Cameron Scott

Cameron Scott

Cameron Scott is the former editor of several community newspapers in New Zealand. He is now editor of the daily Cook Islands News, a position he has held previously. A former travel writer and features editor, he has operated an advertising and public relations company as well as a small publishing venture. Before moving back to the Cook Islands he worked as a freelance writer and relieving community newspapers editor for the Bay of Plenty Times in Tauranga, New Zealand. 

In the lead-up to the June 14 election, CINews is asking the main political parties to comment on issues of interest to the public. Today’s question: What are your party’s policies on law and order and what would you do about the problems of low police pay and the apparent increase in the number of violent crimes such as stabbing, and other crimes such as burglaries?

The independent candidate for the Atiu seat of Tengatangi Areora Ngatiarua, former MP and Cabinet minister Norman George, says his island currently resembles “a bomb site” and his sole policy is to make Atiu great again.

In the lead-up to the June 14 election, CINews is asking the main political parties to comment on issues of interest to the public.

Today’s question: Depopulation has been an ongoing issue in the Cook Islands for many years. How does your party intend to address this and what do you think can be done to improve the economies of the outer islands so more people will stay?

Nicholas to run despite illness

Thursday May 31, 2018

Internal Affairs minister Albert Nicholas will run in the June 14 general elections, despite the fact that he is suffering from a serious medical condition that has required specialised treatment in New Zealand.

A capacity crowd filled St Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral yesterday morning for a requiem mass for one of the island’s most loved and respected residents, “Mousie” Skews.

The Merchant of Paradise (MOP) plan for development of the outer islands is a commercial sector development with commercial criteria and security and should not be confused with public sector aid developments where taxpayer guarantees apply, says developer Tim Tepaki.

From now until the general election, CINews will be submitting questions to the three major political parties regarding their policies on various issues. Readers with questions they would like to ask should email them to the editor of CINews: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When it comes to signs of prosperity, Rarotonga is somewhat lacking, a New Zealand visitor says.

Parties state position on aid

Saturday May 26, 2018

From now until the general election, CINews will be submitting questions to the three major political parties regarding their policies on various issues. Readers with questions they would like to ask should email them to the editor of CINews: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rarotonga resident John Scott appears to be trying to create an image of public financial mismanagement by the government as a political topic to suit his political agenda, says finance minister Mark Brown.

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