Tags : Pacific

New Zealand Cook Islands travel bubble significant step in COVID-19

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown have today announced that, pending final confirmation by New Zealand’s Director-General of Health and the Cook Islands Secretary of Health, two-way quarantine-free travel will commence between the two countries on 17 May (NZT). “Two way quarantine-free travel is a significant step in […]readmore

Joint PM Statement – New Zealand and Niue announce next

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Premier of Niue Dalton Tagelagi have announced next steps towards quarantine-free travel between the two countries. Negotiations on the text of an ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel between Niue and New Zealand’ have concluded and both Cabinets have agreed to its signature.  “We welcome progress towards the […]readmore

Former Cook Islands Prime Minister mourned

Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta has noted with sadness the passing of Jim Marurai, who served as Cook Islands Prime Minister between 2004 and 2010. “Jim Marurai made a significant contribution to his country through a lifetime of service. “As a teacher and as a politician, he was greatly loved by the communities he […]readmore

Pacific trade and development agreement a reality

Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents a deepening of New Zealand’s […]readmore

Support for innovative Pacific education responses to COVID-19 needs

Supporting new and creative Pacific education practices as part of our COVID-19 response and recovery is the focus of a new $28.5 million Pacific Education Innovation Fund announced today by Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa.  “There is already an incredible amount of innovative and creative work going on in education to support Pacific learners […]readmore

Boost for COVID-19-related Pacific education needs

The Government is investing $39.7 Million over four years to support the educational needs of Pacific learners and families in the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, with Auckland getting an immediate boost, Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa says.  “Like all New Zealanders Pacific families want learners to do well in education. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has […]readmore

Procurement to promote jobs, Māori and Pasifika businesses and sustainability

As part of the COVID-19 recovery, the Government has strengthened its procurement rules to ensure its annual $42 billion spend creates more jobs, uses more sustainable construction practices and results in better outcomes for Māori and Pasifika, Government Ministers announced today. Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford says the $42 billion annual spend on goods and […]readmore

Update on New Zealand and the Cook Islands travel bubble

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna have welcomed the completion of phase one in the establishment of a travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Island. Negotiations on the text of an ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel between the Cook Islands and New […]readmore

New Zealand increasing Defence diplomatic presence in the Pacific

New Zealand is deepening its Defence relationships in the Pacific through establishing a resident Defence Adviser in the Kingdom of Tonga, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark. “New Zealand has a longstanding defence relationship with Tonga, dating back to World War I, when Tongan citizens served in the Māori and Regular Battalions in the New Zealand […]readmore

Ola Manuia: Driving better health outcomes for Pacific peoples

A new action plan for Pacific people launched today by Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa demonstrates the Government’s commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of our vibrant and growing Pacific population living in Aotearoa New Zealand.  “Ola Manuia – the Pacific Health and Wellbeing Action Plan for 2020-2025 is about driving more effective and […]readmore