NEWS

 

14th October 2019

Enhancing Private Sector Contribution to Resilience Building

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) in collaboration with the Government of Cook Islands through the Climate Change Office and the Chamber of Commerce supported two workshops for the private sector, with one focusing solely on the Cook Islands and the other bringing together participants from the Polynesia sub-region. The Cook Islands Private Sector Climate Change Issues Mapping Workshop was held from 01 – 02 October 2019.

The Polynesia Sub-regional Workshop on 03 – 04 October 2019 brought together close to forty participants from across the Polynesian countries representing the Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) National Designated Authority (NDA), the private sector and international partners. The workshop was officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Hon. Mark Brown.

The overall objective of both workshops was to advance the dialogue between the public and private sector on resilience building through improved access to climate finance and strengthening public private partnership. Further information is available here

 

11 October 2019

BIOSECURITY SERVICE REVIEW – OCTOBER 2019

The Ministry of Agriculture is conducting a review of the Biosecurity area of operations. Full information is available here.  

 

We are asking Chamber Members to kindly consider and provide responses to the following:


1. What challenges does your business or organization experience in the area of Biosecurity?
2. What concerns have you got on how the Biosecurity process works for your business or organization?
3. What is working well currently?
4. Any other comments you wish to make in the area of Biosecurity.

 

Please provide your feedback to the Chamber office via email: chamber@commerce.co.ck
Please indicate if you wish to take part in any further consultative meetings with the Ministry of Agriculture.

 

10 October 2019

Cook Islands Private Sector Climate Change Issues Mapping Workshop

The Cook Islands Private Sector Climate Change Issues Mapping workshop recently concluded on the 2nd October, 2019. It was an initiative driven and led by the Cook Islands Government, particularly the Climate Change division, and the Chamber of Commerce. It is a strong indication of Cook Islands Government's ongoing commitment to engage proactively with their private sector in their resilient development efforts. The outcomes of the workshop are expected to inform potential investments targeting the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

 

The Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce alongside the Climate Change Cook Islands office recently conducted a Private Sector Climate Change Issues Mapping workshop. This work was supported by the Intra-ACP Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES).

 

Participants were representative of the major sectors including outer islands participants. The two-day workshop enabled the private sector to review actions that had already been undertaken, as well as discuss the challenges and barriers that they faced with the added impacts.

 

The workshop concluded with the private sector participants as a collective exploring and sharing their thoughts on possible ‘game-changers’ that would strengthen the resilience of the private sector in Cook Islands and in the process enhance the economic and social resilience of the whole of Cook Islands.

 

The work will result in a report to the CCCI and CICoC and partners on the state of private sector actions thus far, a database on businesses and activities, both past, current and planned, and a GCF concept note draft for a Private Sector Climate resilience project.

 

 

23 September 2019

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD

A successful 2019 Annual General Meeting has endorsed the new Chamber structure, and passed the required constitutional amendments. 

The AGM then elected the following Office-bearers to the new positions for 2019-20:

  President: Fletcher Melvin

  Vice President - Enhancement: Teresa Manarangi-Trott

  Vice President - Enterprise: Steve Anderson

  Vice President - Engagement: Eve Hayden

  Manager - Finance: Ana Inamata

  Manager - Membership: David Street

  Manager - Sponsorship: Greg Stanaway

  Manager - Programmes: Celine Tommy

  Manager - Policy: Tatiana Burn

  Manager - Consultation: Bob Taylor

  Manager - Media: Phillip Henderson

The immediate past-president is Steve Lyon 

A warm welcome is extended to first-time office-bearers Ana Inamata and Celine Tommy.

A vote of thanks was extended to outgoing Executive members Temu Okotai, Raita Rongo and Mike Pynenburg. And in particular, appreciation was extended to Brian Baudinet, on his retirement after decades of work and contributions to the Chamber.

 

 

16 September 2019

REMINDER

The AGM will be held 5pm Monday 23rd September 2019 at Edgewater Resort & Spa.

The relevant reports and documents can be downloaded here.

 

 

12 September 2019

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019

 

A reminder about the AGM to be held on Monday 23rd September 2019:

 

You can now download:

  • Information regarding nominations for Executive positions under the proposed new Chamber structure here.
  • Minutes of General Meeting of 20 August 2019. The meeting voted unanimously to support the proposed new Chamber Executive structure, to be formally adopted at the Annual General Meeting on Monday 23 September 2019, Item 9 on the Agenda here
  • Diagram of the new structure here
  • Nomination Form for Office Bearers here

NOTE:  

1) Nominations are to be received for specific positions on the Executive

2) Nomination are to be made using this form, to be emailed to chamber@commerce.co.ck or delivered to the Chamber office 

