Cook Islands National Party

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The Cook Islands National Party was a political party in the Cook Islands. The party was launched on 24 March 2003 by Teariki Heather, a Rarotonga businessman.[1][2] Its policies included a shorter parliamentary term.

In July 2003 the party sought a declaratory judgement from the High Court that the seats of MPs Norman George and Paora Teiti were vacant after it was learned that the two were being paid as government consultants.[3] The court subsequently ruled that the consultancy work did not constitute holding a position in the public service, and both retained their seats.[4]

Heather contested the 2003 Rua'au by-election as a National Party candidate, but was unsuccessful.[5][6]

The party was disbanded in February 2004 when Heather joined the Cook Islands Party.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonassen, Jon Tikivanotau M (2004). "Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events: Cook Islands". The Contemporary Pacific. 16: 146–153. doi:10.1353/cp.2004.0014. 
  2. ^ "New political party formed in Cook Islands". Radio New Zealand International. 2003-03-27. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  3. ^ "Cook Islands National Party to seek declaratory judgment against two MPs". Radio New Zealand International. 2003-07-14. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  4. ^ "Cook Islands court clears MP Norman George of double-dipping allegation". Radio New Zealand International. 2004-01-18. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  5. ^ "Cooks voters go to polls in Rarotonga by-election". Radio New Zealand International. 2003-08-14. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  6. ^ "Geoffrey Heather wins Cook Islands by-election". Radio New Zealand International. 2003-08-18. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  7. ^ "Cook Islands MP and party joins forces with main opposition party". Radio New Zealand International. 2004-02-12. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  8. ^ Jonassen, Jon Tikivanotau M (2005). "Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events: Cook Islands". The Contemporary Pacific. 17: 185–193. doi:10.1353/cp.2005.0016.