Articles tagged Cook Islands

Jacinda Ardern has wrapped up her week-long trip to the Pacific, saying the visit has set the Government up well to move ahead with its Pacific reset. Sam Sachdeva travelled with the Prime Minister, and looks at the trip's successes and the challenges that will come next.

The Cook Islands is one of the Pacific's success stories - but that success comes with its own challenges. Sam Sachdeva reports from Rarotonga on the buoyant state of the country's economy and how that may affect its future.

Residents of Niue, Tokelau and the Cook Islands will be able to access New Zealand pensions more easily, after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the Government would ease residency requirements.

A "Pacific reset" for New Zealand's foreign policy is on the way, with Jacinda Ardern leading a delegation around the Pacific this week to hear about the big issues facing the countries. Sam Sachdeva writes about the Government's motivations for wanting to up its game.

Responding to the fallout from the Panama Papers and concerns it may hit New Zealand's reputation, the Government has decided to accelerate the previously stalled introduction of a second round of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) reforms, which would pull trust lawyers, solicitors and real estate agents into a tough and expensive regime designed to identify the source and legitimacy of funds.