Tuesday 1st May 2018

Minimum Wage Increase Effective from 1st July 2018

The minimum wage will increase to $7.25 per hour effective from 1st July 2018. This new minimum wage rate applies to all hours worked from the 1st July. The relevant Order in Executive Council can be downloaded here.


Thursday, 26 April 2018

Public Private Partnership Workshop, ADB/Chamber of Commerce

Held at Trader Jacks, this workshop was presented by Mr Chris Russell, ADB Public Private Partnership expert,  “Building awareness to understand the Public Private Partnership”. The Workshop provided participants with an understanding of the drivers behind and the benefits of contracting out and entering into Public Private Partnerships (PPP’s) for the delivery of infrastructural assets and services normally provided by government entities. It looked at different types of PP’s, why they are used, how they are used and their limitations.


Thursday 22nd February 2018

Minimum Wage Review 2018 - Employer Survey

The Cook Islands Minimum Wage is currently subject to review. As usual, the Chamber of Commerce is surveying employers to get their views on the minimum wage, and an appropriate rate for 2018/19.


This survey is open to all employers in the Cook Islands. The outcome will be collated and used to assist the Minimum Wage Review Committee in making its report and recommendations to the Minister of Internal Affairs regarding the minimum wage for 2018/19. The present minimum wage payable in the Cook Islands is $7.00 per hour.


Respondents to this survey will not be identified; all responses are confidential, and only aggregated, anonymous data will form part of the report. Respondents may choose to identify themselves, or remain anonymous, or use a pseudonym.


Please respond to the survey only once per business. The more information you provide, the better your views will be reflected in the Minimum Wage Review report and recommendations.


This survey is administered by the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce. Any inquiries can be directed by email to: or Phone: 20925.


Please proceed to the survey here  or paste the following link into a browser: 


Thursday 4th January 2018

Hon. Winston Peters Luncheon

The Chamber hosted a luncheon at Tamarind House to meet Hon. Winston Peters, NZ Foreign Minister. We heard him speak on the relationship between NZ and the Cook Islands, and the latest on issues such as superannuation, development assistance and NZ's concern about the the recent suspension of permanent residency applications. Radio NZ article here.


Wednesday 13th December 2017

Crimes Bill Submissions

The new Crimes Bill is available for review here, and any submissions from members can be forwarded to



Tuesday 12th December 2017

ILO Review Submissions

The Chamber is inviting submissions from members regarding the ILO Legislative Compliance Review (links below), and these may be emailed to the Chamber office for consideration at



Tuesday 12th December 2017


A General Meeting will be held:

Date:               Tuesday 12th December 2017

Venue:             Trader Jacks Restaurant, Rarotonga

Time:               4.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.



  • General matters
  • Subscriptions for 2018
  • Reminder of new member category
  • Progress on financing for a Director
  • Legal review of Employers Liability Insurance  (ELI), (AGM resolution)
  • Progress on Reticulation – Chamber perspective
  • New Acts passed by Parliament relating to business
  • Key address
  • Employers Liability Insurance, Labour laws and OSH review – Presentation by Mike Pynenburg
  • Opportunity to ask questions for Chamber to raise with ILO / INTAFF

The ILO Legislative Compliance Review (Final) and Legislative Review PowerPoint presentation are available for download here.



Thursday 14th September 2017

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce was held on:

Date: Thursday 14th September 2017

Time: 4.30 p.m.

Venue: Trader Jack’s Restaurant, Rarotonga

The agenda, reports and other documents are available here. The new office bearers are listed here.



Friday 12th May 2017

Minimum Wage Increase Effective from 1st July 2017

Government has announced that the minimum wage will increase to $7.00 per hour effective from 1st July 2017. The relevant Order in Executive Council can be downloaded here.  



Thursday 6th April 2017

PRESS RELEASE - Minimum Wage to Increase to $7

The Chamber of Commerce conducted an on-line survey of employers. Previous surveys conducted by the Chamber had received and received responses from 80+ companies across most industry sectors, with approximately 20% coming from the Pa Enua, notably Aitutaki. However, on this occasion, doubtless due to time constraints, responses were only received from 37 companies. While the response rate does not constitute a statistically rigorous survey, there were consistent trends which allowed qualitative inferences to be drawn from the results, particularly including from the comments sections of the survey. READ MORE.....



Monday, 27 March 2017

PRESS RELEASE - Worker's Compensation: 

The Chamber of Commerce has taken an interest in the operation and implementation of the Worker’s Compensation scheme for many years and there is no doubt that workers need insurance cover for accidental injury or death. However, employers have a great number of concerns. READ MORE.....


Thu, 19th January, 2017

Chamber Welcomes New Zealand High Commissioner
The Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce hosted a dinner to meet and welcome the New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands HE Peter Marshall and Mrs Pamela Marshall
at BAMBOO JACKS, TUPAPA. Chamber of Commerce members, intending members, and numerous members of the business community attended, and heard Mr Marshall speak on his previous experiences in the Pacific and beyond, and the ongoing relationship between New Zealand and the Cook Islands

Thu, 1st December, 2016
New Zealand Business Champion Speaks at Chamber event
One of New Zealand’s top business advisors and leaders was in Rarotonga at the beginning of December. Michael Barnett is the current Chief Executive of the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is also a director of both the Auckland and New Zealand Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He has been in his present role for 26 years. Mr Barnett addressed a Chamber event held at the Edgewater’s Umu Hut on Thursday 1st December at 5.00pm, which was open to both members and non-members.


Link to Auckland Chamber of Commerce Resources

The Auckland Chamber of Commerce website has a large library of resources for businesses and professionals. Publications are available free-of-charge to assist with business startups, recruitment, business plans, debt collection, share issues and much more. While NZ-centric, these provide valuable information for the private sector. Browse to our Publications page here. 

We extend our acknowledgement and thanks to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.


Mon, 29th August 2016

The Business Mentors completed a week's engagement with dozens of local businesses. Thanks to Janet, Bruce, DD and Terry.


2016 Annual Reports

The 2016 Annual Reports are available on our website here.


2016 Annual General Meeting

The Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce conducted its 2016 Annual General Meeting on 23rd August 2016, and the 2016/17 Office Bearers are listed on our Membership page.



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