Prime Minister Henry Puna, fresh off a busy trip to the United States where he participated in 2013 Pacific Day festivities at the New Zealand Embassy, will be in Europe for the bulk of the week.
Good friends and traditional leaders Dame Makea Karika Margaret Ariki (OBE) and Koutu Nui president Turi Mataiapo Maria Henderson warmly embraced each other and chatted quietly during the morning tea break at yesterday’s opening of the 39th Koutu Nui annual general meeting and conference.
Strengthening the leadership roles of the Aronga Mana (traditional leaders) of the Cook Islands is the overall theme of this week’s three-day Koutu Nui conference starting tomorrow at the Pukapuka Hostel.
The Te Maeva Nui 2013 Constitution celebration programme (TMN13) is likely to be shorter due to an expected budget cut for the Ministry of Cultural Development.
Rere Mataiti of Aitutaki shares some of the atmosphere during the investiture of Makirau Haurua as Teurukura Ariki on the outer island on Wednesday.