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.
Rarotonga resident Les Priest, who has lobbied for changes to the New Zealand pension system for many years, says NZ First leader Winston Peters has always championed the cause of Cook Islanders and New Zealanders, who would normally qualify for NZ superannuation, having worked and paid taxes in NZ for 20 years or more (after the age of 20).
‘However, these people were unable to access the pension unless they left New Zealand to settle in or return to the Cooks after the age of 55.
A “smoke signaller” who claimed in CI News that the local Seabed Minerals Authority receives an annual budget of over $500,000 is incorrect, says Seabed Minerals Authority Commissioner Paul Lynch.
The rise in the number of Cook Islanders sending their deceased loved ones back here for burial has the Cook Islands government looking at setting up a joint venture cremation service on Rarotonga, an Auckland funeral director says.