BACK TO NORMAL IN THE COOK ISLANDS, NO Y2K BUG PROBLEMS

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By Helen Greig

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (January 5, 2000 – Cook Islands News)---The Cook Islands appears to have entered the new millennium without any Y2K bug problems in Rarotonga’s major service providers.

Both the ANZ and Westpac banks smoothly made the transition into the new year.

Westpac opened for business yesterday; ANZ bank is reopening today after the New Year weekend break.

Telecom Cook Islands, which provides nationwide telecommunications, also experienced no problems. Officials said they were well prepared for any glitches during the switch over to the year 2000.

FIREWORKS

The Airport Authority had no problems as well. The only concern was the use of fireworks during the midnight celebrations.

However, an Airport Authority spokesperson said they were well prepared for the planned fireworks display.

Te Aponga (Rarotonga Electricity Authority), which was also prepared for the Y2K bug, reopened today for business with no problems.

For additional reports from the Cook Islands News Online, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/Cook Islands News Online.

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