Cabinet of the Cook Islands

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The Cabinet of the Cook Islands is the policy and decision-making body of the executive branch of the Cook Islands Government. It consists of the Prime Minister and a number of other Ministers, who are collectively responsible to Parliament.

Legislative basis[edit]

Unlike other Commonwealth Realms, the Cook Islands Cabinet has a formal legislative basis in the Cook Islands Constitution. Cabinet consists of the Prime Minister and up to 6 other Ministers.[1] Members are appointed by the Queen's Representative on advice of the Prime Minister, and must be Members of Parliament.[2]

All Cabinet ministers also serve as members of the Executive Council, which advises the Queen's Representative. Cabinet decisions take effect after 4 days, or when formally confirmed by the Executive Council.[3]

Current members[edit]

The Cook Islands Cabinet consists of:[4]

Cabinet ministers

Incumbent Portfolios and responsibilities
Henry Puna

(Cook Islands Party)

  • Prime Minister
  • Attorney General
  • Minister of Energy
  • Minister of Emergency Management
  • Minister of Marine Resources
  • Minister of Transport
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs & Immigration
Teariki Heather

(Cook Islands Party)

  • Deputy Prime Minister
  • Minister of Infrastructure & Planning
  • Minister of Justice
  • Minister of the House of Ariki & Koutu Nui
  • Minister of Cultural Development
  • Minister of Police
Teina Bishop

(Cook Islands Party)

  • Minister of Education
  • Minister of Tourism
Mark Brown

(Cook Islands Party)

  • Minister of Finance & Economic Development
  • Minister of Commerce Commission
  • Minister of Financial Intelligence Unit
  • Minister of Cook Islands Investment Corporation
  • Minister of Telecommunications
  • Minister of National Superannuation
  • Minister of PERCA
  • Mineral and Natural Resources
Nandi Glassie

(Cook Islands Party)

  • Minister of Health
  • Ombudsman
  • Minister of Parliamentary Services
  • Minister of Internal Affairs
Kiriau Turepu

(Cook Islands Party)

  • Minister of Agriculture
  • Minister of Business, Trade and Investment Board
  • Minister of National Environment Services


  1. ^ Cook Islands Constitution, s13 (1).
  2. ^ Cook Islands Constitution, s13 (3).
  3. ^ Cook Islands Constitution, s19.
  4. ^ Emmanuel Samoglou (2013-11-04). "Long awaited cabinet shuffle announced". Cook Islands News. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 

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