21 Dec 2012

New warning signs in Cook Islands following drowning

5:01 pm on 21 December 2012

New warning signs are being erected where two New Zealanders drowned during a visit to the Cook Islands last week.

Judith Lorraine Palmer and her friend and neighbour Robert Groves, who were both in their early 60s, drowned at the Avaavaroa passage in Rarotonga.

The New Zealand High Commissioner says the aim is to set up the signs at Avaavaroa passage before Christmas and to other areas by the end of January.

John Carter says the High Commission plans to erect three lots of signs: at the entrance to the beach, on the beach and in front of the passage itself.

He says a team is now seeking sponsorship from the business community to fund the signs.