FORMER COOK ISLANDS PRIME MINISTER ROBATI KNIGHTED

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RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (January 2, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Veteran Member of Parliament and former Cook Islands Prime Minister Dr. Pupuke Robati, has received a knighthood "for services to the public and community" in the Queen's New Year's Honors list.

Dr. Robati is the Cook Islands' longest-serving MP, having been first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1965.

He has also been a cabinet minister, deputy prime minister and, from 1987 to 1989, prime minister.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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