Business

Runway project ‘in limbo’ as Airport Authority awaits engineers’ report

Wednesday 9 November 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Business, Local, National

The chief executive of the Cook Islands Airport Authority is unable to give replacement costs for several new concrete slabs laid on the runway which have been found to be faulty in a multi-million-dollar project that stretches back nearly two years.

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ANZ warns Cook Islands customers of online scam

Wednesday 9 November 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Business, Local, National

ANZ is urging customers to be wary online as a new scam aiming to trick people into handing over their details was circulating on social media.

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Fifteen officials representing Cooks at COP27 in Egypt

Saturday 5 November 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Business, Economy, Environment, National

The Cook Islands has taken a delegation of 15 people to a major Climate Change Conference in Egypt, but is still remaining schtum on how much it is costing.

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‘We’re after the same thing’ - PM Brown reacts to NZ’s call for ban on seabed mining

Thursday 3 November 2022 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Business, National, Politics

As the New Zealand government moves towards a moratorium on deep sea mining in international waters, Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown claims both governments are actually after the same thing. Matthew Littlewood and Caleb Fotheringham report.

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$200k support to host regional Forum meeting

Thursday 3 November 2022 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Business, National, Regional

Cook Islands received financial boost from New Zealand to support the hosting of the Pacific Island Forum Leaders Meeting in 2023.

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Pa Enua set to get online upgrade

Wednesday 2 November 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Business, National, Outer Islands

The Outer Islands online connectivity is improving with authorities looking to have it on par with Rarotonga in the next six months.

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Aitutaki ‘doubles in size’ for a day

Tuesday 1 November 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Business, Local, Travel

Aitutaki doubled its population on Monday as more than 1000 passengers from the visiting MS Zuiderdam made it ashore.

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Cook Islands hosts tourism meetings

Tuesday 1 November 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Business, National, Regional, Travel

Cook Islands is hosting the annual Pacific Tourism Organisation Board and Council of Minister’s meetings today at The Edgewater Resort. The country is also hosting the Pacific Sustainable Tourism Leadership Summit on Wednesday.

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PM to lead Cook Islands delegation to COP27 summit

Tuesday 1 November 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Business, Environment, National, Regional

Prime Minister Mark Brown is heading up a Cook Islands delegation to Egypt this week, where leaders from around the world will be gathering for the 27th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27).

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African island nation ‘20-years ahead’ of Cook Islands fishing sector

Monday 31 October 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Business, Local

Importing and exporting fish with other Pacific nations is in the pipeline, says Fresh Fish Company owner Timothy Vaikai, after visiting African island nation, Mauritius.

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Long serving staff recognised

Monday 31 October 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Business, Local

Cook Islands’ largest private sector organisation recognised and rewarded its long serving staff at a special event this month.

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Choppy weather put the brakes on cruise ship visit

Saturday 29 October 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Business, Travel

A cruise ship visiting Rarotonga was unable to call in Avatiu Port yesterday due to choppy weather conditions.

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Operators being sought to manage new recycling model

Friday 21 October 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Business, Environment, National

There looks set to be a financial spinoff as Cook Islands prepares to tighten the reins on plastic use. Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) is calling on interest from depot operators and logistics services in an effort to manage recyclables and end of life products.

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New Cooks bank boss sets sights on surf and fishing

Thursday 20 October 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Business, National

The national economy is recovering with a return of confidence in the market, new ANZ Bank country head Jason Murray says.

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Mike Pero in airline talks with MFEM

Wednesday 19 October 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Business, Economy, National

Ministry of Finance and Economic Management has confirmed it has been in discussions with businessman Mike Pero about a renewed interest in developing an airline.

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Rarotonga businessman to attend fisheries exchange programme

Thursday 13 October 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Business, National

Timothy Vaikai from the Fresh Fish Company is going to the Mauritius Islands in Africa to learn how other fisheries do business.

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Former ‘isolation facilities’ back in business

Tuesday 11 October 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Business, National

Tourist accommodation Kiikii Motel became an isolation facility because nobody else wanted to do it, says its owner Napa Napa.

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‘Don’t moan and complain’: Businesses should pay staff penal rates for Memorial Day, says PM Brown

Tuesday 4 October 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Business, National

Prime Minister Mark Brown has weighed in on the Queen’s Memorial holiday debate, saying it is his understanding that businesses have legal obligations to pay employees penal rates.

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‘Act in good faith’: Employers not obligated to pay holiday rates

Saturday 1 October 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Business, National

Queen’s Memorial holiday observed yesterday is not prescribed under the Public Holidays Act with Government ‘hoping that employers will act in good faith’.

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Superfund partners with Smartshares to ‘accelerate global investment portfolio implementation’

Tuesday 27 September 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Business, National

Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund (CINSF) will implement its global investment portfolio of NZ$200 million using funds offered through NZX subsidiary Smartshares.

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