Prime Minister Mark Brown in Parliament making his 2021-22 budget speech last year. Photo: CI NEWS/21060843
The Cook Islands Cabinet has met for the first time this year, but details about the meeting remain scarce.
Cook Islands News asked on Monday morning and again on Tuesday morning whether there was any chance of a press conference or meeting with Prime Minister Mark Brown following the Cabinet’s meeting on Tuesday.
spokesperson for the Government told Cook Islands News that the PM would not be
available for a press conference or meeting until Friday.
has been contacted for comment.
Islands News understands that The Revenue Management Division was due to make a
submission to Cabinet, outlining the costs incurred and to be borne by Cook
Islands taxpayers, in the legal action taken by Air New Zealand over ‘overpaid
Management Division Deputy Alan Richardson had previously told Cook Islands
News a summary of the judgement would go to Cabinet on Tuesday.
On Friday, Financial
Secretary Garth Henderson told Cook Islands News that in the submission to be
presented to Cabinet on Tuesday, there will be some recommendations.
I’m pretty comfortable going public, it’s just that before you have fully
briefed Cabinet, going into the public domain is not the best thing to do,” he
after the Cabinet Meeting, Cook Islands News emailed Chief of Staff Ben Ponia
asking him what was discussed in Cabinet, whether any decisions were made, what
papers were presented to Cabinet and why they had decided to delay the press
conference to Friday.
Islands News has not received a reply to the questions.