Margaret Matenga claims ongoing corruption and bias within the CIP led to her decision to withdraw as the Titikaveka Cook Islands Party (TCIP) nominee.
Prime minister Henry Puna and accompanying ministers Mark Brown, Albert Nicholas and Nandi Glassie spent their first day in New Zealand meeting with the Cook Islands community in Auckland and Wellington.
After remaining silent for over a week, the government has finally revealed that the delegation to New Zealand led by prime minister Henry Puna is on a state visit and to participate in the annual Joint Ministerial Forum.
The Cook Islands Parliament is aiming to address the imbalance of female participation in parliament with the establishment of the Women Parliamentarians Caucus.
Margaret Matenga has announced that she will run as an independent for the Titikaveka constituency in the 2018 General Election, in a bid to avoid “corrosive” party politics.
The Opposition has lambasted the government for its lack of information regarding their participation in the annual Joint Ministerial Forum in Wellington this week.
The Cook Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) and the New Zealand Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have signed a partnership agreement and an information sharing agreement.