Special day marked with song and dance

Wednesday December 05, 2018 Written by Published in Health

Song and dance featured significantly in the International Day of Persons with Disabilities commemoration on Monday.


The Creative Centre provides a learning, caring and empowering service to the community for persons with disabilities.

To celebrate the occasion, members and representatives of related organisations performed several items including a song in sign language.

Minister of Internal Affairs (INTAFF) Mac Mokoroa who recently attended the Pacific Disability forum (PDF) in Thailand with INTAFF Secretary Anne Herman, said  it was essential to look after the elderly and persons with disabilities.”

“We must leave no one behind,” he said.

Herman noted that Monday was a timely day for the event, as the “Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence”, had begun on November 25, highlighting the need to end violence against women and girls around the world and pass a global standard to address the full extent of gender-based violence in the workplace

Herman said that in celebrating the successes, we needed to ensure we could create equal opportunities for all - the elderly, the vulnerable, and the general population.

“We want to be able to do more.”

MC and coordinator for the Cook Islands Women and Girls with Disability Destiny, Tara acknowledged and thanked all the service providers who play an important role with their support including the Creative Centre, Te Vaerua, Te Are Pa Metua, Te Kainga (Rehabilitation programme for people with mental health), Cook Islands Family Welfare Association (CIFWA) and the Ombudsman’s Office.

Mataiti Mataiti from the Cook Islands National Council of Disability also thanked the agencies and communities involved - and asked the Mokoroa for an increase in the disability pension. 

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