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The United Nations (UN) remains committed to support the Cook Islands even after the country graduates to developed status (or high income) in the coming year.
Government is considering legal action after “friendly consultation” with contractor China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) over issues with Te Mato Vai project failed.
The newly-appointed United Nations (UN) resident coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative Dr Simona Marinescu on Monday presented her credentials to prime minister Henry Puna.
Mounting water project costs and the prospect of expensive, lengthy legal action against a major Chinese company, reinforces the widespread belief that government’s culture of subterfuge – ongoing cover-ups and lack of transparency, will in turn punish the taxpayers of this country for years, says Democratic Party Opposition leader Terepai Maoate.
Clarke Gayford, who hosts TV series Fish of the Day and is also the partner of New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, has made a brief visit to our shores to film fishing in the Cook Islands.
Financial secretary Garth Henderson says a recently-announced $10 million grant from China may be able to be used to remedy problems with stage one of the Te Mato Vai project.
Minister for Internal Affairs, Mac Mokoroa is attending the Midterm Review of the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development (APPC) in Bangkok, Thailand.
The party system in the Cook Islands is flawed and gives power to only a few to dictate and make judgements on key issues, says the former minister Nandi Glassie.