Economy

Covid economic package extended

Saturday 10 April 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National

Government has extended the wage subsidy and other grants until the end of June, bringing some relief to businesses and workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Economy


Minimum wage unchanged after review

Friday 9 April 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Economy, National

The minimum wage in the Cook Islands will remain at $8 per hour for the year 2021-2022.

Economy


Daily flight sparks travel bubble hopes

Friday 9 April 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Economy, National

Air New Zealand says it doesn’t know of any impending announcement regarding a two-way travel bubble but it is ramping up its operations to the islands from May 10.

Economy


Trans-Tasman bubble brings hope to local tourism industry

Wednesday 7 April 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Economy, National

New Zealand has announced a two-way, quarantine free travel with Australia ahead of the Cook Islands in a bid to revive their tourism sector, giving some hope to the struggling local industry.

Economy


Govt to amend travel advisory to accommodate Kiwi visitors

Tuesday 6 April 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy

The required changes to border restrictions that will enable Kiwi travelers to visit the Cook Islands will be made imminently the PM says, but it remains to be seen if a kick-start to the travel industry after a year of turmoil will require more than a little paperwork.

Economy


Muri market plans reopening

Tuesday 6 April 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy

Tourism’s collapse last year led to the inevitable closure of the once thriving Muri Night Market, and now its owners are looking to reopen this month for one night a week, or fortnight.

Economy


United effort must continue towards travel bubble, says PM

Saturday 3 April 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy

“There’s no sitting back for anyone. We are focused and united in our determination to ensure the safe and full resumption of quarantine-free travel and we look forward to being ready to welcome New Zealand visitors from 1 May,” says Prime Minister Mark Brown.

Economy


Businesses look to government for extension of support

Wednesday 31 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

The private sector is waiting to see if a recently announced cash boost for the Cook Islands will be accompanied with an announcement to extend the Covid-19 economic response plan.

Economy


Air freight put on hold, businesses frustrated

Wednesday 31 March 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Economy, National

Air freight will return to normalcy once the two-way quarantine free travel starts but there are fears the May travel bubble could be too little and too late to save some businesses.

Economy


Cooks open for business from May 1: PM tells NZ

Tuesday 30 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

The month of May is the broad target Prime Minister Mark Brown and NZ counterpart Jacinda Ardern have agreed to set for welcoming Kiwi visitors, but the Cooks PM says the country will be ready to roll out the welcome mat precisely on the 1st of that month.

Economy


Local businesses worst hit by Covid

Monday 29 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, National

A report released by a regional trade investment body highlighted the severe impact of Covid-19 on business in Cook Islands in 2020.

Economy


Tourism industry furious over bubble delay

Friday 26 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Local tourism stakeholders were left frustrated with yesterday’s May bubble announcement by Prime Minister Mark Brown and NZ counterpart Jacinda Ardern.

Economy


BREAKING: Travel bubble with NZ pushed to May

Thursday 25 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Officials are now looking at a travel bubble to be established in May that would allow visitors from NZ to visit the Cook Islands without the need to quarantine.

Economy


Parliament approves Agriculture Bill

Thursday 25 March 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National

The new Agriculture Act 2021 provides the Ministry with a clear legal mandate for powers which it requires to more effectively manage the agriculture sector, says Agriculture Secretary Temarama Anguna-Kamana.

Economy


Govt briefs tourism industry on Covid-19

Wednesday 24 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Tourism industry stakeholders were given a rundown of government’s preparedness for two-way, quarantine-free travel with New Zealand yesterday, however officials didn’t provide the most coveted piece of information – a date for when they can expect to welcome visitors.

Economy


Travel bubble delay: PM to ‘secure a confirmed new date’

Tuesday 23 March 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National

The two-way quarantine free travel with New Zealand expected to start by the end of this month will be postponed.

Economy


PM welcomes Opposition’s stance on seabed mining

Thursday 18 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, Environment, National

As the debate continues over the pros and cons of deep sea mining, there is now unanimous support by both major political parties for exploration by companies interested in harvesting minerals from the ocean floor.

Economy


2018 and 2019 Audit report highlights recurring issues

Wednesday 17 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

Recurring issues such as poor record keeping, scant evidence, and limiting access to auditors, continue to prevent the Cook Islands Audit Office from endorsing the government’s financial position.

Economy


PM’s tour sparks bubble hopes

Tuesday 16 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, National

As pressure builds from tourism industry stakeholders to establish a travel bubble with New Zealand, the Prime Minister has announced his first official visit to Aotearoa to meet with counterpart Jacinda Ardern.

Economy


Cook Islands Super ‘disappoints again’

Saturday 13 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, Editorials, National, Opinion

Well-known accountant Mike Carr analyses Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund’s decision to decrease pay out rates for new pensioners.

Economy


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