Emmanuel Samoglou

Emmanuel Samoglou

Research by a New Zealand university sheds light on the resilience of tourism-dependent Pacific nations, and policymakers should take notice as they envision tourism for the future. 

India broadens focus on Pacific

Wednesday October 21, 2020

A diplomatic push by India to expand relations with Pacific Island states including Cook Islands continues as the Asian country rejigs its foreign ministry. Benefits could be in store for the region. 

A call is being sent out to French Polynesian nationals who desire to return home.

Government officials are working against the odds to alert the public over a plague of misinformation and greed that’s being promoted on social media within the community. 

Audit report casts doubt on finances

Saturday October 17, 2020

Opposition Democratic Party slams government over “deeply concerning” findings by auditor. 

A number of residents have been approached by family and friends to join Lion’s Share – an online platform described by observers as a pyramid and Ponzi scheme. 

Pa Enua project under scrutiny

Thursday October 15, 2020

Cook Islands Audit Office is yet to make a decision on whether an investigation into a major government contract is warranted.

Foreign aid hit historic levels in Cook Islands and the broader Pacific region with more than $3.1 billion spent in the region in 2018, according to a comprehensive study by Sydney-based think-tank Lowy Institute.

Maritime borders formally established

Wednesday October 14, 2020

A multi-year effort to formally establish the nation’s maritime zones is being described by government as a “demonstration of sovereignty and agency over its extensive oceans resources”. 

Pacific island states are looking at legal options to ensure their borders are protected as sea levels rise and land comes under threat due to climate change. 

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