Monday, December 9, 2019

OUR PARLIAMENT

The Cook Islands has a Westminster parliamentary style of government similar to that of New Zealand and England.

The Nation is a self-governing State in free association with New Zealand. While the Constitution provides for New Zealand to be responsible for defence and some aspects of international relation, this can only be enacted upon request by the Government of the Cook Islands. The Government is responsible for enacting legislation and is fully competent to enter into an international agreement and conduct its own international relation.

Parliament consists of a single chamber of 24 elected members, 10 of whom are from the main island of Rarotonga and the rest are from the outer islands.

The Head of State is Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II who is represented by the Queen’s Representative. The position is currently held by His Excellency, Sir Tom J. Marsters KBE.

VISION, MISSION & VALUES

OUR VISION

A modern, inclusive and transparent parliament that fulfills its constitutional duties and effectively serves the people of the Cook Islands.

TA TATOU ORAMA

Ei Paramani turanga uki-ou, kia akaruru ma te maoraora i te akatupuanga i tana au angaanga i raro ake i te ture e te tavinianga meitaki i te iti-tangata Kuki Airani.

OUR MISSION

A parliament that represents all citizens, legislates and scrutinizes the Executive in an effective, efficient and transparent manner, and enables Cooks Islanders to observe and participate in the country’s governance process and development decisions.

TO TATOU AKAKORO’ANGA

Ei Paramani te ka riro ei mata no te katoatoa, maani i te ture e te akarakara meitaki i te Kavamani Metua, e te turu i te tika’anga o te iti-tangata Kuki Airani no te akateretereanga e te au tukuanga tika no te akapuapinga.

SERVICE VALUES

Cooperation

We support others to achieve excellence
We promote teamwork and share responsibility

Encouragement

We value individual contributions
We recognise a job well done
We are recognised and rewarded for what we do

Fairness & Consistency

We make decisions in a fair & equitable way
We respect individual views

Honesty & Trust

We act ethically with transparency
We act with integrity

Professionalism

We aim to achieve excellence
We take pride in delivering our services

Respect

We respect each other
We treat people as we want to be treated

TE VAERUA TAVINI

Angaanga Taokotai

Te turu nei matou i te katoatoa kia rauka te meitaki maata – Te turu nei matou i te ruruanga okotai e te tua’anga o te angaanga

Akamaroiroi

Te akameitaki nei matou i ta matou au tuanga tatakitai
Te akameitaki nei matou i te au angaanga rave meitaki ia
Te akameitaki katoa ia nei matou no ta matou i rave meitaki

Kia Aiteite E Kia Tukekore

Ko ta matou au tukuanga tika ei au mea tau tikai
E akangateitei ana matou i to matou au manako tātakitai

Pikikaa-Kore E Te Irinaki Papu

E au tu maoraora to matou e te pikikaa kore
E angaanga ana matou ma te ngakau tiratiratū

Kite Marama

Te timata nei matou kia rauka te kite pakari
Te ngakau-parau nei matou no ta matou e rave nei

Akangateitei

Te akangateitei nei matou ia matou uaorai
Te akangateitei nei matou i te katoatoa mei ia matou i inangaro kia akangateitei ia matou

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands?
What rules cover Parliament?
What is Hansard and how can I look at Hansard?
What Committees does Parliament have?
What Acts have passed through Parliament?

History

The Cook Islands Parliament is descended from the Cook Islands Legislative Council established in October 1946.[3] Established to provide for political representation and better local government in the islands, the Legislative Council was a subordinate legislature. It was empowered to legislate for the “peace, order, and good government” of the islands, but could not pass laws repugnant to the laws of New Zealand, appropriate revenue, impose import or export duties, or impose criminal penalties in excess of one year’s imprisonment or a £100 fine.[4] The council consisted of 20 members, ten “official” members appointed by the Governor-General of New Zealand and ten “unofficial” members drawn from the Island Councils, presided over by the New Zealand Resident Commissioner. Later regulations provided for the unofficial members to be split between the various islands, 3 from Rarotonga, 6 from the outer islands and 1 representing the islands’ European population.[5] The island representatives were elected annually, while the European representative was elected to a three-year term.[4]

The Legislative Council was reorganised in 1957 as the Legislative Assembly with 22 elected members and 4 appointed officials.[6]Fifteen of the members were elected directly by secret ballot, and seven were elected by the Island Councils.[7] In 1962, the Assembly was given full control of its own budget.[7] In that year it also debated the country’s political future and chose self-government in free association with New Zealand.[8] On independence in 1965 it gained full legislative power.[9] It was renamed the Parliament of the Cook Islands in 1981.[10]

Both the size and term of Parliament have fluctuated since independence. In 1965, it consisted of 22 members elected for a period of 3 years.[11] The size was increased to 24 members in 1981, and again to 25 in 1991.[12] It was reduced again to 24 members in 2003 when the overseas constituency created under the 1980–81 Constitution Amendment was abolished.[13] The original three-year term was increased to four years in 1969,[14] and five years in 1981.[10] A referendum to reduce it to four years failed to gain the necessary two-thirds majority in 1999,[8] but passed in 2004.[15][16]

source: wikipedia

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