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Council’s Māori Economic Development Fund Supports Māori Enterprise

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council

The 2020/21 Mori Economic Development Fund is now open to whnau, hap, iwi and mtwaka in Kpiti to help develop their business or social enterprise. The grants fund was established in 2013 by the Kpiti Coast District Council and Te … Read more »

Pre-departure Testing Extended To All Passengers To New Zealand

Press Release – New Zealand Government

To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Read more »

Air New Zealand Updates International Schedule To End Of June

Press Release – Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is extending its COVID-19 international schedule through to 30 June 2021 in response to ongoing travel restrictions and low passenger demand. The schedule aims to keep air links open for essential travel and cargo movement on key trade … Read more »

Solomon Islands And New Zealand Government Join Forces To Control Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle

Press Release – NZ High Commission and Solomon Islands Government

Solomon Islands has formed a new partnership with New Zealand to step up the response to the invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) which, if left unchecked, would pose a serious threat to food security and coconut and palm oil industries. Last Friday … Read more »

Businesses Inhibit Choice By Stating ‘Preferred Supplier’

Press Release – Consumer Council of Fiji

Businesses must refrain from advertising that they are the preferred supplier for uniforms for certain schools as it provides the illusion that they are the only suppliers available. Parents are advised to disregard such advertisements and purchase … Read more »

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Retreat Set For February 2021

Press Release – Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders will convene virtually in a Special Leaders Retreat in February 2021. The focus of the Special Leaders Retreat will be the COVID-19 pandemic and the appointment of the next Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum. The … Read more »

New Zealand Initiative Welcomes Quarantine-free Travel To NZ From The Cook Islands

Press Release – The New Zealand Initiative

The New Zealand Initiative welcomes todays announcement of quarantine-free travel to New Zealand from the Cook Islands. Initiative Chief Economist Dr Eric Crampton said, About 80,000 Cook Islanders live in New Zealand. Allowing quarantine-free … Read more »

‘Samoa Humiliates NZ With Progress On Vaccine Rollout’

Press Release – Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to news that Samoa is set to begin its vaccine rollout next month , New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Jordan Williams says: “This is, frankly, humiliating for New Zealand. What are we paying our taxes for, if not to secure a … Read more »

Air New Zealand Says ‘aere Mai’ To Rarotonga

Press Release – Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is delighted to offer services from Rarotonga to New Zealand after the recent announcement of a one-way quarantine-free travel route. This is the first step of the phased approach to two-way quarantine-free travel between the two nations. … Read more »

Cook Islanders To Resume Travel To New Zealand

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such … Read more »