Florence Syme-Buchanan

Florence Syme-Buchanan

The Cook Islands government has confirmed that it was aware of its constitutional obligation to send a full tripartite delegation to an International Labour Organisation conference.

Government offside with ILO

Monday July 17, 2017

After just two years’ membership of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Cook Islands government is in hot water: The governing body is not impressed as the country did not meet its full obligations as a member of the United Nations agency.

Government owes church $800,000

Tuesday July 11, 2017

The government has agreed to pay the Cook Islands Christian Church $800,000 – money the church says it’s owed for overdue rental on lands in Te Puka, church legal representative Iaveta Short has disclosed.

The gifting of $750,000 to the country’s biggest church to help it build a new hall has been described as disgraceful by Opposition Finance spokesman James Beer.

Complaints by radio talkback host Tony Hakahoro over Takamoa Cook Islands Christian Church theological students being made to work long hours, six days a week on a new hall in the Takamoa grounds have led to undertakings that no further building projects will be managed by either the principal of the theological college or a CICC reverend.

Penrhyn blew budget by $67k

Thursday June 29, 2017

Progressive overspending of the Penrhyn Island Administration personnel budget became so serious that the Ministry of Finance withheld bulk funding for four months to the island last year.

TAU overspends almost $1m

Monday June 26, 2017

Failing to follow government financial procedures resulted in Te Aponga Uira overspending close to a million dollars on a civil works project.

Tuesday closures for land court

Thursday June 22, 2017

The Ministry of Justice has had to impose a weekly Tuesday closure of its customer services in its Land Court Division to give staff more time to make sure all land court related applications are more robust.

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English has promised to put the controversial issue of pension portability for the three countries that are part of the NZ realm early on his government’s list of priorities if voted back into office.

Prime Minister Bill English says New Zealand would support the Cook Islands’ push to have the world’s oceans given the same rights as human beings, because the initiative promotes a sustainable marine environment.

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