Cook Islands will continue to support the work of the International Seabed Authority in developing global seabed mining regulations, and the country will continue to follow its own process at its own pace.
Health ministry staff carried out a flash contact tracing and testing drive beginning Tuesday night through yesterday following the case of an Australian tourist who visited Wellington and later tested positive for Covid-19.
In a late night cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Government made the decision to keep quarantine-free travel in place with New Zealand while local officials continue to monitor the situation in Wellington after a Covid-19 positive tourist from Australia visited the NZ capital.
Tourism, the nation’s leading economic contributor, got off to a humble start last month with 1486 visitors, which on a daily basis breaks down to just under a quarter of arrival figures seen during May 2019 – the last non-pandemic year.
A pillar of the Government’s Covid-19 economic recovery plan is to reduce interest rates that have long been a burden to households and businesses. Will the banks be willing to be part of the solution?
For years Kiwi volunteers have been donating their time to work with public service organisations and local NGOs. Covid-19 put a temporary halt to that, but with the bubble in place volunteers are slowly beginning to return.
From cryptocurrency pyramid schemes to social media scams, Cook Islands residents face a constant stream of online hazards, but a new web-based resource aims to get the upper hand against the thieves and crooks who prey on the unsuspected.
In place for four weeks, the Cook Islands-New Zealand bubble is bringing in more visitors than tourism stakeholders had projected. Looking ahead, the industry and government are now looking to capitalise on that success by laying out the rationale for opening the country to Australians.
Amidst an environment of continued uncertainty, the Government is still banking on a positive trajectory in the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and the possible opening of tourism to additional markets.
The Chamber of Commerce reacted to yesterday’s unveiling of the budget with a warning that businesses could be forced to lay off workers in the absence of government financial support for vulnerable companies.
Describing its revenue forecast for the coming 12 months as conservative, government is predicting a nearly 9 per cent increase in gross domestic product to drive spending in areas such as health, education, and infrastructure.
A decade ago, the powers that be decided the Cook Islands needed updated companies legislation and a digital registry of companies allowed to do business in the country. It was a ‘smart government’ initiative, where services offered by the state are efficient, cost-effective, and allow people to avoid the agony of long queues. But sometimes the best of intentions can lead to unintended consequences.
As the governments of the Cook Islands, New Zealand, and China prepare to hold a bi-annual meeting later this month to discuss the Te Mato Vai water infrastructure project, the government continues its efforts to resolve a lingering dispute concerning allegations of shoddy construction work with the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) - one of the project's main contractors.
Same sex rights groups are expressing guarded optimism after Government disclosed that work is underway to ensure new criminal legislation will not contain clauses that discriminate against any Cook Islander or resident.
Local health officials say the growing Covid-19 outbreak in Victoria poses little threat to the Cook Islands, but as a precautionary measure extra screening procedures will be in place for upcoming flights.
The government has signalled current Covid-19 financial support measures are set to wind down at the end of June, but the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce believes a number of businesses will require some form of support beyond that date.