Florence Syme-Buchanan

Florence Syme-Buchanan

Policy change excites meeting

Monday March 12, 2018

New Zealand Labour Party MP Carmel Sepuloni posted this photo of members of the visiting New Zealand delegation and Cook Islands cabinet ministers on Facebook, shortly after it was announced to the Cook Islands government that the superannuation portability legislation would be changed under the New Zealand Labour government.

A year since triple shootings

Wednesday October 18, 2017

A year ago today, the country reeled in shock and disbelief when a 47-year old escaped male prisoner took a .22 rifle, murdered two people, then killed himself 16 hours later with the same gun.

MP saves lives of three children

Tuesday October 17, 2017

The lives of three young children have been saved thanks to a local MP changing his mind twice, and his quick reactions when he saw the youngsters were in trouble.

Bad smell prompts plea for help

Thursday October 12, 2017

The Pa Enua Division (PED) says the government needs to “step up” and pay some attention to the lack of equipment available in the outer islands to de-sludge household septic tanks.

Political newcomer Tukaka Ama says two things need to be done in the Cook Islands to put more money in people’s pockets: “Up the hourly pay rate and drop bank interest rates.”

Love triumphs in $33,000 fundraiser

Wednesday October 04, 2017

A group of young women, friends and family showed on Saturday night that whatever the trials or tribulations, through sickness and health, you can’t beat love.

Brown takes on pension issue

Wednesday October 04, 2017

The government will make the highest representations to New Zealand to have a “ridiculous” mistake by the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development (NZMSD) corrected, says Finance minister Mark Brown.

Brown set to raise ‘super’ problems

Thursday September 28, 2017

Minister of Finance Mark Brown says the government will raise the issue of the Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund with the New Zealand government.

Change would safeguard NZ payments

Wednesday September 27, 2017

Advocates for changing the national super scheme say it would make more sense to allow all CINSF members to withdraw their entire contribution at age 60 to 64 to safeguard their NZ Superannuation should they qualify for it.

Huge money at stake in ‘super’ issue

Wednesday September 27, 2017

Cook Islanders who must compulsorily contribute to the Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund and who also qualify for New Zealand Superannuation pension will find themselves hugely disadvantaged when it comes time to collect their Kiwi entitlement.

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