Although just a trickle compared to pre-Covid times, the opening of a travel bubble with New Zealand and the arrival of tourists is coinciding with government’s plans for economic recovery, which remain focused on stimulus and spending.
In 1998, a United States-based businessman attempted to set up a medical school in Rarotonga. Despite securing initial approvals, things didn’t go to plan and the Cook Islands found itself on the wrong side of a multi-million dollar legal dispute. Nearly 25 years later, the government’s lawyers are still dealing with the matter.
With the 2021-2022 Appropriation Bill expected to be tabled in Parliament next month, the Opposition hopes to set the tone for the debate by calling on Government to prioritise economic diversification in the budget for the coming fiscal year.
"We have made our own decisions based on science, our own investigations, and the consensus from us, this sludge is good and perfect for our needs," letter writer says, in defense of sludge disposal plan.
Prime Minister Mark Brown was at Rarotonga International Airport to welcome the first group of Kiwi visitors on Monday, just as he was preparing to depart the country for New Zealand on a personal trip.
The Cook Islands will embark on a long and uncertain path towards economic recovery on Monday when it welcomes its first visitors in over 14 months. Uncertainty and challenging days await the tourism sector, and the same goes for the government, which relies on their success to keep the country functioning.
Financial support for the private sector during the Covid-19 pandemic winds down at the end of next month, however government says further assistance could be made available in the event of another border closure.
Ature are mysterious. They are annual visitors to our islands, where they are caught, shared, and then devoured. But sometimes they don’t make an appearance, and it is not understood why. Journalist Emmanuel Samoglou spoke to fishermen and scientists to learn more about these small, yet revered fish.
Thousands of flight bookings have followed Sunday’s announcement of a Cooks-NZ travel bubble start date. Tourism industry stakeholders say they are ready to accommodate the incoming tide of sun-hungry kiwis.