Finance minister Mark Brown says the cost of last week’s state visit to New Zealand was justified by the benefits it will produce for the Cook Islands people.
Local businessman Sam Crocombe has blamed current and former governments for the flash flooding that affected a number of businesses at the Avatiu roundabout area on Monday night.
Cook Islands investment policies and procedures are being reviewed to ensure that they are conducive to promoting “mutually-advantageous initiatives”, whilst also catering for this country’s cultural and environmental vulnerabilities, says prime minister Henry Puna.
Last week’s state visit by a Cook Islands delegation to New Zealand saw more ideas progress in seven days than the Cook Islands have likely seen over the past four years.
Agriculture minister Kiriau Turepu will leave for Fiji this weekend to attend the 34th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific.
Prime minister Henry Puna delivered a keynote address to a full house of more than 100 people at an event hosted by the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) on Tuesday (CI time).