Parliament has deferred a decision on two controversial Bills, one of which would criminalise same sex relationships and another to charge for water supplies. MPs have decided instead to give Select Committees on each subject another threee months to deliver their recommendations. The local LGBTQ+ group, Te Tiare Association, which has been campaigning fiercely against the criminalisation plan said it was disappointed at yet more delay. Rainbow flags flew around Rarotonga in support of the community. Meanwhile, the delay over the To Tatou Vai Authority Bill on water charges was welcomed. The local growers association said charging for water would impact food security and diverstity, the cost of living, and the viability of businesses.