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Opposition MP’s outraged, call confidence vote ‘illegal’

The greater community representing the island of Atiu is coming together to raise funds for the completion of the island’s hostel in Tupapa-Maraerenga.

Demo appeals filed

Thursday October 09, 2014

The Democratic Party is hoping it can bolster its presence in Parliament after filing appeals of four petition decisions that were recently handed down by the High Court.
According to a Demo statement, the Party is appealing the decision on a petition filed by Party Leader Wilkie Rasmussen – who lost his Penrhyn seat to Willie John of the Cook Islands Party.
Petitions have also been filed for the island of Manihiki and the constituencies of Vaipae-Tautu and Tengatangi-Areora.
Rasmussen said an appeal for Teenui-Mapumai will be filed next week.
The Party says it has sought the services of a New Zealand law firm and members of the Queen’s Counsel, who have identified “some fundamental issues to appeal”.
The decision to appeal has been endorsed by the puna committees, caucus, and the Demo executive, said Rasmussen.
“I am greatly encouraged by the insights of our lawyers in New Zealand who have read through the respective minutes of the High Court,” said Rasmussen.
Out of a total of six petitions heard by the High Court last month, five were dismissed.
Only the Demo’s petition contesting the results for the constituency of Tamarua in Mangaia was upheld.
The petitions dealt with issues surrounding voter qualification, and contained numerous allegations of bribery and treating, all of which were dismissed apart from one count of bribery upheld in Vaipae-Tautu - implicating victorious Cook Islands Party candidate Mona Ioane.
With only nine of the 24 seats in Parliament occupied by the Demos, the appeals represent an opportunity to close in on the CIP’s 12 seats, and possibly for a majority government without the need for a coalition with One Cook Islands.
 “I believe the Democratic Party will succeed with these appeals and it will then have the majority to govern,” he said. “We stand with great hope and pride that sooner or later we will claim victory and have justice,” said Rasmussen.

Huanan defends local operations

Thursday October 09, 2014

 Company estimates to spend $1.4miillion locally

The 48th session of Parliament kicked off yesterday afternoon with the six new Members present in the House.

Rattle re-selected as Speaker

Thursday October 09, 2014

Parliamentary Speaker Niki Rattle was chosen yesterday to return for another term as Speaker of the House, but not before some controversy.

Local company Ocean Fresh’s concerns that government will approve the expansion of a foreign fishing firm’s operations in Rarotonga are baseless, says an official with the Business Trade and Investment Board (BTIB).

Prime Minister Teina Bishop?

Wednesday October 08, 2014

The role of Prime Minister and Minister of Finance has been offered to Aitutaki Member of Parliament Teina Bishop under a potential coalition agreement between the Democratic Party and One Cook Islands.

Possible coalition partners, One Cook Islands and the Democratic Party, have shrugged off Prime Minister Henry Puna’s allegations that they are destabilising the Cook Islands Party-led government.

Puna, Bishop talks fruitless

Tuesday October 07, 2014

Discussions last week between Prime Minister Henry Puna and One Cook Islands Leader Teina Bishop on a possible power sharing arrangement yielded no tangible results, with each side placing blame on the other.

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