Women’s council chief heads north

Thursday March 22, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Cook Islands National Council of Women president Vaine Wichman with Pukapuka Island women’s council president, Akatapuria Mataora. 18032101 Cook Islands National Council of Women president Vaine Wichman with Pukapuka Island women’s council president, Akatapuria Mataora. 18032101

Vaine Wichman is visiting National Council of Women members in the northern Cook Islands and has already held a meeting with the Pukapuka Island Women’s Council.

 

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.

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