“We collect, preserve and make accessible to the public, what is published about the Cook Islands.”
Urirau emphasised “the value of information the library holds”.
“There is a lot of knowledge that identifies us as Cook Islanders. Books hold our history, some of these books are no longer published.”
Secretary of Culture Anthony Turua said the books were a good investment.
These will be accessible to members of the public, more specifically to those who are carrying out research on particular issues, Turua added.
“It’s a good initiative and offers another location for people to have access to these documents and great for researches to access this information.”
Speaker of the Parliament Niki Rattle is also pleased the books will now be more accessible to people.
Rattle said the process of the next consolidation of law books was underway in partnership between Crown Law Office, Parliamentary Services and Ministry of Finance and Economic Management.
Next year an Australian company LexisNexis, a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information, will engage and begin the scoping of what needs to be done.
Executive director Myfanwy Wallwork, has 18 years of experience developing and publishing legal information for legal and non-legal professionals.
She is looking forward to working with Parliamentary Services and the Crown Law Office in the Cook Islands.
LexisNexis’ acting executive manager Jennifer Williams’ role allows her to work with Rule of Law initiatives developing best practices and quality assurance. Williams is confident that her expertise and communication skills will align well with the needs of Parliamentary Services and the Crown Law Office in the Cook Islands.
Tereora, Titikaveka and Nukutere colleges, will also have the books available for students who are interested in taking up law as a career.