New Zealand Prime minister Jacinda Ardern and Cook Islands prime minister, Henry Puna, concluded successful discussions in Rarotonga this week, at the tail end of New Zealand’s week long Pacific Mission which also featured visits to Samoa, Niue, and Tonga.
New Zealand Labour Party MP Carmel Sepuloni posted this photo of members of the visiting New Zealand delegation and Cook Islands cabinet ministers on Facebook, shortly after it was announced to the Cook Islands government that the superannuation portability legislation would be changed under the New Zealand Labour government.
It had been described as something akin to ‘political speed dating’ but despite some of the high-profile personalities involved there was even less pressure than that at a mini-expo held for members of the visiting New Zealand delegation yesterday morning.
Political reform and law and order were among the four key points raised by the Opposition with New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and her deputy Winston Peters yesterday.
The leaders of the Cook Islands and New Zealand spoke glowingly about the relationship between the two countries at dinner hosted by the Cook Islands government on Wednesday night.
The possible graduation of the Cook Islands to developed status is a much more pressing issue than any possible bid for the country to join the United Nations, says New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern.
Some members of the delegation accompanying New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern on her first visit to the Cook Islands were treated to a spirited turou (welcome) at Highland Paradise yesterday.