3 Apr 2017

Cook Islands residents concerned by Aitutaki board sacking

8:22 am on 3 April 2017

Cook Islands residents living on the island of Aitutaki are said to be worried by the sacking of their local power station board and concerned for its future.

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki, Cook Islands Photo: Ewan Smith

The three members of the Aitutaki Power Station Authority board were removed last month.

The Cook Islands Investment Corporation, which manages state-owned enterprises, is yet to explain why it fired the board.

However, the opposition coalition and the Aitutaki Mayor believe the board was sacked because the directors resisted demands from the corporation to release funds held in its reserves.

Our correspondent, Florence Syme Buchanan, says there are a lot of unanswered questions in the Aitutaki community.

"There's widespread disappointment, there's widespread concern about the way that the Cook Islands Investment Corporation, here in central Government Rarotonga, is trying to take control of the Aitutaki Power Station."