This is the fifth and final in a series of CINews articles on the new National Culture Policy initiated by the Ministry of Cultural Development. The policy addresses five strategic goals, and while its effects may not be noticed until later this year, it will introduce a number of significant changes. The final strategic goal is support and coordination.
The possible graduation of the Cook Islands to developed status is a much more pressing issue than any possible bid for the country to join the United Nations, says New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern.
The final weekend of the netball Premier League Competition resulted in a number of closely-fought clashes, with two matches finishing in draws.
New Zealand is donating $50,000 to mental health in the Cook Islands, and a portion of that money will go towards alcohol awareness and restarting local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings.
Changes to the pension portability scheme, which will make it easier for qualifying Cook Islands to claim New Zealand superannuation, were announced by New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday.
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has assured the Cook Islands that if it achieves developed nation status, the current relationship between the two countries will remain unchanged.