Florence Syme-Buchanan

Florence Syme-Buchanan

Anthem change strikes sour note

Friday August 11, 2017

The House of Ariki has taken it upon itself to make a critical change to the country’s national anthem, a spokesman saying paramount chiefs made a request to government to consider the change two years ago.

Crimes Bill goes to committee

Thursday August 10, 2017

Public submissions to a select committee on the long-awaited Crimes Bill 2017 began in parliament yesterday.

BTIB silent on Roehrs contract

Wednesday August 09, 2017

The head of the country’s foreign investment agency has refused to explain why a foreigner without a work permit and under police investigation is said to have been part of a team awarded a lucrative IT contract with the Business Trade and Investment Corporation.

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.

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