Strong visitor arrival numbers posted since May’s ‘bubble’ opening with New Zealand along with little choice in destinations for Kiwi travellers is putting the Cook Islands on a path towards economic recovery, ANZ bank economists say.
An estimated 100 millimetres of rain was expected to fall on Rarotonga as wild, wet and windy weather resulted in a local flood warning and forced both Air New Zealand flights to be diverted back to New Zealand.
Environmental factors, including climate change, are affecting catches for local fishermen and more needs to be done to ensure Pacific tuna stocks remain healthy, says an official with the World Wildlife Fund.
The Cook Islands Prime Minister has sent a message of congratulations to his Samoan counterpart Fiame Naomi Mata’afa and says he looks forward to exploring ways to strengthen ties between both nations.
The Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce, which has led the development of the country’s two main contact tracing systems, says downloads of the contact tracing smartphone app are increasing along with the number of registered CookSafe QR cardholders.
A New Zealand-based human rights initiative has found the Cook Islands to be leading the world in a range of civil and political rights, however the rights of the disabled and journalists were found to be endangered.
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