Cook Islands

25 February 2022
The Cook Island government has extended the wage subsidy for March as businesses feel the pinch due to an underwhelming number of New Zealand tourists. Despite February being a low tourist season, occupancy in the Cook Islands is at 35...
16 February 2022
The Cook Islands Health Ministry Te Marae Ora tested 371 people for Covid-19 yesterday, in the wake of the first positive result in the country on Monday. Of the 371 PCR tests conducted at the Terevete Park testing station, 211...
24 January 2022
High sea surges continue to threaten parts of the Cook Islands as a violent weather system hampers the country. Yesterday strong gusts and heavy rain battered Rarotonga, with sea surges flooding low lying areas and inundating roads with debris. Cook Islands Meteorological Service Director Arona Ngari said it will be a significant clean up operation.
20 December 2021
The Cook Islands Prime Minister says Cabinet has approved new entry rules for people once the border is reopened mid-January. Mark Brown said the Covid-19 Safe Framework will be enforceable under new regulations available to Te Marae Ora (TMO) Ministry of Health. Under the Safe Framework there will be three different groups of visitors able to enter the country, each group will need to comply with its own particular set of rules.
22 November 2021
The Cook Islands Prime Minister is calling on the international finance community to recognise the debt small island states are taking on for climate adaptation and mitigation. Mark Brown said because the world's largest emitters refuse to phase out coal and because COP26 failed to deliver any positive climate finance outcomes, countries like his have to dig deep into their own pockets to prepare themselves for the impact of climate change.
14 September 2021
More than 350 Cook Islanders could be home by the end of next week, if Auckland's Covid-19 alert level status is relaxed. New Zealand's largest city has spent the past four weeks in a level 4 lockdown, following an outbreak of the Delta variant, but the government has indicated Tāmaki Makaurau will move to alert level 3 next Tuesday.
31 August 2021
A group of Cook Islands Olympic team members expect to remain in New Zealand until Auckland's Covid alert level status is relaxed. 13 athletes and officials spent two weeks in an MIQ facility in Christchurch after flying back from Tokyo Games. The nine based in Rarotonga had been scheduled to fly straight home but by the time they were released New Zealand had gone into lockdown, after the Delta variant was discovered in the community.
18 August 2021
By Cook Islands News The Cook Islands Prime Minister says the travel bubble with New Zealand has been suspended after New Zealand officials reported new Covid-19 community cases.
11 August 2021
Two Cook Islands football teams achieved a major milestone during a week-long tour of Aotearoa last month. The Under 15 boy's and Under 16 girl's teams each played four games across the Auckland region, ending a 16 month stretch without international football matches in Oceania because of the global pandemic.
7 June 2021
A Cook Islands man who has been on holiday in Rarotonga since May 21, 2021 has tested positive for Covid-19, after requesting to be swabbed Friday evening. The alert level remains unchanged and the risk to public remains low, the government said. The man who arrived in Auckland from Egypt on May 5, 2021, and tested positive on his Day 0 test when in managed isolation (MIQ) in Auckland, according to a statement issued by Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health.