Politics

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Manihiki ‘wasn’t ready to let Henry go’

Friday 7 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

The sound of drum beats accompanied the welcome back to Rarotonga yesterday afternoon of Manihiki’s newly elected Member of Parliament, Akaiti Puna.

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One Cook Islands celebrates seven years

Thursday 6 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

The One Cook Islands (OCI) political movement celebrated its seventh birthday on the island of Aitutaki last week.

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Stage set for anticipated Manihiki by-election

Saturday 1 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

One hundred and thirty voters are listed on the electoral roll for the Manihiki by-election to be held on Wednesday, May 5.

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PM Brown gets big welcome in Nukuroa

Friday 30 April 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in National, Politics

Prime Minister Mark Brown is on his first official visit to the Southern Group island of Mitiaro.

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Puna aims to keep Forum together

Thursday 22 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

The incoming Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum intends to push ‘as hard and as fast as I can, so that the Forum family will remain intact and complete as it is’.

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Vainerere is back in the House

Thursday 22 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

Tangata Vainerere was officially confirmed as the new Clerk of Parliament – for the second time around – by the Parliament, just over a year after he was sacked in March 2020.

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Akaiti Puna named CIP candidate

Tuesday 13 April 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in National, Politics

It will be a three-way battle in the upcoming by-election for the Manihiki seat left vacant following the resignation of former prime minister Henry Puna.

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Demos reveal Manihiki candidate

Thursday 8 April 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in National, Politics

The Opposition Democratic Party has announced Munokoa Maraeara as their candidate for the Manihiki by election to be held on May 5.

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CIP ‘stalwart’ enters Manihiki by-election as independent candidate

Wednesday 7 April 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in National, Politics

Disappointed with the governing Cook Islands Party, a supporter is running as an Independent candidate for the vacant Manihiki seat in the upcoming by-election.

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PM Brown meets diplomats from partnering countries

Wednesday 31 March 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Politics

Ambassadors and diplomats from various countries based in Wellington, New Zealand had the opportunity to meet Prime Minister Mark Brown at a special event earlier this week.

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Parties mum on Manihiki by election candidates

Tuesday 30 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

Former prime minister and Manihiki MP Henry Puna’s wife Akaiti is highly tipped to be the Cook Islands Party (CIP) candidate for the Manihiki by election to be held in May.

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Brown talks Covid-19 recovery with NZ ministers

Monday 29 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in National, Politics

Prime Minister Mark Brown said he is looking forward to continuing the momentum from discussions with New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern as he began a round of meetings Sunday with NZ senior ministers in Wellington.

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Mangaia ‘a pawn in the political play’

Saturday 27 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

Concerns have been raised over the lack of development on Mangaia because of “political divide and party differences”.

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