Opposition leader and former Ministry of Marine Resources minister Teinakore Bishop’s high profile case has been confirmed for a trial in July.
Opposition coalition leader MP Teina Bishop has changed his letter of resignation from his new parliamentary post advancing it a month forward to June 30, to coincide with the end of the financial year. The date was earlier publicised as July 30.
The ruling Cook Islands Party has nothing to fear over the recent Opposition leadership shuffle because the Democratic Party is headed for a “winter of discontent,” believes finance minister Mark Brown.
Teina Bishop will be the leader of the Members of Parliament in opposition to the Government until July 31, at which point his position will be re-assessed in the light of the outcome of a court case he is facing.
Prime Minister Henry Puna will be leading a team of ministers to the fifth Joint Ministerial Forum (JMF) between the Cook Islands and New Zealand on Aitutaki today.
GOVERNMENT recorded an unexpected net operation surplus of $7 million in the second quarter of the financial year ending in December 31 last year.