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To the people who find the wage increase of the Cook Islands MPs outrageous I invite you to look at your job, your industry, and figure out what you could do and achieve with an extra $50,000 per year, as Prime Minister Henry Puna gave himself. I invite you to send lists of how $700,000 every year will improve your work, sport and charity.
Kia orana editor,
I understand that if the Pacific Games event is for an international qualifying event, then ‘open’ eligibility applies (depending on that international federation’s rules). I believe league Nines fulfils this criteria so the majority of both the men’s and women’s teams came from overseas.
Parliament sat for 13 half-days. Let’s round that up to seven full days. Now MPs get an extra $20,000 – that’s an extra $2,857.00 per sitting.
In early 2017 I wrote to the then Minister of Health and asked if he would co-ordinate a meeting between his departments of Health and Justice, together with Education and Police, to discuss how government might take a co-ordinated approach to the coming Meth epidemic. The Minister was not convinced the issue was a priority.
The purchase of four electric cars for ministers costing $60,000 is interesting, considering Raro Cars were selling Nissan Leaf cars for $17,000 retail each – an affordable option and one that would mean more cars for cash.