Tourists from the North American market are the biggest spenders in the Cook Islands.
The Marine Resources Bill 2017 which is aimed at providing sustainable use of the living marine resources in and around the Cook Islands for the benefit of the people is now before a select committee.
The Cook Islands government has pledged $50,000 to support in the recovery efforts for the neighbouring Pacific countries affected by Cyclone Gita.
The High Court has denied government’s bid to prolong the hearing of the appeal against the ruling of the development of purse seine fishery in the Cook Islands.
Prime minister Henry Puna says he has no authority to intervene in matters relating to the running of the Ports Authority.
The Koutu Nui organisation has expressed alarm at the increasing numbers of foreigners and migrant workers who decide to stay in the Cook Islands permanently.