28 Sep 2013

Cook Islands PM in Auckland hospital

5:55 pm on 28 September 2013

The Cook Islands' Prime Minister has been flown to New Zealand for treatment following concerns about his health.

Henry Puna, 64, arrived in Auckland on Friday afternoon and was admitted to Middlemore Hospital straight away.

He has since been transferred to Auckland Hospital where he will undergo cardiac tests.

The Prime Minister's advisor, Trevor Pitt, says Mr Puna could be in New Zealand for a further two weeks while he receives treatment for angina.

During the his absence, his portfolios will be handled by finance minister, Mark Brown.