With a traveller from the Cook Islands in quarantine in Western Australia, the Opposition is re-iterating its call for a nation-wide vaccination programme before a bubble is established with New Zealand.
Sources are speculating an upcoming announcement could see either a date set for a travel bubble with New Zealand or solid plans put in place for a Covid-19 vaccination programme, but the Government is staying tight-lipped for now.
The catching of a male tiger shark on Monday highlights the difficulties local fishers can have when interacting with sharks, and the need for further education to ensure the ‘near threatened’ animals are protected when accidentally caught.
Staycations have taken off around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the phenomenon hasn’t escaped the Cook Islands. CI News take a look into why we need to get away, even if it might only be a short drive away from home.
Those who’ve had a chance to visit Manihiki begin dreaming about returning as soon as they leave. But for Manihikians who leave their island home for opportunities abroad, returning is sometimes an obligation.
As the wait for a travel bubble continues, the Democratic Party has voiced its frustration with PM Mark Brown’s Government for withholding information on vital NZ financial assistance that’s targeted to plug a widening budget gap.
Reports of issues with recruiting overseas health specialists to help alleviate a staffing shortage at the Ministry of Health is raising concerns over the country’s Covid-19 health preparedness in advance of a potential two-way travel bubble with New Zealand.
The national superfund has increased the withdrawal threshold for those who wish to opt out and take a lump sum upon retirement, in a move that’s expected to release the fund from providing pensions for life to approximately 170 individuals.