Helen Clark and Air NZ want Kiwis to spend July school holidays in Cooks

Thursday June 11, 2020 Written by Published in Economy
Helen Clark and Air NZ want Kiwis to spend July school holidays in Cooks

Air New Zealand hopes to be flying tourists into Cook Islands "sooner rather than later" – and earlier than the August or September creation of a trans-Tasman bubble.

Chief executive Greg Foran told NZME he thought the process of opening up a transtasman bubble with Australia was taking an appropriate amount of time.

There were a number of challenges which needed working out, including the issue surrounding transit passengers.

It was looking likely the transtasman bubble would be active around August-September, Foran said. He hoped a bubble with the Pacific would come faster.

"I'd really like to get into the Cook Islands and Niue sooner rather than later," Foran said.

"There are some good discussions occurring there and we are part of that. If we can pull something together there reasonably soon then I think that would be a good thing."

Foran did not think the Government was holding up the process despite New Zealand and the Cook Islands both having no active cases of Covid-19.

It comes as New Zealand's former Prime Minister Helen Clark calls for the country to return tourists to Cook Islands and other realm countries in time for the New Zealand school holidays – which begin on July 4.

"I’m pushing it hard," she told Cook Islands News tonight. "It’s a no-brainer. Good for stressed Kiwis and good for Cooks."

She said a trans-Tasman bubble was at least two months away. "Meanwhile why not a smart pilot with Cooks/Niue/Samoa/Fiji for two months to boost confidence in Island economies?"

The former head of the United Nations Development Programme said: "A hand up is always better than a hand-out in development terms."

8 comments

  • Comment Link Noo. Patia Monday, 15 June 2020 22:27 posted by Noo. Patia

    Cook Islands,Niue,Samoa,Tonga and Fiji needs their economy boost up if it means July well I reckon it is a good idea for travel during school holidays that sounds great, wish I could change my flight to Air New Zealand instead of Air Virgin,my flight was already booked but because of the Covid19 I have to pass that till this is all over.

  • Comment Link Donna Quinn Sunday, 14 June 2020 12:16 posted by Donna Quinn

    It's a no-brainer! Allow those more wealthy New Zealanders take a holiday & while doing so prop up the island economies. Rather than the whanau residing in NZ forced to send money home that they themselves cannot afford. Not to mention, the inevitable NZ Govt prop up that would come when our island nations fall to their knees.

  • Comment Link Not really interested in pacific Island bubbles, only a trans tasman bubble, friends and families reuniting is is priority not pleasure first Saturday, 13 June 2020 23:38 posted by Not really interested in pacific Island bubbles, only a trans tasman bubble, friends and families reuniting is is priority not pleasure first

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  • Comment Link Taku Morrison Saturday, 13 June 2020 22:35 posted by Taku Morrison

    If this bubble is a Pacific bubble - meaning for the islands that have had no Covid-19 cases - then yes that's a "hand up" to these pacific nations.
    If it's to include NZ or Australia ... then I say no. Both countries have enough space to go for a holiday and get some of the lockdown stress released. Until the world is safe - we are all still doing what we can to stay safe as best as we can.
    If this seems like a kick in the efforts of these talks - then it's not a "hands up" - it's a bargaining chip to get the airlines earnings for their shareholders.
    My uneducated guess.

  • Comment Link E Rudolph Saturday, 13 June 2020 22:20 posted by E Rudolph

    The idea of kiwis going to Cooks/Nuie/Fiji etc to boost economies would be great, but what about our own country too. If we are to boost other countries e economies do we kiwis get $1500 to assist with these trips especially for school holidays.
    We have just come back to level one and for some of us need to make up money lost during lockdown.

  • Comment Link Yes thats fine but both parties have to drop prices s lot b4 Kiwis will put their hands in their pockets Saturday, 13 June 2020 17:01 posted by Yes thats fine but both parties have to drop prices s lot b4 Kiwis will put their hands in their pockets

    To much uncertainty also

  • Comment Link Ray Silby Friday, 12 June 2020 18:49 posted by Ray Silby

    Personally I say look after our own before Australia..They don’t need the money in fact their always whinging about kiwis over there so open the door to the cooks they definitely need the money.

  • Comment Link No brainer Friday, 12 June 2020 17:55 posted by No brainer

    All the readings and stats is 100% correct time to open and extend our bubble for all to get our economies some warmth rgds Jess

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