PM and ministers on Aitutaki

Tuesday March 29, 2016 Written by Published in Politics

Prime Minister Henry Puna will be leading a team of ministers to the fifth Joint Ministerial Forum (JMF) between the Cook Islands and New Zealand on Aitutaki today.


He will be accompanied by Minister of Finance Mark Brown, Minister of Health Nandi Glassie, Minister of Internal Affairs Albert Nicholas and MP Mona Ioane.

The New Zealand delegation will be headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully, accompanied by High Commissioner Nick Hurley and senior officials from Wellington.

The annual meetings provides the opportunity to strengthen the close and special relationship between the two countries.

“Previous forums have progressed key issues in the bilateral relationship in areas such as pension portability, overseas development assistance, telecommunications, water, sanitation, renewable energy and regional issues,” a statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.

The remaining two ministers Teariki Heather and Kiriau Turepu will remain on Rarotonga and continue with their “normal” daily operation. 

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