Ministers remain on Rarotonga

Monday March 12, 2018 Written by Published in Politics

Prime minister Henry Puna and his Cabinet ministers will remain on the island next week.


After a busy week of hosting New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and her team, the Cabinet ministers will focus their attention back to the key issues concerning the nation.

The ministers also had a meeting with Ardern and her deputy Winston Peters during their visit last week, when changes to the pension portability scheme was announced.

Current rules require that past the age of 20, residents of realm countries must spend 10 years working in New Zealand, and then another five at the end of their working life in order to be eligible for the New Zealand pension.

The changes which will come into effect next year will mean that past the age of 50, residency in Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau would count towards pension eligibility requirements.

Henry Puna: Prime Minister, Attorney General, Energy, OPM, Outer Islands, Office of the Public Service Comission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Transport, Tourism, Education, Marine Resources           

Henry Puna – Monday, March 12 to Monday, March 19 – Rarotonga

Teariki Heather: Deputy PM, Infrastructure and Planning, Cultural Development, House of Ariki, Police           

Teariki Heather - Monday, March 12 to Monday, March 19 – Rarotonga

Mark Brown: Finance and Economic Management, Seabed Minerals and Natural Resources Internal Affairs,CI Investment Corporation FIU, Telecommunications, Financial Supervisory Commission, Superannuation, PERCA, Financial Services Development Authority Head of State, CI Pearl Authority      

Mark Brown - Monday, March 12 to Monday, March 19 – Rarotonga

Nandi Glassie: Ministry of Health, Justice, Parlimentary Service,    

Nandi Glassie - Monday, March 12 to Monday, March 19 – Rarotonga

Kiriau Turepu: Ministry of Agriculture, Environment, BTIB

Kiriau Turepu - Monday, March 12 to Monday, March 19 – Rarotonga


Albert Nicholas: Ministry of Internal Affairs, Youth and Sport, Ombudsman, Punanga Nui 

Albert Nicholas - Monday, March 12 to Monday, March 19 – Rarotonga 

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