May date possible for Cook Island travel bubble
UPDATE 2.49PM: There will be no announcement of a new travel bubble between the Cook Islands and New Zealand today.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Cook Islands PM Mark Brown are fronting media in Auckland following their meeting earlier today.
While no travel bubble date has been set today, Ardern says they are working towards a May date for two-way quarantne free travel.
She says Covid-19 vaccines play a big role in our futures. Staying home when sick, and border controls are all things we use too.
Ardern has also announced a $20 million fund will be set aside to help the Cook Islands, which has been economically impacted significantly by Covid-19.
A press conference with Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown and PM Jacinda Ardern is being held this afternoon.
A travel bubble and Covid-19 vaccinations are expected to be at the top of the agenda in Friday's talks between Brown and Ardern, reports Stuff.
Brown is the first international leader officially welcomed into the country since the coronavirus struck
Stuff reports this press conference comes after the 1pm update, where three new cases in MIQ linked to the border were announced on Friday.
The bussing of returnees to spaces for walks has been paused for 24 hours.