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Press release

Press release

Labour and Consumer Division meet with the Students Entrepreneurs.

 

The Labour and Consumer Division from the Ministry of Internal Affairs met with the students from the Pa Enua, participating in the BCI Business Challenge Trade Day.

 

This was a great opportunity to raise awareness about the legal rights and obligation in the business world. As the Director of Labour and Consumer explained, these young entrepreneurs represent the future of our economic prosperity. They are the next generation of employers and traders and therefore should be made aware of the legal responsibility coming with that status. The aim of the presentation was to expose the students to the contents of the Employment Relations Act 2012, the Fair Trading Act 2008 and the Consumer Guarantees Act 2008. Acknowledging the importance of financial literacy as well as entrepreneurship skills, the Director added that knowledge and awareness of the legal framework was also key to owning and driving a successful business. The feedback from both the students and the teachers was positive and request was extended to have this presentation included in the regular annual preparation for the BCI Business Challenge Event.

July Price Order

The Price Tribunal has issued the July Price Order 04/2017 for Rarotonga and all islands reflecting reductions in prices for petrol, diesel and LPG.

There is a 7 cent per litre decrease in the maximum wholesale and retail prices for petrol on Rarotonga, a 2 cent per litre decreases for diesel and a 5 cents per kg decrease in LPG. The maximum retail price that petrol can be sold to the public on Rarotonga is $2.03 cents per litre, $2.00 per litre for diesel and $4.16 per kg for LPG.

“The price reductions reflect an oversupply in fuel which has placed some downward pressure on global prices for petrol and diesel,” stated Price Tribunal President, Tatiana Burn, “however, despite the marked drop in global prices for LPG over May and June, we are expecting larger LPG price reductions to the Cook Islands will appear over future price orders later this year.”

Price Order 4/2017 sets the maximum allowable retail prices for petrol, diesel and LPG on Rarotonga and all Pa Enua. Full details of the new prices are contained in the new published price order and can also be accessed by contacting the Consumer Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The new prices will take effect from 15 July 2017 and will remain in force for the next two months until the next price order is issued in September 2017. Price inspections will be carried out and breach orders will be issued where there is non-compliance.

Consumers should expect to see the new prices clearly displayed at service stations for these price controlled

Price Order 04.2017

Contact:

pricetribunal@cookislands.gov.ck

Ministry of Internal Affairs

 

Media Release; Women’s Business Forum, 9-10 March 2017

PRESS RELEASE

Women’s Business Forum, 9-10 March 2017

Excitement is building with the preparations of a series of activities next week, including a Women’s Business Forum, in commemoration of the annual International Women’s Day that will be celebrated on 8 March 2017.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has been working with the National Council of Women (NCW) and Cook Islands Business and Professional Women Association (BPW) in bringing together women and relevant agencies to discuss the challenges and barriers that affect women’s participation in business and employment and to identify practical solutions that can make a difference for women.

“It will be an exciting week with the parliamentary training for women commencing Monday 6 March with a Practice Parliament on Wednesday 8 March,” stated Secretary of Internal Affairs Bredina Drollet.

“This will be followed by a one day Women’s Business Forum on Thursday 9 March where we are hoping to have open and honest discussions and the challenges facing women, but more so, identify what can individuals and agencies do to make a difference to assist women better access economic opportunities”.

On Friday 10 March, the Forum will operate as an exposition of support services that are available to women looking to enter business as well as a trade fair for women to exhibit their products.

“We have been encouraged by the support of BPW who will have a central role to play in the Business Forum and we thank Rangi Johnson and Teina Mackenzie for their active interest in the preparation of this event.”

 

In addition, on International Women’s Day, there will be a special breakfast jointly sponsored by the Ministry, Parliament and BPW on 8 March with guest speaker Lisa Marklund.

The Forum will be held at the Rarotongan Resort on 9-10 March. For further information on the International Women’s Day activities next week, please contact the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

 

Contact:

Bredina Drollet, Secretary of Internal Affairs, bredina.drollet@cookislands.gov.ck

 

 

 

Media – Release CINYC

The ministry of Internal Affairs wishes to share this Media  release from the Cook Islands National Youth Council  and wish their New  Committee members the best for the coming Year and hope to continue to work in partnership in empowering Youth in the Cook Islands….

