There is nothing like a good old debate regarding what constitutes a public holiday and what does not, not just in a legal sense but in a social sense. There is much confusion around this and unfortunately this has to rest with those who are charged with ensuring clarity around what is or is not recognised (by law) as a public holiday.
soon as the PM announced some sort of public recognition to recognise our
dearly departed Lilibet, very little thought went into how this was to be
achieved given that there is no legal requirement to do so.
just seems like a decision was made to give everyone a day off as many
commonwealth countries were doing, but the telling thing was that many of those
countries would have passed into law the requirement to do so, a bit of forward
thinking going on for the death of a reigning monarch.
in the Cook Islands the keyboard worriers have been in full swing as they have
been largely left in the dark as to what this means. For businesses who have
spent the last few years having to deal with the fallout from Covid this is one
more impediment to getting themselves back to pre-Covid days.
Government in its wisdom have reportedly enjoined employers to give their
people a day off in good faith. This is where it gets a bit muddy because it
has been proclaimed in certain circles a public holiday rather than a holiday
for the public – a subtle difference, but a difference all the same. One is a
legal requirement, the other is a social pull at your strings request.
employers, the money comes out of their pocket and not the Governments and this
has tended to rub them up the wrong way, confusion reigns as to the wording
‘Public Holiday’ because now they think they have to pay penal rates or double
bubble if they get their employees to work. Of course, employees are saying you
have to pay me penal rates to work.
folks a word to the wise, a public holiday is enshrined in law, a holiday for
the public is not. Hence no penal rates, no double bubble and if the employer
wants an employee to work then they are legally obliged to comply. It’s really
the employer who will decide to comply with a Government begging request and of
course the employee taking advantage of the situation. Now if they do take the
day off, the employer is well within their right to get them to take it as paid
appears that here is no precedent for this in the Cook Islands so it may usher
in an amendment to the Public Holidays Act 1999 and its Amendments to have a
special section for such a holiday on the death of a reigning monarch.
importantly the public and businesses should have been advised through media
coverage leading up to the day in question, with the lead coming from the OPM
(Prime Minister’s Office) and INTAFF (Internal Affairs) as to what this means
and to not use the legal term of ‘Public Holiday’ and instead use the term
‘Holiday for the Public’ and then reassure employers that the government will
provide a wages or salary relief to cover the cost for employers. Remember for
employers, this is not a freebee the tillerman has to pay, always.
NRL Grand Final is held every 12 months and is one of the most popular viewing
on television. Not just in Australia, NZ, PNG, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, U.K but
also here as well.
however, the 2022 NRL Grand Final held last Saturday night was not aired on
local CITV. It has always been shown on CITV for as long as I
can remember. So the question that needs to be asked is why was it
not televised by CITV this year?
am certain that there’s many angry locals out there who would really like to
know what efforts were made by the executive of Cook Islands Rugby League to
have last Saturday’s NRL Grand Final played live on local TV?
the reason for the ‘now show’ was all about sponsorship in terms of buying the
rights to have it aired here then surely Cook Islands Rugby League would have
done their homework to entice local businesses to contribute financially
towards this? They had 12 months to work on making certain that this year’s
NRL Grand Final was shown on local television and they failed big
time. How disappointing and it speaks volumes of a national league executive
that is out of touch and led by someone who has no idea or interest in the game
whatsoever asides from his jet setting to international league engagements all
over the globe.
popularity of rugby league in our country has been falling and the no show of
this year’s NRL Grand Final on CITV is perhaps the final nail in the coffin for
the code in this country. Shame of CIRL executives. CIRL should be