7 Dec 2011

High Court case on hold for election negotiations

6:35 am on 7 December 2011

Opposing sides in a High Court battle for control over a Cook Islands community group have agreed to a temporary ceasefire.

The court action by a rival group to remove Pukapuka Community of New Zealand president Nuku Rapana is on hold for three days to try to arrange urgent elections.

Mr Rapana is contesting the action. His lawyer, Simativa Perese, says an election could be organised very quickly.

Rival president, Tareni Lulia, who started the action, is not convinced an election will help.

He says time's running out, with Inland Revenue threatening to liquidate the society.