Politics

Early election adds to costs

Wednesday June 06, 2018

The 2018 general election to be held on Thursday next week will cost the taxpayers a total of $300,000.

It will be important for the future of agriculture in the Cook Islands to coordinate the growing of vegetable and fruit produce and encourage large economic holdings in the outer islands.

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: The Ministry for Agriculture says the Cook Islands cannot produce even 20 per cent of the country’s domestic needs for fresh produce. What would your party do to stimulate agriculture and lessen the country’s reliance on overseas imports?

The following is the Cook Islands Party’s response to yesterday’s policy question: What are your party’s policies on law and order and what would you do about the problems of low police pay and the apparent increase in the number of violent crimes, such as stabbings, and other crimes, such as burglaries?

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: What are your party’s policies on foreign investment?

Parties quiet on power deals

Saturday June 02, 2018

The One Cook Islands (OCI) movement could hold the balance of power following this month’s election.

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: What are your party’s policies on law and order and what would you do about the problems of low police pay and the apparent increase in the number of violent crimes such as stabbing, and other crimes such as burglaries?

The independent candidate for the Atiu seat of Tengatangi Areora Ngatiarua, former MP and Cabinet minister Norman George, says his island currently resembles “a bomb site” and his sole policy is to make Atiu great again.

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.

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