924 workers get wage subsidy

Thursday April 09, 2020 Written by Published in Economy

Government has processed $1.7 million from its Covid-19 economic response package to businesses and workers.


By yesterday morning, $659,000 had been paid out in business grants to 88 businesses, and $1 million in wage subsidy payments to 82 businesses were made.

Financial Secretary Garth Henderson said his ministry staff were working hard to continue processing the remaining applications.

“We have built a new system from scratch which is user-friendly, and have managed to get the funding out to businesses in need,” he said.

“In a similar vein to the health response, the Cook Islands economic response is well ahead of the curve.”

The 82 businesses employ 924 people on the wage subsidy – approximately 15 per cent of Rarotonga’s workers.

The payments amount to $1140 per employee for the month of April, and will continue to be paid out through May and June.

1 comment

  • Comment Link Vaine makikiriti Tuesday, 14 April 2020 11:14 posted by Vaine makikiriti

    How do i apply for the subsidy wages i got eveeything dat being ask for. Im struggling to buy food for me i have work as a taxi driver but my job i being put off corse whats happening in the world. I have no where else to go my contact number 58039

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