Prime Minister Jim Marurai of Cook Islands

Marurai is a graduate of University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.
In May 2006, Marurai had a private audience and courtesy call with Emperor Akihito of Japan at the Tokyo Imperial Palace.
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Prime Minister Marurai has become the first Forum Leader to visit the premier regional fisheries organization under an initiative designed to provide greater awareness at the highest political level about the work of the organization.
At a function which he hosted in Honiara last night, Prime Minister Marurai said he was also pleased with the outcome of his talks with his Solomon Islands counterpart, Prime Minister Derek Sikua and Foreign Minister, William Haomae on a number of important regional issues, including the FFA, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands and the University of the South Pacific.
Mangaia island MP Jim Marurai was sworn in as Prime Minister of the new DemoTumu and Cook Islands Party coalition on December 14 2004.
Marurai is a graduate from Otago University in New Zealand, is a quiet achiever and entered the house unopposed at the last election.
In his fist address to parliament Marurai said his government would be guided by respect.
Prime Minister Marurai is in Solomon Islands following an invitation from the FFA Director General, Dan Su'a.
Prime Minister Marurai was reported to have said that his trip was to visit the Pacific's premier fisheries organization to enable him to see firsthand the infrastructure and the work of the organization which he described as the region's "most important.
Marurai is also expected to meet with the acting Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, Dr Jonathan Austin, on Thursday.
Jim Marurai has been the prime minister of the Cook Islands since December 14 2004 when he was elected by Parliament by a vote of 14-9.
Marurai was previously the minister of education.
My biggest problem is holding the team together, he conceded Friday, according to Cook Island NewsMr Marurai said it was difficult to get cabinet to agree especially when it comes to their portfolio allocations.
Mr Marurai said his recent suggestion of dividing portfolios according to sectors was met with strong opposition from some other ministers.
Mr Marurai said he was relying on an increased performance of the merger of works and OMIA into the new infrastructure and planning ministry, after opposition from some of the ministers to the idea.
Mr Marurai is well aware of the continuing government and Democratic Party leadership problems and the effect this could have on their stability and future.
Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Jim Marurai said on Thursday he hoped to know more about the Chinese history and culture, when visiting Xi'an, a famous historic city in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.
When meeting with Shaanxi Provincial Governor Yuan Chunqing, Marurai said the Cook Islands highly valued the friendship with China and was grateful for the long-term support and cooperation given by China, adding that the Cook Islands will firmly adhere to the one-China policy.
RAROTONGA (Pacnews) — Cook Islands Prime Minister Jim Marurai has confirmed the government is nominating Cabinet Minister Wilkie Rasmussen for the secretary general’s job at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
On August 1, local time, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Jim Marurai met with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing.
Marurai said since the establishment of diplomatic ties, exchanges at all levels between his country and China have been continuously strengthened and the bilateral relations based on mutual benefit and cooperation have progressed steadily.
CKI FORUM: CINEWSPACNEWS 1: Tues 20 July 200829 JULY 2008 RAROTONGA (Pacnews.
PM Marurai said cabinet agreed last week to nominate Rasmussen even though his Penrhyn constituents were not keen on the idea, reports Cook Islands News.
Mr Marurai says priority projects for the main island Rarotonga and the outer islands will include, work on airports, the harbour, roads and water.
Sikua in welcoming Prime Minister Jim Marurai described the visit by a regional head of government to the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) headquarters in Honiara as "a historic one.
Re-elected Cook Islands Prime Minister Jim Marurai has emphasized his private sector priorities by setting up a Business Roundtable.
On Dec 14, Marurai was elected prime minister after a 14-9 vote.
Marurai has vowed to keep the post for two years.
Prime Minister Jim Marurai has yet to consider its advice when he returns from Tonga today.
In the September 2004 elections, Jim Marurai was elected Prime Minister.
The Cook Islands' new Prime Minister Jim Marurai has promised to restore confidence in his government after an electoral challenge left the Pacific nation in political limbo.
Mr Marurai said his coalition government was determined to "improve on the international image of the Cook Islands and reassure the outside world that our country is moving forward.