‘Greenwashing’: Cook Islands Environment group slams ‘mineral harvesting’ in Seabed Mining Act

The introduction of the term ‘mineral harvesting’ in the legislation governing seabed minerals in the Cook Islands is an attempt to ‘greenwash this destructive industry’, says a local environment group.  Te

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Cook Islands Parliament makes changes to seabed mining law

The Cook Islands has made amendments to its Seabed Minerals Act this week, including replacing the term “mining” with “minerals harvesting … to reflect the actual activity that takes

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Cook Islands Parliament approves amendments to Seabed Minerals Act

A Bill seeking to improve the overall seabed minerals regime was passed in Parliament Monday.  Prime Minister Mark Brown presented the Seabed Minerals Amendment Bill 2024 for its second and third readings.  The

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Albert Nicholas appointed Cook Islands Deputy PM

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown has confirmed the appointment of Albert Nicholas as the country’s Deputy Prime Minister (DPM). The Avatiu–Ruatonga–Palmerston MP holds the Infrastructure Cook Islands,

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Cook Islands Foreign Minister urges global recognition of regional priorities

Cook Islands Foreign Affairs Minister, Tingika Elikana, Monday highlighted the need to drive discussions on regional priorities and forge inter-regional cooperation essential for global acknowledgment of these

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Winston Peters and Shane Reti make Cook Islands climate change announcement

Tackling the impacts of climate change is a key focus for New Zealand, with a total of $16.5 million (US$10 million) to go to the Cook Islands to help fight the crisis. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs

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Cook Islands Deputy PM and two former Govt officials found guilty in corruption case

Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister Robert Tapaitau, former National Environment Service (NES) director Nga Puna, and his wife and former Secretary of Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI), Diane Charlie-Puna have been found

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US scores overdue increase in bigeye tuna catch limit, while American Samoa struggles to sustain its local tuna economy

The 20th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) was held December 4-8, 2023, in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. The primary focus at this meeting was revising the conservation and

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Opinion: Health service coverage: Asia and the Pacific swap places

According to the World Health Organization, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) requires that all people receive the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative health services they need and can afford.

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Seabed regulations: Public input ends, future updates planned

Cook Islands has concluded public consultation for seabed mineral exploration guidelines, while the Prime Minister emphasises exploration’s potential for future prosperity and responsible resource

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Te Ipukarea Society: Deep seabed mining and the emerging risk to our tuna fisheries

Last week saw the Cook Islands host one of the most significant meetings with respect to the shared tuna stocks in the region.  That was the annual session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission,

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Cook Islands Parliament passes medicinal cannabis import bill

Cook Islanders who require medicinal cannabis for their health’s wellbeing can now import or bring the item into the country, provided the product is being prescribed by an overseas medical practitioner.  This comes

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