Pukapuka Women’s Council president Akatapuria Mataora, welcomed the opportunity to meet with the national president to review the work the organisation has been doing over the last 12 months.
“Thank you Mrs Wichman for taking time to visit us to go over the programmes we have completed but especially the programmes we have prepared for the next 12 months’ said Mataora.
The Pukapuka women’s council is keen to partner with CINCW to prepare a booklet on the taro (wawa) production of their island women. With the help of the principal of Niua School, interviews will be held with some of the elderly women, their daughters and their granddaughters to hear stories about why they are keen to keep the custom alive.
Wichman will now go to Manihiki, Rakahanga and Tongareva to meet with the women’s councils on those islands in relation to their programmes in economic empowerment, and to monitor how the governance and climate change programmes CINCW has been promoting are performing.
She will also update members on the upcoming biennial meeting and the “solar mama” programme.
Participants in the “solar mama” programme in India returned to the Cook Islands last Friday.