Instead new laws bringing our driver licence rules into line with New Zealand and Australia might be launched. While my Government is grateful for the assist of Leaders for Mr Puna as Secretary General, we're saddened by the subsequent determination by Leaders of Micronesia taken through the subsequent Micronesian Presidents’ Summit to withdraw from the Forum. The Prime Minister might be introducing Carl Hunter to the Heads of Ministries for the first time as Public Service Commissioner tomorrow, Monday fifteenth February, the day Mr Hunter will start his three yr appointment. On behalf of all the Members of Parliament and the folks of the Cook Islands I thank Mrs Rattle for her service to her country. At the 2019 Commonwealth Parliamentarian Association Conference in Kampala, Mrs Rattle was elected Chairman of the Network by the Small Branches. She has fulfilled this role and a lot of different related ones with countless virtual conferences since the pandemic was declared almost a year in the past.

Estimated total prices for the project have been $1 million, covering labour and materials, together with particular hospital-grade vinyl flooring which was imported from England after the New Zealand suppliers have been affected by COVID-19. Te Marae Ora with support from MFEM is sourcing new beds and other equipment for the hospital, utilising COVID associated appropriations. Accordingly, Pukapuka Hospital now boasts a new maternity ward and supply room, new men’s and women’s wards, a new kitchen, and a dental clinic. Bathroom and shower areas have also been upgraded, the ready space has been prolonged, and a 50,000-litre underground concrete water tank has been installed. I am confident that, together, the Forum will emerge from our discussions over the subsequent few months stronger and extra unified to confront the unprecedented challenges we face as a region within the years to come back.

The 2nd and 3rd Cook Islands Contingents served in the Middle East as a part of the Sinai-Palestine campaign – first in a logistical role for the Australian and New Zealand Mounted Rifles at their Moascar base and later in ammunition provide for the Royal Artillery. Well-organised and disciplined, they again excelled and were noted as especially vigilant sentries. The team then proceeded to the corridor for a kaikai and more leisure from the mamas and the entire island will sit down and benefit from the meal to wrap up the day. As COVID-19 still threatens the well being, safety and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands around the world, we right here in the Cook Islands stay considered one of lower than a dozen unbiased nations who have but to record a single case. As I stated on Sunday in my official announcement, the decision to close our borders to the world in March 2020 was a tough one – however necessary, completely needed.

The sealing of the runway as a first step will improve the opportunities for Manihiki and all of our islands. Akaiti will bring that keenness for her island and the experience to push our government priorities on the island of Manihiki” Mr Brown famous. Following his official visit from Mitiaro, the PM wanted to host a small reception for those young people who travelled to Rarotonga and to the village teams participating in the event. Secretary of MFAI Tepaeru Herrmann, told members that she hopes to strengthen diplomatic capacity of the public workforce in this space to raised improve current skill sets to progress national interests, and serve the pursuits of the folks of this nation. As public consultations were ongoing, a staff of researchers was also working to evaluation the suggestions offered. Cook Islands history is to be made on eight December with the launch of the new national blueprint that can information our nation on its journey in the direction of wellbeing.

Carl brings with him qualities which would possibly be a lot wanted during these challenging occasions. The Cook Islands National Sustainable Development Agenda 2020+ is our national blueprint that will guide us all towards the 100-year vision of wellbeing. This shall be achieved by 25-year outcomes, these shall be monitored and evaluated by 5-year plans to inform us just how well we are doing to reaching the outcomes, and vision.

The Community then put ahead questions starting from Government insurance policies and plans on renewable vitality, help to households, infrastructure projects that they require observe up on. The Seabed Minerals Authority Commissioner Alex Herman including the Chairperson of the Seabed Minerals Authority Working Group Bishop Tutai Pere provided an replace on the licensing process for exploration. Finally, one final reminder – when it comes to rebuilding the national financial system, each one of us has an element to play in our restoration journey. Instead it was via diligence and exhausting work that this occurred – and it is diligence and hard work that can set us on the street to financial restoration. Charge d’Affaires Peter Lothian added that it is a nice alternative to better work collectively and that his time here will help strengthen the connection between our international locations at all ranges.

Checking to see just how nicely the Cook Islands is doing in reaching this imaginative and prescient, is the Central Policy and Planning Office of the Cook Islands Office of the Prime Minister. The group are currently reviewing information and information from totally different government ministries to measure our progress against 66 different indicators which act because the ‘markers’ to achieving sixteen national sustainable growth goals. From the highs of our graduation on January the first to the lows of a zero tourism industry that has lasted for 9 months now. All of the plans by the non-public sector and the basic public sector have been turned the different method up.

I acknowledge that some businesses will really feel that this support is insufficient, while others will elevate considerations in regards to the Government’s fiscal sustainability. We are doing our greatest to manage the fantastic steadiness between supporting our financial system, which requires additional expenditure, and making certain that our debt doesn't turn out to be unsustainable. This extra support will largely be funded from the Government’s current budget appropriation. Government is doing its very best to reprioritise our expenditure as required, adapting as wanted, and to restrict having to tackle additional debt. Since this pandemic started the Government has spent just over $53 million on supporting the economic system, that’s virtually $6 million per month. This is in addition to the price of the tax cuts, the electricity discounts, and the CINSF reduction.

The NSDA2020+ research committee are actually in the process of procuring support for this. Mr Brown’s career has integrated roles in both the private and public sectors. “There has not been any vital rain on Tongareva for the final six months, and no rain in sight for a quantity of months ahead.

In Atiu the common public meeting highlighted the need for us to understand our past in order to know the place we are heading in addition to succession planning and being prepared for threats and expertise going into the longer term. It should also be famous by the folks of Aitutaki that further information on the electricity discounts will be launched to Aitutaki households and businesses in the close to future, although folks ought to be happy to name the Te Mana Uira O Araura office if required. Prime Minister Mark Brown has announced details of the continuing help being offered to Aitutaki companies and households by electricity supplier Te Mana Uira O Araura right now. The delegation accompanied by officials from Government agencies who have work programmes on island. Supported by all three Ariki of Nukuroa who stood proud in supporting their people.

Those of us who've attended secondary faculties in New Zealand might properly bear in mind this programme, that goals to offer college students a raise and sense of feat primarily based on physical exercise, skills, and improvement opportunities. “A outstanding man who led an extraordinary lifetime of service and duty that lasted virtually a century. A life dedicated to public service to his nation, The Crown and past till his retirement 4 years in the past at ninety five years of age at which period he was the president or patron of more than 780 different organisations. This has resulted in a staff of drafters developing preliminary text and content which shall be made available for public consultations and suggestions from end of June through to the early July.