Economy

‘There’s no Plan B’

Monday June 22, 2020

Business leaders are concerned there’s no wage subsidy budgeted beyond September – all hopes are pinned on the return of Kiwi tourists. 

It’s crunch time for decisions on opening the border.

Deputy prime ministers Mark Brown and Winston Peters are to meet online this week, as Cook Islands tries to win New Zealand’s assent to open the border.

The joyous return of 131 Cook Islanders and work permit holders yesterday was a far cry from the controlled distance of the three previous repatriation flights. 

Finance Minister says Cook Islands needs Kiwi tourists back by September at latest to avoid further financial turmoil.

Resorts make staff redundant

Wednesday June 17, 2020

Muri-based resorts forced to make staff redundant after fallout from Covid-19 crisis continues with no end in sight.

New Covid-19 cases in New Zealand are a setback to hopes Kiwi tourists could return next month.

Government concerns about Australians spreading Covid-19 through a Pacific bubble.

Amid loud calls for the Cook Islands-New Zealand border to be reopened to tourists, there are some who are urging greater caution.

Crisis Budget next week

Friday June 12, 2020

Parliament will return on Monday to pass the Budget and other bills.

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