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New PFL service approved

Wednesday 8 April 2009 | Published in Local

Wednesday 8: Transport minister Tangata Vavia has given approval to Pacific Forum Line to start and run a new shipping service to the Cooks. Transport secretary Aukino Tairea says that a licence will be issued once a schedule of voyage dates is put to the ministry. New PFL chief executive Sean Bolt, who visited Rarotonga […]

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PDL makes third creditor payment

Wednesday 8 April 2009 | Published in Local

Friday 3: Pacific Distributors Ltd paid out its third and final court ordered payment to local creditors on Wednesday. The third payment of around $372,000 represents 15 cents in the dollar towards what creditors were owed after the PDL collapse. Just over $2.5 million was owed to local creditors, so they are still owed around […]

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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 […]

Local

Sunday flight cases to be heard on Aitutaki

Wednesday 8 April 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 6: Cases connected with Sunday flights to Aitutaki will be heard before the Chief Justice David Williams on the island later this month. In a minute issued by the chief justice, he directed that the cases against Charlie Okotai, Fernando Ngatipa, Henry Raea and Varema Ruahe be heard on April 14 and 15. “The […]

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$4.9m added to Games budget

Wednesday 8 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 2: Pacific Mini Games operating costs estimated to grow to about $9m Government tabled its third supplementary budget yesterday adding $4.9 million in expenditure to the 2008-09 year to cover the growing Pacific Mini Games costs. Finance minister Sir Terepai tabled the budget in parliament saying that a further $3 million has been added […]

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New Maine Kuki Airani was the clear audience favourite

Wednesday 8 April 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 6: It was definitely a night to remember. Engara Gosselin was crowned Miss Cook Islands on Friday night in front of a near sell-out crowd at the National Auditorium. The 24-year-old was a clear audience favourite with many yelling words of encouragement and holding signs of support. Gosselin not only won the Maine Kuki […]

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Locals get close to Street actors

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

Wednesday 1: Shortland Street extra Marty Iro (at right) says actors Toni Potter (aka nurse Alice) and Will Hall (Dr Kip) have encouraged him with a bit of humour before takes on the scenes where he plays a barman. Iro said having a laugh helped take away the nervousness of saying his few lines. This […]

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$3m 'stimulus' may go to tourism

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

27 March: Minister Wilkie Rasmussen revealed yesterday that government is thinking about scrapping its proposed $3 million economic stimulus package for businesses and adding it to the budget for tourism. The minister says he is hoping $1 million of this will be added to the marketing budget for Aitutaki to help promote the island as […]

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Manihiki leases still to be settled

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

Wednesday 1: Deputy prime minister Sir Terepai Maoate has returned from Manihiki with news that airport landowners have agreed to keep the agreement their forefathers had with government over the use of the land. Last year when a group of landowners wrote to government over the proposed lease of the land, they asked that it […]

Local

WSBC named, told to go

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

27 March: Bank ‘ruining our reputation’ ordered to pay $125,000 in costs and quit the Cook Islands. The lid of secrecy was lifted yesterday on the long running civil court case between the Financial Supervisory Commission and WSBC Bank Ltd. Chief Justice David Williams issued a consent order which allows some details to be published, […]

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CIP want Pukapuka seat declared vacant

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Local, National

Enough is enough as CIP take final step to get rid of MP

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