Politics

Whimper, not a roar, from Lyon

Saturday October 12, 2019

Cook Islands businessman Stephen Lyon’s tilt at a seat in the New Zealand Parliament looks to be over even before it began.

Concerns at Chinese influence, poor public service and ‘arrogant government’ behind outspoken new political party. 

Te-Hani Brown is enjoying an all-expenses-paid trip to Fiji to talk about what it means to be a young MP – even though she was forced to quit Parliament.

The veteran politician has given his all to win an Atiu seat in Parliament; now he’s said to be too ill for the final race.

Dinner for Minister Tapaitau

Saturday September 28, 2019

Cabinet Minister Robert Tapaitau has admitted Infrastructure Secretary Diane Charlie-Puna was acting on his office’s instructions when she set up meetings that have sparked a full-blown public inquiry.

Politics to decide diver’s future

Monday September 23, 2019

The Cook Islands or NZ? The future of a well-known local and his family hangs in the balance of Auckland politics.

Young Cook Islands politician Te-Hani Brown has lodged an application to oppose the Democratic Party’s appeal of the Atiu by-election.

Twenty working days for government to justify 45 per cent pay rise – or face formal complaint.

War of words over minister

Thursday June 20, 2019

The government and opposition are engaging in a war of words over the appointment of Toka Hagai as a seventh minister.

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