1 Mar 2011

Cook Islands Parliament session will be held in April

11:53 am on 1 March 2011

Parliament staff in the Cook Islands expect the ceremonial opening of the 47th session to be held in April, a month later than originally planned by government.

The assistant clerk Tupuna Rakanui says they're not sure why the opening has been pushed back but staff are happy that government is trying to get parliament back on track.

Tupuna Rakanui insists that it's not proper for parliament to sit without being properly opened by the Queen's Representative.

The Prime minister Henry Puna's undertaking to sit for at least 100 days has been welcomed by parliament staff.

Tupuna Rakanui says he was very disappointed with the failure of previous governments to have regular sittings.

Parliament sat for 22 days in 2009, 28 in 2008 and just 12 days in 2006.