Economy

Govt set to amend immigration law following High Court ruling

Tuesday 14 May 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, Local, National, Parliament

Parliament will meet for its second session for the year tomorrow at 1pm, with a number of Bills on the agenda for presentation, including the 2024/25 Budget.

Economy


Cook Islands reiterates commitment to ocean conservation

Friday 10 May 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, Environment, National

Cook Islands’ efforts and ongoing commitment to ocean conservation and sustainable ocean management was highlighted by Prime Minister Mark Brown at a global conference.

Economy


Cook Islands makes historic submission to International Court on climate change

Thursday 9 May 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, National

Cook Islands submitted its first ever statement to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on climate change, joining international efforts to shape the legal landscape on the issue.

Economy


Cook Islands and Vietnam discuss future co-operation

Thursday 9 May 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, National

The visiting Vietnam’s Ambassador to the Cook Islands, Van Trung Nguyen, presented his letters of credence to the King’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters yesterday morning.

Economy


MFAI head role advertised

Wednesday 8 May 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National

The role of the head of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) is being advertised as the ministry plans ‘festivities’ to mark its 40 years of service in the Cook Islands.

Economy


Proposed law on tainted cryptocurrency ‘terrible’ for human rights, says expert

Monday 6 May 2024 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Economy, National, Parliament, Technology

A Cook Islands cryptocurrency expert is critical of a proposed law targeting tainted cryptocurrency, arguing it undermines human rights and doesn’t address the real channels of money laundering.

Economy


Airline celebrates 30 years of supporting Rarotonga Triathlon

Thursday 2 May 2024 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Economy, National, Sports, Travel, Triathlon

Air New Zealand’s longstanding sponsorship for the Rarotonga International Triathlon “is testament to the airline’s commitment to the tourism industry”.

Economy


Cook Islands poised for highest Pacific growth

Monday 29 April 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National

Cook Islands is projected to have the highest economic growth and lowest inflation in the Pacific in 2024, but the government believes growth will be even higher than the Asian Development Bank (ADB) forecast.

Economy


Health and visas top dissatisfaction list in Cook Islands public services

Monday 29 April 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, Health, Local, National, Travel

A Cook Islands public service satisfaction survey found that nearly half of respondents were dissatisfied, with the health clinic, visa applications and non-emergency police services being the least satisfying experiences.

Economy


Crypto Bill threatens anti-money laundering efforts: Ora Partners

Friday 26 April 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, National, Parliament, Technology

While serious concerns over the integrity of the Tainted Cryptocurrency Recovery Bill 2023 remain, “witnessing the wheels of our democracy at play during the select committee hearing was an awe-inspiring experience”, says Puai Wichman.

Economy


Budget shortfall could expedite proposed water tariffs in Raro

Tuesday 23 April 2024 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Economy, National

Budget allocation will be a key factor in determining the final timeline for implementing the proposed water tariff, says To Tatou Vai.

Economy


Secrecy and legal doubts cloud Tainted Cryptocurrency Recovery Bill 2023

Saturday 20 April 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National

The Tainted Cryptocurrency Recovery Bill 2023 has been the talk of the town since it was revealed a week ago that the proposed Cook Islands legislation, drafted by a US-based company, could validate hacking into any account or system in the world.

Economy


Strong first quarter fuels optimism for Cook Islands tourism industry

Saturday 20 April 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National, Travel

International economists and leading resorts say the Cook Islands is on track for a record year in arrivals, buoyed by strong first-quarter figures.

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


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