14 Mar 2012

Cook Islands premier to visit South Island

9:51 am on 14 March 2012

Cook Islanders in the South Island are preparing for a rare visit to their small communities from the leader of Rarotonga's government.

The Cooks' Prime Minister, Henry Puna, is in Dunedin on Wednesday evening at the start of a four-day tour that also takes in Ashburton, Christchurch and Invercargill.

The organiser of the Dunedin meeting, the Reverend Tokerau Joseph, says it's a rare opportunity because most Cook Islands premiers visit only the bigger communities in the North Island.

He says the main issues likely to be raised with Mr Puna are his government's relationship with Cook Islanders overseas, and land ownership.