Expressing caution with the reopening of the borders yesterday, John and Anne Maoate – Rarotonga’s well-known pineapple farmers – will be taking a break from selling their popular pineapples and fresh produce from the road side in Avatiu.
After five months of a quiet and deserted arrival terminal at the Rarotonga international airport, this afternoon the borders will reopen and the first plane full of passengers will troop in from Auckland, New Zealand – since August 16, 2021.
There is a lot of information being pushed out right now in the lead-up to our border opening this week on Thursday, January 13, so I thought I would take this opportunity to give you all another update, writes Prime Minister Mark Brown.
Unvaccinated members of the Avarua CICC (Cook Islands Christian Church) are overjoyed at the decision of its committee to allow them to continue to attend church services when the country’s border reopens this Thursday.
A growing number of expat workers taking up jobs in New Zealand is deepening the local labour shortage crisis, forcing at least one business to close up shop days before the Cook Islands border reopens to Kiwi holidaymakers.
The Cook Island government’s requirement for mandatory Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests for tourists when it fully opens the borders to the outer islands will turn holidaymakers away from the Pa Enua and possibly the Cook Islands, according to industry groups.
Cook Islanders residing overseas are continuing to face frustrating and unsettling times as Covid-19 continues to progress, with the number of the highly transmissible Omicron variant continuing to climb.
The Bank of South Pacific (BSP) Cook Islands branch had one of its most successful years yet with their annual Christmas Giving Tree initiative. Over 640 gifts successfully made it into the hands of children across the 12 islands.
Prime Minister Mark Brown yesterday announced that the wage subsidy and
sole trader grants will continue until the end of February, to allow businesses to build up after the border opening on January 13, 2022.
On the island of Mauke or Akatokamanava, sisters, Joanne Stevens (left) and Ngavaine Makitai representing the village of Oiretumu, danced and sang with families and friends as they walked through the village of Kimiangatau on Christmas day for the island’s ‘teretere’ or ‘roni’.