Politics

Term limits eased for Cook Islands Democratic party leaders

Wednesday 5 April 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

A new remit for the Cook Islands Democratic Party will relax the four-year term limit for its leaders.

National


PM assured AUKUS deal will not breach Rarotonga Treaty

Tuesday 4 April 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Environment, National, Politics

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown has said he has received assurances that the recent Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) proposals will not contravene the Treaty of Rarotonga.

Environment


Parliament to sit for more than 40 days

Thursday 30 March 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National, Politics

Over 40 days - a massive improvement on the number of Parliament sittings, have been marked down in the ‘Draft Sitting Programme’ calendar which has been set by the Business Committee.

Local


New Mauke MP ‘humbled’ to be part of Government

Monday 27 March 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

Independent MP Stephen Matapo, who is part of the Cook Islands Party led coalition government, is looking forward to getting Mauke on the move.

National


AUKUS deal concern: PM raises caution over nuclear submarine project

Monday 27 March 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Local, National, Politics, Technology

Prime Minister Mark Brown has sounded a word of caution about the planned Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) nuclear submarine project.

Local


‘Remember that the people put you in this position’

Saturday 25 March 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

Parliament resumed this week after a delay of several months due to electoral petitions. Cook Islands News senior journalist Matthew Littlewood talks to the Party leaders about their hopes and aspirations for this term.

National


PM Brown defends $5.4m Air NZ tax decision

Friday 24 March 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National, Politics

Prime Minister Mark Brown faced a grilling in Parliament on the $5.4 million the Government has had to pay back in tax to Air New Zealand.

Economy


Brother-sister duo fulfil parents dream

Friday 24 March 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

Siblings Akaiti Puna, Member of Parliament for Manihiki, and Tukaka “Kaka” Ama, the new MP for Ngatangiia, have fulfilled their parents’ dream.

National


Government’s business will interfere with Parliament sitting, says PM

Friday 24 March 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Politics

Prime Minister Mark Brown yesterday highlighted that in 12 years of being a Member of Parliament “it is no surprise that government’s business will interfere with Parliament sittings”.

National


New MPs get the nod: Committees established

Thursday 23 March 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

Parliamentary committees were established on day two of sitting with several new faces on board.

National


‘Govt exists to help our people across all fronts’

Thursday 23 March 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

The Ceremonial Opening of the 18th Parliament of the Cook Islands – Te Marae Akarau Vānanga o te Kuki Airani – got underway yesterday morning from 10am at Te Are Karioi/National Auditorium (King’s Chambers).

National


United MPs raring to go

Wednesday 22 March 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Local, National, Politics

The Members of Parliament (MPs) of the newly formed Cook Islands United Party are raring to go now that Parliament is finally sitting.

Local


‘Getting things done’: Tamarua MP

Wednesday 22 March 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Local, National, Outer Islands, Politics

Cook Islands Democratic Party’s Tetangi Matapo, one of the longest serving MPs in Parliament, says you can get things done from the Opposition benches.

Local


New MP wants to work for the betterment of Cook Islands

Wednesday 22 March 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National, Outer Islands, Politics

Proud family and friends showered “sworn in” Members of Parliament with ei celebrating the 18th Parliament sitting at Parliament House yesterday afternoon.

Local


‘We’re in business now’, MPs sworn in seven months after general election

Wednesday 22 March 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National, Outer Islands, Politics

After a long wait following the 2022 general election on August 1, 2022, the incoming Members of Parliament (MPs) were sworn in yesterday on the first meeting of the 18th Parliament of the Cook Islands.

Local


Dancing in unity: Cooks, Korea celebrate decade long diplomatic relations

Friday 17 March 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Business, Local, National, Politics

Drums, fire, cultural and contemporary dance performances dazzled dignitaries and guests at the 10-year celebration of diplomatic relations between Cook Islands and the Republic of Korea at Tamarind House on Wednesday night.

Business


Cook Islands, Republic of Korea celebrate 10th anniversary of diplomatic relations

Thursday 16 March 2023 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Local, National, Politics

Prime Minister Mark Brown yesterday met with new Ambassador to the Cook Islands, His Excellency Changsik Kim, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for the Republic of Korea.

Local


Parliament: Discussion on key Bills ruled out

Thursday 16 March 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

There will be no debate of new and existing Bills in Parliament next week, as the 10-days’ notice has not been filed by Prime Minister Mark Brown.

National


Busy schedule ahead as Parliament resumes following months of delays

Wednesday 15 March 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Local, National, Politics

Parliament is due to resume sitting next week after months of delays.

Local


Williams declared Titikaveka MP

Saturday 11 March 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, Local, National, Politics

Cook Islands Party member Sonny Williams has been confirmed as the new MP for Titikaveka.

Court


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