The new appointments mark what “may well be the first time where there are more women on this board than men”, said Terry Rangi, chief executive for Minister Maggie’s support office and a former BTIB chief executive himself.
As officially announced on the “Minister George Maggie Support Office” Facebook page last Friday, the new board is chaired by Kopurei Anguna, alongside fellow new directors Danny Mataroa, Jaewynn McKay, Paul Allsworth and Jude Isaia.
“The new directors are a mix of experience and skills in a broad range of areas,” the post read.
“Kopurei has a background in teaching, education and sports administration. Danny has worked in the tourism, culture and agriculture industries. Jaewynn has worked in media, PR and communications.
“Paul is the Koutu Nui representative but has extensive experience in the public sector as the former head of the Audit Office and Internal Affairs. Jude is the sole pa enua representative from Atiu and runs an innovative value-added business that includes Atiu jams, chutneys and sauces.
“Their diverse background will add to an exciting period ahead for the BTIB.”
Expanding on this statement, Rangi said that the BTIB has an important role in the Cook Islands economy.
“I think the new board will work well together, and of course will bring new ideas and their personal experience to the table.” As per the Development Investment Act, the new group of BTIB directors were appointed at the discretion of BTIB minister Maggie.
“The minister selected the board on what they could offer, not on political affiliations, geography or gender,” said Rangi.
“This may well be the first time where there are more women on this board than men, which was not intentional, but it does demonstrate there are women in our community who are more than capable of serving on boards.
“Given the three areas that the BTIB covers – foreign investment, business development and trade promotion, I think it is always good to get the right mix of people that can competently deal with the issues in those three areas.
“The makeup of the board has usually been business owners, but this is now changing with, for example, the appointment of a member of the Koutu Nui to speak on behalf of the Ui Ariki and Koutu Nui.”
The BTIB is a government-funded agency tasked with encouraging and facilitating the participation of Cook Islanders in the ownership, management and control of investment and business.
It is also responsible for promoting, coordinating and facilitating trade to, from and within the Cook Islands; promoting, fostering and assisting the establishment of investment in the Cook Islands; and regulating, monitoring and controlling the direction of foreign investment in the Cook Islands.
BTIB directors are normally appointed for two-year terms. Of the previous group of directors, three had served for four years and two for three years.