Arrivals to Cook Islands from NZ asked to self-isolate

Over 200 people have arrived from Auckland this week.

Roughly 150 more Samoan seasonal workers en route to New Zealand

They will help ease the strain on the horticulture industry.

Pressure mounts to prioritise Covid-19 vaccines for South Auckland

Doctors and community health workers call South Auckland the front line in the fight against the virus and say many locals are very anxious.

Fijian league team delivers beautiful thank you song to staff at Sydney quarantine hotel

Video from the last day of the team's stay at a Sydney hotel showed members of the squad singing from their balconies.


Māori, Pasifika over-representation in child poverty stats 'heart-breaking' - South Auckland foodbank staff

Buttabean Motivation foodbank staff said yesterday's report was "skewed" and didn't capture the extent of hardship amid the pandemic.

Former Papua New Guinea PM in critical condition with pancreatic cancer

The 82-year-old served as the nation's first Prime Minister from 1975 to 1980.


Cook Islands' tourism industry gets creative to sustain business amid pandemic

Urgent plans are being laid to save the industry, previously worth around $300 million a year.


Locals keeping Cook Islands tourism alive and safe amid Covid-19 pandemic

Smaller grassroots businesses have had to diversify to capture the local market.


Many Cook Islands businesses struggling to survive one year on from start of pandemic

The government is providing support to 350 businesses on the tourist starved islands.


Covid-19 vaccine rollout ‘critical’ to protect Pacific nations, but details are lacking — vaccine expert

Questions remained about whether Pacific nations have the infrastructure to receive Covid-19 vaccines.


Preparedness for potential Covid-19 outbreak in the Cook Islands has a long way to go

Fears remain about the virus getting in through a travel bubble.


Exclusive look at Cook Islands pandemic fallout and its bid for NZ travel bubble

Barbara Dreaver discovered the economic wounds in the Cook Islands are critically deep.


Politicians challenged to be ‘courageous, not careful’ after ‘dark’ Salvation Army child poverty report

“Child poverty isn’t just a brown issue, or a left or right issue, a political issue as such. It’s a national issue,” report co-author Ronji Tanielu said.

Mike Pero's Pasifika Air aims for June take-off, but no plane yet

The airline plans to take bookings for flights to the Cook Islands from March.


Tsunami alert cancelled after large quake near New Caledonia puts NZ on edge

New Zealanders are still advised to take precautions in coastal zones for the rest of today.


'We know this is a real thing' — Officials record wave surges in NZ following powerful Pacific quake

It's not a good day to take your dog for a walk on the beach, says Civil Defence's Roger Ball.


Five Micronesian states quit influential Pacific Islands Forum over leadership stoush

The states are angry their candidate was overlooked, against the spirit of a gentlemen's agreement.


Pacific Update: Twin girls born during deadly Fijian cyclone

Barbara Dreaver has her latest news round-up from the Pacific region, including a spot of good news during a deadly weather event.

Tonga won't participate in NZ's new seasonal employer scheme, citing repatriation difficulties

Tonga says it has limited quarantine facilities and could only repatriate 248 people every three weeks.


Le Laperouse cruise ship heading to New Caledonia after 61 of its 90 crew were denied visas in NZ

“Immigration were quite threatening in terms of what would happen if they carried on to New Zealand,” NZ Cruise Association's chief executive said.

Auckland's Polyfest back this year after two years of disruption

Polyfest will mark its 45th anniversary this year after being cancelled last year due to Covid-19.


Samoa raises Covid-19 alert level after suspected case in recent returnee

A 23-year-old sailor is in hospital and being monitored for symptoms after returning from Italy on a repatriation flight.


Pacific Update: Cook Islands kids improvise slip-and-slide, Fiji on alert for potential cyclone

1 NEWS’ Barbara Dreaver has her first Pacific news roundup for 2021, including the best from social media.


Heart-warming scenes as travellers from Covid-free Cook Islands reunite with loved ones in Auckland

Auckland International Airport welcomed passengers from Rarotonga this morning.


'Thank God for this travel bubble' - High emotion as first quarantine-free flight arrives from Rarotonga

One family was reunited with their beloved children for the first time in 10 months.


Cook Islands adopting NZ's contact-tracing system ahead of reciprocal travel bubble

Starting today, residents of the Pacific nation can travel to New Zealand without quarantining.


Auckland Airport welcomes quarantine free international travellers for the first time in nearly 10 months

Arrivals from the Cook Islands won't have to complete a 14-day stay in managed isolation.


Elaborate passport scam involving small Tongan church in South Auckland under investigation

1 NEWS understands hundreds of over-stayers have been caught up in the scheme including people stuck in New Zealand because of border closures.


Welcome to the bubble: Cook Islanders able to enter NZ without quarantine from January 21

Before going back to the Cook Islands, they would need to take a Covid test and have a negative result within 96 hours of take off.

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