Economy

Rent holiday for market vendors

Thursday 23 September 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Economy, National

Punanga Nui Market vendors will receive a rent holiday beginning this week and lasting until the end of October.

Economy


Further support for business

Tuesday 21 September 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, National

Further to the announcement two weeks ago and with the current border closure in mind, the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mark Brown is pleased to announce one further round of the Business Grant for October.

Economy


Workers lured to New Zealand with higher pay

Monday 20 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Local businesses continue to struggle to find employees and the situation is only set to get worse as more local workers are recruited for work in New Zealand, where they can earn higher wages and possibly find a path to residency.

Economy


Runway repairs restart following multiple delays

Saturday 18 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Runway repair work at Rarotonga International Airport has picked up again following multiple delays.

Economy


Will Cook Islands have to learn to live with Covid-19?

Saturday 18 September 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Economy, Health, National

Countries around the world are ditching lockdowns and slowly opening borders. Life in the United Kingdom has minimal restrictions, Australia has a plan to get life normal-ish again and even New Zealand has indicated slowly opening up to the world in the first quarter of 2022. So does the Cook Islands also need to learn to live with the virus or could we forever keep our zero tolerance approach?

Economy


Chamber welcomes support but challenges remain

Thursday 16 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Government is being commended by the Chamber of Commerce in responding swiftly with aid after the latest border closure, however challenges remain for businesses currently grappling with zero tourists.

Economy


Border closure leaves vendors with piles of produce

Thursday 16 September 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Economy, Local, National

Scenes from the quiet streets of Rarotonga as borders remain closed.

Economy


Government closer to announcement on seabed mineral exploration

Wednesday 15 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

The Cook Islands Government is moving forward with a process to potentially issue exploratory licenses to companies interested in mining the ocean floor as international conservationists, diplomats, and scientists call for a moratorium on all deep sea mining activities.

Economy


Additional business support announced

Tuesday 14 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Government has announced additional financial support for businesses affected by the ongoing border closure.

Economy


Cook Islands will only accept vaccinated tourists when travel bubble resumes

Monday 13 September 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Economy, National

All future tourists to the Cook Islands aged 12 years and older need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, says Cook Islands government.

Economy


Superfund decreases rates again

Friday 10 September 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

The national superfund has decreased contribution rates, putting more money in the pockets of employees and employers during the ongoing economic downturn caused by New Zealand’s Covid-19 outbreak.

Economy


CIIC shares their outer islands plan

Thursday 9 September 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, National

A lunch event put on for the Pa Enua mayors and executive officers by the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) last week was a resounding success.

Economy


Taskforce to provide travel bubble update on Monday

Thursday 9 September 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Economy, Local, National

An update on quarantine free travel will likely come Monday, says Border Easement Taskforce.

Economy


Noni growers positive despite setbacks

Tuesday 7 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Noni growers remain positive despite Covid-19 and disrupted shipping routes placing pressure on their market.

Economy


Alert level drop in NZ reignites travel bubble hope

Tuesday 7 September 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Economy, National

Cook Islands should consider reopening its border to Kiwi tourists when New Zealand’s alert level drops to two, says a leading Pacific health expert.

Economy


Private sector renews push for long-term visitor stays

Tuesday 31 August 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

The current border closure has business leaders once again calling on Government to consider longer term visitor stays to cushion the industry during downturns and reduce the stress on Rarotonga’s infrastructure.

Economy


Tourism council braces for challenging months ahead

Monday 30 August 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, National

After retaining the presidency of the Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council, Liana Scott is ready for another challenging year as the industry hits the speed bump to its ‘Road to Recovery’.

Economy


As assistance rolls in, business community ponders what it will take to get by

Saturday 28 August 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, Features

After the travel bubble commenced in May, Kiwi visitors began visiting in numbers that exceeded estimates. That has come to an end with NZ’s Covid-19 outbreak, and once again the industry is facing uncertainty even as government support kicks in.

Economy


‘There’s always something else you can do’

Saturday 28 August 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Father of three Corey Fisher is facing struggles head on as he’s thinking outside the box to beat the pandemic.

Economy


Wage subsidy, sole trader grants reinstated

Saturday 28 August 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Government will be spending an estimated $6 million over the coming month to prop up wages and support sole traders following the pause to the economic recovery due to the Delta community outbreak in New Zealand.

Economy


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