Politics

Govt surplus soars to $24m

Monday March 25, 2019

The government has posted a surplus of $23.63 million, which is about 54 per cent higher than the estimated sum for the second quarter of the 2018/19 financial year ending December 31, 2018.

Tessa Te Mata was appointed the New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands last year. Te Mata took over the role last month. She is the second female high commissioner in the Cook Islands and  woman of Pacific heritage to head a New Zealand diplomatic post in the Pacific. Te Mata, a qualified lawyer, is also of Cook Islands descent. CI News senior journalist Rashneel Kumar talked to Te Mata about her goals, challenges and anticipations in her new role.

Forgery complaint against MP

Saturday March 23, 2019

Police have confirmed they have received a complaint related to a prominent Member of Parliament of the Cook Islands.

The Public Service Commissioner Russell Thomas is pleased to announce the appointment of Nga Puna as the new director for the National Environment Service (NES). 

Progressive over climate change

Friday March 22, 2019

Prime minister Henry Puna says the country wants to be progressive rather than defensive on both the mitigation and adaptation fronts when it comes to climate change.

Youth council’s new execs

Thursday March 21, 2019

Last week on March 13 the Cook Islands National Youth Council (CINYC) elected the 2019 -2021 executive committee at their triennial general meeting held at the Atiu hostel.

The Cook Islands has lost a long serving and well respected civil servant Aukino Tairea.

Double party for MP Brown

Thursday March 21, 2019

Re-elected MP Te-Hani Brown had to postpone her birthday celebrations leading up to Monday’s by-election on Atiu for fear of it being misconstrued by her opposition as “treating”.

Brown rules out ministerial job

Wednesday March 20, 2019

Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Te-Hani Brown has ruled out the possibility of taking up a ministerial position as she joins the Cook Islands Party-led coalition government.

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