Economy

Government insists on value of crypto bill despite criticism

Wednesday 17 April 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National, Technology

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has hit back at the critics of the draft Tainted Cryptocurrency Recovery Bill 2023, saying the media did not highlight positive aspects of the Bill.

Economy


Arnold denies Crown Law exclusion in drafting controversial crypto bill

Wednesday 17 April 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National, Technology

A Rarotonga lawyer who co-authored the controversial Tainted Cryptocurrency Recovery Bill 2023 says he dealt with Prime Minister Mark Brown and his team while drafting the Bill and believes it will benefit the Cook Islands.

Economy


‘I was not consulted’: Minister blindsided by crypto bill drafted by private firm

Tuesday 16 April 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National, Parliament, Technology

The Cabinet Minister, who tabled the controversial Tainted Cryptocurrency Recovery Bill 2023 in Parliament last year, says he wasn’t consulted on the legislation drafted by a US-based private firm.

Economy


Spy film type thing: Alarm grows over Cook Islands cryptocurrency bill

Monday 15 April 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, Environment, National, Technology

Alarm is growing over proposed Cook Islands legislation, drafted by a US-based company, which could validate hacking into any account or system in the world, writes Barbara Dreaver, Pacific Correspondent 1News.

Economy


Cook Islands and Bangladesh establish diplomatic relations

Friday 12 April 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, National

The Cook Islands and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh formalised diplomatic relations via an Exchange of Note Verbales via respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

Economy


Rarotonga residents push back on water tariff plan

Friday 12 April 2024 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Economy, Environment, Local, National

A public meeting about potential water tariffs received mixed reactions, with some attendees concerned about affordability and others in favour of charging businesses.

Economy


Cook Islands champion women in Pacific fisheries

Thursday 11 April 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, Local, National

Cook Islands is committed to empowering small-scale fish entrepreneurs in the region, particularly women, by removing barriers to market access, says Minister Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown.

Economy


To Tatou Vai seeks public input on new water tariff structure

Tuesday 9 April 2024 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Economy, Environment, Health, Local, National

Cook Islands water authority To Tatou Vai is consulting with the community and other stakeholders to determine a water tariff structure for Rarotonga based on usage and operational costs.

Economy


Referendum needed to decide UN membership, says Elikana

Saturday 6 April 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, National

Cook Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs Tingika Elikana says a referendum would allow its people to decide whether to join the United Nations and separate from New Zealand.

Economy


Browne calls for $12 minimum wage

Saturday 6 April 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National

Opposition leader Tina Browne is calling for a $12 minimum wage increase, criticising the government’s spending and suggesting to use the saved money for the wage increase.

Economy


Small businesses in Cook Islands face squeeze as NZ economy falters

Tuesday 26 March 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National

Small and medium enterprises are likely to get hit hard by the New Zealand recession before consumers start feeling the pinch, says Cook Islands Government chief economist.

Economy


Water contamination in petrol affects vehicles on Rarotonga

Tuesday 26 March 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, Local, National

Six vehicles are being inspected for damage believed to have been caused by water contamination in petrol provided by a local supplier.

Economy


CIIC announces new chairs for TAU and Ports Authority

Monday 25 March 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, Local, National

The chairs of two of important government agencies are stepping down and new chairs appointed in their place.

Economy


$10 minimum wage urged to address high cost of living

Friday 22 March 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National

The panel reviewing the minimum wage has been asked to consider the living conditions of the most vulnerable, grassroots people when compiling their final recommendation for the new minimum wage rate.

Economy


Government agencies spend over $150,000 on directors’ course

Thursday 21 March 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, Local, National

Government agencies have spent over $150,000 on a five-and-a-half-day directors’ course being held at The Rarotongan Beach Resort this week.

Economy


$12k reportedly spent on expat economist’s pet relocation

Tuesday 19 March 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National

Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) has reportedly spent $12,000 on a senior expat executive’s pet dog.

Economy


Rarotonga residents left in the dark about soaring bills

Saturday 16 March 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Business, Economy, Local, National

Rarotonga residents are questioning the island’s power supplier Te Aponga Uira (TAU) on the logic behind the alleged increased costs of power bills.

Business


Apprenticeship aims to end need for overseas plumbing training

Friday 15 March 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, Education, Features, Go Local, National

The Cook Islands is starting a plumbing and drainage apprenticeship programme this year to give locals opportunities in the trade and reduce the need to go overseas for training.

Economy


Tourist influx expected as Jetstar adds flight

Thursday 14 March 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National, Travel

Jetstar is adding a fourth weekly flight between Sydney and Rarotonga due to strong demand from Australian tourists, bringing the total to four flights per week, starting later this month.

Economy


Opposition leader calls for review of treaty obligations after immigration ruling

Tuesday 12 March 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National, Politics

The Leader of the Opposition is calling on Government to review and reconsider its approach to treaty obligations and the legislative process, to ensure that future legislation fully complies with the constitutional requirements and principles of separation of powers.

Economy


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