This is the fifth and final in a series of CINews articles on the new National Culture Policy initiated by the Ministry of Cultural Development. The policy addresses five strategic goals, and while its effects may not be noticed until later this year, it will introduce a number of significant changes. The final strategic goal is support and coordination.

Cable dispute continues

Monday March 19, 2018

Telecommunications minister Mark Brown has hit back at claims by the Opposition that the planned Manatua submarine cable won’t necessarily result in lower prices for consumers and businesses.

The government only spent half of its capital expenditure budget in the last financial period, according to the December 2017 quarterly financial report.

Cook Islands Parliament Speaker Niki Rattle is in Fiji, observing the Fijian Parliment sitting in an effort to review and improve national Parliamentary Standing Orders, among other things.

The Cook Islands have a long way to go in achieving all the 16 goals in the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) by 2020.

Last week’s visit by New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has reignited discussions between the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) and the Federation of Maori Authorities (FOMA).

Last week while here in Rarotonga, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced changes to the pension portability scheme.

‘Lost Tribe’ campaign stalwart Les Priest says he’s “obviously delighted” that after years of fruitless lobbying for changes to the New Zealand pension eligibility laws, those rules will finally be altered in favour of realm countries such as the Cook Islands.

National goals ‘off track’

Wednesday March 14, 2018

A recent report has revealed that certain indicators measuring progress towards achieving 11 out of the 16 goals in the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) are either “of concern” or “off track”.

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