The Member of Parliament for Teenui/Mapumai, Rose Brown, acknowledged her and on behalf of Cook Islands women MPs and the people of Atiu wished Iro well and encouraged her in her new position.
National council president Vaine Wichman said Iro was one of the country’s home-grown talents. “Being recognised internationally is also an important recognition for our Cook Islands women and men.”
Iro thanked the council and for what she described as the “overwhelming” gifts of love from all the islands of the country.
“Working with the CINCW has been an important highlight for me, and I will continue to share your work and enthusiasm in the places I am going to,” she said.
In her closing presentation, CINCW vice-president Henrica Wilson-Marona advised Iro to, “hold God beside you wherever you go”.
The gift-giving (puroku) included hand-crafted hats, baskets, shell ei and fans, and a tivaevae to honour her achievement on behalf of the women of the Cook Islands. - Release