Busy schedule behind change

Thursday May 23, 2019 Written by Published in National

Parliamentary commitments in New Zealand have led to shortening of the high level visiting delegation’s stay in the Cook Islands this week.

 

CINews understands this resulted in the removal of Opposition Democratic Party’s proposed meeting with them.

The delegation led by New Zealand deputy prime minister Winston Peters arrives into the country today for the annual Joint Ministerial Forum with the Cook Islands Government.

The Democratic Party on Tuesday said their planned meeting with the delegation was removed in the second programme for the visit.

The newspaper understands DPM Peters’ programme was shortened from three to two days, which meant a number of planned meetings and visits had to be cancelled.

With the revised programme, it is believed that the New Zealand High Commission in the Cook Islands is looking for opportunities for a meeting with the Opposition to still take place as time allows.

The Joint Ministerial Forum will be held tomorrow on Aitutaki.

Prime minister Henry Puna will lead the Cook Islands delegation at the forum, supported by deputy prime minister Mark Brown and Cabinet ministers.

The two governments are expected to discuss better health outcomes for all Cook Islanders through improved health workforce capability and strengthened connections between health systems.

Talks are also expected to extend to working together to maximise the benefits and minimise any risks from the Cook Islands graduating to high income country status next year, and supporting the development and maintenance of resilience and accessible infrastructure in the Cook Island.

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