Florence Syme-Buchanan

Florence Syme-Buchanan

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English has promised to put the controversial issue of pension portability for the three countries that are part of the NZ realm early on his government’s list of priorities if voted back into office.

Prime Minister Bill English says New Zealand would support the Cook Islands’ push to have the world’s oceans given the same rights as human beings, because the initiative promotes a sustainable marine environment.

A nominee in a Democratic Party candidate runoff was never given a fair chance because the party’s village committee failed to run a transparent and impartial vote, supporters claim.

While the government has “failed to some extent” to deliver the $500,000 shipping subsidy to  domestic companies, the news isn’t all bad as that funding meant for this financial year will again be available in 2017/18, says Financial secretary Garth Henderson.

Tax amnesty starts August

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Amendments to current tax laws expected to be made in parliament next month, will allow government to write off additional tax debts and forgive companies or individuals any undeclared income.

New Zealand artist Nia-Val Tali has vehemently denied she broke promises to the elderly group of fabric artists who say Tali was to organise travel, accommodation and transportation on their first-ever tour to London and France as a group.

A group of elderly Cook Islands fabric artists are reeling after a long-awaited commemorative trip to London and France left them virtually penniless, distraught over having to forfeit their works of art because of unpaid accommodation and a litany of broken promises they claim were made by the trip organiser, artist Nia-Val Tali.

The dumping and burning of large quantities of usable Ministry of Education resources on Rarotonga this week was due to an “incredibly unfortunate” mistake, says MoE head Gail Townsend.

True Atiu warriors

Monday May 08, 2017

The Tariu brothers, Kakepare and Okore enlisted in the army on Atiu and named their father Tariu as their next of kin.

Leader, chief and war hero

Monday May 01, 2017

With Anzac Day still fresh in peoples’ minds, CI News continues a series of stories compiled by freelance reporter Flo Syme Buchanan, honouring Cook Islanders who served in World War One.

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