The incoming Forum Chair and Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Mark Brown, is leading a Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) delegation to Tokyo this week to convey concerns and requests of Pacific Leaders for deferral of Japan’s planned discharge of treated nuclear wastewater into the Pacific.
Former member of Parliament Norman George is calling on retired politicians, among others, to stay active and continue working, as he reckons most of them die three to five years after leaving the halls of power.
Prime Minister Mark Brown will meet Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo next week in his first mission as part of the Pacific Islands Forum ‘troika’ of leaders, and incoming Chair of the Forum.
Cook Islands political leaders have paid tribute to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who yesterday announced her decision to step down before February 7 and not seek re-election later this year.
Rarotonga-born lawyer Angee Nicholas, who moved to New Zealand with her family more than two decades ago, has been selected to stand for the National Party in the seat of Te Atatū in this year’s NZ General Election.