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21 September 2021

Articles by Emmanuel Samoglou

Workers lured to New Zealand with higher pay

Monday 20 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Local businesses continue to struggle to find employees and the situation is only set to get worse as more local workers are recruited for work in New Zealand, where they can earn higher wages and possibly find a path to residency.

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Make Covid-19 testing mandatory, businessman says

Saturday 18 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in

A prominent local businessman is calling on the government to implement mandatory testing of visitors when current border restrictions are lifted and Kiwi visitors return to the country.

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Chamber welcomes support but challenges remain

Thursday 16 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Government is being commended by the Chamber of Commerce in responding swiftly with aid after the latest border closure, however challenges remain for businesses currently grappling with zero tourists.

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Government closer to announcement on seabed mineral exploration

Wednesday 15 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

The Cook Islands Government is moving forward with a process to potentially issue exploratory licenses to companies interested in mining the ocean floor as international conservationists, diplomats, and scientists call for a moratorium on all deep sea mining activities.

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Additional business support announced

Tuesday 14 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Government has announced additional financial support for businesses affected by the ongoing border closure.

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Mitiaro lures in PhD researcher

Saturday 11 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Education, National, Outer Islands

Nearly two years of carrying out research on Mitiaro gave Auckland University of Technology Marine Biology PhD candidate Antony Vavia insight into the relationship island’s residents have with the ocean, while also shedding light on a place where he has ancestral roots.

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Superfund decreases rates again

Friday 10 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

The national superfund has decreased contribution rates, putting more money in the pockets of employees and employers during the ongoing economic downturn caused by New Zealand’s Covid-19 outbreak.

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Emergency department returns to hospital

Tuesday 7 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Health, National

Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health announced on Monday emergency health services will be moving back to Rarotonga Hospital.

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Cook Islander takes to Youtube to spread the word on money matters

Saturday 4 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Features, In Depth

Developing and maintaining a healthy relationship with money has been a life-long goal for Gold Coast-based Cook Islander George Woonton. With help from YouTube, he’s now sharing what he’s learned along the way with the larger Pasifika community.

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Demos confident in watchdog’s investigation of Pa Enua project

Saturday 4 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Local, National

Opposition Deputy Leader William Heather says he is confident in the Public Expenditure Review Committee and Audit’s handling of an investigation into a multi million-dollar Pa Enua project, despite the process dragging on for over a year.

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Fishermen call for more fish aggregating devices to boost catches

Friday 3 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Local, National

The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) and the Cook Islands Fishing Association (CIFA) met for a workshop at the New Hope Church yesterday where discussions regarding current fishing conditions and solutions on how to deal with them were discussed.

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Audit investigation drags on

Wednesday 1 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Local, National

An investigation by a financial watchdog looking into an upstart Rarotonga company currently carrying out a multimillion dollar project in the northern group island of Penrhyn has been ongoing for 12 months and continues with no end in sight.

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Private sector renews push for long-term visitor stays

Tuesday 31 August 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

The current border closure has business leaders once again calling on Government to consider longer term visitor stays to cushion the industry during downturns and reduce the stress on Rarotonga’s infrastructure.

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As assistance rolls in, business community ponders what it will take to get by

Saturday 28 August 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, Features

After the travel bubble commenced in May, Kiwi visitors began visiting in numbers that exceeded estimates. That has come to an end with NZ’s Covid-19 outbreak, and once again the industry is facing uncertainty even as government support kicks in.

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Banks pledge to work with clients affected by border closure

Friday 27 August 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

At least two of the major banks operating in the Cook Islands have pledged to continue working with customers facing financial difficulties from the recent border closure with New Zealand.

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Support on the way as businesses plan for months without visitors

Wednesday 25 August 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Government is preparing to deploy millions in financial assistance as private sector leaders are predicting months of zero visitors.

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Alert level 2, inwards travel halt extended

Tuesday 24 August 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Local, National

Government has extended the suspension on inbound passenger flights and health officials continue to carry out testing of recent arrivals as New Zealand’s Covid-19 outbreak enters its second week.

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Government working with Reserve Bank to explore closer ties

Monday 23 August 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Government is deepening its ties with NZ’s Reserve Bank to explore how the banking sector can be brought under the jurisdiction of New Zealand.

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Outbound flights continue as officials deal with NZ outbreak

Friday 20 August 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Local, National

As the number of Covid-19 cases in New Zealand continue to climb, outbound travel for visitors and residents wishing to depart Rarotonga continues, despite the halt on inbound passenger flights.

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Travel bubble pause extended to early next week

Thursday 19 August 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Local, National

Government has decided to extend the current Alert Level 2 as well as the temporary suspension on inbound passenger air travel from New Zealand as cases of Covid-19 continue to climb. By Emmanuel Samoglou.

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