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Wednesday 12 October 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in National
KiiKii Motel has been taking in tourists since it finished being an isolation facility on August 31. 22101106
supplied to Cook Islands News show $2,240,184 was spent to accommodate 1156
people between March 2020 and August 2022.
Major project and procurement support
Angelia Williams, from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM)
said the spend was spread across five facilities.
That included KiiKii Motel, Ocean Resort and Spa, and
Edgewater Resort and Spa in Rarotonga.
Reef Motels and Tamanu Beach Resort were used in
cost of providing these essential services is estimated at approximately
$2,240,184.00 with final figures yet to be confirmed,” Williams confirmed.
terms of cost recovery, $52,351.90 was recovered from people required to pay
for MIQ facilities; this did not include costs recovered from repatriation
flights in the year 2021.”
continued to recover the amount of debt owing, she said.
compassionate approach was adopted for Cook Islands families under financial
said the full cost per person worked out to be about $1400 for 14 days of
said the costs reduced as the period of isolation also reduced.
amount varied over the last two years, pending the type of engagement, which
was either managed or supervised isolation, or quarantine or as part of the
is a cost well worth paying, that enabled individuals and families to return
home and to maintain public safety and confidence.
due course, full financials will be reported.”
Islands News asked Secretary of Health Bob Williams if the money was well
said government had a responsibility to bring its citizen’s home.
“Of course government will have to absorb those costs
“As we recall back in 2020, the Cook Islands did not
record any Covid-19 cases.
“All I can say is that government had put in place, a
response plan to keep Covid-19 out of bay, and also to ensure the safe return
of our people, and the protection to our resident population.”