The Koutu Nui’s elected office bearers and members during their 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Palmerston House in June. MELINA ETCHES/23061631
Koutu Nui, a group of sub chiefs, has presented its submission to the Parliamentary Select Committee considering two amendments to the Cook Islands Act 1915, proposed by Opposition Leader Tina Browne.
a statement, Koutu Nui said it recognises the merit of clarifying which
landowners appearing on the Registers of Title have died without successors, as
this could facilitate the process of obtaining the necessary consents for an
some concerns remain about those who, for whatever reason, have not succeeded
to the lands of their deceased parent,” the group said.
Nui members, including some from the Pa Enua, stated that they were unable to
afford to file their succession applications until the Land Court fees were
reduced in February 2023.
of rushing to address a small portion of the Act, which could lead to
unintended consequences, Koutu Nui advocates for a comprehensive review of the
entire Cook Islands Act 1915.
it has served Cook Islanders well, the current Act has seen many sections
repealed over the past century. These views are based on concerns raised by
participants at a Koutu Nui land law workshop in 2021, from which
recommendations were drawn up and from which their policy for land law reform
Koutu Nui submitted its land law reform policy to the Prime Minister’s Office
and Minister of Justice in June 2023, Opposition Leader Browne has confirmed
with Crown Law that there is no immediate intention to overhaul the Act, the
Koutu Nui requested that the current Bills Petitions & Papers Committee, or
a similar body, undertake a systematic review of relevant sections of the Act.
submitter, presenting later in the day, suggested that the existing Committee
should continue its deliberations until mid-2024 on several land issues that
are considered of great importance by Cook Islanders.”
Nui encourages all landowners to attend the remaining vaka meeting in Rarotonga
to express the same concerns they raised with Koutu Nui and to present their
views to the Bills Petitions & Papers Committee at Parliament.
final vaka meeting will be held tonight at the Calvary Hall in Arorangi from