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.
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.
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.