“In  an official meeting, held on the 9th of February, the Cook Islands National Youth Council moved to replace outgoing President Ms. Naomi Manavaikai, who stepped down from the position in the same meeting. In true solidarity, Ms. Manavaikai expressed to the council that she had found the role to be rewarding but rather demanding and was happy to step down to allow for another member to lead the council.  She will continue to support the work of the council as a committee member.

In the same meeting, Ms. Sieni Tiraa was voted in as Ms. Manavaikai’s replacement, and has now assumed the role of CINYC president. Ms. Tiraa brings much enthusiasm and vitality to the work of the council and is more than ready to lead the team.

Other positions that became vacant at the said meeting included the Treasurer and Secretary. The role of Treasurer, vacated by Mr. Papamama Pokino, has now been taken up by Ms. Nukutau Pokura. The position of secretary, which was vacated by Ms. Tiraa after being elected President, was taken up by Ms. Piakura Passfield who is willing to assist the council to achieve its aspirations. In addition, Rotaract president, Mr. Daniel Fisher has rejoined the Council and Ms. Roimata Wilson resumes her role, both as committee members.

The Cook Islands Youth Council has a strong team with many passionate members wanting to ensuring and advocating for the best for our young people, in partnership with government and non-government stakeholders.

The revitalized council members 2017/18 are:

  • Ms. Sieni Tiraa (President)
  • Mr. Tereapii Tumutoa (Vice-President)
  • Mr. Liam Kokaua (Vice-President)
  • Ms. Nukutau Pokura (Treasurer/Public Relations)
  • Ms. Piakura Passfield (secretary)
  • Committee members: Ms. Rima Moekaa, Ms. Naomi Manavaikai, Mr. Daniel Fisher and Ms. Roimata Wilson

If any aspiring young activists out there in the community would like to become part of the council as a committee member, just contact Ms. Sieni Tiraa on 81423, email cki.nationalyouthcouncil@gmail.com or drop us a message on Facebook for more details.

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Public Notice – Minimum Wages Review Public Oral Submission

Public Notice

Minimum Wages Review Public Oral Submission

The Minimum Wage Review panel kindly invites the Public to attend the Minimum Wages Review Public Oral Submission Meeting, to be held at the Sinai Hall in Avarua on the 20th February 2017 from 5pm – 7pm.

The meeting initially organized for the Friday 17th February at the INTAFF premises is cancelled.

Deadline for written submissions remains on the 20th February 2017, COB.

For further information please contact our office via phone 29-370 or via email: intaff.employment@cookislands.gov.ck or via Facebook message: https://www.facebook.com/Ministry-of-Internal-Affairs-Cook-Islands

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Contact: Sandrina.thondoo@cookislands.gov.ck.

MEDIA RELEASE – REDUCTIONS IN PA ENUA FUEL PRICES

14 February 2017

REDUCTIONS IN PA ENUA FUEL PRICES

The Price Tribunal is pleased with some improvements in fuel prices in the Pa Enua following the introduction of new margins for the Southern and Northern islands, as issued in the latest Price Order on 16 January 2017.

“There was a need to review the fuel price margins in the Pa Enua, as we recognised that they were outdated and not reflective of actual costs to supply fuel,” stated President of the Price Tribunal, Tatiana Burn.

“It is pleasing to see that progress is being made by Pa Enua retailers to comply with lower prices than has been the practice,” stated Burn, “and in particular, we congratulate Atiu as the first of the Pa Enua islands subject to Price Order 01/2017 to be fully compliant with the new petrol and diesel prices and commend those retailers on Atiu for this.

“The benefits to Atiu consumers is a 22% price reduction on petrol and a 25% reduction in the price of diesel compared with what was previously charged.”

Price inspections are carried out in the Pa Enua by Ministry of Internal Affairs’ officers on each of the Pa Enua. Following inspections over the past few weeks, a number of price order breach notices have been issued and continued non-compliance will result in legal action against those retailers.

Under Price Order 01-2017, the new maximum retail prices to the southern group is $2.87 for petrol and $2.80 for diesel and $3.02 for petrol and $2.95 for diesel in the northern group. Any non-compliance with these prices should be reported to the Internal Affairs’ Officer on the island or directly to the Senior Consumer officer on Rarotonga.

The LPG margins to the Pa Enua are still under review with new margins expected to take effect in the March Price Order at the latest. Consultations on the new margins for LPG will continue with Pa Enua Retailers.

