Cook Islands joined other Pacific nations this week in Auckland to take stock of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) from a regional prospective.
A commission of inquiry into the problem-ridden Stage One of the Te Mato Vai project must be held to establish exactly what went wrong with it from the outset, detail the decisions and mistakes made and explain exactly why its price tag ballooned from $60 million to $90 million, says Democratic Party Opposition leader Terepai Maoate.
Te Mato Vai project is in an appalling situation and Democratic Party Opposition leader Terepai Maoate is calling on the government to make public the Opus investigation into the multi-million dollar development.
Opposition MP Selina Napa is challenging the government to tell the Cook Islands people exactly what law changes are being planned for the current Seabed Mining Act.
Corrective Services minister George Maggie has apologised to the parent of a stabbing victim after he was accused of taking an inmate who is serving time for the crime, from the prison to meet his girlfriend.
“The majority of the Cook Islands community” has shown positive support for steady progress towards the proposed first steps for more exploration and research of the country’s precious deep seabed environment and abundant manganese nodule resource, says deputy prime minister and Minerals and Natural Resources minister, Mark Brown.
The by-election in Ivirua, Mangaia, brought about by the recent death of Demo MP Tony Armstrong, will be held on Monday, January 21 next year.