Florence Syme-Buchanan

Florence Syme-Buchanan

Top cop checks alleged stabbing

Wednesday August 16, 2017

A recent High Court case which saw a young man discharged without conviction on a charge of common assault is being reviewed by Police Commissioner Maara Tetava.

Absentee ariki cops flak

Monday August 14, 2017

A number of chiefs say they want to remind Pa Ariki the title she holds is not a God-given right and can be removed by the nobles who approved her assuming the paramount title and being invested with it.

Attack victim wronged: Parents

Monday August 14, 2017

The parents of a 17-year old youth who was hit and then stabbed with a broken bottle are shocked that the High Court let off his attacker despite a guilty plea being entered.

Board defends BTIB head

Monday August 14, 2017

While defending BTIB chief executive Teariki Vakalalabure, Business Trade and Investment Board directors have refused to address the issue of a foreigner without a work permit who was allegedly awarded a lucrative IT agency contract, contravening its own investment code.

Anthem change strikes sour note

Friday August 11, 2017

The House of Ariki has taken it upon itself to make a critical change to the country’s national anthem, a spokesman saying paramount chiefs made a request to government to consider the change two years ago.

Crimes Bill goes to committee

Thursday August 10, 2017

Public submissions to a select committee on the long-awaited Crimes Bill 2017 began in parliament yesterday.

BTIB silent on Roehrs contract

Wednesday August 09, 2017

The head of the country’s foreign investment agency has refused to explain why a foreigner without a work permit and under police investigation is said to have been part of a team awarded a lucrative IT contract with the Business Trade and Investment Corporation.

The Cook Islands government has confirmed that it was aware of its constitutional obligation to send a full tripartite delegation to an International Labour Organisation conference.

Government offside with ILO

Monday July 17, 2017

After just two years’ membership of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Cook Islands government is in hot water: The governing body is not impressed as the country did not meet its full obligations as a member of the United Nations agency.

Government owes church $800,000

Tuesday July 11, 2017

The government has agreed to pay the Cook Islands Christian Church $800,000 – money the church says it’s owed for overdue rental on lands in Te Puka, church legal representative Iaveta Short has disclosed.

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