Shaun Bamber

Shaun Bamber

Health bus ready to go

Tuesday June 19, 2018

The dedication of Rarotonga’s new mobile health clinic bus took place at Constitution Park yesterday morning, attended by distinguished guests from both here in the Cook Islands and from New Zealand, including health minister Nandi Glassie and New Zealand High Commissioner Peter Marshall.

Rarotonga’s long-awaited mobile health clinic bus, delivered to the Cook Islands earlier this month courtesy of the Masterton South Rotary Club in New Zealand, was blessed and dedicated in a ceremony held at Constitution Park in Avarua yesterday.

Democratic Party candidate Tamaiva “Captain Tama” Tuavera has retained the Ngatangiia seat he won off the Cook Islands Party in 2014, pulling in 254 votes to his opponent Tukaka Ama’s 211.

While there are still a number of special and postal votes that have yet to be counted, this year’s general election looks set to make history with the lowest voter turnout the Cook Islands has yet seen, going right back to the very first election in 1965.

Unsuccessful Titikaveka candidate Margharet Matenga is “saddened” that the Titikaveka Cook Islands Party committee’s decision not to confirm her as the CIP candidate probably cost her the election.

Tupapa Maraerenga MP George Maggie has won what may be one of the most telling victories of the election, but when CINews tracks him down on election night he’s just enjoying a quiet moment alone, sitting astride his bike outside his house in Tupapa.

Local film-maker Josh Teariki Baker’s short film A Boy From Rarotonga has won the Moana Award for Best Female Actor at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival in New Zealand.

Poll reveals voter uncertainty

Wednesday June 13, 2018

While yesterday’s poll results trumpeted Tina Browne as the country’s preferred prime minister, perhaps a more interesting takeaway is the fact that more than a quarter of respondents were “not sure” about who they thought should lead the country.

Tina preferred PM, party CIP

Tuesday June 12, 2018

Democratic Party leader Tina Browne is the Cook Islands’ preferred prime minister heading into the general election this Thursday on June 14 according to the results of a recent informal phone poll conducted by CINews.

The massive, 23.3-metre long catamaran Wild Berry has been dwarfing all the other private yachts docked at Avatiu Wharf for the past fortnight now, but her owners just flew in on Wednesday night.

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