Prime Minister Calls for Global Commitment to Protection of the Oceans 

Announcing the Government’s commitment of a one million sq km Marine Park in the Southern Cook Islands at a major international meeting in Abu Dhabi yesterday, Prime Minister Henry Puna issued a challenge to the international community to provide support to developing countries such as the Cook Islands who have expressed a commitment to protecting the oceans. 


 Cook Islands Census 2011 Underway in Northern Group Islands 

Census 2011, which gives a five yearly snapshot of people and households in the Cook Islands gets underway today in the Northern Group Islands.

Te Kukupa set sail yesterday with a Census team and questionnaires for each of the northern islands.  It is due to stop first at Palmerston (22/11) Nassau and Pukapuka (24/11) Manihiki (26/11) Rakahanga (28/11) and Penrhyn (30/11).  Enumerators on the islands’ will work with the team to distribute,complete and collect the Census forms. 


Cook Islands to chair global red cross conference in Geneva

"In a historical first for the Pacific and for the Cook Islands in particular, the Secretary-General for the Cook Islands Red Cross, Niki Rattle will chair the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross Red Crescent Conference being held in Geneva Switzerland from 28 November-1 December 2011.

Held every four years, the conference includes representation by 194 State Parties and 186 National Societies and in recognition of the global event being chaired for the first time by a Cook Islander - the Prime Minister Hon Henry Puna has been invited to attend at the cost of the Swiss Government.

IMO Election 
“The Cook Islands has decided to run for elections to the Executive Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which takes place at the end of this month.  Based in London, IMO is the UN specialised agency responsible for the safety of life at sea, maritime security and the protection of the marine environment through prevention of sea pollution caused by ships.  As a member of the Organization, 

Acting Secretary of Health, Dr Tikaka Henry said today it was untrue that government had not involved itself in the plight of Andrew Iroa, adding that health officials had been working closely with him and his family to provide medical care and support since his accident.

Dr Henry said that medical authorities had seen Mr Iroa, including a visiting neurologist from New Zealand who had undertaken an assessment of his condition.


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