Economy

PACER Plus implementation work intensifies

Friday 9 February 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, Local, National

Trade work in the Cook Islands intensified through the visit to Rarotonga by the PACER Plus Implementation Unit (PPIU) this week.

Economy


Elikana sworn in as new Cabinet Minister

Thursday 8 February 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National, Politics

Pukapuka-Nassau MP Tingika Elikana is the new Minister for Foreign Affairs, Marine Resources and Parliamentary Services.

Economy


$16.5 million grant boosts Cook Islands’ climate resilience efforts

Thursday 8 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Economy, National, New Zealand, Regional

A grant of $16.5 million is on its way to help the Cook Islands respond to climate change, announced New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters who visited Rarotonga yesterday.

Economy


New Zealand Ministers touch down in Rarotonga for 24-hour visit

Wednesday 7 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Economy, National, New Zealand, Regional

New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters arrived in the Cook Islands last night after a day in Tonga.

Economy


Who paid for what?

Wednesday 7 February 2024 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Questions remain as to the total cost of a Samoan passenger ferry chartered by the Cook Islands government prior to Christmas and how much revenue was generated from passenger seat sales and cargo to offset taxpayer contributions.

Economy


New Zealand Ministers reaffirm Cook Islands connection

Tuesday 6 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Economy, Local, National, New Zealand, Regional

New Zealands Foreign Minister Winston Peters, and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific.

Economy


Tapping into more tourism plans for the Pa Enua

Tuesday 6 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National, Outer Islands, Travel

Through destination development, Cook Islands Tourism Corporation is looking at opportunities, stating that “an opportunity exists to expand the tourism offering and amplify community-led tourism in the Pa Enua”.

Economy


PM confirms additional $400k to ‘maintain the pace of roadworks’

Tuesday 6 February 2024 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Rarotonga’s long-awaited road improvement projects will receive an additional $400,000 with Prime Minister Mark Brown confirming government is appropriating it in the supplementary budget to “main the pace of roadworks to the end of the financial year”.

Economy


No person is above the law: Brown

Saturday 3 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Court, Economy, Local, National, Politics

Prime Minister Mark Brown confirmed Tongareva seat is vacant after former deputy prime minister Robert Tapaitau’s conviction, triggering a by-election within 60 days.

Court


Filipino community welcomes changes to immigration policy

Friday 2 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National

The Rarotonga Filipino community has welcomed the recent change in immigration policy allowing foreign workers to have a secondary job.

Economy


Tapaitau remains in office, awaiting removal process

Friday 2 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Court, Economy, National, Parliament, Politics

Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister remains in office despite conviction while awaiting formal removal process and potential appeal.

Court


PM calls for defence and security arrangement with Australia and NZ

Friday 2 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in Australia, Economy, Local, National, New Zealand, Regional

Prime Minister Mark Brown has proposed a trilateral defence and security co-operation arrangement between the Cook Islands, New Zealand, and Australia.

Australia


Tourism rebound strong, despite challenges

Thursday 1 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National

The Cook Islands Tourism Corporation had highlighted some of its key challenges and mitigation strategies in its annual report for the year ending June 30, 2023, submitted to Parliament last December.

Economy


Construction of new multi-million dollar five star resort is underway

Thursday 1 February 2024 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Construction of a $20 million resort is underway in what is understood to be Rarotonga’s first five- star operation. Al Williams reports.

Economy


Chamber of Commerce and Tourism welcome immigration policy changes

Thursday 1 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, Local, National

The Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce welcomes the recent immigration policy changes, though some of their proposed revisions were not adopted.

Economy


Cruise season kicks off with 500+ visitors on Europa 2, Star Breeze

Wednesday 31 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, Local, National

More than 500 cruise ship passengers arrived in Rarotonga, with the Europa 2 inaugurating the year’s cruise season on Saturday, followed by the Star Breeze on Monday.

Economy


Cabinet approves eight Immigration policy changes

Wednesday 31 January 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National

Eight Immigration Policy changes, initially proposed by the National Labour Advisory Board (NLAB) in September, have been approved by the Cook Islands Cabinet, addressing concerns raised by businesses after the new Immigration Regulations were implemented last year.

Economy


Brown prepares for busy 2024

Monday 29 January 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, Local, National

With parliament’s first sitting set to start on February 19, government is planning to work full on once February commences with the supplementary budget.

Economy


Chamber of Commerce steps in with immigration concerns

Monday 29 January 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, Local, National

Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce says it is working behind the scenes to get immigration concerns addressed.

Economy


Feeling the pinch at the checkout

Monday 29 January 2024 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

Food and non-alcoholic beverages have weighed heavily in pushing up annual inflation.

Economy


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