Politics

A Democratic Party government would phase out purse seine fishing, says Opposition leader William “Smiley” Heather.

Samoan PM helps launch venture

Thursday October 29, 2015

The Prime Minister of Samoa was the guest speaker at the opening of the Cook Islands’ Federal Pacific Insurance branch last night.

NZ Maori king offered Aitutaki land

Tuesday October 27, 2015

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.

PM snubs Demo Party’s open letter

Tuesday October 27, 2015

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.

Chinese gift boosts agriculture

Friday October 23, 2015

The government’s hopes of returning the Cook Islands to the days of flourishing agricultural exports has been placed in the hands of $1.5 million worth of Chinese machinery.

 The signing of a covenant at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia, New Zealand by Prime Minister Henry Puna has formalised a new cultural partnership between the King Movement and the Cook Islands.

Passports to be valid for 10 years

Thursday October 22, 2015

Cook Islanders will be able to get 10-year passports from December onwards after a law was passed in New Zealand, extending the term for which they are valid.

Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australian dignitaries gathered on Friday night to celebrate the Cook Islands’ participation in the new Colombo Plan programme, launched in April.

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