Special voyages for hostel opening

Thursday June 20, 2019 Written by Published in Outer Islands

Government will provide Taio Shipping with a subsidy for two voyages between Avatiu and the Northern Group to coincide with the July 8 opening of the Palmerston House in Rarotonga.

 

The house has been built with funds mobilised by Palmerston families on Rarotonga, New Zealand and Australia.

It will provide a central base and much-needed accommodation for Palmerston families when visiting Rarotonga.

This subsidy follows in the footsteps of the Northern Group pilot shipping subsidy project implemented by MFEM in 2018, with vessels operated by Cook Islands Towage and Taio Shipping.

The first voyage, on the MV Lady Moana, to Penhryn, Rakahanga and Manihiki is expected to leave Avatiu Harbour this Friday.

The second, on the MV Grinna, to Palmerston, Nassau and Pukapuka is expected to depart this Saturday.

The subsidy funding, equivalent to 60 per cent of expected operating expenditure for each voyage, has been made available from the 2018/19 Budget Inter-island shipping subsidy appropriation administered by MFEM.  

 - Release

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