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Pukapuka tender process was 'transparent'

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

27 March: EU screening done by the book says Mike Mitchell Foreign affairs secretary Mike Mitchell is sympathetic to Makirere Poila’s concerns that the design of the Pukapuka cyclone management centre is not going to be designed and supervised by a local company. In yesterday’s paper, Poila expressed his disappointment that an overseas company was […]

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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 […]

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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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Leaflet demands deportation

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 26: Leaflets have been distributed around Rarotonga stores demanding that a Fijian woman be deported. In what could be considered vigilante-type action, the poster shows a mug shot of the woman and accuses her of “stealing from your store”. “Do not let her into your shop. Report her to the police and immigration,” it […]

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3 arrested for driving offences

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 31: Driving related matters landed three people in police custody last week. A woman was arrested for disqualified driving on Saturday outside the Empire Theatre. She was released on bail and will appear in court on Thursday. A 24-year-old male who was involved in a crash in Tupapa will also appear in court this […]

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Shorty shoots in Raro

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 26: A few locals will get speaking roles and even more will be extras in next week’s filming of a Shortland Street episode in Rarotonga. A large production crew of about 20 will soon be here along with a few of the star cast from Shortland Street. Fans of the show – keep an […]

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Fuel issue leads to rationing

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 31: A fuel pricing issue in Aitutaki last week left the island dangerously close to running out of petrol and diesel. On Saturday the price order was issued which allows petrol to be sold for a maximum of $2.80 per litre from this week. Businessman Teina Bishop had shut down his petrol pumps last […]

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Pearl farmers approve plan to boost industry

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 26: Manihiki pearl farmers have given the much needed go-ahead to an overall strategic plan designed to kick-start the industry and get it earning more than it was at its peak in the mid-1990s. Put together by the Cook Islands Pearl Authority (CIPA), the plan was launched on Tuesday night by CIPA chief executive […]

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Raro romance for Kip and Alice

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 31: A lucky Shortland Street fan will get an opportunity to meet with the actors who play Alice and Kip on the New Zealand show this week. Shortland Street’s producers are here on a week-long shoot of an episode centered on a romance between Alice the nurse and Kip the doctor. When Dr Kip […]

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Pukapuka threaten to reject EU aid

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

Thursday 26: Outer island community objects to overseas company getting contract Pukapuka could turn down the building of the European Commission-funded cyclone centre, after a local company’s unsuccessful bid to design and supervise the project. Pukapuka community president on Rarotonga, Makirere Poila, says they intend to write to the European Union to register their disappointment […]

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Call for inquiry into $50m loan

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

Tuesday 31: Opposition says country cannot afford to pay $5000 per person for next 20 years The Cook Islands Party Opposition is calling for an inquiry into the new $50 million China soft loan. Finance and economics spokesperson Norman George says while the opposition agrees in principle to the loan being spent on Rarotonga road […]

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PMG broadcast contract on hold

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 30: The host broadcast agreement for the Pacific Mini Games is being looked over by government officials, to ensure that it complies with Cook Islands legislation. After a two-day visit earlier this month South Pacific Games Council president Vidhya Lakhan said that council had a number of concerns with the organising of the games […]

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542 traffic tickets in one month

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 30: Despite only two serious crashes last month, police were kept busy issuing a total of 542 tickets for minor traffic offences. According to a report released by the Road Safety Council (RSC), 249 tickets were issued for speeding and 126 for motorcyclists exceeding 40 kilometres per hour without a helmet. A total of […]

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Pearl farmers buy into marketing plan

Wednesday 1 April 2009 | Published in Local

Monday 30: China funding seen as only recourse for pearl farm loans Deputy Prime Minister Sir Terepai Maoate says he is pleased with the enthusiasm shown by Northern group pearl farmers with plans to increase pearl production over the next three years. “I can sense a new level of confidence and enthusiasm on the part […]

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