Politics

Public Accounts Committee to elect chair and deputy ‘following Standing Orders’

Monday 24 June 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Parliament, Politics

Public Accounts Committee’s newly appointed chair Teokatai Herman confirmed that the committee will be convening soon to elect both the chair and deputy chair, following the proper process outlined in the Standing Orders.

National


Demos have ‘no desire’ to rejoin Government-dominated Public Accounts Committee, says Browne

Wednesday 19 June 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Parliament, Politics

Opposition leader Tina Browne says the Democratic Party MPs have no desire to re-join the ‘Cook Islands Party/Coalition Public Accounts Committee’ after resigning last month over difference of opinion.

National


Opposition discusses returning to PAC, but concerns remain

Saturday 15 June 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in National, Parliament, Politics

The Democratic Party MPs will be meeting today to discuss the possibility of rejoining the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) after resigning last month over the appointment of the new chair.

National


Opposition MPs walk out of PAC over chair appointment

Friday 31 May 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Features, National, Parliament, Politics

The three Opposition Members of Parliament have quit the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) over the appointment of the new chair, leaving four Government MPs reviewing the Appropriation Bill 2024-25.

Features


Bill to safeguard Manatua Cable passed with fines up to $250,000

Monday 20 May 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Parliament, Politics

A monetary fine will be imposed on anyone who breaches the Manatua Cable Protection Bill 2024.

National


Parliament clerk Vainerere explains bill process

Monday 20 May 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Parliament, Politics

Clerk of Parliament Tangata Vainerere says there is a process for each bill that goes through Parliament before it becomes law.

National


‘I vow to be a fierce advocate for our needs’: MP Tapaitau

Thursday 16 May 2024 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Parliament, Politics

Independent candidate Sarakura Tapaitau was sworn in as the new MP for Penrhyn/Tongareva and has pledged to represent the people’s interests.

National


Chamber calls out ‘favouritism’ in Cryptocurrency Recovery Bill

Thursday 18 April 2024 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in National, Parliament, Politics

Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce is concerned the Tainted Cryptocurrency Recovery Bill gives preferential treatment to a USA company Drumcliffe to do business in the Cook Islands.

National


Minister Elikana meets NZ Deputy Prime Minister

Friday 22 March 2024 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in National, Parliament, Politics

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Tingika Elikana paid a courtesy call on New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters in Wellington yesterday.

National


Wichman decides against petition

Wednesday 20 March 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Politics

The Cook Islands Party candidate has decided against filing a petition for the Penrhyn seat after earlier saying her team was reviewing the election process and roll following the by-election on Tuesday last week.

National


Public Accounts Committee members in Wellington for study visit

Tuesday 19 March 2024 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in National, Parliament, Politics

Cook Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand Kairangi Samuela welcomed the Cook Islands Public Accounts Committee delegation upon their arrival to Te Whanganui a Tara, Wellington over the weekend.

National


Sarakura declared new Penrhyn MP

Saturday 16 March 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in National, Outer Islands, Politics

The wife of the former deputy prime minister, recently convicted of corruption charges and awaiting sentencing, is the new Member of Parliament for Penrhyn.

National


Tapaitau tops preliminary count

Wednesday 13 March 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Outer Islands, Politics

The preliminary results of the Penrhyn by-election held yesterday shows a close race between Sarakura Tapaitau, wife of the former MP, and Cook Islands Party candidate Vaine Wichman.

National


Penrhyn ‘ready to vote’

Tuesday 12 March 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local, National, Outer Islands, Politics

Voters in the Cook Islands’ northern group island of Penrhyn head to the polls today for a by-election.

Local


Opposition leader calls for review of treaty obligations after immigration ruling

Tuesday 12 March 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, National, Politics

The Leader of the Opposition is calling on Government to review and reconsider its approach to treaty obligations and the legislative process, to ensure that future legislation fully complies with the constitutional requirements and principles of separation of powers.

Economy


Four-way battle for Penrhyn seat

Saturday 24 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Politics

Four candidates, including the wife of the former MP and deputy prime minister, will contest the 2024 Penrhyn by-election to be held next month.

National


Cooks women MPs at Power Forum

Thursday 22 February 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local, National, Parliament, Politics

Cook Islands women parliamentarians are in New Zealand attending a Pacific Women in Power Forum that began this week.

Local


Cook Islands Party picks Wichman for Penrhyn by-election

Monday 19 February 2024 | Written by Candice Luke | Published in National, Politics

Development economist Vaine Iriano Wichman is the Cook Islands Party candidate for the Penrhyn (Tongareva) by-election to be held next month.

National


Government seeks $16.5m in Supplementary Budget

Monday 19 February 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in National, Parliament, Politics

The Government seeks an additional $16.5 million through a Supplementary Budget to be tabled in today’s first Parliament sitting of the year.

National


Nicholas ‘honoured’ to be appointed Deputy Prime Minister

Saturday 17 February 2024 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in National, Politics

Prime Minister Mark Brown yesterday appointed Albert Nicholas as the country’s Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), breaking a longstanding leadership convention. Rashneel Kumar reports.

National


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