Punanga Nui Market, one of the top tourist attractions in Rarotonga. PHOTO: COOK ISLANDS TOURISM/21082027
Market vendors will receive a rent holiday due to COVID-19 which will be extended for an extra month from the end of October to the end of November.
Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) chief executive Allan Jensen, in conjunction with the Minister for Punanga Nui Market George Maggie Angene and Associate Minister for CIIC Albert Nicholas, is pleased to announce that the current rent holiday for market vendors has been extended for an extra month, from the end of October to the end of November.
The decision to
extend the rent holiday was made due to the ongoing border closure with New
Zealand as a result of Covid-19, and the financial impact this in turn has on
Punanga Nui stallholders.
“Many of our vendors rely on tourists and the money they spend at the market to support themselves and their families,” said Punanga Nui Market manager William Taripo, in a statement.
“With the border closure preventing any tourists from getting here, it is important that we do what we can to support our vendors through these trying times.”
of the rent holiday will help enable as many vendors as possible to continue
their presence at the market, offering fresh fruit and vegetables, hot food and
other items to our local population.”
Market Minister George Maggie Angene also offered a big meitaki ma’ata to the
management of both CIIC and PNM for once again extending the rent-free period
for market vendors.
“I am very
grateful that the rent-free period has been extended and that during this time
of the Covid-19 pandemic we continue to think of our people selling at the
market throughout the week and on the weekend. They are an important part of
our community, and we need to support them,” said Minister Angene.
The market will
continue to be open as usual on Saturdays and all vendors and visitors are
reminded to tag-in with their CookSafe cards at one of the entry points before
continuing into the PNM area, while also taking care to practice all the public
health measures currently recommended by the health ministry Te Marae Ora.
stations are located at the Maroro Fish hut at the western entrance, next to
the PNM market/BSP ATM machine at the eastern entrance, the entrance next to
the playground and there are also a few vendors who have their own tag-in
stations or TMO sign-in sheets.
At this stage
the rental relief period extends for five weeks from Saturday, October 30.