Politics

Leave to appeal dismissed

Thursday 16 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in National, Politics

A leave to appeal corruption charges brought against Prime Minister Mark Brown and former prime minister Henry Puna has been denied by the High Court.

National


House of Ariki set to abolish Koutu Nui

Friday 13 August 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National, Politics

The abolishment of the Koutu Nui (counsel of sub-chiefs) and a change in the Act regarding the challenge of traditional Ariki titles in court highlights the agenda of the Are Ariki (counsel of high chiefs) conference next week.

Local


Meeting reaffirms Maori ties

Saturday 7 August 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in National, Politics

Prime Minister Mark Brown and his Cabinet met with the New Zealand Maori Kiingi Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII earlier this week.

National


PM Brown hits back at critics of migration

Friday 6 August 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

The migration of Cook Islanders mainly to Australia and New Zealand has been happening for decade, since the end of WW II, said Prime Minister Mark Brown in his address to the nation at the Constitution Day ceremony on Wednesday.

National


Ambassadors present credentials to Queen’s Representative via Zoom

Monday 2 August 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Politics

The Cook Islands High Commission was honoured to be able to facilitate the presentation of credentials of the Ambassadors of Germany, Israel, Turkey, Korea and Chile to the Queen’s Representative of the Cook Islands, Sir Tom Marsters KBE last week.

Politics


Brown congratulates Samoa PM-elect after court ruling

Saturday 24 July 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in National, Politics

The Cook Islands Prime Minister has sent a message of congratulations to his Samoan counterpart Fiame Naomi Mata’afa and says he looks forward to exploring ways to strengthen ties between both nations.

National


Government looking for new ‘spy’

Friday 23 July 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in National, Politics

Cook Islands Government is looking for an “intelligence specialist” to assist in surveillance and response to threats.

National


Browne holds on as Demo leader after party vote

Wednesday 30 June 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in National, Politics

Tina Pupuke Browne has been retained as leader of the Democratic Party after voting during Monday’s party conference delivered a landslide victory for the Rakahanga Member of Parliament.

National


MP Akaiti Puna makes intentions clear

Friday 25 June 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands, Politics

The newest Member of the Parliament says she’s not in the House to make up numbers but for a greater cause to serve the people of this country.

National


Call for PM’s house a ‘tongue in cheek’

Friday 25 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in National, Politics

The Cook Islands Prime Minister should have a permanent place of residence paid by the government, says Prime Minister Mark Brown.

National


Minister proposes delaying 2022 elections

Friday 25 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in National, Politics

If Covid-19 means the country’s financial situation doesn’t improve, elections should be postponed in a bid to save money, says Cabinet Minister George Angene.

National


$1.4m approved for Crown Law

Thursday 24 June 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

Leader of the Opposition Tina Browne supported the $1,405,029 allocated for the Crown Law office in Parliament on Tuesday.

National

Parliament updates

Thursday 24 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in National, Politics

The Opposition Democratic Party yesterday gave up their question time to speed up the process of the Appropriation Bill debate which is now in the Committee of Supply.

National


A new look for lawmakers

Wednesday 23 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in National, Politics

With the relaxing of the dress code, the majority of male MP’s attending Tuesday's Parliament session opted for a traditional necklace over a tie.

National


Ties now optional in Parliament

Tuesday 22 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in National, Politics

Neck ties are now optional in Parliament, announced Speaker Tai Tura during Tuesday's sitting.

National


Floral Fridays in the House

Friday 18 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in National, Politics

The smell of floral ei katu and ei kaki filled Parliament’s debating chamber on Friday as Members of the House celebrated Kia Orana Day in traditional attire.

National


Parliament to brighten up with Kia Orana Fridays

Thursday 17 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in National, Politics

To embrace the “Kia Orana values” all Members of the Parliament can exchange their suit and tie for a pareu shirt and dress on Fridays.

National


Puna a Manihikian at heart

Tuesday 1 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in National, Politics

Akaiti Puna was sworn in yesterday as Manihiki’s new Member of Parliament on Monday during a flash sitting.

National


Parliament begins today with financial budget on the agenda

Monday 31 May 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in National, Politics

Parliament will convene at 1pm today to begin their May-June sitting, with recently reinstated Clerk of Parliament Tangata Vainerere confirming several bills are expected to be tabled for discussion this week.

National


Demos support Samoa’s PM- elect Mata’afa

Saturday 29 May 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in National, Politics

Cook Islands Opposition leader Tina Pupuke Browne has extended congratulations and support to Samoa’s prime minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, encouraging the first woman to ever hold the post to continue “standing firm and unwavering.”

National


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