24 Aug 2004

Cooks chiefs roles yet to be defined

1:42 pm on 24 August 2004

The review of the Cook Islands' Act covering the body of traditional chiefs will take longer than expected as members have still not finalised what they want changed.

Clerk of parliament Nga Valoa says that after a meeting between parliament and the House of Ariki, it was agreed that the executive committee would continue with the review.

Mr Valoa said the new president, Tamatoa Ariki, would chair the executive meeting and it would then work out what issues should be reviewed.

Mr Valoa is hopeful that the Ariki will finally conclude the review of the Act, which has been ongoing since last year.

There have been calls for more financial support and a closer working relationship with parliament.