The Paul Gauguin cruise liner and its contingent of well-heeled stargazers have voyaged through the Cook Islands this week in pursuit of the sight of a lifetime: total darkness.
The Vaka Cruise, an Aitutaki lagoon tour company, is hoping its big win at the A1 Meitaki Awards last week will help them cement a number one spot in the business.
With their far-flung territories and distance from global economic hubs, the Pacific islands face significant hurdles in delivering social and infrastructure services to their people. Adding to this challenge are these countries’ narrow economic bases, which limit their ability to collect domestic revenues; their reliance on mostly imported inputs; and their vulnerability to disasters and extreme climate change, the impacts of which can drive up public spending.
The Cook Islands has joined four key copyright treaties with the World Intellectual Property Organisation after handing “instruments of accession” to its director Francis Gurry.
A team from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is in the country to inspect some residential and commercial properties in an effort to improve disaster risk reduction.