By Lisa Lahari-Williams - firstname.lastname@example.org
Select committee hearings in the Cook Islands are building bridges between voters and their elected leaders.
Cook Islands Parliament. Photo/ RNZ.
Helped with funding from New Zealand and the United Nations, a Parliamentary select committee on a new crimes act has been running public meetings in Rarotonga and across the other islands.
It's been taking questions from Cook Islanders on how planned legislation will affect them.
In the last week, another major bill for marine resources, has been added to their workload.
For Cook Islands parliamentarian James Beer, helping his Select Committee chair, Moana Ioane, take their work on the road, is a good thing.
"I've been speaking to a number of members of parliament from way back, 20 to 30 years, and they would tell me that a lot of times they would have bills come to Parliament and they would pass because someone else recommended it to be done."
"I think those days are fast coming to an end and I'm glad to say that."
James Beer. Photo/ RNZ.