Politics

The Cook Island parliament opened its new session yesterday with the swearing in of two Members of Parliament.

All Cabinet ministers are in the country this week to attend the opening parliamentary sitting of the year.

Longer parliament on cards

Monday June 19, 2017

The government expects more days of parliament sitting when the opening session of the year starts after lunch on Monday.

Rose goes back to CIP

Monday June 19, 2017

In a shock move, former Opposition parliamentary leader Rose Brown has rejoined the ranks of the government.

William “Smiley” Heather has been reappointed the parliamentary leader of the opposition, ahead of the opening parliamentary session for the year, starting on Monday.

Nicholas returns to Cabinet role

Wednesday June 07, 2017

Albert Nicholas, “the People’s Choice”, was sworn in as a minister of the Crown last Friday afternoon at Government House in front of a large crowd of friends, family and supporters.

Peters vows to change Super law

Thursday June 01, 2017

Cook Islands residents who qualify will be given the right to pick up their NZ Super without the controversial “five years back in New Zealand rule, if NZ First becomes a partner in the next government after the September 23 general election.

A “smoke signaller” who claimed in CI News that the local Seabed Minerals Authority receives an annual budget of over $500,000 is incorrect, says Seabed Minerals Authority Commissioner Paul Lynch.

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.

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