A recent report released by the Asian Development Bank has indicated that the Cook Islands economy continues to be the strongest performing in the South Pacific.
In the lead-up to the June 14 general election, the Democratic Party has promised to establish an independent committee against corruption.
Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) is undertaking “remedial emergency maintenance work” on roads around Rarotonga and is urging motorists to take extra care as crews work on repairs.
ICI corporate director Diane Charlie-Puna said yesterday ICI had begun “emergency response action”, which would focus on clearing drains and streams. Crews were focusing on the most heavily-affected areas, with work already having begun in Muri and Nikao.
Charlie-Puna said finance minister Mark Brown had requested urgent action be taken to repair damaged infrastructure. ICI’s planning and design team had “hit the roads” on Wednesday to begin identifying potential hazards around the island, she added.
Earlier this week ICI’s road works division manager Vaipo Mataora said road conditions around the island had become worse as a result of flash flooding. Last weekend a foreign worker was lucky to escape serious injury as a result of being thrown off his motorbike after hitting a pothole near Titikaveka College.
Rarotonga residents have been urged to take extra precautions against possible health issues following extensive flooding on the island this week.
Cook Islands police have said that they will be taking a “tougher stance” on burglary in Rarotonga.
Prime minister Henry Puna is expected to attend the Smart Island World Congress (SIWC) later this month.
The hosts of a noisy wedding party celebration at Betela who failed to heed the advice of the police to turn down the volume of their music, had their sound system confiscated.