Election: What do the winners get?

Monday June 16, 2014 Written by Published in Politics
Parliament of the Cook Islands. Parliament of the Cook Islands.

Winning a seat in the Cook Islands Parliament comes with its fair share of responsibilities.

Successful candidates will be charged with passing laws, solving the problems of the nation, acknowledging the concerns of the people, and having your actions scrutinised by members of the public.

On the flip side, a great salary along with entitlements and perks are given to the nation’s leaders to help them do their job.

As candidates head into the home stretch of the 2014 campaign, here’s a list of what’s in store for those who will win the most votes in their respective constituencies.

1. Salaries – Compared to the average worker’s income, Parliamentarians make some decent cash. Here’s the rundown (all figures are annual rates and subject to tax): 

  • The Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, $105,000 a year
  • Deputy Prime Minister, $95,000
  • Cabinet Ministers, $85,000
  • Leader of the Opposition, $85,000
  • Members of Parliament, $50,000

2. The Prime Minister is entitled to first class air travel when available, with paid accommodation at a “premium” hotel. Additionally, the PM is provided with an official residence at home free of rent and with free electricity, with domestic and gardening staff.

3. All MPs are entitled to a non-taxable transportation allowance of $3000 per year. The PM and his/her spouse are entitled to a government vehicle with a driver at all times for both official and non-official purposes.

4. Free use of telephones for all Parliamentarians, with local and national calls paid for by government.

5. All MP’s are entitled to a clothing allowance of $5000 after being sworn into office.

6. Daily meal allowances, often in the range of $100, when travelling to places such as Hawaii, Europe, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and the Middle East.

-- Compiled by CINews staff

2 comments

  • Comment Link JOHN TOA Saturday, 21 June 2014 00:27 posted by JOHN TOA

    TE AKAROA ITE AU ARONGA RIKIRIKI OTE PATIREIA.TE TUTAKI NEI I TEIA AU AKAPOUANGA MONI ATE PM, DP PM ETE AU MEMA PARAMANI OTE KUKI AIRANI E KOKOTI NEI.NOATU TA RATOU MONI MAMAATA E KOI NEI TE NAVE NAVE NEI RAI ITE KAI ITE MONI ATE PATIREIA.TENA TE AKAMARAMA ANGA KUA TUKU MAI.KARE E NGAI E PIPINI EI KARE TE ITI TANGATA ITE MATAPO.KOAI TE MEMA PARAMANI KA TU MAI I TEIA IKIANGA MAATA E TU MAI NEI E KA TURU I TOKU MANAKO KIA TIPU IA TEIA AU AKAPOU ANGA.E KIA TAKORE IA TE AU MINITA E APAI NEI ITE AU APINGA AKAORO OTE KAVAMANI KITE KAINGA.AKA KAKE IA TE MONI ATE ARONGA RIKIRIKI POUROA KITE $30,000 KIA VAITATA ATU KI TA KOTOU.TE AKAROA KO KOTOU KA KAI ITE KEKE KO TE ARONGA RIKIRIKI KAPU TI RAU REMENE ETE MANIOTA.

  • Comment Link Eileen Story Monday, 16 June 2014 14:41 posted by Eileen Story

    It is sad to read this seeing as child benefit is only $720 per year

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