In addition to Atiu, there is full compliance of retail prices of petrol, diesel and LPG on Rarotonga and Aitutaki.

Pa Enua Fue Prices

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Contact:

pricetribunal@cookislands.gov.ck

Ministry of Internal Affairs

 

 

AKARA AKAOUANGA I TE MONI MEANGITI-RAVA A TE ARONGA ANGAANGA – 2017 ( Maori )

 

I te tua o te ture o te Employment Relations Act 2012, kua akapapu mai te Minita Nicholas i tetai au mema tangata i runga i te Moni Meangiti-Rava, no te akarakara anga i te moni meangiti-rava a te aronga angaanga i roto i te Kuki Airani.

Ko te au mema, koia oki ko Sandrina Thondoo, Tango Ropianga; Kaipo Ingram, Ministry of Finance & Economic Management; Steve Anderson, Chamber of Commerce (no te au Akaaere e te au Arataki i roto i te au ngai angaanga); Tuaine Maunga, Cook Islands Workers Association (no te au aronga angaanga); e Vaitoti Tupa, Cook Islands Civil Society Organisation e te mata no te au putuputuanga.

Ko te akakoroanga o teia au mema i roto i teia putuputuanga, ko te akarakara anga i te turanga o te Moni Meangiti-Rava e te tuku anga manako ki te Minita e nana e tuku i tetai tikaanga no te reira tuanga moni. E maata te au mea ka uriuriia e teia putuputuanga me akarakara ratou i teia tuanga moni.  I te mataiti 2006, kua akatinamou ia te moni meangiti-rava ki te $5.00 i te ora.  I te mataiti 2014, i muri ake i te akarakaraia akaou anga, kua kake mai te moni ki te $6.00 i te ora, e 20% i runga ake i te moni tei akanoo ia i te mataiti 2006.  I te mataiti 2015, kua akara ia akaou te reira moni e kua kake akaou mei te $6.00 ki te $6.25 i te ora.  Kua raveia te uipaanga mua a teia putuputuanga i te ra 1 no Peperuare 2017, e ka uipaanga putuputu katoa ratou a teia au marama nei ki mua i muake ka akanoo ei ratou i to ratou manako tikai.

I raro ake i te ture o te Employment Relations Act 2012, ka anoano ia te Minita o te Tango Ropianga kia akarakara akaou i te Moni Meangiti-Rava i te au mataiti katoatoa. Ei tauturu i teia akanoonooanga, e peapa tetai i maani ia e ka anoano ia te katoatoa rava kia tauturu mai i te akaki i te reira peapa.  Ko teia peapa, e peapa te reira i te akakite anga mai i tetai au tu kaui me kare i tetai au kimikimi anga manako tikai te ka inangaro ia no te akatinamouanga i te moni meangiti-rava, e ka tuku iatu na roto i te nuti peapa (Cook Islands News) a teia Maanakai e tu mai nei ki mua.  Ka tuku katoa iatu na runga i te roro kupenga www.intaff.gov.ck. I te mea oki e ka riro te moni-meangiti rava ei taui i te turanga o te au tangata katoatoa i roto i te Kuki Airani nei, ka anoano ia te katoatoa i te tuku manako mai.

Ka riro te au manako o te katoatoa i te tauturu i te Kavamani i te akanoo tinamou i te moni meangiti-rava i roto i to tatou basileia. Ka rave ia tetai uipaanga na te katoatoa, e tetai uipaanga na te au aronga mamaata, e ka tuku katoa ia na roto i te ratio, te pia avata tutu, e to te pa enua katoatoa.

Ka raveia te uipaanga a te katoatoa no te akatanotanoanga i te Moni Meangiti-Rava a te Varaire ra 17 no Peperuare 2017 i te tuaero i te avatea, ki ko i te Tango Ropianga i Tupapa. Ka rauka mai te reira au peapa i roto i te reo Maori e pera katoa te reo Papaa e ka tuku katoa iatu te reira ki to te pa enua katoatoa.  Ki to Rarotonga katoatoa, me ka tika kia tiki mai kotou i ta kotou peapa ki ko i te Tango Ropianga me kare tuku mai i tetai emere kia matou no tetai peapa naau.