3) Nominations close 10am Friday 20 September 2019

 

 

7 September 2019

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019

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

  • Date: Monday 23rd September 2019
  • Time: 5.00 p.m.
  • Venue: Conference Room, Edgewater Resort & Spa

Agenda:
1. Confirmation of Quorum (10)
2. Proxy Votes:
3. Welcome by the President
4. Confirmation of Minutes of  previous meetings:

  • Annual General Meeting held on  11th September 2018
  • General Meeting held 20th August 2019

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
  • Business & Professional Women
  • CINSF
  • Minimum Wage Review Panel
  • GEF & SRIC-cc National Steering Committee
  • Land Agents Registration Board
  • Road Safety Council CI
  • Liquor Licensing Authority

9. Constitutional Changes (proposed changes in red)

  • Section 7.2 – to read:  The Executive Committee shall consist of a President, Immediate Past President, three Vice Presidents (one of whom shall also be the Treasurer) and seven Executive members
  • Section 14.2 – to read:…….14 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. By Resolution of the Executive Committee, the Executive Director may call for nominations for the Office-bearers and Executive Members to be made in writing in advance of the Annual General Meeting, and advise that incoming Office-bearers and Executive Members will each be assuming specific Manager roles.

Election of Officers:

  • President
  • Immediate Past President
  • Three Vice Presidents, one of whom shall be the Treasurer
  • Executive Committee  (7)

10. Nomination and approval of Auditor for 2019-20
11. Annual Subscriptions
12. General Business:
 

The relevant documents (Nomination Form, Agenda, Advertisement, and proposed Constitutional Amendments) are available here.

 

16 August 2019

Breakfast Meeting 20th August.

Chamber members are invited to attend a Breakfast Meeting on Tuesday 20th August 2019 at 8.00 a.m. to be held at New Hope Hall in Tutakimoa (behind Computerman)

Agenda:

1. Presentation by Bluesky
2. Proposed restructuring of the Chamber to professionalise its management
Please RSVP no later than 11.00 a.m. on Monday 19th August 2019

This meeting is supported by Bluesky Cook Islands

 

 

14 August 2019

Statement by the Private Sector to Pacific Island Forum Leaders, Funafuti. 

The Private Sector Dialogue with the Pacific Island Forum Leaders in Funafuti resulted in a statement delivered by Stephen Lyon, PIPSO Chairman, and it is reported the leaders were receptive to the private sector position. The biggest take away from the Forum was that governments are now looking to engage with the private sector, who reiterated the benefits of including private sector within the planning of government strategy.The full statement is available here.

 

9 August 2019

Chamber Restructure and Breakfast Meeting

The Chamber Executive is proposing a restructure of the Chamber to professionalise its management. A breakfast meeting of Chamber members is to be held later in August (time and venue to be advised) to discuss the proposal. MORE....

 

29 July 2019

Cook Islands Economic Development Strategy – July 2019
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) will undertake an Economic
Development Strategy (EDS) during 2019/20. The strategy is designed to address cross-cutting economic issues, with the aim of creating an economic environment that supports sustainable economic development over the next 10 years. The strategy is intended to be informative, involving a comprehensive and realistic assessment of the current challenges and opportunities facing the economy. The EDS will provide guidance for government decision-making over the medium and long- term.


The Economic Planning Division of MFEM are currently in the process of drafting information papers to inform public consultations. Please note that business owners may receive a survey in the coming weeks to help inform these papers. Responses will be treated confidentially.
Following the drafting of information papers, public consultations will be undertaken, both in
Rarotonga and the Pa Enua, culminating in an Economic Conference. The aim of these consultations will be to initiate discussions on the Economic Development Strategy and to gather further information on the challenges facing the economy. This will be followed by drafting of the Strategy and further public consultations prior to the official release which is anticipated in early 2020.


Financial Secretary Garth Henderson stated that ‘the Government is looking forward to working with businesses and the community in developing the EDS. This is an opportunity to share some of our research and data in a meaningful way, examine lessons learnt from our past, consider how our communities view our most serious development challenges, work together and come up with a focused and outward looking plan that will direct our development aspirations over next 10 years.’

23rd April 2019

Business Lunch with NZ High Commissioner
The Chamber of Commerce invites the business community to lunch, to meet and welcome
the New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Her Excellency Ms. Tessa Temata
● VENUE: BAMBOO JACKS, TUPAPA
● DATE: TUESDAY, 30th APRIL 2019
● TIME: 12 noon - 1:15pm
Two Course Lunch - a Taste of Asia
● Chamber financial members: $26
● Non-members: $30
Dress code: Business Informal / Island Casual. Tickets are available from:
● Chamber of Commerce office, BTIB Building, Ruatonga, between 9am -1pm
● Andersons’ office at the Airport, (next to Raro Freight), between 8am - 4.30pm
● CITYStyle (behind Dive Shop), Avarua, 9:30am - 5pm
PLACES ARE LIMITED, SO PLEASE OBTAIN TICKETS EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT. NO DOOR SALES. Tickets can be reserved by calling Ph 20925

 

16th April 2019

Climate Change Development and Resilience Round Table

The Final Report (and annexes) to the Climate Change Development and Resilience Round Table that took place 14-15 March 2019 at Rarotonga, Cook Islands are available for download from our Publications page under 'Climate Change', or directly from here.

