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PacINET 2014, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

“INTERNET INNOVATIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE PACIFIC”.

PaciNET 2014, will be held on Rarotonga Cook Islands. This will be our second PacINET as it was last held on Rarotonga in 2008.

This year the venue will be the Pukapuka Hostel Hall in the main village of Avarua (which is where we had our morning teas in 2008. We found that the auditorium was a little large for our gathering.)

 

Click here for the registration form. We would appreciate if you could fill this in so we get an idea of how many people may be coming.

 

 Click here for a look at hotels  that you may want to stay at.

Look for hotels at Avarua or Arorangi which are close to the conference venue. You may need to hire a car. There is also  a cheap hostel option close by the conference venue offered on the registration form.

USERS GUIDE TO RAROTONGA

SHOPPING: Most shops open at 8.00 or  8.30 and close at 4pm.   There are two 24 hour stores – OASIS PETROL STATION not far from the airport, SUPER BROWN in Tupapa (east of Avarua).  WIGMORE’S in Titikaveka (on the south of the island) closes at 9pm.  PUNANGA NUI MARKET is open on Saturday morning from 8am – noon.

MONEY MATTERS: Eftpos machines in local stores will only take credit cards and local ATM cards. They will not allow international debit cards to do cashouts. An international fee is charged on every transaction but this is set by the cardholder’s bank.  Overseas cheques cannot be used in the Cooks.

BANKING: There are three banks on Rarotonga – ANZ, Westpac and the Bank of the Cook Islands.  Banks open  at 9am and close at 3pm, but there are several ATMs around the island . They can take all Visa/Master cards, INTL Debit cars with Maestro, Cirrus and Plus signs, all ANZ ATM cars, JCB cards, Diners Club Cards, Westpac Visa Debit Cards.

WATER: Because of the tropical conditions, it is important that you keep well hydrated. We recommend drinking bottled water. Many resorts have extra filter systems so that it is fine to drink their tap water.

 

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