“This is as efficient as it gets in tourism-focused economies, and the residents’ model used is a family of two parents with three children, with one parent working and staying home to look after the children. At $20 an hour livable wage the working parent should sustain the family.
“The scale of resort developments for the Pa Enua is based on the number of tourists required to fly interisland at $195 one way to the Northern Group and $95 to the Southern Group, sustainably, as it is airlift that killed the Pa Enua and left them economic vacant.
“The tourism business model adopted will yield 1,850 tourists daily, which is 1,203 tourists at the adopted occupancy rate of 65 per cent, and require a resident population of around 6,013 at the one to five tourist to residents ratio adopted to provide workers.”
Tepaki says it is worth noting is that the Cook Islands only need a population increase of 3,526 men, women and children to make it happen – “and more than that are waiting to come home.”
Also worth noting he says, is that on the holiday package assumed of two days on Rarotonga and five days in the Pa Enua, the PPP operation will add 62,702 to the Cook Islands’ current 161,000 visitors a year.
Tepaki says the workforce required during the development phase, assuming that all islands are developed simultaneously and synchronised to all complete at the same time, is two locals to three Chinese partners skilled in precut, prefinished and onsite assembling planned for the PPP development, to reduce construction time.
“Locals will do what they do best, which is to develop roads, landscaping and embellishing the resorts culturally.
“Some 372 locals and 558 Chinese will be required during development phase to make it happen and on completion, our Chinese friends from mainland China will return home, not stay and conquer us as some fear, like global Chinese are doing in Samoa and Tonga.”
Tepaki says a workforce of 1,220 will be required to operate PPP assets on completion at 65 per cent occupancy, including:
Seven hundred and fifty-two for tourism. “This is a 4-6 star international brand operation that will take us to the world, and maybe save the $10 million we spend each year to promote ourselves and getting nowhere,” Tepaki says.
Three hundred and fourteen for agriculture, which is to work a mix of 110 animal, crops, fruit and vegetable farms for domestic consumption, with a hub at Mangaia.
Fifty-nine for fishing, all at Penrhyn, to work a fish transshipment hub to be developed for transshipping fish on land, in light of transshipment of fish over water being banned in our region last year. The plan is to transship catch by a local fleet to be formed to supply our domestic market and transship catch by nearby international fleets to their offshore markets. “Stage 2 of PPP will see the introduction of farming our lagoons and national waters, which will be something to behold,” Tepaki says.
Thirty for shipping, which involves wet leasing two container boats to ship Penrhyn fish offshore and operate a fleet of 10 barges for domestic service. “With international shipping having cargo both ways and not just inward as is currently happening, international freight costs will be reduced markedly,” Tepaki ays.
Sixty-five for airlift, which is to wet lease and operate two jets for all islands with airports and two seaplanes for Rakahanga and Palmerston. “The seaplane operations are uneconomical but sustainable by integrating them with the jet service,” Tepaki says.