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Cook Islands Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003 Reviews of American Sämoa, French Polynesia, Niue, Tokelau, Tonga, and Tuvalu are not included in this issue. Police Commissioner Tepure Tapaitau in July 2002. Only seven votes separated the two as Rasmussen won with a total of 112 votes (CIN , 2 Jul 2002, 1). The period ended with the unexpected death of Maria Heather, member of Parliament for Ruaau, who died suddenly in June 2003 after a short illness. This created the need for a by-election only months before an expected general election. In between the two by-elections, the controversy over cabinet size and membership persisted. By July 2002, government was pushing for an extra minister for cabinet, increasing the numbers to seven (CIN , 13 Jul 2002, 1). Although the government remained undeterred by the NZ $158,000 estimated cost for this move, there was resistance from the general public (CIN , 30 Oct 2002, 1). While Prime Minister Woonton was heavily criticized for taking his spouse on long, expensive, overseas trips (CIN , 26 Jul 2002, 1), members of Parliament in general were accused of "not giving their constituencies value for money" and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003 Reviews of American Sämoa, French Polynesia, Niue, Tokelau, Tonga, and Tuvalu are not included in this issue. Police Commissioner Tepure Tapaitau in July 2002. Only seven votes separated the two as Rasmussen won with a total of 112 votes (CIN , 2 Jul 2002, 1). The period ended with the unexpected death of Maria Heather, member of Parliament for Ruaau, who died suddenly in June 2003 after a short illness. This created the need for a by-election only months before an expected general election. In between the two by-elections, the controversy over cabinet size and membership persisted. By July 2002, government was pushing for an extra minister for cabinet, increasing the numbers to seven (CIN , 13 Jul 2002, 1). Although the government remained undeterred by the NZ $158,000 estimated cost for this move, there was resistance from the general public (CIN , 30 Oct 2002, 1). While Prime Minister Woonton was heavily criticized for taking his spouse on long, expensive, overseas trips (CIN , 26 Jul 2002, 1), members of Parliament in general were accused of "not giving their constituencies value for money" and

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 23, 2004

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