Youths from the southern group islands as well as northern group islands representatives residing in Rarotonga have gathered for the Cook Islands Youth Parliament which started yesterday at Sinai Hall.
If it is returned to government in the June 14 election, the Cook Islands Party will look into “the unexplored frontier” of paid work being a right for women who currently do countless hours of unpaid work looking after children, those with special needs, and the elderly.
New Zealand citizens who have resided in the Cook Islands for 12 continuous months at any given time of their lives are eligible to vote in the 2018 General Elections.
The Opposition is concerned at what has been described as China’s “irregular and improper presence” in the Cook Islands during the election period.
Finance minister Mark Brown says Pacific countries will continue to develop relations with emerging partners such as China, despite significant increases in foreign aid to the region from New Zealand and Australia.
Cook Islands High Commissioner, Her Excellency Teremoana Yala, says she was delighted to attend the inaugural gathering of representatives from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) community and the Pacific Islands Heads of Mission group (PIHOM) in Wellington, New Zealand, last week.