Pacific Forum Leaders have welcomed the increased air surveillance capacity of the new Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Aerial Surveillance Program funded by Australia under the Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP).
The Murienua petition has been decided, with Cook Islands Party candidate Patrick Akaiti Arioka named the elected Member of Parliament for the electorate by the High Court of the Cook Islands.
Twenty-eight participants from nine national parliaments including the Cook Islands are involved in a two-week intensive management course in Fiji, designed for senior secretariat staff of parliament.
A tense exchange sparked some high level fireworks at the Forum Leaders summit in Nauru on Monday as China’s head of delegation walked out after a flare-up on speaking rights at the Dialogue Partners session.
No-one is owning up to writing a press release, supposedly from the Democratic Party, which sets out options for using a $37 million “surplus” announced by the government recently.
Leaders of the Smaller Island States of the Pacific Islands Forum gathered yesterday morning (CI time) for the first meeting of the 49th Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru.
New Agriculture minister Rose Brown visited a number of agricultural establishments on Friday, including an organic fertiliser company, some schools, a hydroponic farm and vanilla orchard.
The cliffhanger general election result in Mauke, which saw the Cook Islands Party’s Tai Tura win the seat by one vote, will stand, the High Court has decided.
The government is proceeding as planned with the implementation of the Manatua Cable project, a four-country partnership between the Cook Islands, Niue, French Polynesia and Samoa.