Ka ariki rekareka ia toou manako e ka anoano ia koe kia tuku mai i te reira i roto i te uipaanga a te katoatoa, me kare na runga i te ratio, me kare tuku tika mai na roto i te emere ki te intaff.employment@cookislands.gov.ck, me kare fax mai i taau peapa ki te numero +682 26370, me kare apai mai ki te Tango Ropianga i Tupapa. Ka piri teia a te Monite ra 20 no Peperuare 2017 no te mea ka inangaro ia te ripoti openga a teia putuputuanga kia tuku iatu ki te Minita a te ra 1 no Mati 2017.

Me ka inangaro tauturu koe no runga i te uipaanga a te katoatoa me kare tetai peapa naau, taniuniu atu ki te Tango Ropianga, Labour and Employment Relations Office i runga i te tereponi 29370 me kare emere intaff.employment@cookislands.gov.ck

 

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FINAL – 2017 MWReview Issues Paper MAORI

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Issued by: Ministry of Internal Affairs

Contact: Sandrina Thondoo, Director of the Labour and Consumer Division & Elizabeth Hosking, Senior Labour Inspector- Ministry of Internal Affairs

Email: Sandrina.thondoo@cookislands.gov.ck           intaff.employment@cookislands.gov.ck

 

2017 MINIMUM WAGE REVIEW HAS COMMENCED, TIME TO VOICE OUT!

 

In accordance with the Employment Relations Act 2012, the Minister Nicholas, has confirmed a Minimum Wage Review Panel to conduct the 2017 review of the current minimum wage rate in the Cook Islands. Panel members include Sandrina, Ministry of Internal Affairs; Kaipo Ingram, Ministry of Finance & Economic Management; Steve Anderson, Chamber of Commerce (for employers); Tuaine Maunga, Cook Islands Workers Association (for employees); and Vaitoti Tupa, community representative. The task of the Panel is to review the minimum wage rate and make recommendations to the Minister who will then decide on the current rate. Factors such as prevailing economic conditions, income distribution, protection for low income earners, and work incentives, as well as public submissions will be considered when the Panel carries out the review. In 2006 the minimum rate was set at $5.00 an hour. In 2014, following the review, the rate was increased to $6.00 an hour, a 20% increase on the 2006 minimum wage rate. In 2015, the last review led to an increase from $6.00 to $6.25 an hour. The Panel has met for their first meeting on Wednesday 1 February 2017 and will be meeting regularly over the month to analyze available data before finalizing their recommendations.

Under the Employment Relations Act 2012, the Minister of Internal Affairs must review the Minimum Wage annually. In order to assist the review of the minimum wage this year, the Minimum Wage Review Panel has produced an Issues Paper for public consultation. This Paper suggests possible areas of concern and consideration in setting the minimum wage and will be available in this Saturday’s Cook Islands News. It will also be available at the www.intaff.gov.ck website. As the minimum wage will affect everyone in the Cook Islands, the public are invited to provide feedback and comment.

Public consultation helps Government decide what the minimum wage rate should be. Consultation will include one general public meeting, specific stakeholder meetings, radio and television, and outreach in the Pa Enua.

The general public meeting to discuss the Minimum Wage will be held on Friday 17 February 2017, from 12pm lunch time, at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Conference Room, Tupapa.

Copies of the Issues Paper are available in Maori and English and are being sent to all Island Administration offices in Pa Enua. Those on Rarotonga are welcome to collect the Paper from the Ministry of Internal Affairs or email us on the below address for a copy. 2

Public submissions on the minimum wage can be made at the public meeting, on radio, in writing delivered via email to intaff.employment@cookislands.gov.ck , faxed to +682 26370 or delivered by hand to the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Tupapa. The closing date for submission is Monday 20 February 2017 as the Panel is required to submit a final report to the Minister by 1 March 2017.

For more information about the public meeting or for a copy of the issues paper please contact the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Labour & Employment Relations Office on 29370 or email intaff.employment@cookislands.gov.ck .

FINAL – 2017 MWReview Issues Paper MAORI

FINAL – 2017 MWReview Issues Paper ENGLISH

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Issued by: Ministry of Internal Affairs

Contact: Sandrina Thondoo, Director of the Labour and Consumer Division & Elizabeth Hosking, Senior Labour Inspector- Ministry of Internal AffairsEmail: Sandrina.thondoo@cookislands.gov.ck intaff.employment@cookislands.gov.ck