Members of Parliament (1958 – present)

Members of Parliament (1958 – present)

THE COOK ISLANDS LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY WAS ESTABLISHED ON OCTOBER 25, 1957 by the New Zealand Parliament – Under the Cook Islands Amendment (NZ) Act 1957 – Public Act No 103; Date of assent: October 25, , the Legislative Council is reorganized by the New Zealand as the Legislative Assembly with 22 elected members and 4 appointed officials.

Fifteen of the members were to be elected directly by secret ballot, and seven were to be elected by the Island Councils.
The very first general election by universal suffrage in the Cook Islands was scheduled for October 13, 1958 to elect 27 Members to the new Legislative Assembly.

The members of Parliament are elected by secret ballot on a “first-past the post” universal suffrage system. In 1980-81 the Constitution was amended by redefining the constituencies, thus increasing the number of members to 24.

This was refined in 1991 where another constituency in Rarotonga was further divided into two to reflect a 25 member Parliament. The status quo remained until 2003 when the overseas constituency that was created under the 1980-81 Constitution Amendment, was abolished.

Government

Hon. Mark Brown (PM)
Takuvaine/Tutakimoa
Cook Islands Party
Mr Tai Tura
Mauke
Cook Islands Party
Mr Robert Tapaitau (DPM)
Penrhyn
Independent
Hon. Vaine Makiroa Mokoroa
Nikao/Panama
Cook Islands Party
Hon. Vainetutai Rose-Toki Brown
Teenui/Mapumai
Independent
Hon. Patrick Arioka
Murienua
Cook Islands Party
Hon. George Angene
Tupapa/Marairenga
One Cook Island
Mr Albert Nicholas
Ruatonga/Avatiu/Panama/Palmerston/Atupa
Cook Islands Party
Mr Tereapii Kavana
Arutanga/Nikaupara
Cook Islands Party
Mr Tingika Elikana
Pukapuka/Nassau
Cook Islands Party
Mr Tuakeu Tangatapoto
Mitiaro
Cook Islands Party
Miss Te Hani Brown
Areora/Ngatiarua/Tengatangi
Independent
akaiti puna
Mrs Akaiti Puna
Manihiki
Cook Islands Party

Opposition

Tina Browne (Leader of the Opposition)
Mr Junior Maoate
Amuri/Ureia
Democratic Party
Mrs Agnes Armstrong
Ivirua
Democratic Party
Mr Anthony Armstrong (Deceased) – by election on 21.01.2019
Ivirua
Democratic Party
Mr Kitai Teinakore
Vaipeka/Vaipae/Tautu
Democratic Party
Mr Nooroa Baker
Akaoa
Democratic Party
Mr Tama Tuavera
Ngatangiia
Democratic Party
Mr Vaitoti Tupa
Matavera
Democratic Party
Mr Wesley Kareroa
Oneroa
Democratic Party
William HEATHER
Mr William Heather Jnr
Ruaau
Democratic Party
Mrs Selina Napa
Titikaveka
Democratic Party
Mrs Tetangi Matapo
Tamarua
Democratic

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