Prime Minister Henry Puna has hit back at claims in Wednesday’s CINews that the government is to blame for recent flooding around Rarotonga by saying that “it is unhelpful to waste time pointing fingers”.

The Electoral Office is bracing for a busy period in the upcoming weeks following the announcement of an early election in June.

CIP wary of rules of engagement

Friday April 13, 2018

With the election date set for June 14, the Cook Islands Party (CIP) are looking to win their third consecutive term in government.

Opposition slams snap election

Friday April 13, 2018

General election now two months away – date set for June 14

The leaders of the Opposition have slammed prime minister Henry Puna for calling an early election date late Wednesday evening, calling it “a disrespectful act” and “neglectful of duty and responsibility”.

The Cook Islands government is open to looking at electoral reform, says prime minister Henry Puna.

Finance minister Mark Brown says the cost of last week’s state visit to New Zealand was justified by the benefits it will produce for the Cook Islands people.

Govts blamed for flooding

Wednesday April 11, 2018

Local businessman Sam Crocombe has blamed current and former governments for the flash flooding that affected a number of businesses at the Avatiu roundabout area on Monday night.

Cook Islands investment policies and procedures are being reviewed to ensure that they are conducive to promoting “mutually-advantageous initiatives”, whilst also catering for this country’s cultural and environmental vulnerabilities, says prime minister Henry Puna.

Last week’s state visit by a Cook Islands delegation to New Zealand saw more ideas progress in seven days than the Cook Islands have likely seen over the past four years.

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