28 Feb 2013

Cooks ministers in talks with NZ

2:33 pm on 28 February 2013

The Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna and members of his cabinet are today having discussions with New Zealand's government on priority issues such as the Cooks' bid to join the United Nations.

The discussions between the two governments are taking place in Queenstown as part of their second Joint Ministerial Forum.

Another top item for discussion is the portability of the New Zealand pension and superannuation for qualifying Cook Islanders .

Also on the agenda are the New Zealand visa conditions for Chinese travellers to the Cook Islands, as well as trade, immigration and depopulation, transport, and development assistance.

Accompanying Mr Puna at the Joint Forum are the Finance Minister Mark Brown and Marine Resources Minister Teina Bishop.