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Mounting water project costs and the prospect of expensive, lengthy legal action against a major Chinese company, reinforces the widespread belief that government’s culture of subterfuge – ongoing cover-ups and lack of transparency, will in turn punish the taxpayers of this country for years, says Democratic Party Opposition leader Terepai Maoate.
Clarke Gayford, who hosts TV series Fish of the Day and is also the partner of New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, has made a brief visit to our shores to film fishing in the Cook Islands.
Financial secretary Garth Henderson says a recently-announced $10 million grant from China may be able to be used to remedy problems with stage one of the Te Mato Vai project.
Minister for Internal Affairs, Mac Mokoroa is attending the Midterm Review of the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development (APPC) in Bangkok, Thailand.
The party system in the Cook Islands is flawed and gives power to only a few to dictate and make judgements on key issues, says the former minister Nandi Glassie.
In bright and sunny weather, Rarotonga turned on a right royal welcome home for the country’s new knight, Sir Tom Marsters and his wife Lady Tuaine on Saturday afternoon.
Infrastructure minister Robert Tapaitau is leading a small Cook Islands delegation to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.
Prime minister Henry Puna joined Pacific leaders in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea last week for the annual meeting of Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC).