Politics

MPs sit into night to pass tax bill

Thursday February 22, 2018

Parliament sat late last night with the goal to pass the Value Added Tax (VAT) bill, as yesterday’s sitting was the last for the opening Parliamentary session of the year.

Informal agreements and goodwill among the Members of Parliament (MPs) is important and essential to supplement Standing Orders and the formal processes of Parliament, says Prime Minister Henry Puna.

Finance minister Mark Brown called the controversial tax amnesty proposed by government ‘bold decision making to reduce tax’ during his ministerial statement in Parliament yesterday.

Spat earns rebuke from Speaker

Wednesday February 21, 2018

Question time in yesterday’s opening session of Parliament devolved into a squabble between members that left the Speaker Niki Rattle exasperated.

MPs learn to be more effective

Wednesday February 07, 2018

New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands Peter Marshall challenged local Members of Parliament (MPs) to be on top of their game when it comes to scrutinising bills and attending select committee hearings.

Ministers expected home this week

Monday January 22, 2018

All Cabinet ministers are expected to be in the country this week.

Ministers to remain home

Wednesday December 27, 2017

Prime minister Henry Puna and his Cabinet ministers will remain in the country this week.

Ministers to remain home

Monday December 18, 2017

Prime minister Henry Puna is back in the country and is likely to remain in Rarotonga this week.

Parliament ends on high note

Thursday December 07, 2017

The second sitting of parliament for 2017 ended on a high on Tuesday with prime minister Henry Puna’s announcement that the government will provide a bus for schoolchildren on Mangaia.

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