Newly-elected chair of Chamber of Commerce, Addrienne Hosking-Tinirau. SUPPLIED/ 23102515
Addrienne Hosking-Tinirau has been elected the new chair of the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce at its annual general meeting (AGM) this week.
the country manager for Air New Zealand, took over the reins from outgoing
chair Phillip Henderson, the chief executive of Vodafone Cook Islands.
“well attended” AGM held at the Edgewater Resort Conference Room on Tuesday
also elected new vice-chair Eve Hayden, and directors Vaine Nooana-Arioka,
Rebecca Puni, David Street and Steve Anderson. Existing
Gaye Whitta, Chantal Napa and Liana Scott continue for a further year.
his outgoing remarks, Henderson said that the Cook Islands continue to
persevere in its recovery from one of the most challenging economic disruptions
in its history.
are absorbing the shock of increasing inflation, restricted labour forces and a
slow return of flights and visiting tourists to our shores to name a few,”
to a statement from the Chamber, reports on the last 12 months highlighted
Chamber’s involvement with the National Labour Advisory Board, Liquor
Licensing, Superannuation, Land Agents Registration, Marae Moana Council,
ASYCUDA (Automated System for Customs Data) and the Minimum Wage Review.
considerable importance was the Chamber’s representations to government
revisions to the Immigration Regulations, with announcements on this expected
soon, the statement said.
Chamber also supported 99 small local businesses by facilitating grants for
them from Business Link Pacific.
said: “With a number of our Covid related funding streams coming to their
natural conclusion, we’ve seen a change in staffing levels and activities.
However, our goals remain ambitious, our business needs are great, and there is
still more to do to ensure a prosperous business economy for our members.”
strategic plan was presented that included improving value for membership,
having a consistent voice, monitoring the economy, maintaining a productive
working relationship with government and promoting good governance.
Chamber said that some specific actions for the coming year include working
with the government on mechanisms to manage credit card fees, reviewing the
BTIB (Business Trade and Investment Board) fee structure, and engaging on the
proposed water metering mechanism and tariff.
Chamber also celebrates its 40th anniversary shortly, and a major
event is planned, the statement added.
chair Hosking-Tinirau thanked the outgoing chair for his tireless work for the
Chamber, welcomed the incoming team, and expressed her determination to set a fast-track
pace for the work ahead.
meeting concluded with a social event sponsored by Vodafone, BSP, and
Chamber of Commerce is officially recognised as the voice of the Cook Islands
private sector. The group works on promoting and encouraging the growth of new
and existing businesses, while also opposing or working to lessen the effects
of anything that might negatively impact Cook Islands commerce and trade.