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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.