5 Nov 2013

Cook Islands PM announces reshuffled cabinet

10:53 am on 5 November 2013

The Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna, has announced changes to his cabinet line-up.

The Cook Islands News reports the reshuffle comes after significant changes to government, including the departure of veteran politican Tom Marsters who is now the Queen's Representative.

Kiriau Turepu will take on the responsibilities of the Business Trade Investment Board and environment, adding to his agriculture portfolio.

The Finance Minister Mark Brown is responsible for seabed minerals and natural resources and duties associated with the Head of State, the Cook Islands Pearl Authority and sports.

The Health Minister, Nandi Glassie, adds internal affairs, ombudsman, and parliamentary services to his portfolio, and infrastructure minister Teariki Heather adds justice.

Mr Puna retains responsibilities for foreign affairs and immigration, marine resources, and transport.

Noticeably absent from the line-up is education and tourism minister Teina Bishop, who is under investigation for corruption and bribery by the Cook Islands police.