Members of the Cook Islands rugby league Nines team at the Auckland Airport yesterday. WALLACE AROITA/23111417
The Cook Islands rugby league Nines teams were left stranded in Auckland yesterday after their scheduled flight to Nadi, Fiji, was cancelled due to Tropical Cyclone Mal.
category 3 cyclone was reported to be moving away from the Fiji group at midday
yesterday after causing some damage to parts of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu.
disruption to flights has affected passengers travelling to Nadi, with delays
and cancellations being reported.
Cook Islands Nines teams – heading to the Solomon Islands for the 2023 Pacific
Games – departed Rarotonga on Monday and were due to catch their connecting
flight from Auckland to Nadi yesterday. However, upon arrival at Auckland
Airport yesterday morning, they were informed that their flight to Nadi had
players and management spent most of their day at the airport before checking
into a nearby hotel for the night. They were rescheduled to fly out to Nadi
early this morning. From Nadi, they were to take the flight to Honiara in the
Islands Rugby League president Charles Carlson, who is traveling with the team,
described the situation as a “bit of a mission” to reach the Solomon Islands.
explained that they were attempting to fly from Auckland to Nadi yesterday in
time to catch the weekly Honiara flight scheduled to depart Nadi this morning.
a bit of a mission trying to get to the Solomons. We will miss our connecting
flight, so we’re looking at other options to get there. We spent the whole day
exploring all options to get to Nadi,” Carlson told Cook Islands News
felt sorry for the team having to get up early only to find out our flight was
cancelled. In fact, a few of us had already checked in when suddenly the other
members couldn’t process their tickets. So it was a very long day indeed, back
and forth between Air NZ, our travel agent, and other airlines.”
the Cook Islands national women’s and men’s football teams departed for the
Solomon Islands yesterday morning.
Cook Islands comprises a 250-strong contingent made up of teams from 14 sports
federations. The 2023 Pacific Games will be held from November 19 to December