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


Cruise visitors down by 72 per cent due to weather

Monday 8 April 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National, Travel, Weather

Despite double the cruise ship arrivals this year, Cook Islands tourism industry suffers a 72 per cent drop in passengers due to bad weather impacting port calls.

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


Survey shows ‘larger employers’ pay above minimum wage, says Chamber

Tuesday 12 March 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, Local, National

A Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce survey has shown that the majority of employers, particularly larger employers, pay their employees more than the national minimum wage.

Economy


Cook Islands establishes diplomatic ties with Panama

Monday 11 March 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, National

The Cook Islands and Republic of Panama formalised diplomatic relations last week through an exchange of diplomatic notes between the Cook Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) and the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MER).

Economy


‘Landmark decision’: Cook Islands High Court invalidates preferential residency for Kiwis

Monday 11 March 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Court, Economy, Local, National

The Cook Islands High Court has ruled that a residency regulation giving preferential treatment to New Zealand citizens is ‘invalid’.

Court


Expats seek minimum wage increase to match rising costs

Friday 8 March 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, Local, National

Foreign workers associations in the Cook Islands are calling for an increase in the minimum wage rate to match the rising cost of living.

Economy


Public submissions open for national minimum wage review

Thursday 7 March 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Business, Economy, National

A panel has been established to determine the Cook Islands’ new minimum wage, which was proposed to increase by $0.30 to $9.30 per hour this year.

Business


U-turn on electric vehicles: Government retains unsold vehicles due to lack of bids

Wednesday 6 March 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National

Government will retain and distribute eight electric vehicles (EVs) it previously tried to sell due to lack of bids likely caused by affordability concerns.

Economy


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