9 Jan 2015

Puna confident he'll stay as Cooks PM

6:53 pm on 9 January 2015

The Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna, says he is confident about his position and his ability to remain the country's leader for the year ahead.

His advisor, Trevor Pitt, has told the Cook Islands News that submissions on policy decisions are being worked on for cabinet to consider, but says the prime minister won't be put forward for an interview.

The ruling Cook Islands party is still at risk of losing power as a by-election is due next month after which the opposition camp hopes to assume power.

Mr Pitt says most of the speculation about the Prime Minister's situation is mostly driven by emotion and not by fact.

The Cook Islands will this year mark 50 years of self-governance.