The Cook Islands Family Welfare Association (CIFWA) president said it was the former office bearers at the association who laid the foundation to this historic achievement last month.
Tangi made history after becoming the first person from the region to take over the chairmanship of the IPPF regional office in the East-South East Asia and Oceania Region.
Since the establishment of the federation 60 years ago, the chairperson of the Regional Executive Council (REC) has always been held by the South East Asian member associations extending from North Korea to India.
Tangi is the first from the Pacific including Australia and New Zealand to take up this role.
“This first time that the Pacific has been bestowed with the honour of being not nominated but elected in a fair democratic election which was also supported by all member associations of the Pacific and also the many of the Asia countries. This is a demonstration of the bonding between the Pacific and Asia,” said Tangi at an afternoon tea hosted by CIFWA on Friday last week.
Tangi, who is also the Clerk of Parliament, contested against candidates from Hong Kong and Thailand for the top post.
He said they were given three minutes to campaign before the members placed in their votes at the ESEAOR Regional Council Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.
“I started my campaign three years ago and come this one in Thailand, it was just the matter of topping it up,” said the ordained Pentecostal pastor at the New Hope Church, and the spokesperson for Makea Vakatini Ariki on Rarotonga.
“The contribution of the Cook Islands to this meeting in Bangkok cemented and confirmed in the minds of those who were present as who the most ideal and capable person to carry the voice of ESEAOR region at the global council was.
“The bonding between Asia and the Pacific including Australia and New Zealand is much, much stronger now because we have built the bond through the strength already established by those before us. We are just fruits of the seed sown many, many years ago by our representatives at these meetings.”
In his capacity as the chairperson, Tangi is one of three representatives to the IPPF Governing Council from the region.
IPPF is a non-governmental international organisation. The federation is mandated to address issues relating to sexual and reproductive health and rights.