Finance minister Mark Brown is defending the introduction of tariffs for domestic and commercial water users, saying the measures are only intended to encourage water conservation and reduce water wastage on Rarotonga.
In the lead-up to the June 14 election, CINews is asking the main political parties to comment on issues of interest to the public.
Today’s question: Depopulation has been an ongoing issue in the Cook Islands for many years. How does your party intend to address this and what do you think can be done to improve the economies of the outer islands so more people will stay?
Internal Affairs minister Albert Nicholas will run in the June 14 general elections, despite the fact that he is suffering from a serious medical condition that has required specialised treatment in New Zealand.
One Cook Islands (OCI) leader Teina Bishop says all five of his party’s national policy priorities will be non-negotiable “bottom lines”, should his party hold the balance of power after June 14.
In the lead-up to the June 14 election, CINews is asking the main political parties to comment on issues of interest to the public. Today’s question: Allegations of corruption, and particularly conflicts of interest among Cabinet Ministers and MPs are regular sources of complaints to CINews from members of the public. What is your party’s policy on both of these issues?
The Merchant of Paradise (MOP) plan for development of the outer islands is a commercial sector development with commercial criteria and security and should not be confused with public sector aid developments where taxpayer guarantees apply, says developer Tim Tepaki.
Finance minister Mark Brown says the opportunity for governments in the Pacific to co-invest with the superannuation funds in the region on investable infrastructure projects is an exciting one.