The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has defended the payment of $400 a day to a local consultant because she is providing “a service that we are happy with”, says chief of staff Elizabeth Wright-Koteka.
Discussions on preparations for the first Parliament sitting of the year are expected to take centre stage this week as all Cabinet members are at home.
Leaked information indicates the Cook Islands people have been misled over a period of time by the government over the European Union purse seining agreement.
The initials a senior public servant placed on an international partnership agreement was nothing more than “administrative process” the government says.
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.