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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.