 

12th April 2019

To Tatou Vai Authority Bill 2019

The To Tatou Vai Authority Bill 2019 (Water Authority Bill) has been released for public comment. Members are encouraged to download and review this Bill, and forward comments to the Chamber of Commerce for inclusion in a consolidated response. Of particular interest is the concept of 'user-pays' and how that will impact businesses. The Bill is available for  download from our Publications page under 'Bills', or directly from here.

 

1st April 2019

MINIMUM WAGE TO INCREASE ON 1st July 2019

The 2019 Minimum Wage Review Panel recommended that the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Hon. Mac Mokoroa, increases the rate of pay from $7.25 per hour to $7.60 per hour with the objective of achieving an $8.00 per hour threshold by 2020.

 

The report and recommendations have been discussed and approved by Cabinet last week. The Minister’s announcement indicates that the new rate is expected to take effect on 1 July 2019, with the new minimum wage rate being $7.60 per hour.

 

11th February 2019

IMMIGRATION ACT REVIEW

The Chamber has now made 2 submissions on the Immigration Act Review – the latest is available here

 

8th February 2019

MINIMUM WAGE SURVEY

The Chamber of Commerce is conducting its annual survey regarding the upcoming review of the Minimum Wage. The present Minimum Wage is $7.25 per hour.

 

This survey is open to all employers. The results will be collated to gauge employer's opinions on the Minimum Wage. This will assist the Minimum Wage Review Committee in making its report and recommendations to the Minister of Internal Affairs regarding the minimum wage for 2019/20. 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 note that, in response to comments from some employers, we have included additional questions in regards to a) whether the minimum wage should be universal and b) what the impact is on other pay bands.

 

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. 

Some questions have scope for comments, and general comments / proposals  / suggestions  are invited at the end of the survey.

 

The survey should take no more than 5 minutes. It starts here  (or copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://goo.gl/forms/yRXO2IrFdTVmIcBI3 )

 

Any inquiries can be directed by email to: chamber@commerce.co.ck or Phone: 20925.

 

Tuesday 29th January 2019

 

GENERAL MEETING

The Chamber of Commerce will hold a General Meeting on Friday 1st February 2019 at New Hope Church in Tutakimoa at 12 noon

AGENDA:
1. Proposed changes to Workers Compensation, Employers Liability Insurance (ELI), and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)  - drafts here

All interested members are urged to attend, to have a say on these important issues.

 

SURVEY
Members will have received an email link to a survey on OSH/ELI, the results of which will assist the Chamber Executive in representing the members views. Members are encouraged to complete the survey before 9am 1st Feb. If you have not received a link, please contact the Chamber office on Ph 20925 or chamber@commerce.co.ck 

 

 

Tuesday 15 th January 2019

GENERAL MEETING

The Chamber of Commerce held a General Meeting  on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at Trader Jacks Restaurant, Avarua, Rarotonga

AGENDA:
1. Business Mentors Programme
2. YES (Young Enterprise Scheme)
3. Incubator Programme
4. Review of Immigration Act
5. Manatua Cable
6. Te Mato Vai
7. OSH
8. CI Credit Bureau – Guest Speaker, Mr Damien Beddoes
9. Other
 

Tuesday 11th September 2018

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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

 

Date: Tuesday 11th September 2018
Time: 5.00 p.m.
Venue: Conference Room, Edgewater Resort & Spa

 

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: chamber@commerce.co.ck or Phone: 20925.

Please proceed to the survey here  or paste the following link into a browser: 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdqnVKqWW-3lAxWh-seCqEaW0JZ1V8GTaGZwdTxc4_SaKDFrg/viewform


The survey will close at 4.00 pm on 24th May 2018

 

 

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: chamber@commerce.co.ck or Phone: 20925.

 

Please proceed to the survey here  or paste the following link into a browser:   https://goo.gl/forms/8KBaKYaCE8taRniL2 

 

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 chamber@commerce.co.ck

 

 

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 chamber@commerce.co.ck

 

 

Tuesday 12th December 2017

GENERAL  MEETING

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.

 

Agenda:

  • 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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It is a Voluntary Organisation of Individuals and Businesses

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