LANDSLIDE CLOSES TRAIL TO RAROTONGA’S "NEEDLE"

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By Nancy Bataillard

AVARUA, Rarotonga, Cook Islands (April 28 2001 – Cook Islands News)--Police yesterday closed down the track to one of Rarotonga’s highest mountains and a favorite hiking site, the Needle, after discovering that a big portion of it had fallen in a landslide.

Superintendent Taivero Isamaela said that the track was very dangerous and people should stay away from the area.

"There are lots of loose rocks at the bottom and everyone needs to be aware it’s dangerous to go up there.

"There is a possibility that another portion of the Needle could slide off too."

Conservation officials and police visited the site yesterday to further assess the damage.

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