The House of Ariki has taken it upon itself to make a critical change to the country’s national anthem, a spokesman saying paramount chiefs made a request to government to consider the change two years ago.
The Cook Islands government has confirmed that it was aware of its constitutional obligation to send a full tripartite delegation to an International Labour Organisation conference.
After just two years’ membership of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Cook Islands government is in hot water: The governing body is not impressed as the country did not meet its full obligations as a member of the United Nations agency.
The gifting of $750,000 to the country’s biggest church to help it build a new hall has been described as disgraceful by Opposition Finance spokesman James Beer.
Complaints by radio talkback host Tony Hakahoro over Takamoa Cook Islands Christian Church theological students being made to work long hours, six days a week on a new hall in the Takamoa grounds have led to undertakings that no further building projects will be managed by either the principal of the theological college or a CICC reverend.
Failing to follow government financial procedures resulted in Te Aponga Uira overspending close to a million dollars on a civil works project.