17 Dec 2015

Cooks parliament closes after two days

10:55 am on 17 December 2015

The Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna closed the doors on parliament yesterday afternoon after a record short two-day sitting.

As today marks the inaugural Aitutaki Day, Mr Puna said he and the Members of Parliament for the Pa Enua would be travelling to Aitutaki.

They were quick to pass a number of bills including the Rarotonga Waterworks Ordinance Amendment Bill 2015, the International Companies Amendment Bill 2015 and the Banking Amendment Bill.

Cook Islands Parliament

Cook Islands Parliament Photo: Supplied

Prime Minister Henry Puna also gave a ministerial statement on fisheries in the Cook Islands, reiterating points he has made during the year about the significant contribution purse seining can make to the Cook Islands' economy.

The sitting was not as eventful as the last sitting of parliament in June, where the Opposition Coalition attempted to put forward a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Henry Puna, aiming to overthrow the government.

This week the rift between the Democratic Party and One Cook Islands was obvious, with OCI members Teina Bishop and George Maggie sitting on the opposite side of the debating chamber.