“Being able to serve our people through the delivery of the induction programme, and taking them through our Cook Islands voyage to statehood and on to where we are now, was an absolute pleasure” said Thomas.
“Strengthening the pride of being a Cook Islander and servants of our people and for our country was humbling and a privilege.”
He said the programme was part of government’s public sector strategy initiative to ensure all government employees understood their roles.
The workshops were well attended by public servants, private sector and the wider community, with each session being brought to life by the humour and enthusiasm that our Pa Enua bring to an occasion, Thomas added.
The induction programme has four modules that include the Cook Islands’ journey to statehood, the machinery of government, code of conduct and information management.
Participants appreciated the training delivered by the Commissioner with the support of the human resource advisor at the Public Service Commissioner’s office, Teresa Tararo.
“We are proud of you for delivering this important training in our reo maori” was a comment echoed by participants throughout the islands. “Ko taku iriiri kapua mataora e te reka i te akarongo i te au tumu manako tei raveia i teia ra, Excellent!” said one participant and “te turu pakari nei au kia api hia teia au tuanga ki tetai uatu tangata me kare tetai uatu putuputuanga” said another.
“Based on the discussions had and comments received from participants, I believe the training was a success” said Thomas. “I am also pleased to say the training has now been delivered to public servants in all Pa Enua with the exception of Palmerston and Nassau islands.”
A participant from Mangarongaro said: “kua tieni toku manako i toku ano anga i toku turanga angaanga, ka akameitaki au e ka tauta au kia riro au ei tangata tiratiratu no toku iti tangata”.
“We say Atawai wolo, Meitaki korereka, Meitaki poria to all workshop participants and encourage you to put into action what you have learnt.
Tararo said: “We have learnt from our own history including the experience of others, now it is time for us to ensure we are constantly improving, taking us one step closer to achieving our vision of a “public service of excellence.” - Release