Prime minister Henry Puna will take the stand in court on August 13 to give evidence regarding the Rakahanga petition filed by the leader of the Democratic Party Tina Browne.
New Justice minister Rose Brown raised the issue of complaints from the public regarding the high fees charged by the land division of the High Court at a special meeting with the Ministry of Justice staff yesterday.
Bribery, undue influence, treating and issues regarding voter qualification feature in allegations made by the four unsuccessful Democratic Party candidates in electoral petitions demanding an inquiry into the conduct of the election and the candidates or other persons.
The abrupt shift of the ability from the Democratic Party to the Cook Islands Party to form the next government has been blamed for the sudden selection of a second deputy Speaker.
While a smoke signal in yesterday’s CINews might have beaten any official announcement to the punch, CINews can now confirm that cabinet minister George Maggie is currently on a government trip to South Korea, representing the Cook Islands in his capacity as minister of cultural development.
Rumours of associate minister and ministerial chief executive appointments have kept the “coconut wireless” humming over the last two days.