Prime minister Puna, deputy prime minister Mark Brown, the Leader of the Opposition William “Smiley” Heather and the Speaker of Parliament Nikki Rattle were among those who attended.
The High Commissioner made opening remarks before lunch, welcoming all Members of Parliament who represented the various political parties.
Marshall said: “This is an occasion to enjoy each other’s company, to enjoy the lunch and it is also an opportunity for the New Zealand High Commission staff to get to know you better, particularly the newer political representatives.”
He added: “I want to acknowledge your collective journey over many months leading up to the election date, through to the recent sitting of Parliament.
“The High Commission looks forward to the excellent ongoing relationship with the government of the Cook Islands and all political representatives,“ he said.
Those in attendance then settled down to a very pleasant and interactive lunch, discussing a number of issues in an informal setting.