feel for our employers and our workers back home. It’s easy for us to say what
we think should be done however we’re not there to understand from both sides
as to what they’re going through. Yes, some of us maybe, as an employee, dream
or would love to be paid a higher rate however we don’t know what they’re going
through over there as an employer or the government.
isn’t a new conversation (Workers lured to New Zealand with higher pay, Cook
Islands News, September 20). In fact, it’s an ongoing one. I too used to
comment and say the Government needs to raise the pay rate and cut back on their
salary packets, etc. I still believe that.
be honest, it’s going to take all of us – all sectors and all of us living
outside of the Cook Islands – to come up with great ideas to help and look at
working together with those back home.
me though, I think the dependency on money from just one industry –tourism – has
to be addressed, we need to grow and build and bring back what used to also
work for our country.
I say in all areas of the economic industry to make a return at all levels for
everyone. Horticulture exporting is one and manufacturing – bring back making
our own Ara Juice, our fishing industry. The Government needs to cut out the foreign
countries they allowed to fish in our waters, instead make them buy from our
fisheries and trade there.
and build up our small and medium businesses that are struggling and invest in
them, open a trade school in Raro to teach trades or bring back the Government
owned Public Works Services that used to be there and now no longer exists. Invest
in shipping therefore more and bigger boats to transport our exports produces,
not just to New Zealand but let’s also trade to other Pacific Islands, etc.
just thinking of solutions to help this long ongoing problem, it’s got to start
somewhere. Let’s support positively with great and good intentions rather than
the negatives. I’m a proud Cook Islander and I feel for what they’re going
through back home at all levels.
Safe everyone. Te Atua te aroa Kia tatou katoatoa I runga I teia pia uriuri ete
kimi manako anga.
drift of workers has always been the case, there is in excess of 60,000 Cook
Islanders in NZ alone. It is the free access to NZ citizenship that enables
Cook Islands is one of the highest paying small island nations in the Pacific
with wage 3 to 4 times higher than the like of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga or Vanuatu.
None of these nations need foreign workers because few can leave. Dependence on
tourism also warps the local economy, this has happened in NZ if you look at
the likes of Queenstown – very few New Zealanders can afford to live there.