Cameron Scott is the former editor of several community newspapers in New Zealand. He is now editor of the daily Cook Islands News, a position he has held previously. A former travel writer and features editor, he has operated an advertising and public relations company as well as a small publishing venture. Before moving back to the Cook Islands he worked as a freelance writer and relieving community newspapers editor for the Bay of Plenty Times in Tauranga, New Zealand.
Prime minister Henry Puna sees a future of “enhanced connectivity” between the Cook Islands and China, accompanied by a potentially huge increase in Chinese tourists.
Prime minister Henry Puna has acknowledged China’s support for Cook Islands aspirations to pursue a more independent foreign policy.
Lawyer and former politician Norman George has launched a stinging attack on the observance of the Cook Islands’ national day on August 4, which he describes as “a hollow and vacant vacuum”
MP for the Mangaia seat of Ivirua, Jim Marurai is set to quit following the tabling of his resignation in parliament.
Hashtags were missing from a couple of the Miss Cook Islands profiles published in CI News over the last 10 days.
Rarotonga resident Les Priest, who has lobbied for changes to the New Zealand pension system for many years, says NZ First leader Winston Peters has always championed the cause of Cook Islanders and New Zealanders, who would normally qualify for NZ superannuation, having worked and paid taxes in NZ for 20 years or more (after the age of 20).
‘However, these people were unable to access the pension unless they left New Zealand to settle in or return to the Cooks after the age of 55.