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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”