The Commonwealth Games' Queen's Baton has been greeted with singing and dancing in the Cook Islands – its first Pacific stop.
The baton is on a 388-day journey through Commonwealth countries and will reach its final destination Australia on Christmas Eve.
Sports groups, schools and clubs on the island of Rarotonga are taking part in the baton's journey around the island.
It’s expected to arrive in Tonga tomorrow and New Zealand on December 17.
"The Government has to balance pay demands across the public sector. We have gone as far as we can in terms of extra Government money," Dr Clark said this afternoon.