Structure Amendment Monthly bill public consultations prepared for Pa Enua

Constitution Amendment Bill public consultations planned for Pa Enua
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Constitutional Evaluation Special Find Committee chair Minister Tingika Elikana, and users Agnes Armstrong, Toa Isamaela and Teariki Heather at the Calvary Corridor in Arorangi. MELINA ETCHES/24031305

The Parliamentary Decide on Committee managing the 3 Constitution Modification Charges is preparing to conduct public consultations for Ngaputoru- Mitiaro, Atiu and Mauke.

Dates for the proposed Pa Enua
consultations have not but been verified.

The a few Constitutional Modification
Bills ended up introduced to Parliament in the past sitting down of 2023 in December and
were referred to a Exclusive Choose Committee for evaluation and thought.

The Constitutional Evaluation Particular
Choose Committee is led by chairperson Minister Tingika Elikana.

The committee also contains Opposition
Chief Tina Pupuke Browne as deputy chairperson and customers Te-Hani Brown,
Tereapii Maki Kavana, Teariki Heather, Toa Isamaela and Agnes Armstrong.

The Constitution Modification (No. 30)
Invoice proposes increasing the number of Cupboard Ministers and eliminating the
capability to appoint a non-MP Minister. The Structure Amendment (No. 32) Bill
supplies for the means for MPs to hold a proxy vote for a fellow MP, and
Modification (No. 31) Bill will permit a new Parliament to begin its get the job done soon after
a basic election with out waiting for the end result of any election
petitions. 

Parliament Choose Committees
secretary Margret Numanga instructed Cook Islands Information: “The committee are presently
setting up to carry out its public consultations for Ngaputoru (Mitiaro, Atiu and
Mauke) and if conditions allow for, anticipate conducting Northern team
consultations remotely via Zoom.”

“However this may perhaps transform based on
connectivity challenges. Community information will be announced at the time the Committee
confirms its plan.

Numanga says the Rarotonga, Aitutaki
and Mangaia public consultations have finished.

The Rarotonga consultations have been held
in Puaikura on March 12, at the Calvary Corridor, Arorangi, Takitumu on March
13 at the Titikaveka Sunday School Corridor and Teau-o-Tonga on March 14, at
the Sinai Corridor, Avarua.

Rarotonga citizens have strongly
opposed an enhance in Cupboard Ministers and a measure letting MPs to vote by
proxy. In addition, some inhabitants have voiced their disagreement with the
proposal to let a new Parliament to convene in advance of electoral petitions are
settled.

At the Puaikura consultation, Tony
Tou, president of the Cook Islands United Social gathering, presented their submission to
the select committee increasing their considerations.

“What is the justification for
expanding the amount of Cabinet Ministers at a time when the inhabitants has
diminished from 17,000 to 14,600 as of previous quarter in 2023?” requested Tou.

He reported if the inhabitants experienced
elevated then it would make feeling to have extra Cabinet Ministers, “but correct
now there is a dwindling household taxpaying population”. 

“It makes no financial feeling to be
undertaking this correct now, it is fiscally irresponsible.

“More income is required in wellbeing for
our health professionals and nurses as nicely as in instruction for our instructors and children’s
sources.”

An indignant Doreen Kavana Boggs
symbolizing the Team for Political Change (GPC) was also opposed to the
maximize of Cupboard Ministers.

“These are instances of struggle for our
people and you are speaking about raising the Cupboard Customers?” Boggs probed.

“You all will need to glimpse at the extra
essential amendments that want to be tackled and adjusted.

“This is not that crucial to us.
Our people’s issues are significant to us. Halt placing yourself very first ahead of
your persons.”

In Aitutaki, the committee consulted
with the Island Council on March 25, adopted by general public consultations at Vaipae
Activity Club and Ngapuariki Hall on the same working day (March 25) and March 26,
respectively.

In Aitutaki, the committee held a session
with the Island Council on March 25 adopted by public consultations on March
25 and 26 at Vaipae Activity Club and Ngapuariki Hall, respectively.

A session was also held in
Mangaia on April 2 with the Island Govt and Council, Aronga Mana and the
general public at the Vaitate Hall, Oneroa.

Numanga included that there were two
community hearings periods and it consisted of 6 witnesses and submitters. The
committee had received 6 submissions.

  • Added reporting from Melina Etches

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