Rarotonga resident John Scott appears to be trying to create an image of public financial mismanagement by the government as a political topic to suit his political agenda, says finance minister Mark Brown.

Genuine political reform and not political reform by expedience is the commitment of the Democratic Party to the public for a better, equitable and more cost effective government, the party says.

Cook Islands Party (CIP) policy director Vaine Wichman says the party’s position on political reform is clear and that a 1998 report on political reform and subsequent reports are “very outdated”.

A range of issues were discussed at the 28th Meeting of the Council of Pacific Arts and Culture and the Pacific Ministers for Culture held last week in Fiji.

Prime minister Henry Puna has joined together with other regional leaders to call on North Korea to take concrete action towards the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Celebrating women in politics

Wednesday May 23, 2018

Women putting aside their political differences to come together was the message at a special lunch held at the Cook Islands National Council of Women (CINCW) headquarters in Takuvaine yesterday.

CINews this week begins a series of articles profiling candidates in next month’s general election.

Government has dismissed the Opposition’s comments on the Cook Islands reliance on aid and loan from foreign agencies including China, as simply electioneering.

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders and the prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe committed to stronger action on climate change and the sustainable management of fisheries resources at the Eight Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 8) in Iwaki-city, Fukishima, Japan on Saturday (CI time).

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