cornered by bullying. – Pacnews

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Assault, burglaries, thefts, accidents at Easter

Wednesday 15 April 2009 | Published in Local

Wednesday 15: Police are investigating a report of a man allegedly assaulting his children in Tikioki on Friday night. A woman had said she witnessed the man on the side of the main road “beating” his two small children which included a boy around the age of five. The woman reported to police that he […]

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Two teens admit to robbery

Wednesday 15 April 2009 | Published in Local

Wednesday 15: Two teenagers pleaded guilty on Saturday to the armed robbery of Raviz Indian restaurant. The two 15-year-olds appeared in the Cook Islands High Court before Chief Justice David Williams. Their names are unable to be printed as the matter has fallen under the jurisdiction of the Children’s Court. One defendant pleaded guilty to […]

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Day off work to fight dengue

Wednesday 8 April 2009 | Published in Local

Wednesday 8: Public servants called in to help with tutaka clean up campaign. Tomorrow has been declared a day off work for public servants – as a Dengue Tutaka Clean Up Day. It conveniently makes an extra long weekend out of the Easter break for hundreds of government employees. This is part of the campaign […]

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Seabed review widens

Wednesday 8 April 2009 | Published in Local

Friday 3: Seabed Bill meetings wanted for Cook Islanders in NZ and Aust The Seabed Minerals Bill select committee has extended its review of the proposed legislation from its initial two weeks to a three-month period ending June 30. The bill relates to the exploration and mining of the Cook Islands manganese nodule resources which […]

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Man held for assault of toddler

Wednesday 8 April 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 7: A 45-year-old man has been arrested for assaulting a three-year-old. Police arrested him on Sunday in Arorangi after a family member of the child reported the incident. It is believed the man was the brother of the victim. Inspector Arama Tera says he has been remanded in custody and will appear in court […]

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ATM joke 'not funny'

Wednesday 8 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 2: It was a day for practical jokes yesterday, but Westpac Bank weren’t laughing. Victims of an April Fools prank, their ATM machines in Muri and Avarua were labelled with an ‘Out of order’ sign despite being fully operational. “Upon taking the note off the screen, someone had put an April Fools message underneath,” […]

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They're ready for business!

Wednesday 8 April 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 7: The three title holders from the Miss Cook Islands pageant went straight into business yesterday. Miss Cook Islands Engara Gosselin, Maine Tapairu Joyana Meyer and Maine Purotu Uirangi Bishop were at the Beachcomber to sign their legally binding contracts with the Miss Cook Islands Pageant Committee. The three girls pledged their availability to […]

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Fake $50?

Wednesday 8 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 2: A $50 note that looks fake has been sent to New Zealand to see if it is counterfeit. A front teller staff member at Westpac bank noticed the “suspicious” note in their cash bundle and alerted the managers. General manager Rob Buick says they sent the $50 to New Zealand yesterday for testing […]

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Dengue suspected

Wednesday 8 April 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 7: 63 treated in three weeks, tutaka campaign activated Sixty-three probable dengue fever cases have been recorded by the Ministry of Health over the past three weeks. There are no confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease to date as tests done over the past few weeks will be sent to Australian labs this week […]

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Man of 58 admits to sex crime

Wednesday 8 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 2: A 58-year-old man pleaded guilty to attempted rape in the Rarotonga High Court yesterday. Nooapii Williams Tauu was accused of attempting to rape a woman in Titikaveka on Saturday. Police arrested Tauu on Tuesday night and was held in custody until yesterday’s court appearance. Police prosecutor senior sergeant Teinaki Howard requested for the […]

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Bank seeks local licence

Wednesday 8 April 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 6: Capital Security Bank Limited (CSB) boss Brian Mason says the offshore bank intends to apply for a domestic license in order to survive the axing of this part of the offshore industry. CSB is one of five banks with offshore licences in the country that will soon have to cease operating now that […]

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3 for 1 in April Fool's Day fun

Wednesday 8 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 2: German tourist Julian Kubens (below right) made sure he didn’t miss out on an April Fool’s Day bargain when he exchanged one dollar for a genuine Cook Islands three dollar note from funny man Jim Bruce (left) of Aro’a Beachside Inn. A few other lucky tourists found that getting a genuine Cook Islands […]

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