Agenda: 1. Confirmation of Quorum (10) 2. Proxy Votes 3. Welcome by the President 4. Confirmation of Minutes of previous Annual General Meeting held on 14th Sept 2017 5. Matters arising from these Minutes 6. President’s Report 7. Treasurer and Auditor Reports 8. Board and Committee Reports ILO CI Tourism Industry Council CI Restaurant Association Bankers Association CI Business & Professional Women CINSF Pearl Farmers Association Retailers CI Minimum Wage Review Panel GEF & SRIC-cc National Steering Committee Land Agents Registration Board Road Safety Council CI CI Police Advisory Committee 9. Election of Officers: President Immediate Past President Vice President Treasurer Executive Committee (7) 10. Nomination and approval of Auditor for 2017 – 18 11. Annual Subscriptions 12. General Business
Copies of the reports tabled at the 2018 AGM are available for download here.
Monday Tuesday 21st May 2018
Survey regarding Immigration Review
The Government is currently reviewing Immigration legislation with the intention of introducing a new Immigration Bill.
The Chamber of Commerce has been invited to make a submission to this review and we seek your opinions in this questionnaire. The Chamber Executive Committee believes that this is an opportunity to improve the conditions for businesses, their owners, and the private sector in general. Your opinion is vitally important to ensure we make the most of this opportunity and properly represent your views.
This survey is open to all members of the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce. The outcome will be collated and used to assist the Chamber in making its report and recommendations to the Government via the consultant conducting the review.
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 ImmigrationAct report and recommendations. As the consultant will be here later this week, please return this questionnaire no later than COB Thursday, 24th May if you want your voice to be heard.
This survey is administered by the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce. Any enquiries can be directed by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 20925.
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. Itlooked 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: email@example.com or Phone: 20925.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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 availablehere. 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.