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Cook Islands calls early election amid opposition claims government faces no confidence – Australia Network News Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Cook Islands’ Opposition leader says Prime Minister Henry Puna has called an early election because he fears being thrown out of office.

via Cook Islands calls early election amid opposition claims government faces no confidence – Australia Network News Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

NZ foreign minister on official French Polynesia visit


The French Polynesian government will be at the airport in Tahiti this afternoon to meet the New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, at the start of a two-day official visit.

The minister is scheduled to have a private meeting with the territory’s president, Gaston Flosse tomorrow.

Mr McCully is travelling with New Zealand’s New Caledonia-based consul-general, Linda Te Puni, who is accredited to the French Pacific territories.

via NZ foreign minister on official French Polynesia visit.

Niue government begins renovating abandoned homes


The Niue government has begun renovating three abandoned houses as part of plans to create more accommodation for an expected growth in visitor numbers.About two years ago, the government went to court in an attempt to have dozens of derelict houses demolished or renovated.

via Niue government begins renovating abandoned homes.

Kiribati president defends ministers’ sacking


The president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, has held a news conference to discourage the people of Tabiteuea North and Beru from supporting a challenge by two former cabinet ministers who he sacked last month.

via Kiribati president defends ministers’ sacking.

High commissioner appointed to Niue


Commissioner Peter Marshall says the announcement that Superintendent Ross Ardern will become the next High Commissioner to Niue is a great honour both for Mr Ardern and New Zealand Police.

This is the first time a serving New Zealand Police officer has been appointed to a diplomatic position.

via SunLive – High commissioner appointed to Niue – The Bay’s News First.

Cook Islands Government delivers surplus for last financial year


The Cook Islands Government has announced an operating surplus of 6 point 5 million US dollars for the last financial year.

The surplus has been put down to the strength in the tourism sector.

Costs associated with underwriting international flights were down, allowing savings of over two point 3 million US dollars.

via Cook Islands Government delivers surplus for last financial year.

Vote of no confidence in Marshall Islands President planned


The Opposition in the Marshall Islands says it’s planning a motion of no confidence in the President when parliament next sits.

Head of the Opposition Group, Jaluit Senator Alvin Jacklick has told the Editor of the Marshall Islands Journal Newspaper, Giff Johnson all members of the Opposition support the decision to cast a vote of no confidence against President Christopher Loeak.

via Vote of no confidence in Marshall Islands President planned | ABC Radio Australia.

ASG employees paid with fed grants — “stay home”


Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has applied the federal shutdown order to all local government operations that are funded fully with federal grants. This was according to a memorandum issued to Departments and Agencies yesterday where the governor instructed ASG employees whose salaries are paid with federal grants to “stay home”.

via ASG employees paid with fed grants — “stay home” | Samoa News.

Fono learns elections are expensive and underfunded


The cost to tax payers in American Samoa to run the 2012 general and special elections was over $300,000 while the government allocated only $200,000 to cover election expenditures, which did not include the annual budget specifically to operate the Election Office.

via Fono learns elections are expensive and underfunded | Samoa News.

French Polynesia government defends hiring French staff


French Polynesia’s ruling party has defended hiring French people for top positions after being accused of bypassing locals.

The Tahoeraa Huiraatira says it has made the choice to hire competent people, who are known in France and have the networks to add to French Polynesia’s credibility.

via French Polynesia government defends hiring French staff.