If the European Union and Spanish government are to be believed, it seems our Ministry of Marine Resources may have been economical with the truth about an agreement for Spanish purse seiners to fish in Cook Islands waters.
Negotiating multimillion dollar fishing deals behind closed doors, the Ministry of Marine Resources is being urged to keep its promise to be transparent about future purse seining deals.
It has been revealed that government advanced compensation to 10 Manihiki islanders based purely on their claims of entitlement and in the absence of genealogies.
The New Zealand Maori King Movement is to look at land development opportunities in the Cook Islands as part of a new cultural covenant partnership signed earlier this week.
Prime Minister Henry Puna has refused to meet with the Opposition to discuss their open letter demanding the recovery of excess unauthorised expenditure of public money.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has not given the Opposition much ammunition against the government in his response to their open letter.