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PM announces key appointments

Thursday October 16, 2014 Written by Published in Politics
Teenui-Mapumai Member of Parliament Rose Toki Brown was named as Deputy Speaker . 14101539 Teenui-Mapumai Member of Parliament Rose Toki Brown was named as Deputy Speaker . 14101539

With the nation’s political situation yet to be solidified, Prime Minister Henry Puna has gone ahead with a number of key appointments.

According to an announcement released yesterday by the Office of the Prime Minister, Puna has rounded out his inner circle in an effort to increase Government productivity in a number of projects. As for which projects, no detail was offered.
“The Prime Minister has now appointed the full complement of his government team with fresh office holders and the promise to increase the work rate on progress with new initiatives,” reads the release.
First time Member of Parliament Rose Toki Brown from Teenui-Mapumai named Deputy Speaker tops the list of appointments, which Puna’s office says are made under authority of the Constitution and the Civil List.
Penrhyn MP Willie John has been given the role of Leader of the House, and Rakahanga MP Toka Hagai – also a newcomer to Parliament – will be holding Office as the Government Whip.
According to the release, the PM advised Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters last week to appoint by warrant Aitutaki MP Toa Isamaela as Associate Minister of Infrastructure, Pukapuka MP Tekii Lazaro, as Associate Minister of Finance, and Mauke MP Tai Tura as Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.
The three MP’s are all entering their second term in office.
“The Prime Minister says the newly-appointed members indicate how serious the government is in pushing ahead with completing projects and implementing change for the better, in this next term,” reads the release. “... the members are particularly suited to their respective roles and will be given every encouragement to pursue government policies in accordance with national objectives.”
Puna said new office holders will also be tasked with additional duties to assist him where required, including new priorities for the Outer Islands, Marine Resources, and Shipping.
The PM and his Cook Islands Party currently have a one-seat majority in Parliament, which is vulnerable to several petition appeals and a by-election to be held in Mitiaro on November 11.
The vote will see Tuakeu Tangatapoto of the CIP and Tangata Vavia of the Democratic Party battle it out in a re-match of last July’s election that ended in a tie.
Advance voting for the by-election begins on October 17.

1 comment

  • Comment Link s law Friday, 17 October 2014 00:30 posted by s law

    The party will rule no matter wat,,,ill be expecting a picture of the big mouth willkie in the taro patch nw n papa norm too to work for there retirement money,,,

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