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By John Woods

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Jan. 4) – New Year's Day wasn't much of a holiday for three Telecom technicians who were rushed to Mangaia to restore disrupted telephone services in the Cook Islands.

[PIR editor’s note: Mangaia is the southernmost island in the Cook Islands’ Southern Group – southeast of Rarotonga where the capital is situated.]

A Telecom Cook Islands spokesperson confirmed yesterday that Mangaia's phone service went out on Friday because of problems with the island's earth satellite station.

Cook Islands police had to send urgent messages to its two policemen on the island by pigeon post instead - getting passengers on Air Rarotonga to hand deliver a note.

Three technicians were sent to Mangaia on a special charter flight on Saturday, and by Sunday afternoon they had restored the telephone service

January 6, 2006

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